As a millennial, there are many things I am guilty of: living with my parents well into my late 20s, oversharing on social media, and spending too much money on avocado toast. But one thing I never thought I'd become is a plant mom. Turns out, though, that's exactly what I've become. (Hey, at least I'm not alone!) If you're wondering if you're becoming a plant mom too, here are six signs that you just might be. Keep reading to find out more!
You have more houseplants than you can count.
If your home is starting to look like a jungle, it's a good bet that you're becoming a plant mom. (And honestly, there's nothing wrong with that!)
As you're a plant mom, your life revolves around taking care of your green babies. You know the feeling of satisfaction that comes from watching your plants grow and thrive under your care.
In my case, I wanted to add a little bit of life to my home, so I bought a couple of potted plants and put them on the windowsill in the living room. They looked nice, and I liked having them around, so I decided to buy a few more.
Before long, I had plants everywhere - on the windowsills, on the coffee table, on top of the bookshelves. They started to creep into the bedroom, too. I had a plant on my bedside table, and another in the corner of the room. They made the place feel more alive.
My friends and family think I'm a crazy plant mom, but I love it. My home is full of life, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
You talk to your plants a lot and you give them names
Do you find yourself talking to your house plants very often? or maybe you've started naming your plants with actual "human names"... Well, this means that you're well on your way to becoming a plant mom, and a very good one at that!
In fact, research shows that speaking nicely to plants will support their growth, whereas yelling at them won't. Rather than the meaning of words, however, this may have more to do with vibrations and volume. Plants react favourably to low levels of vibrations, around 115-250hz is perfect.
In 2009, the Royal Horticultural Society conducted an interesting study involving 10 gardeners. The gardeners were recorded reading both literary and scientific works, which were then played through a set of headphones attached to a tomato plant. After one month, all of the plants had grown taller than the two control plants, but the ones receiving female voices did better by a whole inch.
It's fascinating to think about what might cause such a difference. One possibility is that the female voice is simply more soothing and relaxing than the male voice. Or maybe there's something about the way female gardeners tend to their plants that makes them more successful. Whatever the reason, it's clear that there's something special about the female plant mom!
You can't resist buying new plants.
Whether it's succulents for your desk at work or a silver sword philodendron for your living room, you just can't say NO to a new plant.
I'm not sure what it is about house plants that are so irresistible, but once you start collecting them, it's hard to stop. It's almost like your plant mom instincts kick in as soon as you see a house plant.
I should know, because I've been there myself. It all started with a philodendron congo that I spotted at my local nursery. I told myself that I would only spend $50 on it, but then I saw a calathea majestica that was too beautiful to resist. Before I knew it, I had spent a sizeable chunk of my salary on house plants. And I have to say, I don't regret it one bit. These days, my home is filled with green life, and I can't imagine it any other way.
It turns out that I am not the only one that is turning into a plant mom, various data studies show that millennials are increasingly spending more money on indoor house plants. This trend grew further during the pandemic and has shown no signs of slowing down.
So if you find yourself spending an increasing amount of money on house plants, then it's definitely a sign that you are becoming a plant mom!
You have a Strict Watering Schedule (and you stick to it!)
If you find yourself getting anxious if your plants don't get watered on schedule, it's a good sign that you're becoming a plant mom.
Just like any good parent, you want to do everything you can to make sure that your children are healthy, well fed and happy. However, unlike most parents, your children are also of the green variety. But that doesn't make your love for them any less real.
Whether you're carefully watering them, giving them a little extra light, or just talking to them when no one else is around, you know that your plants are an important part of your life. In fact, some might even say that you care for them with the same affection as you do for your human children. But at the end of the day, all that matters is that your plants are healthy and thriving - just like you wish for all of your children and loved ones.
Conclusion : Plant moms are cool!
Being a plant mom works wonders for your mental and physical health. So If you're looking for a way to add a little life to your home or office, you can't go wrong with a couple of houseplants. Not only do they look nice, but studies have also shown that they can have some pretty impressive benefits for your health and well-being.
Indoor plants have been shown to improve concentration and productivity by up to 15 percent, and they can also help to reduce stress levels and boost your mood. So if you're feeling a little low on energy or just need a pick-me-up, consider adding a few plants to your space. You might be surprised at how much of a difference they can make.