Succulents, fiddle leaf figs, the elusive variegated monster, ask any proud plant parent about their collection and they will reply with such enthusiasm that
you’d think they were talking about actual children.
Besides being aesthetically pleasing and assisting us in finding balance in our ever-increasing stressful lives, houseplants also come with a long list of health benefits. Some of these benefits include purifying the air creating a calming environment and in doing so promoting healing, and can even help in lowering your
blood pressure. Herewith our tips on becoming the best plant parent and creating an oasis for you and your family.
“Keeping plants around the home or office allows people to bring nature to their immediate surroundings when it can be hard to find time to get away from the
day-to-day hustle and escape to the outdoors,” says Lily Ewing, anxiety and relationship therapist and plant enthusiasts.
The Perfect Environment
Deciding on which greenery or how many to add can be quite overwhelming, with endless options it’s best to start off by considering the conditions your space provides.
Many plants require bright light without direct sunlight, south, west or east-facing rooms are best. However, if your room is north facing and you want to grow succulents, you’re likely to have problems. Succulents and cacti need continuous, daily sunlight.
During spring and summer room temperatures are ideal for most plants. Problems arise in the colder months when temperatures suddenly drop. Most plants will survive the winter months, but some species can react badly and die.
Pets and children.
Another important factor to think about is where to place plants when toddlers are running around. You also need to be aware some plants are toxic to the skin and can cause irritation when handled and damaged. Pets, especially cats love chewing on house plants. Some plants are mildly toxic while others can make your pet seriously sick.
Water in the morning.
Watering at night could encourage dampness.
Water less in winter.
During the colder months there is less transpiration and plants don’t enjoy being over-watered. Less is more. Most of the time we are concerned about not watering
enough, when in fact we water far too much! Plants don’t want to have “wet feet,” a friendly term for when their roots are absolutely saturated from sitting in a puddle for days. Unless noted otherwise, most houseplants would prefer being slightly dry than soaking. Water less in winter. Tepid water is better absorbed.
Propagating is the new black!
When it comes to propagating, there are many methods to pick from, ie. leaf blade cutting, side shoot cutting or leaf vein cuttings to name but a few. Stem cutting is a really simple way and you can propagate your little one either in water or soil. Cut the stem off a few cm under a node and remove any bottom leaves. Pop the cutting into a glass of water and voila! Soon your little guy will grow new roots, transplant it into a pot with potting soil. Whatever method you choose, multiplying your houseplants will yield satisfying results.
Giving away or swapping plant babies can be a rewarding and fulfilling craft. Besides that, you can pat yourself on the back for practicing environmentalism and
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
It is really easy to add indoor plants to your home. Pop down to your local nursery or visit one of the online stores like atriumplants.co.za, who will deliver to your doorstep. Join a local plant swop or become a ‘plantfluencer’ and offer inspiration, tips and tricks!
9 Gorgeous Indoor Plants that are almost impossible to kill
Green fingers or not, these babies are tough enough to with stand almost any neglect from their owners. Just try to remember to tend to its low-maintenance needs and you should be good to go:
1. Snake Plant
2. Dumb Cane
5. Spider Plant
6. Ponytail Palm
7. Rubber Plant
8. Dragon Plant
9. Bamboo Palm
It’s All About the Pot
Counting down our favourite planters to take your plants to the next level.
1. Sixy modular wall hanging, Plantr R949
2. Large tripod planter, SHF R1090
3. Poitjie pot plant holder, KNUS R499
4. Ombre bowl planter, Weylandts R895
5. Tall column pot plant stand, KNUS R1090
6. Swazi basket, Atrium Plants from R119
7. Brass hanging planter pot, Weylandts R525