When you think of plants, you might think of the Sansevieria that used to stand on your grandparents’ windowsill, or that cactus in the meeting room. But plants are also the steppes and tundras, and the heather on Dartmoor. And the forests, and the verges alongside the M6. And how about the vegetables that you eat? The term ‘kingdom of plants’ is no accident. Plants provide us with enormous abundance and riches. And we could thank them for that more often.
NO LIFE WITHOUT PLANTS
Plants are essential for life on Earth. The presence of plants releases enough oxygen into the air and provides food. As autotrophic organisms (that convert sunlight into energy through their ability to photosynthesise) plants are the main producers of oxygen, and also the basis for most food chains. The life of animals on land could only begin after plants had colonised the land. Without plants there is therefore no oxygen. Without plants there are no animals. Without plants there is no food. Without plants there is no life.
WHAT PLANTS DO FOR YOU
It has now been shown that plants in your home also make your life considerably more pleasant. They remove harmful substances from the air in playrooms and regulate the temperature. And your children are never too young to discover the benefits of plants with these playful tips. Plants also help you to hang on to that holiday feeling for longer, reduces stress throughout the year, and can turn a corner of your home into a Zen refuge.
If plants do so much for us, wouldn’t it be nice if we did something in return? So give them a loving home. Make the effort to get to know these living things. Play classical music for them, and say nice things to them. They really do thrive on that. And secretly it will also give you a boost. They are alive. They are life itself. Thanks plants!