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How Vertical Garden Can Improve Your Health

With space crunch in the world, the cities are growing vertically; this has resulted in people having a small-confined place both for work and home with limited or no space for greenery. This problem of lacking a garden can be solved with Vertical Garden. Many commercial buildings, apartment blocks and residential areas with vertical structures are engaging in creating Vertical Gardens. In 2016 Heathrow International Airport introduced a Vertical Garden for the passengers to relax.  These Green Walls have immense benefit and helps in improving one’s health. Here are some pointers that showcase how Vertical Gardens can help bolstering one’s health.

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  • Smog along withUrban Heat Island (UHI) effect is significantly reduced. When human activity and traffic causes a city or metropolitan area to have higher temperature than the rural areas surrounding the city, it is said t have UHI effect.
  • Reduces the carbon footprint by cleaning the air polluting agents of both outside and home caused by fuel emission and human beings.
  • Plants on Vertical Garden removes or reduces toxins that are hazardous to health like Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and benzene, thereby improving the air quality.
  • Vertical Gardens reduce stress and improves physical well-being of people. Various studies have revealed that people who have presence of plants are 12% more productive and less stressed. In post-operative scenario, studies have shown that people who have presence of plants at home or hospitals have faster recovery than those without.
  • Vertical Gardens helps in creating microclimate for one’s home or office. The Green Walls does not only reduce air pollution but also noise and helps in regulating the temperature of the home by providing a cooling and shaded area.
  • Green Walls also helps in reducing fire hazards by propagation of fire.
  • Reduces consumption of air conditions thereby intake of polluted air as the building itself becomes cooler.
  • Provides both acoustic and visual insulation.
  • Production of oxygen increases in the environment hence limiting inhaling of carbon dioxide.
  • Taking care of Vertical Garden is more convenient for people with back problem and arthritis.
  • Focus increases with greenery, so in a limited space, where gardening is not possible, vertical garden can provide the person with same experience. A study written on Washington Post mentioned that a group of students were given a task to be completed twice. During a short break in-between the task a group was shown pictures of flowers another group was shown images of city buildings. The group that saw the pictures of flowers and greenery performed the task better than the other group.

All these factors proves that despite having limited spaces Vertical Gardens are quite beneficial for people living the cities and metropolitan areas in high-rises. Green Walls are beneficial to people aesthetically, economically, physiologically and psychologically. The importance of Green Walls are now being recognized by Indian governments also, there is one in Chennai Airport, Bangalore’s Electronics City Flyover and Delhi’s Metro pillars are also going to turn green with Vertical Gardens.

So no longer one has go either to a park or has to plan a day out in some forest to enjoy a little bit of natural soothing greenery.

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Breathe fresh: Plants that purify air around you

Whether you’ve been staying in an old house for long or in a recently constructed one, your home could be harbouring unhealthy (and invisible) toxins for sure. These chemical compounds are found in emissions from paint, plastics, carpet, cleaning solutions, and numerous building materials.
There are three major offenders found in the home include:
• Formaldehyde: in carpets, upholstery, glues, paint, and more
• Benzene: in plastics, synthetic fibers, lubricants, rubber, pesticides
• Trichloroethylene: in paint removers, rug cleaning solution, adhesives
Luckily there are many air-cleaning plants that naturally remove pollutants from the air. We picked our favourites powerful purifiers & offer tips on how to keep them in top working condition, on the basis of Clean Air Study conducted by NASA.
Here’s how to use them: In a 2,000 square foot house, bring in 15 to 20 plants in 6-inch pots or larger. Rather than scattering single plants, create group displays in each room for a great look and maximum air quality.

1. English Ivy

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The English ivy has been rated as the number one best air-filtering houseplant by the NASA scientists, as it is the most effective plant when it comes to absorbing formaldehyde. It’s also incredibly easy to grow and adaptable — try it as a hanging or a floor plant. Grow in moderate temperatures and medium sunlight.

This hearty plant thrives in small spaces and fares well in rooms with few windows or little sunlight.

How Ivy helps: Its dense foliage excels at absorbing formaldehyde which shows up in wood floorboard resins and synthetic carpet dyes.

Price Range: Rs200 – Rs500 (Varies as per foliage & length of the plant)

  1. Dracaena

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    This large group of houseplants offers selections in all shapes, sizes, and colors. There’s a dracaena for every light situation. While this slow-growing shrub can get quite tall (up to 15 feet), it’s relatively compact and will make the most out of whatever floor space you can offer it.

