Mar 2, 2018
Did You Know #PlantsDoThatInside? By Tim Hodson

The more consumers know about the benefits of plants, the more likely they will be to purchase them.

The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH)* wants to help you sell more plants, so it is releasing a series of infographics that help explain how beneficial houseplants are.

These benefits are spotlighted in the first NICH infographic, titled “#PlantsDoThat, Horticulture: The Art, Science, & Business of Plants.”

The infographic illustrates how consumer horticulture contributes $196 billion to the U.S. economy and creates more than 2 million jobs.

This new series of four #PlantsDoThat Inside infographics will focus on the different ways plants affect where we live, where we work, where we heal and where we learn.

The first infographic shows:

  • Rooms with plants have fewer pollutants like VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
  • Plants in our homes increase room humidity by 10 percent.
  • Plants remove up to 90 percent of formaldehyde in a room.

“Greening the great indoors is a way to help create sustainable indoor ecology and healthy minds and bodies,” says industry economist Charlie Hall, Ellison Chair, Texas A&M. “When plants are around, students are just smarter and pay more attention.”

The infographic series was developed from a scientific literature review evidence base developed Hall and his students

“We envision this series of infographics to be used as tools to promote the power of indoor plants,” says Debbie Hamrick, NICH economic committee chair. “We want to raise awareness of the positive benefits of plants in our everyday lives.”

The #PlantsDoThat Inside infographic is free and is available on the NICH website

— Tim

*NICH is a consortium of industry leaders who are promoting the benefits and value of horticulture. The group brings together academia, government, industry and nonprofits to cultivate the growth and development of a healthy world through landscapes, gardens and plants — indoors and out.


Tim Hodson

Tim Hodson is the editorial director of GPN and Big Grower. He can be reached at [email protected]

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