And life begins…
Throughout the history of mankind, plants have been used for clothing, shelter, food and medicine, and even as territorial barriers. They are part of the water cycle of the Earth and the largest producers of oxygen.
Life occurs on Earth because it orbits the sun at the right distance (92 million miles). This allows the planet to stay at the perfect temperature for water to remain in its liquid form instead of freezing or evaporating. Besides the importance of the temperature, light and water are essential elements for the growth and survival of plants and trees.
After the formation of the sun, the Earth and other planets were formed, a process that took thousands of millions of years. Once the Earth cooled off, oceans and seas arose allowing many different life forms to start generating and evolving.
In addition to light and water, oxygen (O2) and a protective atmosphere are vital to support life. Plants and trees have a crucial role in the production of O2, and they also remove polluting agents from the air. They absorb carbon dioxide and other harmful gases, such us sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and methane, and release O2 as a waste product.
Besides filtering the air and constantly producing oxygen, plants and trees have many other functions that benefit us and the environment…
Why are plants so good for us?
Plants and trees are beautiful and make every place look better; they are refreshing and transmit a sense of peacefulness and healthiness. Greenery also attracts beautiful birds and butterflies and increases the value of any property!
As no other life form can, plants produce their food out of the energy from the sun and by transforming carbon dioxide into oxygen (photosynthesis) they make all human and animal life on this planet possible.
Plants and trees help eliminate indoor and outdoor air pollution and enrich the quality of the soil. They also act as windbreaks, help recycle water, slow storm water run-off, and create cool shaded areas. Finally, plants and trees provide food and shelter to humans and wild life. We cannot live without them and we need to start respecting them more and making them part of the family.
Types of plants
All plants add a positive and energetic look to their homes and most are inexpensive or even free. It doesn’t matter where or how you live, all plants need is a little attention, some water and light, and they will give you a lot back! Plants are very efficient air cleaners and they will help you keep your place looking good and smelling fresh.
There are many different types of plants and trees: indoor and outdoor plants, shrubs, cactus, ferns, herbs, flowers, vegetable plants, climbers or crawlers, seasonal or evergreens. The diversity of plants makes it easier to find the right plant for every climate and every home.
Find the right plants for you and learn how to take care of them, enjoy them, and live with them. The world without plants would be an inhospitable desert, make your own world an inviting, fresh and beautiful habitat to live in!
Which are the right plants for you?
Just like us, different plants have different needs; some are more demanding while others are more resilient. Depending on where you live and your life style, some plants will be a better match for you than others. Getting the wrong plants could be very frustrating and could set you up for failure.
Getting the wrong plants could be very frustrating and could set you up for failure. Sometimes it could take a little while for a plant to adapt to its new environment. If you think that the plant is not doing well in its current location, try moving it to a different one. Some like dark and humid areas like the bathroom, others love to sit in the living room and watch movies with you!
There are some plants that are very sensitive to temperatures or light intensity.
Some plants can’t handle a lot of water while others need to be watered every day. For example, trying to grow a tropical plant in the dry desert weather of Las Vegas can be a real challenge.The best way to find the plants that are right for you and your home is to go to your local nursery and talk with the experts.
Once you have found the right plants and the right places for them, your plants should start to grow bigger and stronger. Many types of plants are easy to propagate. For instance, pothos, heart-leaf philodendrons and arrowhead plants, are very easy to maintain and they grow pretty fast, you can multiply them by cutting a deep stem and placing it in water, it will begin to grow roots in about a week.
Outdoors succulents are very resilient low maintenance plants, cutting a little branch off and placing it in dirt will make a new plant. You can also take stems off of friends’ or family members’ plants and try to grow them at home; next time you visit you can bring them one of your own propagated plants to add to their plants family.
Another option is to grow your own plant from a seed of a vegetable or a pit of a fruit you ate, or from soaking a bean or putting a potato eye in water. Your new plant may even provide you with some fresh organic food!
Propagating plants is a very fun and rewarding hobby! You can put your new plants in all kinds of places: the shower, your room, the kitchen, your patio, the balcony, etc. You can also use your new plants as presents and give somebody you love something to look forward to and to care about, something positive and full of life!
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