Do you feel like there is something missing from your home? Try adding indoor plants to bring life, fresh air, and a decorative feature any each room.
Gardening for some is a favourite hobby, others a bit of a chore, but for those who live in apartments with no backyard gardening is as far from their minds as can be. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Bringing plants or creating a garden inside has multiple benefits for your home and living.
Just as outdoor gardens can create a sense of peace and calm, indoor plants also help us to relax. Studies by Professor Margaret Burchett of the University of Technology Sydney show that homes that have some indoor plants have cleaner air. They filter out toxins from the air that are given off from carpet, furniture, cosmetics, and paints. Adding just one plant per room will dramatically help to purify the air inside, helping us to feel more relaxed as we breathe better air.
When choosing plants for indoors, not only will you need to consider the style you want to achieve within your space, (eg. tropical, romantic, coastal etc), but also the conditions that each plant needs to survive. Officially there is no such thing as an �?indoor plant’, it is just about what plants can survive and grow with the limitations of being indoors. Indoor living robs plants of most of the elements they need for growth, including rain, sunshine, and fresh air. Plants that survive best indoors are generally from subtropical climates and are accustomed to living in dappled lighting.
Consider the lighting conditions within the room and the position where you would like to place your plant. For low levels of light, choose plants that are shade-tolerant. Plants with large dark green leaves photosynthesize better than others, which means that they need less light to live. These include kentia palm, lady palm, happy plant, and peace lily. In areas with bright lighting, choose plants that have coloured or patterned leaves, such as prayer plants, bromeliads and zebra plants.
To look after these plants in Summer and Spring, watering once or twice a week is essential. During Autumn and Winter, however, you can reduce the frequency of watering to once every two to three weeks. Ensure in winter that indoor plants are moved as far from heaters as possible as the heat can burn the leaves. Pick off older leaves to allow new leaves to grow and every month or two add some seaweed solution to their water for optimum health. Insects are a sign of plants not being watered correctly, and can be sprayed with Natrasoap or PestOil. To keep large leaves glossy, free of dust, and healthy, wipe with a milk and water solution (50:50).
To add life, fresh air and a decorative feature to each room, try purchasing a plant. Let the green nature not only create a healthier space to live in but create a room that reflects the outdoors.