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How to choose the perfect indoor plants

How to choose the perfect indoor plants

Some people consider themselves serial plant killers. They buy a plant, love it for a week, forget about it only to find it dead and shriveled up three months later. But plants are important to the home, they filter the air, are wonderful for Feng-Shui and just make it feel a little more homely. So here’s your guide to choosing the perfect indoor plant for your home.

 

What plants really need...

Light: Light is the most important factor when it comes to indoor plants because they need light to grow and live. Remember that biology lesson from school days? If not, remember this basic gem: Light gives plants energy.

Temperature: Plants need a stable temperature to thrive, but the majority of indoor plants are sub-tropical, which is ideal for inside the home because we don’t like it too hot or too cold. Look for plants that are suited to temperatures between 15 Celsius and 28 Celsius.

Humidity: Plants need a medium level of humidity of live healthily so there’s a couple of elements to creating a good environment for them to thrive in. You can cluster plants to create a healthy microenvironment, use a base of rocks or gravel with some water to create humidity while the water evaporates and mist the plants every now and then.

Water: This is the one that most people fail to do well. You need to learn the water requirements of the plant and then remember to do it as frequently as required!!

 

So here’s some of our favourite plants...

 

Spider Plant
Light: bright but indirect
Temperature: cool to warm
Water: drench and dry

 

Weeping Fig
Light: bright but indirect
Temperature: warm
Water: keep soil moist

 

Aloe Vera
Light: bright but indirect
Temperature: cool to warm
Water: once a week

 

Rubber Plant
Light: filtered or minimal light through to bright but indirect light
Temperature: warm
Water: required evenly moist soil for good growth, but be careful in winter to avoid rotting 

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