Uses of Pot Plants


Potted plants provide an easy and inexpensive way to brighten up any room. They are not only attractive, however, but also have health benefits and can even help freshen the air. Potted plants can be purchased from florists, nurseries, greenhouses and home improvement stores.


Potted plants are a great way to decorate an office, room, porch, or even an outdoor garden or patio. Potted plants can also be used as centerpieces for weddings or other special occasions, or as extra decoration for outdoor weddings. They can then be used as guest favors, or you can plant them in your garden as a reminder of your wedding. Potted plants are more environmentally friendly than cut flowers, since potted plants can last for years. Experiment with different types of containers to create different visual effects.

Health Benefits

Potted plants also provide several health benefits. Plants can help keep people calm and relaxed. Potted plants also help filter the air through the process of photosynthesis. NASA research designed to develop life support systems for outer space found that many common potted plants can effectively eliminate benzene, formaldehyde and volatile organic gases from the air. Potted plants are less expensive, more effective, and smaller than many commercial air purifiers. However, some plants are toxic, including nightshade, oleander, sweet pea and poinsettia. These plants should be kept away from children and pets, and may not filter air as effectively. To maximize air filtering, choose a non-toxic plant like ficus, fig trees, aloe vera, spider plant or banana tree.

Air Freshening

Potted plants not only help clean the air by filtering it, but they can also freshen the air. Although not all varieties of potted plants are fragrant, many potted plants give off a pleasant scent. According to Jerry Goodspeed, Utah State University Extension horticulturist, "Fragrant plants can help mask cooking and other odors, eliminating the need for air fresheners ... It's preferable to have a nice plant emitting a fragrant aroma than have the smell of burnt toast masked with the smell of 'tree in a can.'" Gardenias, scented geraniums, pink jasmine and hyacinth have pleasant scents and can be grown indoors. Using potted plants instead of air fresheners can save you money and keep your home or office beautiful.

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