Plants that are trending for 2022

Indoor plants have been a big part of our lives in lockdown and our communities have benefited from the therapeutic benefits of keeping a little patio garden. Homes have adapted with many rooms filled with several plants. Plants not only bring life and beauty but the act of caring for them is rewarding and an act of mindfulness. We see more and more people are experiencing the joy of living with greenery and it appears to be a trend that is here to stay.

The newest trends to watch for this year are flowering plants, edible plants and indoor trees will be the favourites. Distinct planters will become a major trend with indoor plants.. We might  see plenty of rich tones and colours with planters. Comforting colours like terracotta, greens and browns will become staples to our home decor. Cute animal planters will still be popular this year, which you can find over 30 different style aniamls at Printhousedesign1 on etsy along with tillandsia air plant to accompany the planter. 

Variegated plants  will be celebrated for their distinctive look in 2022 with Pothos or English ivy which have leaves that look like a work of art. Sporting the prettiest of flowers, stunning orchids will need plenty of bright light to bloom and be the spotlight in any room. Ferns are a beautiful and relatively easy plant to grow and maintain and are fantastic for shady and low-light areas, which can be perfect in an apartment or office environment. The banana plant, with their large green leaves, these luscious plants will add a touch of the tropics to your decor. They grow quite tall, choose a dwarf variety for indoors unless you have soaring ceilings and want to create a jungle theme room. 

Whatever trend takes your fancy, why not embrace the fresh start of the new year to bring some fresh new leafy greens into your home.

Can gardening be therapeutic?

Gardening improves physical health and produces nutritious homegrown goodies, but its therapeutic benefits extend beyond that. From relaxation and stress relief to formal therapist-directed programs, mental and emotional wellbeing get welcome boosts along the garden path.

Like outdoor garden settings, viewing green plants in indoor living spaces can perk up your spirits and your sense of wellbeing. But the benefits of caring for a living plant, even a single houseplant, transcend green views.Outdoor gardening and plant care exposes people to sunshine and high amounts of vitamin D, a synthesizer of serotonin. Serotonin is the chemical in brains that induces happiness.  In addition, Gardening can act as a gentle reminder to us that we are not the centre of the universe. Self-absorption can contribute to depression, and focusing on the great outdoors – even in the pared-down form of a patio – can encourage us to be less insular.

Rituals can help us work through difficult emotions, including grief, and gardening is a form of ritual involving both the giving of life and acknowledgment of its end; it’s symbolic of regeneration. ​It’s no coincidence we create gardens of remembrance and mark the scattered ashes and graves of our loved ones with roses, shrubs, and trees; by doing so we’re acknowledging that from dust we all come and to dust we return.

You don’t need a garden the size of a meadow to enjoy horticulture; you don’t even need a large patio. Just one hanging basket or few pots along a window ledge can lift the spirits whenever you look at them, and if you’re strapped for cash, why not recycle an old container like a colander or ice-cream carton? So, if you would like to start a little bit of happiness with plants. Try Nasturtium or sweet peas to plant in a container or, if you can find a patch of earth which gets sunshine, try sowing sunflowers or wildflowers. Either way this spring, start thinking of a way to bring a little happiness with plants.  You can find flower seeds at our etsy shop: http://www.printhousedesign.com

Lucky Plants for 2022

It’s a new year, a fresh start, and there is no better way to celebrate it than with some beautiful plants/ flowers. They are pleasant to watch and can purify the air in your home. More than that, there are some plants that are considered lucky. Below is a list of a few plants that could bring a little luck to your space.

  1. Lucky Bamboo: In Chinese, the plant is called fugui zhu – “fugui” for “wealth and rank”, and “zhu” for “bamboo”. The plant can thrive in many conditions, either in soil or in water. It’s perfect for people who do not possess green fingers.
  2. Golden Pothos: the most popular houseplant, According to Feng Shui, the plant can bring wealth and prosperity to your home. It can purify the air and absorb radiation.
  3. Orchid: potted orchid plants are said to bring luck in relationships. Pink orchids can bring harmonious relationships. White orchids can fill the household with peace, and the purple ones are considered to be the most auspicious.
  4. Rubber plants: rubber plants have rounded leaves that are known to symbolize abundance, happiness, and wealth. Rubber plants are also said to remove toxins and negative energy from the air, Oweh adds. The recipe for keeping a rubber plant flourishing? Bright, indirect sunlight, well-draining soil, and a good watering every week or two.
  5. Jade plant:  these plants are associated with money and good fortune due to their small, coin-shaped leaves. Jade plants are succulents that store water in their plump leaves, so they don’t need to be watered often, she adds. “These plants love indirect, bright light and for the pot to dry out well before the next watering.

