Articles & Advice

13 May 2015

Indoor Plants


Indoor plants have the ability to instantly improve the warmth of a room.  Not only does the splash of greenery improve the ascetics of the room it has the added health benefit of purifying the air.  With the diverse range of planters available you are sure to make an individual statement indoors, unique to your home.

Here are our top picks:

Fiddle Leaf Fig

Love love love the fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata).  These unique plants, which are so popular right now, make a fantastic specimen plant indoors; a real wow factor in any room.  Consult any interior design magazine and you will be sure to find a fiddle leaf fig somewhere amongst the glossy pages.  

Prefers: a light, bright room but keep it away from harsh direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn.
Water requirement: the fiddle leaf fig originates from the tropics so keep this plant steadily moist and preferably in a warm room.  Allow the water to drain away as it can suffer from root rot if it sits too long in a saucer of water.

Maidenhair Fern

The delicate-looking foliage of the maidenhair fern (Adiantum)can be a wonderful addition to a home with its beautiful, softly textured foliage. To encourage fresh new soots, an application of liquid fertilizer regularly will enure your maidenhair remains full and lush.

Prefers: a brightly lit room.  No drafts for this delicate foliaged plants.
Water requirement: Keep the soil moist. Do not let the soil dry out.
Tips: Apply diluted liquid organic fertilizer regularly. Do not allow the soil to dry out even for a day or two

Mother-in-law’s Tongue

This incredibly tough plant has an architectural strength unsurpassed by other indoor plants.  As the Sansevieria has long, sharply shaped leaves it has been given the rather cheeky common name of Mother-in-law's Tongue.  Regardless of this, it is hugely on-trend, looking at home in all sorts of designs from modern, contemporary, retro to eclectic.

Prefers: prefers full, bright light.
Water requirement: Over-watering seems to be the only problem with this plant so watering only once a month should do it!


Air Plants

Air plants (Tillandsia) are super on trend at the moment, popping up in the hottest restaurants and bars and used extensively by interior designers.  Air plants look great on your kitchen bench, coffee or side table, hanging in the bathroom or anywhere really.  

Prefers: Bright, filtered light is ideal. Keep air plants that are placed in glass globes away from direct sunlight.

Water requirements: Contrary to their name, Air plants do require water.  They thrive when misted regularly as their suction scales, which are on the surface of their leaves, capture moisture. Submerge the whole plant in a container of water for three hours every one to two weeks.

The Peace Lily

Of all the flowering house plants, Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) care is probably the easiest.  It tolerates average indoor conditions better than many house plants, including those low lit rooms!  Blooms usually appear in early summer and last for weeks but the Spathiphyllum is know to spot flower throughout the year.

Prefers: for improved flowering, a brightly lit room is recommended.
Water requirement: Once a week will do nicely.

Zanzibar Gem

Exotic looks, glossy green leaves and ability to tolerate neglect = Zanzibar Gem (Zamioculcas zamiifolia).  A tropical perennial plant hailing from eastern Africa, it is hard to kill, slow growing and ideal as an office plant or a table centerpiece.

Prefers: Bright, indirect light.
Water requirement: Give it a drink every two weeks.

Dragon Tree

Although very different in appearance to the Zanzibar Gem, the Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata) is also from eastern Africa.   The compact and structural shape of the Dragon Tree adds texture and impact to contemporary and modern interiors. 

Prefers: A bright spot by a window is ideal but will also fair well in lower lit rooms.
Water requirement: About once or twice a month, when the soil feels slightly dry, water it thoroughly.  Discard water in the drainage saucer though as the roots will rot is the plant is allowed to sit in water for a length of time.

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