    For best results, keep one in a room with high ceilings and moderate sunlight, and water occasionally. Its red-trimmed leaves will deliver a dose of unexpected colour.

    How Dracaena helps: This plant takes care of gases released by xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde, which can be introduced by lacquers, varnishes, and sealers.

    Price Range: Rs 60 (for Tricolour Dracaena) to Rs 1000 (for a group of Green Dracaena)

3. Peace Lily

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Among the few air purifiers that flower, the peace lily adapts well to low light but requires weekly watering and is poisonous to pets.

To maximize the plant’s air-cleansing potential, keep the foliage dust-free. The peace lily thrives in both low and bright light and the pristine white blooms are a bonus with this efficient plant.

How Peace Lily helps: This one rids the air of the VOC benzene, a carcinogen found in paints, furniture wax, and polishes. It also sucks up acetone, which is emitted by electronics, adhesives, and certain cleaners.

Price Range: Rs 150 to Rs 350 (Varies as per the foliage & length of the plant)

4 Snake Plant

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Snake plants don’t need much light or water to survive, so they’re an easy choice for any corner of your home. Also known as Sansieveria & mother-in-law’s tongue, this sharp-leafed plant rids air of formaldehyde and benzene, so add one to your bedroom for a clean-air boost.

How Snake Plant helps: The plant absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night (while most plants do so during the day)

Price Range: Rs 50 to Rs 250 for Snake plant’s Cylindrica variety

5. Areca Palm

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The attractive form of bamboo palm also made to the NASA’s list of top clean-air plants and it’s particularly effective at clearing out benzene and trichloroethylene.

These palms thrive in full sun or bright light. Part of the reason they can filter so much air is that they can grow to be pretty big—as tall as four to 12 feet high, making them exciting (and pet-friendly) indoor additions.

Although this palm requires bright light to flourish, don’t place it in direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist and feed your plant monthly during summer with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer.

How Areca Palm helps: A superstar of filtering formaldehyde, place it where air circulates freely with occasional misting – help deter spider mites.

Price Range: Rs 90 to Rs 1200 (Varies as per foliage & length of the plant)

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Find Lucky Plant For Your Zodiac Sign (Rashi)!

For centuries man has observed the plant cycle and how it impacts the humans. According to astrologers planets, constellations, people and plant are made of the same ‘elements, i.e. fire, air, water, and earth and the energies. All these establish that there is a connection between the Universe and nature and therefore plants and humans. Plants not only protect the environment but works to reduce or maximize its good or bad effects on people. They also have the capacity of changing the planetary conditions affecting a person. This article gives you the names of a few plants associated with the zodiac signs or rasis and how they aid them to bring positivity and good luck.

Aries

Fire sign, planet Mars. The plants are often thorny and prickly with spicy or bitter flavor. The plants used for this sign are blood purifiers, adrenaline gland stimulants and high in iron.

Plants: Red Sandalwood, Red roses, Tiger lily, Tapioca, Calendula, etc.

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Taurus

Earth sign, planet Venus. Plants for Taurus are gorgeous flowers with enticing fragrance. Plants are there to help calm the bull and harmonize the system.

Plants: Ylang-Ylang, Lavender, Parijat, Carissa, Fuchsia etc.

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Gemini

Air sign, planet Mercury. Plants are ferny or have fuzzy leaves with subtle odor. They require plants that strengthen their nervous system, lungs and respiratory system.

Plants: Ferns, Mint tree, Mulberry, Anthurium, Fig, etc.

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Cancer

Water sign, planet Moon. Soft, moon-shaped leaves with lots of moisture content are the plant of their sign. Plants that aides their digestive system and the subconscious, and mood swings are recommended.

Plants: Lilies, Water Lilies, Mahogany, Nicotiana, Acai etc.

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Leo

Fire sign, planet Sun. Plants are large with golden or orange color. Plants aiding in the cardiac system along with those that strengthen the spine, heart and blood pressure are recommended.

Plants: Hibiscus, Sunflower Tree, Passion Flower, Ashoka tree, Lemon tree etc.

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Virgo

Earth sign, planet Mercury. Plants with finely divided leaves with subtle odor are used that has high potassium content and helps in calming the nerves and reduces stress.

Plants: Amorphophallus, Catnip, Eranthemum, Aloe Vera, Blackberry etc.

