Whether you’re an experienced gardener, or a plant parent newbie, Houseplant Appreciation Day is for you! This national day falls annually on January 10, and is dedicated to celebrating all varieties of indoor houseplants.
Even if you don’t have a houseplant yet, you can still celebrate by getting a plant of your own. Below you’ll learn different types of houseplants and tips for houseplant care.
There are also ideas for ways to celebrate this special day and information about the many benefits of houseplants.
National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with. Be sure to check out this national days guide for more information about the history of national days, why we celebrate them.
What is Houseplant Appreciation Day?
Houseplant Appreciation Day is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a day each year set aside for appreciating, celebrating, caring for, and loving houseplants!
The Gardener’s Network established this national day, which falls annually on January 10.
While this day is dedicated to all varieties of houseplants, there are many other national days of the year dedicated to specific plants. Make sure to check them out too!
- National Carnation Day – Find out what the 25th president of the United States and carnations have in common on this January 29 national day.
- Rose Day – Check out some facts about roses to celebrate this February 7 national day, which kicks off Valentine’s Week!
- National Floral Design Day – On February 28, we recognize the history and art of floral design with this national day.
- National Plant a Flower Day – Welcome spring with this national day celebrate annually on March 12.
- National Orchid Day – View a gallery of stunning orchid photos for this April 16 national day.
- Iris Day – This May 8 national day was originated in Brussels, Belgium.
- National Red Rose Day – Red roses are not just a symbol of Valentine’s Day, they’re also a symbol of love in general and have their own national day on June 12.
- National Mistletoe Day – Learn about the history of this December 1 national day dedicated to this “kissing plant”.
- National Poinsettia Day – Christmas and poinsettias are practically synonymous, but you can celebrate this plant all month long with this December 12 national day.
Benefits of houseplants
From medicinal properties to attracting good luck, there are so many reasons to celebrate houseplants. Some plants provide food, while others provide joy to look at!
When it comes to medicinal plants, aloe vera is a good one to have on hand. It’s commonly used to treat wounds, soothe burns and calm skin inflammation.
Aloe vera has also been a been a subject of study in relation to anti-diabetic, anti-cancer and bone protection properties.
In Feng Shui, there are many plants which are considered lucky plants. These plants call in wealth, abundance, good fortune, and more!
Growing plants indoors can provide joy too. Just think of how you’d feel looking at a beautiful plant, knowing you’ve taken care of it and allowed it to thrive!
Types of houseplants
If you’re looking to get into indoor plants, it’s helpful to know the different types of houseplants. Even though each plant is unique and has different care instructions, there are similarities within each group of houseplant varieties.
Looking after any of the houseplant types below would be a great way to celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day!
- Vining indoor plants – These plants are relatively easy to care for, and look great in hanging baskets. Philodendron Brazil, string of pearls and various pothos varieties (marble queen, satin, golden, etc) are a few stunning examples of vining plants.
- Flowering houseplants – If you love fresh cut flowers, but hate how quickly they die, opt for a potted flowering houseplant. Some indoor flowering plants with beautiful blooms are holiday cactus plants, peace lilies and orchids.
- Low maintenance indoor plants – Caring for houseplants doesn’t have to be hard! Try a low maintenance houseplants like zz plants (zamioculcas zamiifolia), succulents (like lithops or echeveria), snake plants (sansevieria), and air plants.
- Low light houseplants – If you don’t have a lot of windows in your living space that’s ok! Try caring for an anthurium, an arrowhead plant, a Boston fern, or even a flowering bromeliad.
- Large indoor plants – If you’ve got the space for an impressive showstopper plant, try a large houseplant. Ficus tineke, dracaena plants, variegated umbrella trees and fiddle leaf figs are all sure to wow your guests.
Houseplant care tips
You don’t need a green thumb to celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day, but if you’d like to get some learn some houseplant care tips, check out the guides below.
If you’re just starting your indoor gardening journey, set yourself up for success by choosing one of these 6 easy houseplants to grow.
Plants need light to survive, but if you live in a home with less than ideal light conditions, don’t let that stop you from getting houseplants. Check out this list of low-light indoor plants for advice on what to grow.
If you’re looking to venture into the wide world of succulents, make sure to reference this guide on how to care for succulents. It covers where to buy succulents, how to care for them, succulent DIY projects and more!
How to celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day
Would you like to celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day in a special way? Try one of these ideas.
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- Today would be a great day to visit a plant nursery. It’s a great day to add a new plant to your collection!
- Check your plants to make sure they’re getting adequate light and move them if they’re not. If there isn’t a spot to move them with better light, you can always get grow lights to help them thrive.
- Give you indoor plants a little TLC and clean the leaves with water and a microfiber cloth. Plants need light to survive, and if they’re dusty they won’t be getting adequate light.
- Take out your garden scissors and clean up your houseplants if they’re looking worse for wear. Prune any brown leaves you see and trim vines that have gotten out of control.
- Invest in items to keep your plants healthy all year round. Make sure you have fertilizer for the growing season, and get a new watering can if you old one is looking shabby.
- Treat your plants to a cute plant pot! There’s even self-watering planters if you’re nervous about watering too often or too infrequently.
- If you need to repot to a bigger container you can do that today. Pro tip: use these tips to clean clay pots if you’ve got extra dirty terracotta pots.
- Make your own DIY planters. Planters can be made from so many different things: bird cages, shoes, watering cans, pumpkins and more!
- Brush up on your houseplant knowledge by reading a book on indoor plants.
- Give the gift of plants! Your friends will be delighted to receive a plant for Houseplant Appreciation Day.
- Learn how to make a succulent terrarium from a recycled rotisserie chicken container.
Even though today is about houseplants, we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to take a garden tour in a botanical garden. Who knows, it may be the inspiration you need to get a new plant!
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More January 10 national days
Did you enjoy learning about Houseplant Appreciation Day? Well you’re in luck, January 10 is host to more than just one national day!
Here is a complete list of all the January 10 national days:
- Houseplant Appreciation Day
- National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
- National Oysters Rockefeller Day
- National Save the Eagles Day
- National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
- Peculiar People Day
More national days in January
There are close to 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in the month of January.
To see them all, have a look at this post on the national days in January. Do you like puzzles? If so, be sure to also check out this January word search printable which feature many of the national days hidden in a word find puzzle.
Is food your thing? Each day of the month has a food or drink associated with it, too. You’ll find all the January food holidays here.
Be sure to also check out these national days in January:
- National Spouses Day – This is a great day to say “I love you” to your special someone! Check out these inspirational love quotes if you need inspiration on what to say!
- Stick to your New Years Resolutions Day – Get tips to stick to your New Year’s goals, or abandon them entirely with Ditch New Years Resolutions Day!
- National Puzzle Day – This day is dedicated to puzzles of all kinds. However throughout the year, you’ll see specialized puzzle days, like National Scrabble Day.
- National Irish Coffee Day – Learn how a humorous chef, bad weather and flying boats shaped the history of Irish coffee.
- National Handwriting Day – This day, occurring on John Hancock’s birthday, is dedicated to the art of writing. Grab a pen and write a letter to celebrate!
- National Peanut Butter Day – Celebrate this nutty national day with peanut butter recipes to delight your tastebuds!
- National Hot Chocolate Day – Visit this post to get a recipe for homemade hot chocolate.
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