FIVE TOP TIPS FOR INDOOR PLANT CARE
Indoor plants are an easy way to spruce up a room, home or office. They also have many benefits including absorbing carbon dioxide and keep oxygen flowing, they remove toxins and purify the air, ease tension and lower stress, create a relaxed and happy ambience whilst helping you to ultimately work better through improved concentration, heightened attention, enhanced creativity, increased productivity and enriched overall well-being. Not to mention the sheer joy you can get from watching a plant grow and flourish under your care.
There are so many types of plants out there, so how do you choose which one is the best for you? Which ones will survive in your space? And which ones are hard to look after?
So we chatted all things plants with the in-house horticulturalist Greg from The Front Door Gifts And Decor Indoor Plant Shop who gave us his tips when it comes to indoor plants and how to care for them.
Tip #1 : Water is key and Greg says it’s important to know that each indoor plant has different watering needs. When a plant is properly watered, the leaves are strong and sturdy; when a plant doesn't get enough water the stems and leaves drop and they wilt. Take the time to learn about your plant and what it needs.
Tip #2 : Lighting and sun requirements are also very important, plants need the sun to get food which they need to grow, reproduce and survive. If a plant doesn't get enough light from the sun, the photosynthetic process slows down, even if it has sufficient water and carbon dioxide. Increasing the light intensity will boost the speed of photosynthesis.
Tip #3 : Think about how big your plant is going to be when it fully grows, will it match your space and be happy in the area? Greg suggests envisioning the plant fully grown in your space, so you know what you’re in for and that you don’t end up disappointed.
Tip #4 : Have a realistic expectation of your plant. Treat it like you would a pet, do you have the time and love to give it, so it’s looked after? Have you chosen a plant that takes time to grow and you expect it to grow 1m in 4 weeks?
Tip #5 : Do your research, make sure you are well informed about what you are getting yourself into before you buy a plant. Plants can be expensive, so you want to make sure you buy one that you have the time to look after. Make your new plant an investment. If you have any questions Greg is more than happy to answer any of them and give advice on which plants might suit your area and budget.
Perfect Plants for beginners:
Robust and tough plants which are a good place to start if you just want a nice easy plant that will pretty much take care of themselves. Peace Lilly, devils Ivy, snake plant, cast iron plant, ZZ plant and succulents are perfect plants for beginners. Besides being super low care they are also gorgeous! Our personal favourite is the devil’s ivy, which as it grows will start to trail, you can train it to trail up, down or even along a bookshelf, plus they will grow in low or high light situations, including direct sunlight, as long as there is sufficient water. (Best plant ever right!?!?)
Plants that require a little more love:
Some plants are beautiful however they are a little harder to keep alive, and can be temperamental. The trendy Monstera deliciosa and Fiddle leaf seem to be everywhere at the moment but are actually quite picky when it comes looking after them. The Boston fern and orchids are also stunning but can also be fussy. But don’t fear them, just go in understanding the level of commitment that they need to flourish.