Indoor Plants To Combat Winter Blues

by on 03/09/2015 - 04:59 pm

Category: Lawn & Garden

By Kyla Price

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, impacts up to 20 percent of Americans and is known to be approximately four times more prevalent in women than men. Moreover, folks living in Northeast Ohio are even more prone to the disorder since the winter months offer very little natural sunlight.

In addition to taking Vitamin D supplements and engaging in SAD light therapy, you can also combat the winter blues with natural plant life. By mimicking the outdoors inside your own home, you are signaling nature’s bliss to enter your brain, which can have a positive overall effect on your wintertime moods.

First, consider doing your own planting, as getting your hands immersed in soil exposes you to the bacteria mycobacterium vaccae, which has been scientifically proven to boost serotonin (a feel-good chemical) levels in the brain.

Second, consider getting full-spectrum lighting for your plants. This type of artificial lighting will not only help your plants grow, it will also nourish your own need for nature-replicated lighting.

Choose from the spectrum of evergreens, which tend to be hardy during the winter months and are overall an easy-to-care-for choice. Five prime examples include blooming camellias, heurachas, crocuses, irises, and winter violas, which can be found at local gardening stores.

Uncle John’s Plant Farm is a terrific resource for winter plants and is located at 8579 Columbia Road in Olmsted Falls. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until March 19th. Reach the greenhouse directly by calling 440-424-4351, where a member of the company’s staff will be ready to answer any questions you may have.

Smith Bros. Mulch is another perfect alternative for finding plants to combat the winter blues. It’s located at 3087 Marks Road in Medina. Store hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (in-season); and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (in-season). The company is also open seasonally on Sundays. Call 330-617-8465