Surely, we have all heard someone refer to themselves as a "cat lady" or a "dog mom." But how many people can say they've heard of "plant parents?" That's right, "plant parents," people who feel that their plants are like their children. We have now seen everything. This is big enough for the Wall Street Journal to do a feature on them. Plants have many amazing uses, but companionship was never something that we would have considered. But if you want something to take care of but that can't talk back and doesn't need to be walked, then a plant is probably your best bet.
So, what exactly is the appeal of having a plant as a pet equivalent? As previously mentioned, plants are not as high maintenance as a child or fur baby. That's not to say though that they are the easiest thing in the world to care for. Plants have their own set of rules and needs too. But did you know that plants can improve your life and health in ways you may have not considered?
According to Healthline, one of the biggest benefits of having plants in your home is the improvement of air quality. Many plants will remove harmful toxins from the air in your home. Something like a spider plant (which is actually a fairly easy plant to care for) is a good houseplant that can have some air detoxification qualities. Because plants absorb so much water, they also add moisture to your air, which can reduce dryness and health problems associated with dryness.
And having plants in your home is a mood booster, which is probably why these plant parents have so many plants to begin with. Researchers from Texas Agriculture & Medicine University claim people who spend their time caring for nature are more likely to care for others. It makes sense, because plants are a completely co-dependent living thing. Some people participate in Horticulture Therapy, which can be helpful for those living with depression, cancer and dementia.
One man in the WSJ article has well over 200 plants to care for, which if we're being honest, is a lot of plants. Another man openly admits to being addicted to buying plants.
“It’s not judging because it’s not a bad addiction, but it’s just like, ‘Come on, dude. Don’t you think you have enough?’ is the kind of the look,” he said. “I think they’re just happy that I’m happy, but yeah, the raised eyebrow I get a few times for sure.”
Well as long as it's giving people purpose, then who are we to judge?