Only five months left till 2020 is over so why don’t we take this opportunity to make some interesting changes! From simple ones to a complete overhaul change, you can always add a fresh layer of appeal and make the most out of your comfortable space.
More than just aesthetics, plants as a whole are good for our health, eyes and cleanse our air altogether.
Plants are excellent choices to beautify your space, be it indoors or outdoors. Probably one of the more positive outcomes of current circumstances, the stay home lifestyle has seen a spike of interest in having more greens indoors.
Be it herbs, air plants or house plants, they are all relatively inexpensive – a practical interior designing idea and your very own, indoor garden.
INDOOR PLANTS IN INTERIOR DESIGNING
Imagine having a child, or a pet. Wouldn’t one have to prepare before their entrance in our homes? Similar for plants.
Some decide to deem themselves to be plant ‘killers’ after seeing their greens dying despite taking care of them. But for most cases, the actual reason is because the room was not suitable for the indoor plant’s needs.
Strategic placement, increased functionality. Certain indoor plants require more sunlight than the other. Unlike artwork and statement furniture, plants are living, breathing organisms. Lighting takes top priority for these guys. Afterwards it’s water, nutrients and then finally aesthetic appeal.
That one empty spot near the window. The higher spot on a bookshelf. A corner in the room. Placement of plants, in various corners and heights gives a massive difference to your space.
What makes indoor plants a joy for interior designing is the different leaf textures each plant offers. When you are able to play textures and heights, your room just instantly has more life and flavour.
Display your house plants without taking too much countertop space by simply hanging them.
Certain indoor plants like the English Ivy can be hung from the ceiling and they create a stunning visual to your space. Especially for homes with the Boho, Rustic, Scandi or Mid-Modern interior designs, hanging plants fit just right in.
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Ideal-sized plants for your tables – coffee, console, office, etc. You would want something small and take up just that little space on your table. It’s best to have compact plants that can grow in low or indirect bright light for easier care too. Some examples of compact plants are succulents, baby ferns and orchids.
Change things up with your small potted friends. The fun part about succulents and terrariums is the ability to change its pots and casings. You can certainly get a more edgy, elegant look with a geometric planter!
THE ONCE A WEEK GREENS
There are many indoor plants that don’t require frequent watering. These ‘once-a-week’ greens are indoor plants that only require you to water them once a week. I’ll share four, rather larger, popular indoor plants than you can challenge yourself to grow and care.
Tropical Monstera Deliciosa
A plant that has such distinct leaves. It honestly looked like someone made the effort to cut them gently but that’s really how it looks naturally.
Do they need direct sunlight? No, they might burnt from it. But they do require an ample amount of indirect sunlight. Decide if your space has a relatively large amount of natural light coming in before you consider getting it.
Trimming of its air roots to keep them neat and tucked to the pot is essential. During the Spring and Summer season, give it a liquid plant fertiliser once a month.
Plants want to look good as well, so as far as beauty goes for them, they’d appreciate spray mists at times. Afterwards, keep the leaves clean and dust free by wiping them with a wet cloth.
Tropical Monstera Deliciosa outgrows its pot roughly about 2 years. Make sure to repot to a larger and deeper pot for your growing plant.
WARNING: This plant is toxic to dogs and cats.
Cat and dog owners who still wish to have this, you can opt for a faux tropical monstera deliciosa that looks exactly like the real thing – except it’s safe and toxic-free. (Not to mention super durable too)
The fiddle-leaf fig has broad, leather looking leaves, popular for giving off a rather elegant look. For those houseplant fans looking for a challenge, this is your plant.
Location, location, location.
This plant absolutely needs PLENTY of sunlight, preferably right next to the window. It appreciates a few hours of direct sunlight to grow majestically beautiful.
Again, once a week of watering. But because this plant is more sensitive to environmental changes, water a bit more during the winter season and when the air at home is dry. Best is to check the moisture level in the soil!
Does the leaves need wiping like the Tropical Monstera Deliciosa? Yes.
