미래가치를 창출하는 글로컬 산학일체 혁신대학
by Jo Tae-yeon, Cub Reporter, Sophomore of Economics
The number of students who live apart from their family by going to university have increased. Students who live apart from their family may be searching for ways to reduce their loneliness. Usually, a companion refers to a ‘person’. However, plants can become a companion to reduce loneliness in people. People who prefer to lie on the sofa rather than spend time outside feel more loneliness. Their empty feeling is not filled by social media or the Internet. So, companion plants can provide safety and warmth, because plants can replace interaction with people. And, a companion plant can have an effect by reducing stress. Therefore, young people should find companion plants to reduce stress in daily life. In addition, a plant has other beneficial effects on us. First, it has an interior air purifying effect. Parasitic microorganisms on leaves and rootlets of plants remove pollutants. As a result, anions and oxygen that occur in the process of purifying fine dust make a cleaner interior space. Second, they have an emotionally stabilizing effect. Planting alleviates depression and is an excellent way to spend spare time. Third, a companion plant can have an ornamental effect. Companion plants, put beside a sofa or in the entrance of a living room, bring a natural mood. Also, plant pots of various colors create pleasant interior design, that can make a lively mood.
HBNU student Kim Ji-hun (25) said, “The room’s atmosphere changes as plants grow in my room.” We talked with students to learn how plants affected their daily lives.
How did you become interested in companion plants?
I have experienced loneliness while living alone, so I hoped to raise a companion animal. But, the rooms in a university town ban keeping pets. So, one day, I learned about companion plants through SNS. I was generally interested in plants, so I decided to raise one.
What do the plants mean to you?
I thought that plants would remove the emptiness. I got to know about plants through looking at photos by a 'planterior'. A planterior designs the interior of a room using plants. I was influenced by planterior design.
What is a good point of having plants as part of your room?
Plants can clear the air in the room. I inhale a lot of fine dust when I am outside, but can breathe clear air in my home. The mood was changed by placing a companion plant. And, it brought in new colors as well.
Would you recommend plants to your friends?
Students are under a lot of stress from studying, but growing plants could reduce stress. Looking at the green leaves of plants has a calming effect. Also, I watch my plants growing every day. This is very fun. Research shows the color green improves concentration. Due to my interest in planting, I used more time observing my plants and less time on my cell phone. When I open the front door of my home, I can feel welcomed by seeing the plants, so I highly recommend growing plants to my friends who live alone.
Companion plants that enhance the interior effect.
This is a plant widely grown by young people. Avoid putting it in direct sunlight and change its water once a week.
This plant is the best air purification plant NASA has ever selected. The plant has a rough but cute appearance. It emits anions which are effective in blocking electromagnetic waves. It is a good plant to place in front of a computer or TV.
Gold Lace Cactus / Ladyfinger Cactus
This cactus is wrapped in yellow thorns. But, the thorns are rolled inside, so you don't have to worry about getting a splinter. To care for it, you can spill water on the edge of the plant pot.
Old Man’s Beard / Tillandsia / Spanish Moss
This is a plant that lives on moisture and dust the way other plants live on soil and water. It is a good interior plant and has a long life.
An elegant plant with an excellent effect on air purification, it is easy to grow if you give it water once a month.