Indoor plants should be an essential component of every interior design. Greenery brings indoor spaces to life and are known to have mood-boosting qualities.
If you're new to caring for indoor plants, here are our top tips that will allow your green friends to thrive.
Plants can be fussy depending on their type, so if you’re a new plant parent, you might be better off starting with the plants that are simple to look after, thrive in low - medium light and are low maintenance.
My personal favourites for beginners are:
The Pothos plant (Devil’s Ivy)
This plants looks great in a hanging basket. It’s heart-shaped leaves grow
long and winding, spilling out of its pot.
The sansevieria plant (snake plant)
It grows upwards, in spear-like shapes with pointy ends and yellow-green stripes.
In addition, the spider plant is great for beginners. I’ve grown a few of these plants in different light conditions, so they’re very tolerant.
Despite what many people think, cacti and succulents are quite difficult to look after, even though they do not require much water.
Tip 2: Be aware of the changing sunlight conditions in your home
Check that your indoor light conditions meet the needs of your plant.
If you get four or five hours of sunlight through a window then you are in a higher category of light. Plants that require medium to high light will grow well there.
In my experience, new plant parents find it difficult to keep track of the changing sunlight conditions from season to season.
The position of the sun changes depending on the time of year. A window that receives lots of sunlight in the autumn, might not get so much in the summer.
Certain plants need a consistant light source to thrive, therefore choosing plants that can grow in low-light conditions will eliminate this challenge from the equation.
You can of course simply move your plant to a different window. Just remember that in the winter, the sun sits lower in the southern sky. If you’re growing indoors, you want to grow your plants in your south-facing windows, or southwest, or southeast.
Tip 3: You may be killing your plant by overwatering it
Many new plant parents worry their plants aren't getting enough water, however, it is possible to overwater.
The common signs of overwatering are:
I recommend taking notice of to the heat conditions in your home. In the summertime, plants will dry out a lot quicker and need more water.
However, even though it's cold in winter, you might like to keep your home heated so the temperature is contantly warm, so your plant might need just as much water as it needed in the heat of summer.
If you want to eliminate all the guessowork of watering from the equation, try a self-watering planter. They provide the just the right amount of water as and when your plant needs. This makes it impossible to under- or overwater your plants.
Tip 4: You may need to repot your plants with fresh soil every year.
If you find that even with the right light conditions and the correct amount of watering your plant's leaves are still drying out, the soil dries out more often and you can see the roots protruding through the drainage holes — you may need to repot your plant.
Generally, the best time of year to repot is during the spring when the days are longer and the plants are growing more quickly.
Caution: Try to disturb the root as little as possible when repotting and treat your plants with care because repotting can stress the plant's system if not done carefully.
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