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Indoor Havens

21st November 2017



 

As gardens become smaller, and the drought gets worse, plant lovers are finding other ways to keep their green thumbs in action. How? By creating potted gardens inside their homes.

The best thing about creating an indoor garden, is that no matter what the style of your interior décor, you’ll find a plant and a container that complements it to perfection.

In true insta- trend, interior designers are making use of dramatic indoor plants such as fiddle leaf figs and rubber trees to enhance their style but you don’t need a degree in design to understand that the structural form of plants, and leafy green beauty, are the perfect foil for living décor that’s easy to do yourself.

Here’s how to grow indoor plants properly

  1. Choose the right place

Different indoor plants have different light requirements. Some plants (eg kalanchoe and chrysanthemums) like bright light with a few hours of sunshine while others (cymbidium orchids, cyclamen, azalea, painted-leaf begonia and crotons) need bright light, but no direct sunshine. Research the plants you’re interested in before you buy, and figure out where they will be happiest.

  1. Choose the right soil

Potting soil provides the initial nutrients a plant requires and it permits moisture retention while allowing any excess water to drain away. So always choose a pre-prepared potting mix that is specifically formulated for house plants and is high in organic matter. Adding water-retaining granules and a mulch will help the soil retain water.

  1. Choose the right pot medium

A too-small pot gives a plant a top-heavy look and cramped growing quarters, whereas a too-large container overpowers a plant, making it appear undernourished and unloved. Whether you plant directly into your chosen container or use it as a decorative sleeve, choose a decorative container no more than 5cm wider than the nursery pot.

Browse some of our best-selling pots online here.

  1. Know how much water they need

No plants will thrive with soggy roots, so they must drain well. Place a few pebbles under the container to provide drainage. If the drainage saucer under the container fills with water, stop watering for a few days.

5- Don’t forget to fertalise

Fertilising at least once a month is essential during the growing season. Use regular (preferably organic) garden granular or liquid fertiliser, or the powders, sticks or pellets made for indoor plants.

Indoor plants for every room

Bathrooms

Medium to low light with high humidity,

  • Hen-and-chickens
  • Ferns
  • Urn plant (aechmea fasciata),
  • Aglaonema
  • Dumb cane (dieffenbachia spp.)
  • Peace lily
  • Philodendron
  • Christmas cactuses (schlumbergera cultivars)

Home office

Plant foliage keeps the room fresh by absorbing carbon dioxide from the air

  • Anthuriums
  • Columnea
  • Gerbera
  • Amaryllis
  • Kalanchoe
  • Red-foliaged Begonia rex
  • Caladium bicolor

Kitchen

  • Chrysanthemums
  • Barberton daisies
  • Nertera
  • Begonia tuber hybrids
  • Polyanthus primula
  • Edible herbs

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