Indoor plants or house plants, call them what you want they are very on trend. In my younger days, my house was full of plants, they were on every window sill and spare gap on the table. It was a more of a gardening extension rather than a design thing. However, as life went on the house plants disappeared, I think a lot to do with taking holidays and at one point we were living in a fairly dark house. However, now it’s time for them to return and bring life and air purifying properties to my home!
So, I recently ventured to a local garden centre to see what they had as I’d remembered they had an unusually large selection of indoor plants. I picked three, I thought I’d start small and as I’m always looking to get something for free was looking for plants large enough to divide and make more plants. These are the plants I finally chose.
Let’s take a look at them one by one considering their needs for light and water as these seem to be the key things to keep them alive and looking healthy. A dying plant is not a good look, trust me I’ve done that experiment.
This elegant plant is a Schefflera Arboricola or to give its common name (and we all like a common names) Dwarf Umbrella Tree
Water: Wait until the soil in the plant dries out and then thoroughly soak. I would stand it in a few inches of water (maybe in the sink) and let it suck up as much water as it wants. Yellow leave falling off is a sign you are watering it too much.
Light: It likes light but not direct sunlight. Not enough light and it gets leggy, too much light and the leaves will burn.
Next we have a glossy Gardenia. Now reading about these they appear a little fussier.
Water: They like a consistently damp but not soggy soil, they also like high humidity so give it the occasional misting.
Light: These also like bright but not direct sunlight, and as me they like it on the warm side, which might be challenge in my flat.
So, this little chap is already sounding challenging, but I’m going to persevere as it will have vivid white flowers and produces a gorgeous fragrance. Since getting this plant my living room has been smelling delightful despite the plant only having one flower.
A finally this beauty is a Spider Plant, a house plant favourite. Apparently these are one of the easiest house plants to care for, so I had better keep this one alive. As you can see mine already has many little spiderettes, which I’ve already potted to make new plants.
Water: Not too much watering, they don’t like it soggy. They like to dry out between watering.
Light: Again, bright but not direct sunlight but they do like it a bit cooler.
Now I know how to grow these plants 🤞 there are still a couple of things I need to decide. Firstly, I need to choose some planters. At the moment, the pots are on plastic trays to stop water and soil leaking over the furniture. I need to think about how the planter sits against the decor where the plant will live.
And that brings me on to the second thing I need to decide, where to put them. I’ve been moving them around constantly. I think they will all sit in the living room, but when I get the spiderette plants growing I’m going to have them hanging in the kitchen.
I hope my ramblings have inspired you to get a few house plants and you’ll can join me on the ‘journey’ of keeping them alive. I will update you in a few weeks when I’ve select planters. A blog post consisting of dead plants is not attractive so I need to get my green fingers out 🌱🌱🌱