In an ideal world, every person should have at least one plant in their home. Plants take care of good energies and clean the air. They get rid of harmful gasses and poisons and generally make you a happier and healthier person. On top of that, it does not take a major amount of time to look after them; if it’s the right plant and if it’s in the right space of course.
In an ideal world, every person should have at least one plant in their home. Plants take care of clean the air and get rid of harmful gasses and poisons. Generally they can make you a happier and healthier person. On top of that, it does not take a major amount of time to look after them; if it’s the right plant and if it’s in the right space of course.
Plants have the ability to create the same joy that one can get from books, pets and artwork. When you think of Orchids, Anthodium, Bromeliads and the Peace/Madonna lily for example, they bring colour and brightness to a room in the blink of an eye. Scientific studies have shown that house plants can have a calming and relaxing effect on an individual; and should you move out of your house someday, you have the advantage of taking your garden with you.
Here are some tips and tricks, for you to have the best looking indoor garden:
Light and ventilation is key and don’t over-water them – many people make this mistake so keep in mind that plant drainage is very important ,therefore ensure that you have some small rocks, gravel or wood shavings to help the plant drain
Your kitchen-garden can grow in a variety of pots or containers, including as a vertical hydroponic installation next to your recipe books. Think along the lines of a hanging basket with a Boston fern, Devil’s Ivy or Dichondra Silver aka “Silver Falls”. Remember, if you hang plants make sure that the hook anchored into the ceiling is capable of withstanding the weight of the plant. Also ensure that you attach a drip-tray or water the plants outside to prevent water leakage
Kokedama – what is it, you might ask? It is an age-old Japanese bonsai art form, where plants are taken from a pot and grown in a ball of soil held together with moss and string. Grow a String of Pearls, Button Fern or Ponthos in one of these or speak with your local florist or nursery about what would work best
Be creative and think outside the box with your indoor garden. Use old teapots, beer bottles, old tea tins, mason jars etc. Herbs are easy to grow in glass pots
Get the kids or grandkids involved – spark their love of nature by inspiring them to create their own mini-garden with beans, or starting to grow a tree by using an avocado- or lemon seed
Placement - Think about where you’ll place your plants and group them together. Perfect plants for bathrooms include Staghorns, which love humidity. Have some herbs and vegetables in the kitchen (with a few hanging baskets) and put some air-purifying plants in the living areas and bedroom, like Chinese evergreen’s, Snake plants (also known as mother-in-law’s tongue), and Flamingo lily
Remember: indoor plants do not like direct sunlight but appreciate air-circulation and bright room The ideal temperature for indoor plants is between 18°C and 24°C.
In general, indoor plants don’t need much water and they aren’t very high maintenance as they don’t get exposed to many external factors like wind and too much sun. All you need is a little love and care. With varying sizes and kinds, you can fill any bare space with a beautiful plant and make a stunning statement in any room of the house.
Happy indoor gardening!
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