Why Plants Improve Mornings

Why Plants Improve Mornings

By Parachute and The Sill
Not everyone is a morning person—and that’s okay. However, there are a few things you can do to embrace the early hours (and we don’t just mean crushing a giant mug of coffee).

Did you know the presence of houseplants will improve even the toughest mornings? Not only are they beautiful to behold, but plants also make you happier and healthier.

What House Plants Do

House plants improve air quality by naturally converting carbon dioxide into oxygen. They filter out toxins that accumulate in stagnant air (such as formaldehyde), which are released by synthetic building materials. As if cleaning your air wasn’t enough, indoor plants also boost your mood, reduce your stress and increase productivity and creativity – hello, best friends. 

Incorporate your plants into your morning ritual.

Plus, plants are super therapeutic to care for. No matter which plant you pick, adding them to your space – and your morning routine – is well worthwhile. While your cup of coffee brews, give your plant a quick once over. Monitor it for signs of growth and general well-being, and then reflect on your own. Meditate on its natural beauty, breathing deeply and appreciating the clean air it provides. Give it a little water and remind yourself to hydrate this morning. Acknowledge your gratitude for its life and yours. Admire it. Let it make you happy. 

Did we mention plants are great listeners? A plant companion will make your morning a little better. Get out all of your aggression about that know-it-all co-worker before you get to the office—then arrive to work happier and healthier. 

The Best Plant for Your Morning Routine 

Whether you’re an early riser or someone who hits the snooze button six times, we promise there’s a plant for you. Read on to find the perfect plant to complement your morning routine, care of indoor plant experts, The Sill.

The Snoozer

Hit the snooze button often? Select the snake plant.

If hitting the snooze button repeatedly, pulling the sheets over your head and contemplating quitting your job for an extra hour of sleep sound familiar, consider a snake plant or a ZZ plant. These plants thrive even when neglected and tolerate dim light better than most houseplants – so go ahead, keep those blackout blinds drawn and sleep in until the last second. Your snake plant will be fine.

ZZ Plant, Teak Wood Pot
Easy to care for with glossy, green leaves, the ZZ plant flourishes in almost any environment. This indoor beauty arrives ready to display in a teak wood pot.
Costa Farms Snake Plant Zeylanica
The Sansevieria, or known as its more common name, Snake Plant, is a classic houseplant that has gained popularity in modern and contemporary decor because of it's architectural linear leaves and varieties of colors. It is the ideal houseplant and can adapt to any environment.
The Sill ZZ Plant
The ZZ Plant is paired with our Small Grant Planter, an earthenware pot measuring 4.25" tall and 5" wide. Your plant height may vary slightly. It comes potted in our soil mix to increase plant health, longevity, and growth. The Grant does not have a drainage hole.


The Sun Child

Fiddle leaf fig plants are great for early risers.

If you’re someone who wakes up with the first rays of sunshine, place a stately bird of paradise or fiddle leaf fig tree beside your bedroom window. Either requires a few hours of bright light to thrive, along with a weekly watering. So throw open those curtains.

Costa Farms Live Fiddle Leaf Fig
Houseplants have the magical quality of making any space more inviting, and this makes them ideal décor items for homes and offices. Use the Fiddle Leaf Fig to boldly fill blank corners with rich texture.
The Sill Maranta
The Maranta is paired with our August Planter, a ceramic pot measuring 4.5" tall and 5" wide. This plant is pet-friendly. Your plant height may vary slightly. It comes potted in our potting mix to increase plant health, longevity, and growth. The August features drainage holes and saucer.
The Sill Money Tree Plant
The Money Tree is a popular houseplant because of its resilience, ease of growth, and fun braided trunk.


The Lark

Although ferns need regular watering, they don't require much light.

Maybe you’re an early bird, but your apartment is low on natural light. Or you’re up and out well before the sun. If one of these is true for you, try a fern. The bird’s nest fern and staghorn fern are two of our favorites. Both require a morning watering at least once a week (but if your fern is looking crispy, water it more frequently).

The Sill Bird’s Nest Fern
The Bird’s Nest Fern is paired with our Prospect Planter, an earthenware pot measuring 5.5" tall and 7" wide. Your plant height and length may vary slightly. It comes potted in our soil mix to increase plant health, longevity, and growth. The Prospect Planter does not have a drainage hole.
The Sill Staghorn Fern
The Staghorn Fern is an epiphytic fern that gets its name from its green and silvery antler-like fronds.   Photo Courtesy of The Sill...
The Sill Preserved Fern Kokedama
A traditional Japanese art form, the word Kokedama translates to 'moss ball'. There is no upkeep necessary with this preserved fern kokedama – simply hang and enjoy, or sit on a flat surface. This is a real kokedama that has been naturally preserved. It is non-toxic and environmentally friendly.


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