MEYER LEMON TREE
Prized for its sweet flavours, a hybrid of a mandarin orange and a lemon. Arguably, it thrives better outdoors but you CAN grow a citrus indoors. The Meyer lemon tree is also able to grow blooming, beautiful flowers of delectable citrusy fragrance to freshen your homes – as long as they have ample sunlight.
Find the brightest spot in your home and close to your windows. That’s the right spot to have your indoor Meyer lemon tree. For this plant to thrive indoors, feed them with citrus fertilisers. Earthpods’s fruit tree fertiliser comes in a capsule form, which makes it fuss-free and smell-free. It provides the nutrients and minerals that can make your Meyer lemon tree happy indoors.
They like their soil moist but not soggy, so it’s a rough gauge of once a week watering.
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‘Plant-killers’ individuals, this one’s for you. Lush, mature greens that is a huge favourite amongst houseplant fans for easy maintenance. Thrives well in medium to low light, no direct sunlight. The cast-iron plant really does not require much water that overwatering is the biggest problem for people growing this plant indoors.
Once a week or ten days of water, even less watering during the winter months. You can afford to miss a week of water. She’ll be able to handle it. Be careful when you have seen browning on the leaves. Something’s off when that happens – and it’s either under or over watering.
It’s exotic-looking, sword-like leaves are exactly why it adds a massive personality into your interior homes. Highly tolerant like the cast-iron plant, the snake plant can do well in low lights and occasional missed out watering sessions.
Less fickle plants like this gives you the luxury to place it anywhere you’d like in your home. (As long as there is some form of low light coming in). Stick to once a week watering then let the soil dry completely.
The New Plant Parent is a wonderful guide to being a plant parent, new or experienced. An incredible rating of 4.8/5, it is loved by many for its insightful, personal sharing which can be seen throughout its writing and pictures. One will be able to understand the right balance and supple needs of an indoor plant. A book that is truly in-depth and covers all aspects that every plant parent would need from:
- Finding the right light,
- Everyday care,
- The right pots and containers; and
- Recommended species.
ANYONE CAN HAVE A MICROGARDEN
Have you ever thought of growing your own herbs, but never had the time to? No other perfect time than now. The feeling of growing your own produce is immensely rewarding (also chemical and pesticide free).
From small potted herbs in the kitchen to a row of tomatoes and lettuce in your backyard, these healthy friends of ours will definitely purify our eyes with it’s vibrant colours.
Technology, in it’s very own ways, makes things easier. One will no longer have to worry about changing seasons. You can grow fresh herbs anytime you’d like. Who wouldn’t like convenience?
Introducing the smart garden, Aerogarden Bounty Basic. With a touchscreen feature, you can have your little garden of pre-seeded pods and harvest your own fresh and flavourful countertop crop – all year round. No more soil in the equation.
The control panel has:
- Planting tips
- Step-by-step setup guide
- A vacation mode (so the next time you travel, don’t worry, they are well taken care of)
There are 4 different versions of the Aerogarden. The Bounty Basic is the cheapest of the four yet still has all the functions you need!
Of course, if you are planning to get this, you’ll have to get the seed pod kit too. I’d recommend starting with 3 pods first and get the hang of it before you move on to 6 and then fill up the entire 9 pods with different plants or fruits! This seed pod kit will have all you need for your Aerogarden plant journey to start. Seeds not included.
MAINTENANCE IS KEY
As briefly mentioned earlier, some plants do contain chemicals that can cause trouble especially for our small children and pets. When you’ve found the plant that you love to get, have a more in-depth read up on the toxicity, see if they are animal and child friendly. As much as we want to have our indoor garden going, we want everyone in the home to be safe.
PRUNE – TRIM – WIPE – REPOT
Whichever plants you are taking care of it’s important to regularly prune, trim and wipe. Plants are very much alive and believe me, your attention makes your plant happy and it will indeed grow healthier.
Removing the dead leaves encourages new growth. Wiping the leaves keep dust and insects from sticking around. Repotting only comes in the story after a couple of years when your plant roots are visibly growing out of it’s drainage holes.
All in all, regular maintenance is key to healthy growth of your precious indoor garden. Embrace your garden, love your greens and watch them liven up your space.
*last updated: 27th December 2020.
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