Bringing Some Life into Your Home…
I just love having indoor plants in our home. There’s something about a bit of greenery that just brightens every room up. My indoor plant collection has been growing slowly over the years. And with a bit of editing, I’m finally down to some great plants that I just adore.
I know many people are scared about investing in plants. They can be fickle creatures. However, I would always encourage people to bring some form of greenery into their space. But where to start and how to care for them? Here are some tips to help get you started…
THE EASIEST PLANTS TO CARE FOR.
A good started plant is the Monstera. It was the first plant I invested and is still growing strong. You can pretty much forget about watering them regularly. These babies thrive in a hot dry climate. However, they get pretty wild when they grow. You have to make sure to cut them often (which look great in little vases), but it’s something to bear in mind.
Rubber plants are also an easy plant to take care off. Mine use to live in my living room, but she’s now been relocated to the kitchen and she’s thriving. The dark colour means it always looks healthy and doesn’t need too much watering.
If you fancy stepping up to the next level, then I would recommend going for a fiddle leaf fig tree or a banana leaf plant. Both need a little extra TLC, but once they start to grow, they don’t stop. They look great and just fabulous plants to have in your home.
WATERING HINTS & TIPS.
There’s a bit of a science to watering your plants, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be on your way. Each plant has its own rules on how and when to be watered. The key is the soil, just because the topsoil is dry, doesn’t mean the rest of it is. stick the tip of your finger into the soil and check the moisture levels underneath.
In general, I will go around my entire house on a Sunday and water every plant. My big trees have these fab water birds in them, which drip feeds water into the roots. In summer, I tend to do two waterings, depending on how hot it is. In between watering, I’ll mist the leaves with water, just to keep them fresh and happy.
LIGHT & PLACEMENT.
Placement and the amount of light that your plants get is essentials. Generally, plants like to be out of direct sunlight. So stay away from placing them right next to the windows. Also, try to keep them away from radiators, they do not like being there! Both the plants in my living room are doing just fine where they are right now.
One tip that has done wonders to my plants is to dust your leaves. Something that all of us forget about, but dust can stop the light reaching the leaves. Along with spraying them, when I do my weekly deep clean of the living room, I give all the leaves a quick wipe down.
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