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Libra

Air sign, planet Venus. The plants are with gorgeous flowers with a nice fragrance. Plants that bring balance between the endocrine system, kidneys, and the bladder are recommended.

Plants: Jasmine, Juniper, Camelia, Magnolia Orchid etc.

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Scorpio

Water sign, planets Mars and Pluto. Thorny plants often red in color and can grow in hard conditions. Plants that balance the hormone and urogenital system and colon are recommended.

Plants: Baobab, cacti & succulents, Dragon fruit, Jujube, Fire Bush etc.

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Sagittarius

Fire sign, planet Jupiter. Pleasant odor plants of a conspicuous size that aide in that strengthening the thighs, lower back and spine are used.

Plants: Sage, Cinnamon, Thistles, Peony, Jamul etc.

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Capricorn

Earth sign, planet Saturn. Plants with few flowers and unpleasant smell are associated with this sign. Plants with high calcium content are recommended as the planet gives the body structure of a human.

Plants: Palms, Neem Tree, Bel fruit, Ginko, Desert Rose etc.

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Aquarius

Air sign, planet Uranus. Plants of this sign grow in unusual places and have uncommon colors. Plants that aid blood circulation and relax the nervous system is recommended.

Plants: Birds of Paradise, White Pothos, Ivy, Eucalyptus, Coffee etc.

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Pisces

Water sign, planets Jupiter, Moon and Neptune.  Pisces plants often grow near the ocean and are hard to find and those with antibacterial qualities and strengthen the immune system are used.

Plants: English lavender, Coconut palm, Mangroves, Erythrina, Aquatic plants etc.

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10 Best Plants To Bring Good Fortune To The Business

In Indian tradition there is Vastu Shastra, literal translation is ‘science of architecture’. The science is concerned with arranging the interiors of a house or a building in a manner that brings in positive energy and ousts the negative and the dark energy. Similarly in Chinese architectural system guidelines are there that intends to provide harmony with nature by arranging the living environment. Feng Shui attracts chi, the positive energy by balancing the yin and yang. The invisible energy of chi is believed to bind all living things together with the earth and cosmos and by bringing in its positivity it harnesses health, wealth and prosperity. One way of harnessing chi is by using certain plants. Here are 10 best plants that bring good fortune to the business.

  1. Money Plant (Pachira Aquatica)

This is a popular Feng Shui plant that is used in homes and business places to attract money. Pachira is native of Central and South America and belongs to Malvaceae family.

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  1. Money Plant (Crassula Ovata)

Crassula harmonizes the human existence with his/her surrounding and produces positive energy. The plant’s round, smooth-edged and clustered leaves make it a favorite among the Feng Shui experts as such a plant structure is believed to be the best for attracting money and good fortune. Crassula is native of South America.

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  1. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena Braunii)

For more than 5000 years this plant has been the symbol of luck and fortune in Asian culture. In Feng Shui bamboo is believed to create harmony between the five elements, i.e. earth, wood, fire, water and metal and brings in positivity.

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  1. Golden Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)

Popularly known as the money plant in India is a native of French Polynesia. The leaves are shiny and have different shades of green. As per Feng Shui, the plant brings in wealth and is commonly believed to bring luck, happiness, and prosperity.

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  1. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Feng Shui considers it, as a fortune plant is a native of tropical America. This plant exudes positivity. In a study conducted by NASA, Spathiphyllum has properties that purify and cleans the contaminated air. It is a shade loves plant but needs little bright light too.

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  1. Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

This is a popular houseplant that is considered to bring in good luck. Native to Africa with many different names like mother-in-law’s tongue, viper’s bowstring hemp etc. the plant improves indoor air quality by removing toxic elements.

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  1. Aglaonema

This plant is native to South Asia and has many hybrid species that have different growing habits. While in Feng Shui this plant is believed to bring luck, NASA’s study has shown it removes indoor air pollutants.

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  1. Spider Plant

Native to South Africa, this is more like a herb plant than a tree. Requires less maintenance and is believed to bring in good luck and fortune. The plant reduces stress and removes pollutants from the air.

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  1. Fishtail Fern

The plant is native to Australia and New Guinea is one of the hardiest plants in the list and requires very little maintenance. The plant brings in good luck and fortune in the house.

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10.Lemon Balm

The plant improves overall wellness, boosts mood and reduces stress. Native to Central Asia, lemon balm is an effective air purifier too. Can be grown as both indoor and outdoor plant that requires very little maintenance.

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So if you want to tap into your good fortune, get one of these plants and put it in your house or business place and witness the difference.

