Tips for caring for Indoor Plants
- Choose the right pot: Proper drainage is very important with indoor plants in order to prevent over-water and root rot. Ensure that your pot has a drainage hole.
- Potting soil: Ensure that you use a potting soil mix specifically formulated for houseplants with enough organic matter and nutrients. Mulch and water-retaining granules can also be added to help with water retention.
- Water: Most indoor plants die from over-watering. It is advised to only water your plants when the potting mix feels dry to the touch and remember to water more regularly in summer. Consider watering from the bottom as this will ensure roots get water and that spillages don't happen. Fill the drainage dish with water.
- Fertiliser: Indoor plants need fertiliser every two weeks or so and liquid fertiliser is the fastest and simplest solution. Due to low light levels, plants in the UK really benefit from a foliage feed to keep them healthy.
- Moisture: A number of indoor plants prefer a bit more moisture and misting them every now and then will be beneficial. Ensure that the water is room temperature and to this more regularly for plants exposed to more heat or air-conditioned environments.
- Light: Light is very important but more important to that is the amount and type of light required by specific plants. Areas close to windows are usually more ideal as they provide lots of natural light as well as air flow.
Types of Indoor Plants
- Mother in Laws Tongue (Sansevieria): This trendy evergreen plant is also commonly known as the Snake Plant or Viper’s Bowstring Hemp. Another easy houseplant to take care of with low water requirements and the ability to survive in low light.
Mother in Laws Tongue
- Banana Species: If you want the jungle look these are the plants for you! The banana family grow slowly but can reach heights of 2 metres or more, which can make for an impressive display.
Bird of Paradise
- String of Beads (Senecio rowleyanus): Also known as string of pearls, this succulent is native to South West Africa and grows well as an indoor plant. Ideal for the ‘hanging plant look’ and for creating a nice indoor feature. It is a succulent and thus survives with very little water.
String of Pearls
- African violet (Saintpaulia ionantha): The perennial flowering plant is native to tropical Africa and will bring a pop of colour to your indoor space.
- Orchids: Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis are the most common orchid varieties. Sufficient light will ensure orchids produce an abundance of beautiful blooms, while insufficient light may result in a non-flowering plant. Water your orchids when they are dry to the touch and make sure the water runs through!
Miltoniopsis 'Newton Falls'
- Fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus lyrata): Large, flat leaves, the fiddle-leaf fig has a striking appearance, which can completely transform the look and feel of a room. They prefer bright, indirect light, not too much water and check the leaves regularly for pests.
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) : This is a perfect hanging or potted plant for your home. It thrives under low light conditions and does not require frequent watering. Only outright neglect will kill a well-loved houseplant.
White Stripe Spider Plant
Chlorophytum comosum 'Vittatum'
Variegated Spider Plant
Chlorophytum comosum 'Variegatum'
Chinese Money Plant