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The Green Room

From plant care tips and videos to wellbeing articles, our blog is full of bitesize information that will help you take care of plants - and of yourself

Can a Plant Eat a Human?
They're questions oft-typed into google: 'can a plant eat a human?' and 'how do carnivorous plants work?' The answer to the former is 'not as far as we know,' but the latter is a little more complicated. 
How to Harvest Your Own Aloe Gel
Harvesting aloe gel is super easy and a great way to wind down. We promise you'll never want to buy the shop-bought stuff again!
From Cleopatra to Hiroshima: The Astonishing History of Aloe Plants
Aloes are well-known wonders among succulents. Inside their fronds is a gel that has been used in treatments and medicines for millennia.
Find Out Why the Rain is Good News
Don’t let the rain dampen your spirits. This might be a wetter June than you hoped for but rainwater can be a welcome treat for your plants. It’s ...
‘How to grow fresh air:’ NASA's Landmark Study
In 1989 NASA published the results of a major research study on the relationship between plants and air quality. For astronauts travelling beyond the stratosphere in sealed containers, finding a means of effective air-purification was a necessary as building an engine that would take them there. 
The pursuit of happiness is 'life-long and it is not goal centred'
Certainly, you cannot think your way out of severe mental illness, but re-centring your mind on the present can be a powerful way of de-escalating anxious feelings and negative thoughts. 
The Hawaiian Plant Needs Your Help to Survive
The story of the Hawaiian Palm is a sad one, but with your help it can have a happy ending.
Plant Mastery and Ageing: Why Active Plant Care Can Make Us Feel More in Control in Later Life
When we feel in control of one aspect of our lives, however small, we feel more able to tackle the remaining challenges in our lives. It’s thought that taking ownership or responsibility of a plant can provide this feeling of mastery, making us feel more confident and easing anxiety.
Why You Shouldn't Aspire to be Happy All the Time
A growing body of evidence supports the notion that ‘highly valuing happiness leads to decreased well-being.’
Plant poaching and black-market succulents
A growing appetite for rare plants has inspired an international black-market that threatens some varieties with extinction. 
Quick Fire Plant Care: The Dangers of Overwatering
Memories of outdoor plants dying on Summer holidays have given us a skewed perception of how much water houseplants need. We think we're being attentive when we give our plants a drink, and it's the first thing we do if our plant isn't looking quite right. Read on to learn about the dangers of overwatering, as well as how to prevent it!
Spotlight on the Red Pygmy Pineapple
Pineapple may not belong on pizza but what about taking one into your home? Read on to learn more about these funky indoor plants and see if you can get your hands on one.