A beginners guide to trendy indoor plants, even if you have kids in the house!
Indoor plants not only purify the air around us, they are also amazing at lifiting our moods / help us rise our vibrations!
A guide by @sill_life
Indoor plants are the best kind of addiction once you start you can’t stop and start to wonder how you survived without a home full of plants!
When you start on your indoor plant journey its good to keep it simple.
Pick the right plant for you and your lifestyle. If you are new to house plants, start with an easy-care plant such as a succulent or cactus, then you can graduate to other types. If you go away a lot choose a plant that can survive without attention. There are a number of plants that can survive without water for at least a few weeks.
If you live in the city you might want to think about plants that have super air cleansing powers.
If you have small children maybe stick to plants you can have hanging from the ceiling instead of big pots on the ground. And be sure to choose non-poisonous ones! The whole process of choosing plants and their weekly routine can be quite meditative. Enjoy the watering rituals you create — it’s a good chance to practice your mindfulness.
Just remember once you start it’s hard to stop!
You also know your own style. Do you like structural looking plants? Soft flowing small-leaved plants or big tropical statement pieces!
Potting and re-potting
When potting a plant, choose a pot that has good drainage and always use a good quality potting mix. If you do have a pot without drainage, you can pot it in a smaller plastic pot and pop it inside. When repotting, (Spring is a good time for this) pick a pot that’s one or two size's bigger than the one you have, place some firmly packed potting mix in the bottom and a small sprinkle of plant fertilizer (I use Ecostore Organic Biophos). Give the plant a good water and gently tip the pot on its side and ease out the plant, place it in the new pot and gently fill with potting mix, press down soil and keep filling until you are about 2-4cm from the top of the pot. Give the pot a few gentle taps on the side and the soil will settle into place.
Light and positioning
Most plants like bright indirect sunlight. Plants get their nourishment and energy from the sun so don’t be shy about placing them in bright sunlight. As the seasons change, watch the light levels and move plants closer or further away from windows. Some plants can survive in very dim light but give them a bright light holiday one day a week. Pale foliage is a sign that your plant might not be getting enough light and brown patches on leaves can mean the plant is getting singed. Be careful placing plants too close to a window as they can have a magnifying effect! Another handy tip is to rotate your plants weekly on the spot as they will naturally get there lean on towards the light source, rotating them helps keep them straight!
One of the most common reasons indoor plants die is overwatering. It can be tricky to get it right at first but you learn to know what they need after a while. The majority of plants need to be watered once a week. Once a month place them in a sink or bucket and drench the soil and roots, then let the water drain out well before placing them back in their spots. There are a few plants that like more water, such as peace lilies, and some that like less, including ZZ plants and snake plants.
Lots of indoor plants, and the majority of what we sell originate from sub-tropical rainforest-type climates. They love a light misting daily or you can place them in the bathroom while you take a shower.
Cleaning and dusting
Its good to occasionally give your plants a little shower or wipe the leaves with a damp cloth, this helps them to absorb more nutrients.
It's great to let your own personal style show with your plants. You might just have a few or you might have a lot! It's fun to move them around and get creative with pots and positions. Hanging plants are great if you have limited floor space or kids!. Place a big plant on a stool or plant stand to get height out of it.
Megan Norgate from Brave New Eco in Melbourne puts it perfectly….
"Indoor plants can be used to screen, buffer noise, filter light, purify the air and provide ambiance. Over the last 30 years, the results of multiple international studies have provided evidence that the integration of humans and plants in indoor environments has multiple and remarkable benefits. Indoor plants work like the lungs of buildings using photosynthesis- absorbing carbon dioxide and converting it back into oxygen, providing a continual supply of oxygen into our living spaces during daylight hours.
Plants also absorb and metabolize air-bourne contaminants such as mold, bacteria and the chemical pollutants (VOC’s) released from furnishings, paints, adhesives, building materials, paper, textiles, plastics and smoke.
Indoor plants have a range of positive cognitive, physiological and psychological preventative and restorative effects on humans."
Quite simply- there are not many spaces that couldn’t be improved with a plant or two.