Before I kick start today’s post on indoor plants, a super big thank you to all the people who’ve secured their spot in my Colour Workshop coming up this Thursday, it’s going to be a great evening!
Rightio – plants. Ok so, of course, you can kill them, but this line up of indoor plants are easy to look after, except the Maidenhair Fern which I just had to put in the mix because it looks so dam good!
I love plants, yeah sure they’re hot on trend at the moment, but that’s not why I love them. Plants instantly inject texture and colour into your interior, purify the air and welcome good energy into your home as long as they are kept in good knick. Let’s take a look at my favourite indoor plants, how not to kill them and how to style them.
These textural beauties are SUPER easy to look after! You can get away with not watering them for two weeks and they won’t complain, making them the perfect set of training wheels for an amateur plant enthusiast.
Use a potting mix with good drainage (50/50 mix of potting mix/ pumice is ideal) and water now and then; once a week or once a month – they thrive on neglect. Some of my favourite succulents include the Snake Plant, Houseleek, Aloe, Sedum Angelina, Donkey Tail and Echevaria.
These cascading beauties are great for adding height to a room. Place them somewhere high and watch them elegantly waterfall towards the ground. They survive with little light and watering. They can also be trained to creep sideways or upwards.
Absolutely love this little gem. It’s so easy to grow and looks amazing planted inside glass bowls. Water it once a week and watch it grow before your eyes.
Eventually, this vigorous plant will outgrow its container and will start to lose a little of its former lustre. This is when you simply break it up into smaller chunks and replant into several new pots. It will sulk for a while, but just keep watering it and before you know it BOOM it’ll be outta control again.
At night, this indoor plant folds up its leaves praying to mother earth, hence the name. During the day, it showcases its spectacular patterned foliage. Simply keep evenly moist and keep out of direct sunlight.
As I said, this one is not an easy plant to look after, but I just love the dappled texture it brings to a space. It hates windy spots, being dry, dark positions and draughts. It loves regular feeding, being kept moist and a bright position out of direct sunlight.
A few styling tricks…
- The cool thing about plants is you can get away with putting all sorts of different varieties in the same room. Same goes for pots. Go a little nuts and experiment it’s fun and easy.
- Arrange your indoor plants at different heights; some grouped on the floor, one on a table, a row on a high shelf, a few hanging from the ceiling and so on. Kokedama are a great way to hang plants.
- Hanging plants high is a great way to draw the eye up and visually expand space.
- I’m not a fan of trays; they add unnecessary visual clutter. Select a container you’d like to be the show piece. Then plant your plant in a cheap black plastic pot with matching drip tray and place this inside your container, this way you won’t have to worry about water ruining your furniture or your plant roots rotting.
Check out my Pinterest board for loads more plant inspiration!
A few indoor plant maintenance tricks…
- Pop your plants in the rain for a good soaking every now and then; this will wash the pore blocking dust off the foliage and give them a much-needed boost.
- If an indoor plant ever completely drys out, submerge it in a bucket of water until the air bubbles stop, about 2-3 minutes. This will evenly wet the soil.
- Feed regularly with a liquid fertiliser (especially during the hot months). Don’t feed newly purchased plants until they are more established (wait a couple of months) as you can burn the roots.
- To prevent root rot, all pots need to have holes at the bottom so water can drain off.
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