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Explore the Exotic
By Zainab Zakari
Even in a troubled economy, flowers and plants are not losing their appeal. For major holidays like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, they still rank among the leading gift ideas according to the National Retail Federation.
Perhaps the answer lies in science. It is commonly accepted that flowers and plants improve moods and health. According to a study by the International Society for Horticultural Science, caring for indoor plants generates calm, improves moods and encourages healthy social relations with others. A workplace study led by Texas A&M University showed that employees were happier and more productive in environments that included flowers and plants. And after people received bouquets for a series of studies at Rutgers University, scientists linked flowers to improved social interaction and increased happiness and life enjoyment.
Given the evidence in favor of flowers and plants, it is no surprise that exotic plants like bromeliads, orchids, lilies and African Violets are among popular houseplants. In addition to their intricate beauty, these plants share a delightful resiliency and bestow exquisite blooms throughout the year with relatively low maintenance. Bromeliads survive in an array of environments largely because of efficient water storage systems, the ability to photosynthesize at night and immunity to common pests. The widely available Moth orchid, also known as the Phalaenopsis, can offer beautiful blooms for weeks at a time under average household conditions with moderate light and timely watering. Similarly, African Violets flourish in moderate light and average room temperatures. And often beloved for their fragrance and spectacular blooms, popular lilies like the Stargazer and the Easter Lily thrive in well lit areas with regular watering.
From the accidental gardener to the longtime plant aficionado, anyone can raise these exotic plants with uplifting rewards. So consider energizing a contemporary interior with the vibrant hues and dramatic shapes of bromeliads. Create a sense of sanctuary with the ethereal and tranquil beauty of orchids and lilies. Or welcome and soothe with the playful charm of African Violets.
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