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Dig It! Plants for students (3 September 2018)

Dig It! // Gardening & Green Spaces// WRS// General // By Mark // Sept. 3, 2018

With lots of students off to college this autumn, perhaps a plant might make them feel more at home? The American Horticultural Therapy Association have shown that having plants in your immediate environment can improve memory, optimism and general mood. NASA's famous plant study showed that plants can filter toxic chemicals like xylene and formaldehyde, responsible for headaches, poor concentration and a host of other issues. Students, famously, are busy doing other things than watering or looking after plants, so what plants is suitable for a forgetful student? Try a cactus or a succulent, they don't need more than the occasional water and lots of sunshine. If your student has a dingy room, then a lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) is perfect, and if their room has recently been painted and you're concerned about toxic chemicals in the air, then a good old Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is top of the NASA list. They like to dry out between waterings and prefer medium light levels. There are lots of great plant events coming up over the autumn

Pro Specie Rara host several of these all over the country, to find one near you go to www.prospecierara.ch

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