IELTS Essay Sample: Advantages and disadvantages of keeping flowers at home.

Advantages and disadvantages of keeping flowers at home.

There is no denying the fact that flowers can have profound effects on both body and mind. This essay will discuss not only the plus pints of keeping these marvels of nature at home but also potential problems associated with the issue.

With respect to drawbacks, houseplants produce pollen in the spring, summer and sometimes fall to make seeds for next year’s growth. Pollen is a leading cause of seasonal allergies, which, for sufferers, is a strong disadvantage to keep flowers. Common flowers like African violets, orchids and ficus can cause terrible allergy attacks, and if left untreated, can lead to severe discomfort. Moreover, some house plants like dieffenbachia are poisonous and can be hazardous for households with little children or pets. Last but not least, plants which grow indoors require routine and timely maintenance to keep looking healthy. Not devoting enough time to pruning and deadheading would let them neither bloom nor be photo-worthy.

Turning to benefits, it is a universally-acknowledged truth that flowers not only improve the smell in a room but also filter and clean the air. Studies conducted by the UK’s Promotional Organization for Flowers & Plants show that plants can help remove harmful toxins from the air and are likely to improve a night’s rest as they absorb CO2 and emit large amounts of oxygen. In addition, the flowers that people often choose for their scents, such as roses, help improve people’s mood and maintain a relaxed atmosphere thanks to their aromatherapeutic powers. It is no exaggeration to claim that a little color can go a long way. Placing flowers around a room where family members can see them even has the ability to make their mood better and help them connect better with other people.

In conclusion, what I would like to concede is that experiencing a change in mood in today’s hectic life and breathing fresh air, at last at home, is worth the trouble of looking after plants.

Hamid Mollazadeh
Time: 45 minutes 
Word count: 320

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