So if you want to try a little luck this year, try one of these plants in your space.

Winter Gardening

It is possible—with the proper arrangements and precautions—to plant and grow a handful of vegetables during the colder season.

What to Plant in a Winter Garden

  1. Spinach. I love growing spinach in my winter garden because it is great for slipping in smoothies for those much-needed vitamins in the winter. …
  2. Kale. Kale is another favorite food of mine to grow in a winter garden. …
  3. Parsley. I love parsley. …
  4. Asian Greens. …
  5. Arugula. …
  6. Carrots. …

Winter vegetables to grow outdoors

Getting these vegetables to a reasonable size before the first frost means you can harvest them as long as they remain accessible. You can also overwinter some varieties for that late winter or early spring harvest.

Beets

Plant beets 6 to 8 weeks before your first expected frost. Harvest as baby greens or leave in the ground to mature into delicious, vitamin-rich roots. In most locations, beets can stay in the ground all winter if mulched when very cold weather hits.

Garlic

One of the easiest crops to grow, garlic generally goes into the ground in mid to late fall and gets harvested in midsummer. Plant with lots of compost, and add mulch for protection from weeds and weather.

Kale

Kale is one of the easiest plants to grow and cold weather only sweetens its flavor. For a winter harvest, plant a generous amount in slightly alkaline soil in early to mid August. Kale will usually survive freezing temperatures, but you can protect the leaves from heavy snowfall if you want to prevent breakage.

Spinach

While difficult to grow in the heat of summer, spinach thrives in cool weather and will continue to grow new leaves even with lower light. It is also hardy enough to grow without cover until mid-October in many locations, so you can plant it later in the season (August to September), allow it to grow outside, and then cover it before the first frosts.

More winter gardening tips

Once you have chosen your crops, there are some other considerations that can help improve your chances for success during cold, wet weather.

  1. Start seeds in trays
  2. If you live in the northern states or Canada, winter gardening often requires careful timing to make the best use of your planting window. Starting seeds in trays can give your seedlings a jump on the season. When a bed becomes vacant in your garden, transplanting a healthy seedling into the ground saves you a few weeks growing time.Grow in raised garden beds
  3. In some parts of the continent, wet weather can inhibit plant growth just as much as cold temperatures. Raised beds lift your garden soil above the soggy ground and help ensure the best drainage possible. They also warm more quickly come springtime.Protect against wind

We’ve talked about frost and snow, but wind can often damage plants during the winter. Creating a windbreak, planting in a sheltered area, or using polytunnels or row covers for wind can give your plants added protection.
Despite colder temperatures and shorter days, winter provides a gardening opportunity suitable for many hardy vegetables. Consult your local seed companies for varieties suitable for your area and get planting!

Top 3 poisonous plants during the holidays for pets

Cats and dogs’ adventurous tastes can prove especially worrisome around the holidays when you add Christmas decorations to your home. Mistletoe, holly, and Christmas trees (both real and fake) can all send your four-legged friends to the vet for an expensive visit. 

Poinsettias — a common fear among pet owners — actually prove less toxic than many other potted plants you’ll find this time of year.

Here’s what you need to keep an eye on

Mistletoe: Just one bite has the potential to make cats and dogs sick — usually in the form of vomiting followed by lethargy. If you decide to have this traditional plant inside the home, make sure it’s hanging or placed high away from your pets. 

Holly: can cause an issue two different ways, First, if it has the little points on it, that can be very mechanically irritating to the stomach and cause vomiting. But the holly also does contain compounds called saponins, which are soap-like and cause severe stomach irritation.”The combination can lead to blood in the vomit — a sure sign your dog or cat needs professional medical care.

Amaryllis:  The pretty blooms and tall slender stalks won’t send your pet to the hospital, but the bulbs will. Toxins in the parts below the dirt can cause vomiting with or without blood and potentially low blood pressure — necessitating a trip to the vet. While mild stomach upset is possible, you can rest easier if your pet just took a bite out of the flowers or leaves.

If your pet ingests a toxic plant after hours when your veterinary clinic is closed, or if you’re very far from an emergency veterinary hospital, you can call an animal poison control center. Two animal poison hotlines are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 (consultation fee applies) and the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661 ($59 consultation fee applies).

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