If there is one thing that I believe makes a house a home, it is an abundance of house plants. There are many simple houseplant tips that you can follow which have helped me not to kill my living green friends. They bring life to a place and our flat would truly feel empty without them. But by having so many different plants, there are a variety of problems and struggles that even the most experienced green thumb will come across. An obvious decision is to start off with fairly easy to care for houseplants; like cacti, succulents or my personal favourite, spider plants. By following these simple tips your plants will not only have a better chance of surviving and flourishing, but these houseplant tips can help you make sure they bring out the best in your home.
Firstly it is vital to read up on the plant type before you buy. Often we will start with a space in the flat we are buying for. Then we will tailor our plant choice to how much light that area gets and how dry the air is. All it takes is a quick google search to find out what light conditions the plant survives best in. There are hundreds of websites that tell you how easy the plant is to care for. I like to go for robust plant types, ones that can survive in different climates as they are waaaaay less easy to kill in the first month of owning it!! There are many plants that love darker environments such as Snake Plants, Ferns and Ivies.
Too much sunlight
There is such thing as too much sunlight. Very few plants actually thrive in direct sunlight due to the temperature levels that will stop photosynthesis. Keeping plants in bright indirect sunlight is (obviously dependent on the plant type) much healthier for it than placing it in the brightest spot in the house.
Overwatering is a thing and it will kill your plant quicker than if you give them too little water. I have made the very very bad mistake of getting way too overexcited about my new plant and figured that I should water it tonnes so that it can grow and prosper into the adult I want it to become. (My plants and I get very attached to each other). But too much water very quickly leads to root rot and this will often kill your plant entirely. It becomes unstable in the ground and new leaves will become yellow or brown. The best way to overcome root rot is to have a saucer under the plant that you pour the water into. This will allow you to see how much water the plant is taking in.
Placement in your home
In terms of your plants becoming an interior design feature in your home, one thing I have loved to do is to place your plants on different levels to make the space look interesting and filled with life. Too often plants are simply kept on the floor, but raising them up with planters and on different tables and worktops gives an interesting look to a space. One thing I have implemented is putting several plants on my desk. It really helps with making the space look inviting and for some reason really helps with my creativity.
The time will come when you need to rehouse your plants into larger pots. The other day I lifted one of my beloved green friends out of its pot and was shocked to find very little soil left and the entire structure had been taken over by roots. The plant had completely outgrown the pot it was in when I bought him a year ago and I was completely oblivious to it! Let’s just say I feel absolutely awful!!!! So don’t do what I did and make sure to keep an eye out for when the plant needs a new home.
And finally, I will leave you with this last thought, you can never have enough houseplants and anyone who tells you this is plain and simply wrong.
ps. I am looking for some new interesting plant recommendations so please let me know if you have any favourites.