 

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Add a Splash of Natural Color with these 5 Plants!

Want the Mesmerizing fragrances and aesthetic look of Real Flowers? Go for Indoor Flowering Plants.

Flowers are the most creative and beautiful home décor materials .They come in infinite varieties and colors to suit varying tastes, climatic conditions and backgrounds. Traditionally , gardens are set up outside of any premises , but with changing scenario people have been falling in love with the idea of having a green and colorful corner inside their premises .This concept of Indoor flowering plants not only add the beauty to the Interiors but also comes with vast benefits of having plants around. Here is top 5 picks of Indoor Flowering Plants:

Areca Palm is a leafy green plant which is easily sustainable in any area having indirect sunlight, thus ideal to be used as Indoor Plant. It should be kept in small container so as to limit its size .It should be watered enough to keep the soil moist and some intervals should be there to make it little dry before next watering in winter. This plant is highly useful in eliminating xylene and toluene from air. It should be protected from direct sunlight, since that will make the leaves turn Yellow.

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English Ivy is another option for making your Interior look colorful and vibrant. This plant need to be placed around window as it needs bright  light to look fresh, and in absence of that might attract pest.Watering should be done with due care , and soil should be let dry  for some time before watering it further. This beautiful green plant helps in cutting down airborne fecal-matter particles. It also aid in filtering formaldehyde which is often found in some household cleaning substances.

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Aloe Vera is very useful plant with an extensive bunch of benefits. It filters out formaldehyde and benzene, commonly found in paints, cleaner and other toxic substances. It is used in treating various skin related problems. It should be kept in warm and dry conditions, so watering should only be done when the soil seems to be dry and not routinely. It should ideally be placed in a sunny window to survive; complete shady surrounding will kill the plant.

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Indian Basil is commonly known as Tulsi. This plant needs no introduction, as it is not only grown but worshipped traditionally in Indian households. It can be planted in a simple pot, needs regular watering and a sunny surrounding to thrive. It has a lot of medicinal properties, and is very commonly used in tea in winters to avoid cold and cough. Also it filters the air and increases the air quality.

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Spider Plant is another beautiful green beauty which derives its name due to its uniquely shaped leaves, which dangle in the same way as spider on web. The soil should be well drained and should not be soggy for fresh looking spider plant. It eliminates benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, which is nothing but a solvent commonly used in leather, printing and rubber industry.

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Above were some of the Indian flowering plants that will add some color to your garden.

 

 

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Go Green This Diwali: Gift These 10 Unique Plants

Diwali is beginning of something auspicious, something new and for some cultures rises of the good over the evil. So this Diwali lets do something unique, let’s start saving the planet, all it takes is 1.35 billion people to plant a single tree. Instead of gifting material goods when you visit your friends or relatives’ houses go green gift a plant. This good wish gift for the Diwali will reflect your thought, warmth, and care. Gifting a bag of firecrackers and sparkles do have an excitement factor but it is for the moment and also is going out of trend. Gifting a plant is the ‘in-thing’, it’s unique and adds more value to not only the person’s life but the environment too.

In this festive season, the surroundings are already quite loud and polluted with the lightings, crackers and loud music. Hence returning to home after a hard day at work that has greenery, serenity and removes the toxicity of the air is the place to be. So instead of buying and gifting crackers that causes air pollution gives something that helps in purifying the air.

 

Here is a list of 10 plants that you can gift as a Diwali present:

  1. Peace Lily: This is a sturdy plant that produces white flowers that are long-lasting.
  2. Money Plant: Can be placed indoors, in the balcony or can be hanged too from a pot. A sturdy plant that is believed for bringing luck.
  3. Roses: It is a beauty by its own right and brightens up anywhere it is placed.
  4. Jade Plant: A sturdy plant is known for bringing good luck.
  5. Syngonium: It is a good air purifying plant.
  6. Snake Plant: Another sturdy plant that requires minimum maintenance but is a great air purifier.
  7. Dianthus: A lovely flowering plant that looks great in balconies and terraces.
  8. Dahlia: Another plant with beautiful and colourful flowers that can be placed in the garden, terrace or balcony.
  9. A mix of kitchen plants: It can be a mix of different kinds of herbs that are used in the kitchen.
  10. Aloe Vera: Medicinal, sturdy and requires very little maintenance, can be placed anywhere.

