Tips on caring for your indoor plants
Indoor plants are everywhere. Whether it’s a stylish interiors insta account, or a trendy fashion labels window display, these fiddle leaf figs and cacti are stealing the show and we couldn’t be happier. The sudden interest the general public has taken in indoor plants is a healthy one. If you haven’t been taken by the trend yet, these benefits will certainly get you interested. Plants have been proven to:
• Purify the air • Allow you to breathe easier • Improve your overall health • Enhance your focus
A study completed at The Royal College of Agriculture in England, found students demonstrated 70% greater attentiveness when taught in a room with plants.
With these benefits, why wouldn’t you be rushing off to the nursery. Additionally, you don’t need to be horticulturalist to have happy healthy plants. The indoors provides a much more controlled environment than the outdoors, meaning your green friend isn’t fighting for survival against the elements or major pests and diseases. But, for those of you who do suffer from brown thumb syndrome, here are some tips that will get you potting up and enhancing your focus in no time!
CONSIDER THE LIGHT
Before choosing your plant, it’s important to know where in the home you will be placing it. Once the corner or shelf has been selected, consider the lighting. If your plant is in direct sun, then a succulent or cacti would be suitable. However, if the spot has more filtered light, consider something that prefers low light, such as a Philodendron or fern. Generally, the plant will tell you what lighting they prefer. Plants with big, bold leaves like shaded and low light, while fleshy and spiky plants need full sun.
FULL SUN INDOOR PLANTS:
Strelizia – Bird of Paradise Cacti Succulents Licuala ramsayi - Fan Palm
LOW LIGHT INDOOR PLANTS:
Philodendron Xandu Congo Monstera deliciosa Maindenhair fern Birds Nest fern
Are you using the right soil? If you are planting a fern or philodendron type plant, one that prefers it feet wet, use a standard potting mix. The soil retains more water, allowing the plant’s roots to soak it up slowly. For succulents and cacti, a cactus potting mix is best, as it ensures their roots are not sitting in moisture. If your cacti or succulent is left in a wet soil, it could lead to the plant rotting.
Watering your indoor plants should be done approximately once a week. Alternatively, you can use the very sophisticated ‘Finger test’. This requires touching the soil with your finger to see how dry it is. If you feel no moisture on your finger when you pull it away from the soil, its time to water. Do this once a week. Some plants retain more moisture, so you might find it only requires watering fortnightly.