Guest post by Mel Warrener
Something different today! This is a guest post from a friend of mine who is thinking about starting up her own blog. Plants can be a great addition to your space and are good Feng Shui. Plants make me so happy. I need to go plant shopping. Enjoy!
When I first read plants grow “Fresh Air” and remove indoor air pollutants I was hooked.
Since then, in every new house or renovated room before moving in I am planning/thinking of which plant and how many plants will work in my new space.
Plants energise a space and I feel plants bring a sense of life and soul indoors. Plants add colour, texture and are a cheap way to decorate a new space too.
To help you select a plant & style your new indoor space you will find a few tips below to hopefully inspire you to “Grow fresh Air” indoors.
Knowing a type of Plant Gang to suit a space inside is important. Grouping plants to their needs can assist in providing the right care for each plant. I have listed a few gangs that will help in choosing the right plant with the scientific name first then the common name.
Easy Care Plants – Low water requirements
- Sansevieria trifaciata – Mother in Laws tongue, Snake Plant
- Peperomia obtusifolia – Baby rubber plant
- Ficus elastica – Rubber Plant.
- Zamioculcus zamiifolia – ZZ Plant
- Dracaena marginata – Dragon Tree
Darker Room – Plants that can cope with lower light.
- Spathiphyllum wallisii – Peace Lily
- Aspidistra eliator – Cast Iron Plant
- Asplenium ridus – Birds Nest Fern
- Philodendron scandens – Heart Leaf Philodendron
- Fatsia japonica – Japanese aralia
Best plants to grow Fresh Air
- Sansevieria trifaciata – Mother in Laws tongue, Snake Plant – works hard at nighttoo. I like this one in my bedroom.
- Epipremnum aureum – Pothos, Devils Ivy – great at increasing air quality.
- Ficus elastica – Rubber Plant – Emits high oxygen content.
- Hedera helix – English Ivy – a good one at removing airborne mould.
- Spathiphyllum wallisii – Peace Lily – the bigger the leaf the better – produces abeautiful white flower.
When buying a plant look for the healthiest plants that are not showing any distress. Avoid plants with yellowing or dead leaves or bare and tired looking stems. Look for plants with new growth, new buds and not pot bound. Spend time choosing your investment.
Styling with Plants
Odd numbers work – I like to use the ‘Rule of Three’ though using five, seven, nine or more works.
By placing an odd number of plants on a shelf or in a corner of a room on the floor is very pleasing on the eye.
Pots: You cannot go wrong with the green leaf of a plant matched with neutrals colours like white, black or my favourite a concrete grey pot. I also love going for the softer pastel’s colours like pale pink & apricot. Two toned earthy pot colours like cream, emerald greens, terracotta also look great inside. Try not to match with too many different colours as they might clash. Placing decorative pebbles or stones on top of soil will give your plant that extra wow factor and assist in keeping the soil from drying out too frequently.
When selecting heights of a plant gang vision a triangle. With the tallest plant out the back then middle-sized plant to the left and then you could place a trailing or smaller to the right.
- First to pot up a plant I use a mix of good quality of potting mix, peat moss and perlite.
- Adding horticultural charcoal will assist in drainage should your plant or location need it.
- Fertilize your plant regularly as per instructions to what product you use, I like to use an indoor liquid fertilizer. Slow-release pellets are a good alternative with most needing to be reapplied every 3- 6months.
- Watering: Feel the top of soil before you water and if it is wet don’t water and if its dry water your plant. Get to know your plant water needs. This will depend on the location and how dry your indoor space is or how high the humidity is. If you can pick up your plant, place it in the shower and give it a good water from above this will remove any dust and clean the leaves. Make sure the plant has drained well before placing it back to where it lives.
- Bugs: Use a horticulture oil as per instructions to keep them at bay plus this will keep the leaves nice and shiny as well.
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