How to Celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day

How to Celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day

On January 10 each year, plant aficionados celebrate their love for their houseplants. 
There’s a day each year to appreciate and honor nearly everything you love in your life. For example the national day to celebrate donuts is June 3, the game of chess (September 1), and the love of buttons (November 16). But on January 10 each year, plant aficionados celebrate their love for their houseplants. Here are 5 ways to celebrate the day.

1. Give your plants the spa treatment
Remove any dried or dead leaves. Then with a damp cloth, gently clean the leaves of your large-leafed plants, such as monstera, fiddleleaf fig, and sansevieria. This will make them look fresher by removing dust, and will help them photosynthesize better. Here's more about cleaning houseplant leaves. It’s also an ideal time to inspect for spider mites. Then add a little humidity around your plants with a pebble tray or humidifier.

2. Add a new plant species to your collection
Plant lovers love diversity, and adding a new plant to their collection is always exciting. The trends for this year include plants with big leaves, leaves with holes (called fenestration), variegated coloring, and leaves with unusual highlighting such as blue or silver hues. Keep your eye on the new introductions to the Trending Tropicals® collection for the most trendy species and varieties.

3. Upgrade your pot style
Change the look of your houseplants by using upgraded pots to highlight their good looks. Plant containers follow trends in color, form, and texture, just like other areas of fashion. Here are the newest pot styles for the year for inspiration.

 4. Give a child a plant

Caring for a plant is a good first step to learning how to nurture, so it’s an ideal gift for the child in your life. Here are 11 ways to help your child develop important caring skills through raising a plant.

5. Listen to your plant
Can we learn something from the way plants live? What is more “in-the-moment” than a houseplant? Houseplants react calmly and beautifully to their immediate surroundings— sunlight, air, water, temperature—and use those surroundings to thrive and grow. Spend some time with your houseplant today and see if you can discover mindfulness. Here are some other ways to celebrate mindfully with your plant.

Written by Karen Weir-Jimerson