COVID and At-Home Plants (01-28-21)

Perez-Urrestarazu and colleagues confirm the psychological value of plants by discussing at-home experiences during the pandemic.  The researchers share that they learned via a survey completed by thousands of participants that the presence of “Indoor plants correlated with positive emotional well-being during the COVID-19 confinement.  Negative emotions were more frequent in those living in small sized homes with minimal natural light and deprived of plants.  Few plants strategically placed indoors and a higher number of plants combined with living walls outdoors are preferred. . . .    Having indoor plants was correlated with more positive emotions. . . . A few indoor plants placed in strategic positions were also preferred compared with a high number of plants. By contrast, an increased amount of vegetation accompanied by living walls was preferred for outdoor settings.”

Luis Perez-Urrestarazu, Maria Kaltsidi, Panayiotis Nektarios, Gergios Markakis, Vivian Loges, Katia Perini, Rafael Fernandez-Canero.  “Particularities of Having Plants at Home During Confinement Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.”  Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, in press, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2020.126919