I Have 100 Houseplants: These Are Things I’ve Learned From Them


Houseplants can teach you life lessons.

I spend a lot of time with my houseplants. With over 100 of them at last count, they are in every room of my home and are a little hard to avoid.

We get into some pretty good discussions. Before you send me off to a mental hospital hear me out! I talk to them; they don’t talk back. 😉 Taking care of 100 houseplants each and every day has taught me a lot. Owning houseplants has to lead me to learn some amazing things from my leafy pals.

I Have 100 Houseplants; These Are 6 Things I’ve Learned From Them

1) Sometimes You Just Need To Say It Out Loud

There are times when I am struggling with something, an issue at work, what color to paint the kitchen, or what I need to get done. I noticed that it got easier to figure things out if I just spoke them out loud.

2) Look To The Sun

Even houseplants that typically enjoy lower light look to the sun. That got me thinking. The sun powers plant with photosynthesis, but it also gives us humans our daily dose of vitamin D. Vitamin D is important. It helps with bone health, reduces inflammation, supports the immune system, and much other good stuff.

Then that song, Keep On The Sunny Side, started playing in my head. I realized that that philosophy was a pretty good one. A positive outlook definitely makes things go easier.

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3) Take Some Time

There are days that I seem to be running from sunup to sundown, but my plants remain in one place. I came to appreciate that being still, meditating if you will, calms me down and refocuses my attention.

4) Bloom Where You Are Planted

I was noticing the lovely flower on one of my houseplants, and it got me thinking. My home is most definitely not its native habitat, but here it is blooming its little heart out. I may not be living the most ideal life all the time, but that doesn’t mean I can’t thrive and bloom.

5) You Can Make Others Happy By Being Yourself

I always feel happy when I’m around my houseplants. Why? They just sit there doing nothing. My plants make me happy just because they are plants. I then understood that I must make my family and friends happy just because I am who I am.

6) Be Around Those Who Support You

I read an article that said oxygen was important for brain function. Here I am surrounded by a bunch of plants. I must be a genius! Seriously though, I spend a lot of time with my plants, and they are supplying me with something perfect for me. I should choose my friends accordingly. Why spend time with those who don’t really appreciate me?

For things that don’t even have brains, my plants have sure taught me some important things. No wonder I like having them around.

7) Shed Your Leaves: Letting Go of What No Longer Serves You

Plants shed their leaves all the time. When houseplants lose their leaves, the initial reaction is to panic. BUT! Before you panic, you should know that it’s normal for plants to lose their leaves. Plants get new leaves at the top and therefore shed their bottom leaves so that they can get nutrients to grow new leaves.

Are there things in your life that you find yourself too emotionally attached to? Are these things getting in the way of your own personal growth? Let them go – shed your metaphorical leaves!

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  1. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. Now, I look at them with different eyes. I also realized that they have challenges too. Like, insects and too much light or too much water. Just like us, they suffer too, because of the “too much”. But I promise myself to take care of them especially if they are facing challenges in their life. Plants are created by God too. So, when we say we need to take care of each other. We do not just refer to humans but all living things. God bless.

  2. Great article!! Thanks for sharing. Can you show us all your house plants in their current location?

    1. Ren Lenhof Author says:

      Oh, that is a great idea! 🙂 I will take photos this week and add them to the post!

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