 

Since Diwali is also the time for many to celebrate the Lakshmi why not give gifts that attract wealth. There are many plants according to Vaastu Shastra that helps in bringing good luck, wealth and prosperity when they are kept at home.

There are several kinds and categories of plants that can be gifted. There are several plants that can be gifted for either indoors or outdoors. Categories they can be selected from are flowering plants, succulents, foliage, medicinal, seasonal, ornamental and tiny plants. Depending on to whom you are gifting you can decide whether to give garden, table, porch, terrace or balcony plants. But do remember that while many admire Bonsai for their beauty and size, some consider them to be unlucky too.

So at this auspicious occasion gift the item that is a living, breathing thing that will grow in front of your friend, relative, colleague or family member’s eyes. While out of 390,900 different types of plants we listed only 10 you can surely consider the rest for gifting.

 

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Best 10 Bathroom Plants To Clean Germs, Bacteria And Airborne Pollutants

A bathroom is one place in the house that needs to be kept clean and tidy all the time, as it is the perfect place for a host of germs to breed in the humid low-light environment. While bathrooms are the perfect place for plants but you can face quite a few challenges keeping those plants alive due to temperature variation and poor ventilation. A bathroom faces more temperature variation than a normal place, be it getting too hot and humid while showering with hot water or get too cold when left for a long time. So one needs to be sure about the plants they put in the bathroom that can sustain such changes in temperature. Here are the best 10 bathroom plants that clean germs, bacteria, and airborne pollutants and they survive.

 

  1. English Ivy

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Native to Europe is one of the most popular plants that remove airborne chemicals and other pollutants. It requires a cool and moderate humid environment with a temperature between 5 and 25 degrees to thrive.

 

  1. Golden Pothos

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Also known as the money plant is native to French Polynesia is a popular houseplant in India. Quite a hardy plant that can survive in low light but goes into dormant in temperature low than 10 degree Celsius but never dies.

 

  1. Boston Fern

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Can be found in swamps and a humid forest is efficient in removing indoor bacteria. One of the hardest plants that can survive in extreme conditions and poor lighting. Thrives in temperature between 15 and 30 degree Celsius.

 

  1. Fishtail Fern

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Native to New Guinea and Australia is easy to care plant that does not require bright sunlight and does well in poor indoor light and conditions. Thrives in temperature between 15 and 30 degree Celsius.

 

  1. Kimberly Queen Fern

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Native to Australia us a popular houseplant as it requires practically no maintenance. To thrive it requires moist soil with a temperature between 15 and 30 degree Celsius.

 

  1. Lemon Balm

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Native to Central Asia helps with mental wellness, improves mood and reduces stress. Can survive under artificial light with a temperature between 15 and 30 degree Celsius.

 

  1. Snake Plant

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Native to southern Asia that not only removes the air pollutants but even during the night releases oxygen. Does not require frequent watering and can survive in the arid environment and thrives in temperature between 15 and 30 degree Celsius.

 

  1. Bromeliads

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Native to tropical America is hardy and drought tolerant. Exotic plant with different shapes can survive in temperature between 15 and 30 degree Celsius.

 

  1. Peace Lily

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Thrives in a temperature between 10 and 20 degree Celsius removes airborne chemicals and other air pollutants. Can survive with the dry soil of 1 inch.

 

  1. Spider Plant

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   Native to southern Africa is a popular houseplant and requires watering in every couple of months. Can survive in a temperature between 15 and 22 degree Celsius.

 

With these plants, you can turn your bathroom into a calm, germ-free space with spa-like feeling.  Bathroom plants not only gives the environment an exotic feel but fills it up with oxygen while removing the polluting agents and excess moisture, which is the best space for mold to grow.

 

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10 Best Vastu Plants To Attract Good Fortune

A significant change in the mood, the balance of your house and garden can happen if you design it according to Vastu Shastra. The science of architecture is an ancient Indian tradition that helps in bringing in good fortune, health and prosperity to a place and in that study plants are included too. In this traditional study, the property is not only beautified with the positioning of things in the right direction and right spots but they harness the good energy while bars and blocks the negative energy. So while putting plants in your house while feeling close to nature try to get plants that would not only give you serenity but also good fortune.

Here are 10 best Vastu plants that attract good fortune.

 

  1. Tulsi

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This aromatic herb is worshipped in India and found all around the year. Belongs to the species of basil is an aromatic perennial plant. The holy basil is native to India and has multiple health benefits.

