If you're anything like us, and almost everyone else, you love indoor plants. The way they can bring life and colour into a room without being fussy or overbearing. But alas many of us fear these beautiful things due to a little something called 'black thumb'. Well, the good news is, if I can take care of one, you can too. Here are some tips for keeping them healthy, happy and looking great.
Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)
One of the most popular indoor plants of the last few years the fiddle leaf fig is loved for is glossy green leaves but feared for its tempremental nature. Well fear not here are my tips for keeping a fiddle happy and healthy.
1. Filtered light. I have my Fiddle right near a window that doesn't get any direct sunlight but is nice and bright during the day.
2. Water. Make sure that your fiddle doesn't sit in water as this causes root rot. I water mine about once a week depending on whether the air con or heater are on, if so I may need to do more. I just check if the soil feels like it is starting to dry out up the top of the pot.
Devil’s Ivy (Pothos)
This plant may possibly be one of the easiest plants to look after and one of the most versatile in the home. It can be a hanging plant as shown above or you can stake it in a pot and have it grow up the stake. Devil's Ivy is one of the best plants for purifying indoor air and makes a beautiful statement piece in your home. Best news is it is the easiest plant to propagate. Simply snip some off pop it in water until roots grow and then shove it in a pot. It is literally that simple, I've done it nine times from one plant!
1. Devil's Ivy is great for low light areas, nothing with direct sun or too much light.
2. Water once a week. It can survive a bit of neglect and will always pop back to life with a bit of water.
Pilea (Pilea Peperomiodides)
Also known as the Chinese Money Plant has become the most sought after indoor plant around. Unfortunately this means they can be hard to find and can be quite expensive. It makes a wonderful addition on any home with its round green leaves. It it great for smaller pots or spaces where you don't have a lot of space for a big plant.
1. Filtered bright light.
2. Keep moist but don't have it sitting in water. Once a week during Winter and twice a week during Summer should be sufficient but again it depends on the conditions in your home.
The Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica) is yet another plant widely loved for its beautiful waxy leaves. It adds interest to any room and works fantastically well in a pot. But not only are they beautiful they are one of the house plants that eliminate the most toxins in the air.
1. Rubber Plants love bright light but prefer to be out of direct sunlight.
2. It also needs the right balance of water. During growing season, it needs to be kept moist. It is also a good idea to wipe the leaves with a damp cloth or spritz it with water to get rid of any dust. When it isn't growing season they may only need to be watered once or twice a month.
Chain of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii)
This hanging beauty features pairs of leaves shaped like hearts. It's chains can grow up to 3 or 4 metres in length which makes this a wonderful focal plant for any room. It is another easily cared for non fuss plant.
1. Bright light with no direct sunlight is best for this plant. Mine is near the window in the bathroom and loves it there.
2. Treat your chain of hearts like a succulent. Let it dry out between watering. I water mine lightly about once a week - two weeks.
Mother In Laws Tongue other wise known as Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
It has stiff upright leaves which grow tall and are perfect for spots where you want to add some height. They are one of the toughest indoor plants and can take neglect well.
1. Although it and can tolerate many conditions it prefers bright filtered light.
2. Water once a month. One of the only ways to kill this guy is by overwatering.
Zanzibar Gem or ZZ plant (Zamioculcas Zamifolia)
The Zanzibar Gem is one of the hardier indoor plants. Featuring waxy green leaves that can spray outwards in all shapes it is the perfect plant for limited space.
1. Medium to bright light for best growing conditions. When not given enough light the growth will stop.
2. Water this plant once a month and it will be fine.
We hope you like our little rundown of our favourite indoor plants and have found some useful tips for your own. Our last general tip for all plants is to always rotate them towards the light so they grow evenly and don't get a lean.
Which indoor plants do you have? Let us know your favourites, we are always looking to expand our collections. Until then, happy gardening!