Indoor houseplants are everywhere, from temperamental fiddle-leaf plants to more laid-back snake plants. This is because indoor houseplants became a relaxing and enjoyable hobby during the pandemic.
Neue plant Parents (including this writer) were responsible for a rise in Google searches for popular flora, such as pothos, prayer plants, and other flora in 2020. Meanwhile, seasoned caretakers shared tips on social media platforms like TikTok, where the hashtag #plantsoftiktok has amassed more than 6 billion views. With home delivery services such as The Sill, Bloomscape and Bloomscape available, creating Instagrammable oases at-home is now easy.
Although houseplants can provide wellness and therapeutic benefits, their industry also has environmental impacts. Credit: Morsa Images/Digital Vision/Getty Images
“Growing indoor foliage plants is a highly intensive process,” Dr. Loren R. Oki is a specialist in environmental and horticulture at University of California Davis and codirector at University of California Nursery and Floriculture Alliance. “There’s high plant densities, there’s fast turnovers (between growing and shipping plants). It’s a really complex system…They require a lot of resources like energy, labor, water, (and) fertilizers,” The potting mix is also included.
An indoor garden can have many benefits, including therapeutic and wellbeing. It can be used indoors and outdoors to reduce stress, increase attention, and provide some much-needed relaxation. green into urban environments. Missy Bidwell (horticulturist at Cornell Botanic Gardens, New York) said that it is important to consider all resources necessary to grow and maintain urban gardens. your To find the right balance between houseplants and other plants. “When you stop and think about all of the inputs, you have to (consider) the outputs — do they have a bigger advantage? Do they have a bigger impact on your life?”
Although the horticulture industry has made significant strides in recent years in areas such as energy-efficient greenhouses or improvements in water application, there are still urgent and collective environmental impacts.
Multi-billion-dollar hinterland your local plant Shops require a lot of resources, and produce waste and pollution. Credit: Mansoreh Motamedi/Moment Radio/Getty Images
Oki points out that pesticides are required in the industry because “indoor plants and other nursery products are aesthetic products,” He said. “They need to be perfect. If the plant has a brown leaf on it, people won’t buy it. So there’s the pressures of the consumer that growers also have to have to meet as well.”
And also waste is A problem is also present in the horticulture sector, which has a serious single use plastic problem. “Plastics are in everything that we do, from the pots to the bags of soil (to the) plastic tags, plastic sleeves,” Bidwell stated.
“That piece of nature is wrapped in one of the most toxic materials for nature,” plantAndreas Szankay, owner of the shop, speaks out about the plastic pots that are used to grow plants. As an alternative, he and his partner use biodegradable containers. Credit: Roosevelt Nguyen
“That piece of nature is wrapped in one of the most toxic materials for nature,” Andreas Szankay said, “a plantBrooklyn-based -shop owner “It doesn’t really have to be that way.”
Alternative is Szankay and Stephanie want to promote biodegradable containers through their shop Pollyn. They replant all of their nursery plants in bio-pots that are made of coconut fiber, cow dung, and paper pulp.
Because bio-pots are healthier, plants stay more healthy “they allow for more air and water exchange,” Andreas explained, and can fertilize a plantDepending on the material used,’s roots. They can be found easily at Amazon or Home Depot. Szankay hopes nurseries that supply them will use them as soon as possible, since they arrive at shops already potted.
The scheme of things is your The environmental impact of houseplant collection will likely be lower than that of what’s in. your Closet or your fridge. It may seem like someone is adopting sustainable practices, just like the fashion and food industries. is It is difficult to make a dent in a larger problem that will require the largest players to take the lead. If you are looking for a more sustainable indoor gardening space, there are some decisions you can make.
The first thing that you can do is is Take into account your Own “plant Miles’ when adding new items to your Bidwell explains the collection.
For new plants, propagating clippings from plants in water or soil is This is the best way to grow a collection that is eco-friendly. Credit: Wachirawit Iemlerkchai/Moment Radio/Getty Images
If you do make purchases online, do your Research the origins of your plants. Companies such as Bloomscape in Detroit, and Rooted New York, for example, ship direct from the greenhouse. your plantYou can make your own journey by taking out the shop.
“Being a good steward of your plants is really important,” Bidwell stated. “Bringing (home) living beings is important, and you need to care for them.”