  1. Jasmine

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Native to Australasia, Oceania and subtropical regions of Eurasia can be found in 200 different species. The flowers of the plant have gorgeous fragrance and are often used of ornamentation. Jasmine is used for worshipping Lord Shiva in Hinduism and symbolizes various emotions.

  1. Plumeria

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The flower of this plant has vivid color and has over 300 species. Mostly found in tropical regions of Mexico, Polynesia, Central America and other warm-temperate regions. The flowers have an immense fragrance.

  1. Aloe Vera

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Has the most positive energy among all the Vastu plants. The plant is native of Sudan but grows in almost all climates. Aloe Vera is well known for its healing properties and purification of air.

  1. Money Plant

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Most used plants in an Indian household can reduce stress, anxiety and even insomnia. Studies in NASA has revealed it has properties to purify air form the pollutants caused due to electrical radiation unlike any other plant

  1. Peace Lily

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The plant is native to America and Southeast Asia’s tropical regions are well known for promoting wellness, positive energy and mental serenity. According to Vastu the plant has the capacity to discard negative and discordant energy and has protective vibration.

  1. Peony

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Bright color, fragile flowers that symboliz optimism, new life, spring, and love are the trademark of Peony.  By placing them in the garden you can attract true love and romance. It is believed they also help in fostering meaningful relationships. Peonies are native to Europe, Asia, and Western North America.

  1. Parijat

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Considered a divine tree with tales of romance about its origin. The plant is native to South Asia and Southeast Asia has many medicinal properties. The plant is believed to bring serenity, good luck, and peace in the house.

 

  1. Lotus

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Lotus is native to Asia and can be found in many varieties. The plant and the flower are believed to strengthen mortality, and purity and is recommended to be placed at the entrance to attract enlightenment and wealth.

  • Kadam / Kadamba

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Kadam is a tropical evergreen tree native to South and Southeast Asia. The tree is considered to be auspicious in Vastu and bars negativity from outside and attracts positivity and good fortune.

 

So next time when you buy a plant for your house consider these plants to attract and harness the good fortune with these natural beauties.

 

 

 

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Did You Know That Plants Can Talk To Each Other?

We always considered plants to be our silent partners in this world of noise and sound. But wait a minute! According to a new study from Western Australia plants have been talking all along. The study shows remarkable new evidence that suggests they are neither deaf nor dumb; rather along with their feelings and reactions they produce a series of ‘click’ sounds from their roots to communicate with each other.

Researcher Monica Gagliano, who discovered that plants can talk is of the opinion that their communication is essential for the survival of the inter-flora community. Gagliano along with professor Stefano Muncaso of the University of Florence decided to undertake the study of seeing if plants could talk. They studied a young bunch of corn plants and eavesdropped on their roots. The things that they discovered was remarkable, i.e., the plants emit sounds regularly that is audible to the human ear, as the range is of 220Hz.

Since it was already a known fact that plants react to sunlight and use chemicals to communicate with each other in case of danger, Gagliano and Muncaso conducted a test. To the corn plants, they were studying the researcher introduced another new specimen of corn plants that were suspended in water. After a few days they found that towards the talking plants the listening plants were leaning.

 

What do Plants Talk To Each Other About?

There are many things they discuss and it is interesting and it has been found that they competitive too. Here are some things that the plants talk to each other about:

 

Increase your growth: Study has shown that plants secrete chemicals in the soil when planted in a crowded environment signaling the neighboring plants to grow aggressively so that they are not left behind in the shade.

 

Canopy shyness: It has been witnessed that plants alter their growth strategy when leaves and branches of one plant brush against another plant. Matured and older plants restraint their growth in such a condition experiencing ‘canopy shyness’ while the younger ones spurt their growth and expand rapidly.

 

They pick up cues: A study has shown that a plant boosts its growth in a stressed environment and leaves its chemical reaction behind informing its next generation. The study planted a new plant in the same soil after removing the original plant that was under stress and despite removing the stressor the new plant shows the same growth pattern. A plant that has not been grown in the stressed environment does not show that growth spurt.

 

W-waves: Plants warn each other about impending chopping down to its neighbor by emitting electric pulses called W waves.

 

Warning about aphid attacks: Plants also warn one another with fungi that is thread-line filament connecting the roots about possible aphid attacks.

Plants have a complex communication system that researchers and scientists are learning about in the recent times. According to Gagliano, they are like animals but their communication becomes more interesting because they cannot move. Scientists hope that with time and their eavesdropping they get to learn more about what the plants talk about and how we can communicate with them.