Today I am so excited to share some interesting indoor planting advice with my readers!
Tropical decor, botanical and indoor plants have been hitting the interior world big time, so lets look at how you can bring this trend into your home. Whilst tropical decor is available in most decor stores these days, I would like to focus on the real thing, i.e. bringing real plants indoors.
A pick of my favourite indoor plants would be firstly orchids. These classy beautiful plants requires little attention and flowers can stay beautiful for months! They do very well in a greenhouse environment, but if you would like to keep one in your home make sure you understand the needs of your specific plant specie requirements to give you maximum blooming time.
Another one of my favourites, the Delicious Monster. They grow well inside and as the name say you can expect deliciously large green leaves to decorate your home. They are easy growers and will last for years if placed in the correct setting. They do well in bright filtered light and at room temperature. Water sparingly for maximum growth and place one or 2 leaves in a crisp white vase for a table centrepiece!
My third most favourite indoor plant is the Jade plant, otherwise known as the friendship plant. This succulent requires very little water and is very well-known for its bonsai capabilities.
My friend and Landscape designer Ryan Smith from Cedar Landscapes gave me these amazing tips to keep your indoor plants healthy and happy!
- Remember that indoor plants are mostly shade loving plants that have been brought indoors out of their natural habitat.
- With regards to where they are placed one needs to remember that the plants would require light and not direct sunlight, which is a common misunderstanding.
- Most indoor plants require air movement, so as not to stagnate and possibly become infected with fungi or bacteria. Always remember that air movement is not wind, so do not put the plants too close to a window or where they will get a strong flow of air.
- It is best to always water the plants via the soaking method. If they are small enough the plant in its pot should be submerged in a sink of water for approximately 15 to 30 minutes ensuring that the plant is thoroughly soaked through. It must then be allowed to drain completely before being put back in its place or pot holder. Do not water the plant in its container or pot holder. This can lead to the plant “drowning” and rotting. It will also lead to a salt build-up around the roots and bottom end of the pot which is also harmful to the plant.
- Most indoor plants would also require feeding to keep them healthy and free from disease. Remember that a healthy plant can always fight off unwanted pests, but if it is under stress will succumb to disease more easily. A general liquid plant food should be added to the water in the sink, before submerging the plant. (this is not the correct method, however, if you are watering orchids, especially Phalaenopsis).
- For larger plants that cannot be moved to be watered, I would recommend using an indoor “self-watering” pot, such as those found in most office plants. This method allows the plant to be planted into a pot/liner which has a base slightly higher than the bottom of the pot, inside the base. The plant is then watered through a tube which allows water to drop to the bottom of the pot beneath its base, which is slightly raised. The roots of the plant can then take up water through osmosis, without the plant drowning. There is an indicator pipe that slides down the water opening with a gauge that will show red when the pot is full. As the plant takes up water this gauge will slowly decrease until it is no longer visible. It is then time to water the plant again. Using this method then also allows one to place this indoor pot liner as it is called into a more attractive outer pot, so that the plastic inner is not visible.
These great tips and ideas can help you create the perfect indoor space to get trendy and in touch with nature!