How To Choose A Plant For Every Room In Your House
As more of our time is being spent in our homes and many of us without gardens, you may find yourself looking for alternative ways to flex your green thumb. And what better way to bring the outdoors in than filling overlooked spaces with a burst of greenery?
Before you get started on your indoor greenhouse, we caught up with Jo Lambell founder of Beards & Daisies; an online shop that curates a fine selection of indoor houseplants to be delivered straight to your door. She filled us in on which plants are best suited to each room of your home – from the air purifying snake plants to the hardy plants that can withstand hotter temperatures. And not forgetting those who have had their fair share of plant woes, Beards & Daisies have rounded-up plants that are practically unkillable, alongside Jo’s expert tips on how to care for them.
For the living room: Bird of Paradise
“This exotic looking houseplant never fails to impress. Not only does the Bird of Paradise make an impact in your living room, but it also adapts well to low and bright levels of light. This low maintenance plant will reward you with the growth of leaves reaching far as 2 metres when placed within indirect sunlight. Take care of the glossy leaves by dusting them with a damp cloth so they can continue to breathe.”
“Tip: This is one of the very few houseplants which can be moved outside during the hotter months.”
For your temporary home office: Palms
“The ‘go-to office plant’ is the Kentia Palm. While it’s impressive stems and leaves have the potential to grow up to 3 metres tall, it is also almost unkillable. The perfect addition to your makeshift study, the Kentia Palm requires little attention by being able to thrive in low levels of light with infrequent watering. Keep leaves luscious with a weekly mist for new growth.”
For the kitchen: Satin Pothos
“The Satin Pothos is an all-rounder plant with its low maintenance qualities and velvet-like heart-shaped leaves – it’s easy to see why this plant is so popular in households. They look equally as great trailing down a shelf as they do in a plant hanger, and can withstand hotter temperatures from the kitchen due to their native residence in tropical rainforests. The Satin Pothos makes a perfect plant for those who are new to plant parenthood, just ensure the soil has dried out in-between watering and re-water when the top 2 inches of soil feels dry to the touch. By frequent misting, this plant can grow up to 10 metres in length!”
For the bedroom: Snake Plants
“When it comes to the bedroom environment, seek out air purifying plants like the Snake Plant. According to NASA, this is one of the best plants for improving air quality by removing toxins from the air to help aid a better quality of sleep. The greatest feature of Snake Plants is they come in all sizes, so you can easily work one of these plants into the smallest of bedrooms.”
“Tip: Keep the leaves clean by giving them a regular dusting.”
For the bathroom: Boston Ferns
“Boston Ferns are the perfect plant for bathrooms as they love the humidity, and can happily survive with low levels of natural light. However, if it is not getting enough steam from your shower, increase the humidity by misting your fern twice a week. These plants are quick to tell you if it’s unhappy, so watch out for browning tips as this is a sign it’s thirsty.”
“Tip: Ferns love to be kept moist, so never let the soil dry out. Try the finger test by inserting your finger two inches into the soil and if it comes out dry then it needs watering.”
PLANT CARE TIPS
Once you’ve got your new plant home, here are some of our most important tips to keep healthy and happy indoor gardens:
– Mist your plants weekly throughout the summer months, it helps to increase the humidity needed to keep your house plants thriving.
– Try grouping your houseplants together, it creates their own microclimate which will increase the moisture they need.
– Use the finger test by pushing your finger two inches into the soil. If it comes out dry then it needs water, and if it’s damp, then try again a couple of days later.
– Remember to use a plant feed throughout the growing season (April to September), it replaces vital nutrients and keeps your plant looking luscious and healthy.
– Don’t position your plant in direct sunlight, or within one metre of a heat source or drafts such as a window or radiator.
For more plant care tips or inspiration for your indoor garden, visit Beards & Daisies online.