We are all just Houseplants :)

Hello beautiful people and welcome to another dose of Celestial Goodness. As always, thank you for joining me in this space and on this journey. I appreciate your time and your presence. See this week’s video here: https://youtu.be/7Gj0PYT8u3c

My succulents 🙂

So, one of my dreams is that my space be filled with beautiful, luscious, green plants that are all over. Sort of like the rain forest, without the snakes lol! I love plants, and I love to see that pop of greenery because it enhances any aesthetic. I also truly believe that plants just do something for the heart, the mind, and the soul. There are actually studies that have been done to corroborate this. Having indoor plants can do all of the following:

• Boost your mood—some say that having indoor plants actually makes you happier. The natural aesthetic beauty from the plants helps to calm the nerves, and adds to making your environment feel more like a sacred space and a peaceful sanctuary away from the rest of the world.

• Research has shown that having plants reduces stress—both physiological and psychological.

Chopper and Vegeta 🙂

• They purify the air—The air inside of our home can be filled with toxins that can cause allergies, headaches, and other health issues. Plants can help to remove these toxins that include carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. NASA did a study on foliage houseplants and said, “Both plant leaves and roots are utilized in removing trace levels of toxic vapors from inside tightly sealed buildings. Low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde can be removed from indoor environments by plant leaves alone, while higher concentrations of numerous toxic chemicals can be removed by filtering indoor air through the plant roots surrounded by activated carbon. The activated carbon absorbs large quantities of the toxic chemicals and retains them until the plant roots and associated microorganisms degrade and assimilate these chemicals.” You can find the link here: https://ntrs.nasa.gov/citations/19930073015

• They also increase humidity which is actually good for us. Plants release water—moisture vapors into the air which increase the humidity of the air around them. This can help fight against colds, respiratory illnesses, and dry coughs.

One of my favorite views. Two of these plants were gifts from family & friends!

• They mean something special. Often some plants come with a certain association—some are said to increase your household abundance, while some are signs of friendship, love, and peace.

New pothos and unicorn 🙂

• Some research says that plants may help you heal. People recovering from illness who were more surrounded by greenery healed faster than those who had no plants around them. Google it for yourself!

• Plants have been shown to help boost productivity.

• They look so good! They really add to the beauty of a space!!!

Our fern. So pretty!

Let me add a little disclaimer, that before getting certain plants, you should do your research. This is because you may have allergies, you might have pets—some plants are harmful to pets, and depending on where you live, some plants may have a propensity towards attracting pests, mold, and insects.

Now all of this wasn’t just to sell you on getting a house plant haha, rather, I made an observation while I was watering some of our plants. Yes, I said, some of the plants. That is because not all of the plants needed water at that time. Once upon a time, I would have overwatered each plant in my space, thinking, “Isn’t this what you need? Lots of water and some light?” Well it turns out that not every plant needs the same thing. As I have been learning from my love who I jokingly call “plant daddy” lol—I can actually hear him saying, “I am not, I just find out what each plant needs, and does that…” ok, so he’s still essentially a plant dad. Am I right?

Loved this pot…

Yes, so, apparently, each plant needs something different. Some of our plants savor the sunlight—they just soak it up. Some plants prefer the shade, or cooler darker places. This might be because in their natural habit, they sat on the forest floor under a canopy of trees and they didn’t get much light. That situation created the conditions under which they thrive, and so sticking them in a lot of light is no bueno. I also realized that some plants barely need any water to survive, while some need tons of it. You can tell when you have been overwatering a plant, or exposing it to the incorrect conditions for its existence, by how it looks. Maybe it has wilting leaves, or it won’t hold water, or the tips of the leaves are turning brown. It doesn’t mean one plant is better than another, it is simply about what conditions that particular plant needs to exist.

Lucky bamboo

One lesson that I learned from “PD” was that we also need to repot the plants when their roots start to grow too much. If they stay in the small cramped place, their roots will overtake all of the soil, and the plant will die. In one attempt to save one of our plants from such a fate, we got the correct soil, and when he took the plant out of the original container, I could see the roots had tightened together. After we repotted into a larger container with healthy soil, I could see the drastic change in the plant.

Roots need space to grow…

Humans are similar to plants. All during the pandemic, I have seen a meme floating around that says that humans are essentially houseplants with more complicated emotions. Treat us right, and we grow. Treat us poorly and we will wilt away. So I suppose this dose of Celestial Goodness, is not only convincing you to get some more plants into your life, but to also realize that there are some important lessons that we can learn from our houseplants.

• Sometimes you just need some sunlight…but other days, it is ok to be in the shade, curled up in your blanket, reading a good book. As we learn from the plants, do what you need to do for your to thrive.

One of my favorites 🙂

• Sometimes you need to be repotted. You may have grown beyond a place, people, or a situation. It is ok to realize that you need a larger sea to swim in, or a bigger pot to grow in. You also need to be in the right soil. You need to be in the right place for you. Not doing any of these things can actually be detrimental to your existence.

• There can be too much of a good thing. There can be too much water, too much sunlight. Even things that we perceive as good, can become not so good when we have too much of it. *Insert chocolate, ice cream, and other things here* LOL.

• One of my favorite life lessons. It is ok to let go. Plants let go of dead leaves all of the time. But as people, we love to hang on to things that we should let go. I am just saying that it is ok to fight for things we love—as the song says, we gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold them, and know when to walk away.

Reaching for the sun

• Sometimes you need some support. My sister got some morning glories from one of our good friends who has the green thumbs of all green thumbs. Both of them put their morning glories against plant trestles. The morning glories needed something to support their growth. We need our network, we need other people, because some days are rough and you need someone to lean on.

• One thing can grow from something else. I learned that you can cut a piece of a viny plant like the pothos and place the cut piece in some water, and it will also grow. I love that. Sometimes we have a good idea, and it might not be the time for it yet. But in the future, we may find that it can grow from something else that we do. No experience is wasted.

Loved the colors

I think plants are beautiful, and they just add so much to a space. I talk to our plants, and ask them to grow. I ask if they are happy, and if they are getting everything that they need. Sometimes I feel like I can hear them whispering back. I have to give a shoutout to all of the amazing people that I know who are plant lovers and who have green thumbs. And also to the people who like me are learning, and who hopefully our love of these magnificent blooms will help us overcome any obstacles we face on our plant journey.

Being like every other Caribbean person with an aloe in the house lol!

If you have any good tips, please feel free to share them! I hope that in the week ahead, you will find the things that help you to thrive, whether it is more support, sunlight, or water. May it be abundantly beautiful, and may the stars shine brightly over your week. Please remember to like, share, comment, and subscribe if you are enjoying the blog and videos. Thank you!

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