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The good effects of growing plants

01-Apr-2019
Science suggests that gardening not just feels nice in general, but has real, positive psychological effects on us. We were inspired to test the theories in practice.
Ginger roots being planted in a rattan plant pot beside a wooden box with brown paper and soil inside on a wooden table.
Ginger roots planted in a rattan plant pot beside a wooden box with brown paper and soil inside on a rough wooden table.

Get your hands dirty – it’s good for you

Studies at Alnarp, a branch of Sweden’s Agricultural University, indicate that the actual physical contact with plants can have positive, even healing effects. Luckily, there’s ginger. Like a cake you can both have and eat, you can break off pieces to savour (when it’s still in the soil!) and leave the rest to keep sprouting goodness.
Ceramic and rattan plant pots, ripe tomatoes and slices of yellow and red tomatoes being planted in fresh soil.

Gardening is (apparently) child’s play

Seeding tomatoes is another super easy way to sprout new life. Also, it makes for an activity so playfully colourful it screams for attention. Place slices in a pot of soil and tend it. Spring is an ideal time to sow, so round up the family for a planting session.
Green plants, home-made plant pods in a muffin tin and beige plant pot gifts with home-made seed pods tied around them.

Spread the plant-growing joy

Pass on the power of planting to others – make your own givaway plant pods! All it takes is seeds, napkins and a few minutes of work. Follow the link below to see how, with easy-to-follow instructions.
How to prepare plant pods
A rough wooden table with a ceramic plate and bowls with seeds and home-grown cress on paper, being sprayed with water.

The gourmet gardener’s best friend

Few things are easier to do – and taste better – than home-grown cress. Sprinkle seeds on a napkin, water lightly and wait. Within days, you can scissor-harvest by the mouthful. A serving of peace of mind may be included.
We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.
Interior designer: Elin Stierna
Photographer: Fredrik Sweger
Writer: Henrik Annemark