I love plants! I have always had plants in my home. I think they finish off a space and make it look pretty and homely. Not only are indoor plants beautiful to look at, but they also clean the air we breathe and bring with them life as well as add that natural element to your living space.
I don’t know about you, but I have always found it rather difficult to keep indoor plants alive! It is only through a little trial and error that I have discovered which plants are “hard to kill” and so I make sure I go with those no matter what! If this has been a challenge for you too, don’t worry, I have put together a list of plants (and a few tips on how to look after them) that I believe will stand the test of time and look absolutely gorgeous in your home or work space!
First, let’s face it, plants were never really meant to be indoors, so at the very least, try to make sure your indoor plants have plenty of light and sunshine to really thrive. So here is my list of plant suggestions: the most common I would say is the Palm, Golden Pothos, Arrowhead Vine and my beloved Succulents! I especially love the last two as it is really hard to kill them and they seem to be able to withstand abit of drought (i.e. if you forget to water them for a while!). Succulents in particular don’t need much attention at all, especially with regards to watering them. Their leaves hold large amounts of moisture and they are able to withstand fairly harsh conditions. They do like quite abit of sun so try to place them in an area that gets loads of sunlight! I also love the way the Arrowhead Vine and Golden Pothos grow, as they often hang over the sides, and it looks so so pretty. Another is the Spider Plant and also the Money Tree and a Fern of any kind! I believe every home should have a fern somewhere and they like shade, so thrive in moist and shady areas (such as your bathroom!).
Here are some of my (tried and tested) tips on how to care for your indoor plants:
First I would say DO NOT over water them. I think this is often the reason so many of them die prematurely. If you live in a hot, humid place like me here in Durban, then you may need to water a little more frequently, but you will know if you check the soil and it feels dry when you stick your finger in. It is bet to make sure you have a drainage tray at the bottom of your pot so that the roots get plenty of water and it does not just drain away. You may find that most pots you purchase do not have drainage holes. I don’t know why this is, as this is an absolute necessity to prevent root rot, so do make sure your pots have little holes in the bottom, even if you have to drill them yourself (with the correct type of drill bit of course).
I think the most obvious, which I have already mentioned in the beginning, is to make sure your plants have plenty of light! This is where plant hangers, like macrame planthangers, come in really handy is you are able to hang your precious plants in front of a light area or window sill. My office for example does not get enough sunlight. I have a fern and an arrowhead vine in my office and often take them outside when it rains and will leave them there for a day or two to get some natural sunlight which they really seem to love!
Lastly, no plant is immune to mould, insects or disease, so if you notice little white aphids (they look like white fluff), mould or any other type of disease on your plants, then do not hesitate to spray them with some insecticide. Treating them beforehand with fertiliser is also a good idea and can do no harm. I like to use organic wherever I can – especially on my herbs since I plan to eat them. In South Africa you can buy a wonderful organic insecticide called Biogrow from either Builders Express or most local nurseries. As long as you spray the insect on contact it works like a bomb!
The other thing about indoor plants is that so often there is not enough space for them, especially in a kitchen, and if your kitchen is like mine, you may not have a window sill to grow your precious herbs! Once again macrame planthangers are perfect for saving space! Macrame planthangers are trending at the moment and can be used, not only for plants, but also to hang herbs in your kitchen, for glass vases with flowers and greenery, or even a fish bowl!
ArtEsense macrame planthangers are handcrafted from recycled cotton fabric by The Hand to Heart Co. They come in various styles and colours and also produce custom orders on request.
I would love to hear from you! If you have any other suggestions on looking after indoor plants, or any other indoor plants that you can recommend, please share in the comments below!
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Image credits: Golden Pothos: elvisripleyfickr, Fern: furniture.cort.com; Spider Plant: ascotvalegardencentre.com.au; Arrowhead Vine: natureindoors.com; Palm: southernbotanical.com; Money Tree: glencoveflorist.com
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