I’m sure you’re aware that houseplants have become all the rage over the past five years. But there’s more to houseplants than just an Instagram photo opportunity. Having plants in your home brings a multitude of benefits that you can’t get from a phone screen!
If you love houseplants, you’ll definitely want to take a stab at my houseplant quiz below! But first, let’s talk about the positive advantages of having houseplants in your home…
Have you got a bit of a bare interior? Houseplants can easily fix an empty or cold-looking home by bringing it to life with greenery and, at the right time of year, flowers. I recommend choosing a few plants of different sizes and grouping them together on shelves, tables and in empty corners to bring some dimension to your decor.
Plants not only generate oxygen to help us breathe; they also purify the air, according to a well-known NASA study. Having certain houseplants in the home (and looking after them well) helps to reduce the amount of volatile pollutants in the air, including formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene, which are thought to have a negative impact on health with long-term exposure.
If you work or study from home, you might want to do so in a room which also contains plants! This is because a study by The Royal College of Agriculture found that students attending lectures in planted rooms were much more attentive, with distractions reduced by 70%. Interestingly, they also found that students were almost 100% more likely to return to lectures in planted rooms! So not only will you get more work done, you’ll feel more motivated to work when there are plants around.
QVC’s 2020 houseplant range
Have you seen QVC fantastic new range of houseplants? If you’re thinking about adding houseplants to your home – whether you’re already a houseplant fiend or not – getting your houseplants from QVC is convenient and easy, and there’s plenty of choice! Here are a few of my favourites…
This Kalanchoe Dolly potted plant features frilly pink and green double flowers and glossy, well-branched foliage. Tough and very easy to grow, these gorgeous plants make the perfect addition to your patio table or a bright room in your home, and will flower all summer long.
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This Begonia Maculata boasts charming spotted green leaves contrasted against a dark red underside as well as clusters of white buds during flowering season. Bring some exotic charm and gorgeous greenery to your home with this delightful house plant.
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This gorgeous Gardenia boasts a bouquet of elegantly fragranced creamy-white flowers among a bed of glossy dark green foliage. Brighten up any table or sideboard with this delicate and beautiful plant.
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This Calathea orbifolia features lush rounded leaves with elegant silver and green stripes that create a textural, corrugated appearance, with a bushy, clump-forming habit. This tropical native creates a luxuriant, leafy display and thrives in a warm room with good humidity, making it a perfect addition to a bright bathroom or kitchen.
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How much do you know about houseplants?
Think you know houseplants? I’ve got an extra hard quiz for you to test your knowledge – and you could even win a Kalanchoe Dolly plant if you take part!
On 30th June 2020 I’ll collect the results and a winner will be picked at random from participants who have scored eight or more (the maximum number of correct answers is nine). Use the form below to take part. To enter this competition you will need to input your first name and email address in the form so that I can contact you if you have won.
If you want to test your plant knowledge, but don’t want to enter the competition or you are based outside of the UK, click here to take an alternative version of the quiz (the questions are the same).
Terms & Conditions
This competition is open to UK entrants only. Prize is one potted Kalanchoe Dolly plant from QVC. No cash alternative. Competition ends at 11:59pm on 30th June 2020. A winner will be picked at random from participants who have scored eight or more (the maximum number of correct answers is nine). To enter this competition you will need to input your first name and email address so that I can contact you if you have won. By entering, you agree to being added to the Mr Plant Geek mailing list, which you can opt out of at any time using a link in the email.
Michael has been involved with gardening and plants since he was just five years old. He is a self-professed Plant Geek, and was listed in the Sunday Times top 20 most influential people in the gardening world, thanks to his plant hunter role at Thompson & Morgan.
Michael was responsible for new plant introductions such as the Egg and Chips plant and the FuchsiaBerry and keeps busy travelling the world in search of new plants as well as lecturing worldwide, including stints in Japan. He is very active on social media – so why not give him a follow at @mr_plantgeek or Facebook. You can also listen to The Plant Based Podcast with Michael and co-host Ellen-Mary on iTunes, Spotify and Google.