Issue 3
Tuesday, 05 May 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Horticulture Lecturer Robyn Wing says everyone can learn from the adaptability of house plants
Horticulture Lecturer Robyn Wing says everyone can learn from the adaptability of house plants

CDU offers indoor plant 'how to' guide

By Monique Paschke

About 25 burgeoning green thumbs will get stuck into CDU’s first indoor plant short course this week.

Delivered via online tutorial direct into people’s homes, the course will provide handy hints and tips on how to keep household plants alive.

Horticulture Lecturer Robyn Wing said everyone could take lessons from indoor plants about how to survive and thrive in trying conditions, especially as people continued to deal with the impacts of COVID-19.

“Right now, many people are in distress, but one thing this situation allows us to do is to look at what nature is telling us,” she said.

“During a time when most of us are busy adapting, we can learn a lot from our house plants. These green friends are constantly proving that it is possible to survive under some pretty tough conditions. If they can do it so can we, but we all need a little help along the way.”

Mrs Wing said there would be no better time to learn how to nurture indoor plants than now.

“People tend to believe that indoor plants are temperamental, but a few simple troubleshooting techniques can solve most problems,” she said.

“Think about light, water and location. For example, if you have a cactus that originates from the desert, don’t put it in your bathroom with low light and high humidity.”

Mrs Wing said people who nurtured plants were also nurturing themselves.

“Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, exactly what we as humans need,” she said. “They help to purify the air, removing harmful toxins and chemicals, helping us to breathe easier.

“Indoor plants have great mental benefits too. They never give you backchat and something as simple as a new leaf can bring a huge amount of happiness.”

For more information about CDU’s Horticulture courses E: horticulture@cdu.edu.au