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September 21, 2020

How Being a Plant Parent Aids Self-Care

While the global pandemic isn’t to blame for the resurgence of the houseplant market, more and more people are finding comfort during COVID-19 by becoming a pet parent.

Whether it’s a way of asserting control over one’s environment or an act of self-care, collecting and tending to houseplants is an exploding trend.

In fact, the 2020 National Gardening Survey reports an increase in both gardeners and gardening activity. This is in addition to the reported record $47.8 billion spent on retail lawn and garden items and 30% of all households buying at least one houseplant from the 2019 survey.

“This is a ‘shot in the arm’ our industry needs,” said Jim Feinson, CEO of Gardener’s Supply Company in a statement.

Hobbyists and businesses alike can be found discussing plant care and offering tips and tricks on Instagram, TikTok and every other social media platform.

Because people are staying closer to home these days, they have more time to invest in hobbies like attending online plant purges—when people swap plants with others in order to purge their collection and add new plant varieties—and learning about plant care.

Gardening is considered a healthy hobby as there are many benefits aside from the obvious.

  • Plants  can aid in reducing stress and anxiety
  • Houseplants make a room more comfortable and inviting
  • Tending plants gives you a sense of accomplishment
  • Indoor plants can help prevent fatigue
  • Plants aid in healthy air quality by reducing carbon dioxide levels and increasing humidity

Freelancer Ena Ganguly wrote that tending plants has taught her how to tend to herself, in a recent article for Kind Clinic.

“I realized how similar plants are to me and my body. Plants have their needs, just like I do. They need water, sun, and companionship, just like me. Plants are also often quick to forgive when I do not water them enough or give them ample sunlight. They respond with such compassion and resilience, traits that I am still working on for myself.”

In 2020, the most popular houseplants are Pothos, Monstera, Cactus, Philodendron and Calathea.

How can plant life impact your faith? Find some inspiration in this archived episode of Hugs From Heaven!

Robyn Roste

Robyn Roste is a professional writer with blogging, marketing and tourism experience. She also has a bachelor of journalism and diplomas in media and communications and biblical studies.

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