LET’S TALK GARDENING – February Is Houseplant Month at the Great Big Greenhouse


Tropical plants are more than just decorative accents in our home or office. Houseplants are correctly being labeled as CLEAN AIR MACHINES.

Have you ever considered going indoors to “get a breath of fresh air?” It’s not as crazy as it sounds, considering the level of air pollution we experience daily from automobile engines, factories, asphalt plants, and pesticide use. A few well-placed houseplants can make your indoor air safer to breathe.

Ninety percent of people spend nearly 22 hours a day inside without enough sunlight or fresh air. Children spend on average less than one hour per day outside. 52% of people in the U.S. are using houseplants to clean the air, according to market research. Since getting outdoors more often is not always an option, bring the outside in with houseplants.  This trend is very active with millennials.


Plants naturally “breathe in” carbon dioxide during the process of photosynthesis. As a result of this process, oxygen is released by the plants’ leaves.  Plants also breathe in pollution in the air around them through microscopic openings in the leaves, and the toxins then move through the plant to the root zone.

As a general rule of thumb, the larger the leaves, the more efficient the plant is at cleaning the air, but most plants are doing some good. Tests have shown that, while one plant is better at eliminating one chemical or another, an assortment of plants placed throughout an indoor space should make our homes and offices healthier.

As I mentioned with the title of this blog, FEBRUARY IS HOUSEPLANT MONTH at the Great Big Greenhouse. Free educational seminars are scheduled for each Saturday @ 10:00 in February, starting this Saturday (February 6) with MAKING A HOUSEPLANT LOVE YOU. Come and enjoy. We would love the opportunity to see you and to serve you.

HAPPY “INDOOR” GARDENING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 thoughts on “LET’S TALK GARDENING – February Is Houseplant Month at the Great Big Greenhouse”

  1. Hello! I am not familiar with indoor plants. Can you offer some names of indoor plants that are decorative and “leafy?”

    • Jessica,
      Good Morning. Do you live in the Richmond area? If so, then I would like to personally invite you to stop by the garden center. You will be amazed with our selection of houseplants. The type of houseplant that I would recommend to you will depend on where you want to have a houseplant and what type of sunlight this area will receive. We do have a good selection of houseplants that I would classify as “leafy” and they are low maintenance in that they can tolerate lower light areas – Dracaenas, pothos, peace lilies – just to name a few. I sure hope you can come for a visit. Take care, Doug Hensel

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