Are you growing weary of the lifeless atmosphere in your home? Or perhaps your room is a blank canvas just waiting for its first splash of colour to be added?
The lush blossoms and foliage of indoor plants are some of the most beautiful and comforting additions that can be made to our homes and offices. Rooms such as bedrooms, baths, kitchens, and lounge rooms are included. There isn’t really any room in the house that a houseplant can’t brighten up. You only need some light and water to turn your indoor space into a flourishing oasis. It is not only aesthetically attractive to bring plants into your home but, astonishingly, significant health benefits are associated with doing so.
Of course, you need the right pot to suit your decor and you can find the latest pot designs at Bunnings, including the gorgeous pots by Capi Europe, Elho and Borralheira (below), featuring soft lines, natural materials, pastel and earthy tones and geometric shapes.
The most interesting indoor plants are free-form and organic but also clean and sculptural; they amuse with their unpredictability while reassuring with their constant presence. The best indoor plants may lend just the perfect amount of wonder to a space. And, to our great relief, their longevity is significantly greater than that of cut flowers.
Here are eight indoor plants you can consider adding to your home:
1. Aloe (Aloe vera)
Aloe vera plant sap can be used as a moisturizer for the skin, as well as a disinfectant for minor cuts and an anti-inflammatory for sunburn. In addition to its many practical applications, the plant is rather lovely. Because it is succulent, it requires very little water and thrives in strong sunshine that is indirect rather than direct, particularly when the temperature is on the colder side. The same container can support the growth of an aloe plant for many years. If you choose to use some of the plant’s leaves, you shouldn’t take more than a third of the entire plant’s leaves at once.
This sprawling plant is one of the houseplants that is the most tolerant of neglect out there. Because it is able to thrive in both dim and bright light, it is versatile in terms of placement within the home. If you want the best results, you should water your plants once the top inch or so of the soil has dried out.
3. Passion Flower
Most gardeners view vines as potential “outdoor athletes” that can be trained to climb up exterior fences and walls. Climbers, however, can break the glass on the inside as well, provided that there is anything for them to ascend (a few nails and fishing wire will do the trick). It would be best if you used a shallow terra-cotta pot to plant your Passiflora caerula, and then place an inverted vintage egg basket on top of the pot to serve as a tendril jungle gym.
4. Chinese Evergreen
The leaves of the Chinese evergreen plant, also known as the Silver Bay Aglaonema, have a gorgeous painted appearance, and the plant requires very little care to keep it healthy and happy. It does not need a lot of water and does not require a lot of light, so you can help it thrive by letting the soil dry out between waterings.
5. Spider Plant
It is unusual to see a spider plant that does not have offspring clinging to it. Spider plants will eventually reach a width of two to two and a half feet and a length of two to three feet. These plants are typically cultivated in hanging baskets. Because their roots have a tendency to fill a pot, the houseplant may need to have its container replaced every couple of years. When the spider plant’s dangling offspring begin to develop roots, carefully remove them from the mother plant to produce more spider plants.
6. String of Pearls
Leaving this plant in bright, indirect light and providing enough water to maintain consistently wet soil will rapidly grow extensive strands of pearls. Put your succulent in a hanging pot that is large enough to allow its tendrils to drape over the sides of the container.
7. ZZ Plant
The ZZ plant indeed has a striking appearance, and it is also true that it can survive with a very low amount of light (in fact, you could keep it in the dark corner if that is the only area you have available). But the name gets the conversation going, and we can’t get enough of it! Use only a small amount of water, and only do so after the top few inches of soil are completely dry.
8. Bird of Paradise
This plant will undoubtedly flourish if you allow it to grow in a very bright and sunny area, but it can also survive in areas with lower light levels. You will need to fertilize it somewhat frequently during the spring and summer months; however, it is quite easy to care for as long as you do not overwater it.
How Often Should You Water Your Houseplants?
You guessed correctly; it varies from plant to plant. Most plants that require watering will demand more moisture every two to three weeks. It is recommended to water houseplants first thing in the morning, and despite how easy it may sound, finding the right balance when watering houseplants can be challenging.
Always check the moisture level of a plant by touching it before deciding whether or not to water it. This is a basic rule of thumb (literally). If the soil is bone dry, it is generally okay to water, but if the soil is still moist, it may be wiser to hold off, as wet soil can create root rot, eventually killing your poor plants. This is also dependent on the time of year. During the summer, which is typically a time when many plants are actively developing (and when temperatures are typically higher), your plants, particularly ferns, will require more consistent watering and misting.
Why Take Care of Houseplants?
Taking measures to cheer yourself up can be helpful in your everyday life. For instance, sharing a bond with close friends and pulling a prank call on real phone numbers to call can lighten up your mood after a bad day. Plants can also entail such benefits to your mood.
Plants should be included in the design of every contemporary home for no other reason than the fact that they make a place seem better and fill it with positive energy. However, knowing how to care for houseplants is an entirely different story, and it is not always a straightforward process.
Many individuals find that tending an indoor garden brings them a great deal of happiness, and it can also serve as a haven from the stresses of the outside world. Bring specific plants into your home.
You will begin to notice changes to your health and an overall increase in your level of happiness, regardless of the size of your living space, be it a studio apartment or a sprawling mansion. Caring for a living thing gives us a purpose, and it’s fulfilling, especially when you watch that living thing bloom and develop. Plants can assist with loneliness and depression, improving your mood and making your living area more relaxing to spend time in.
Biophilia refers to the emotional attachment people have to the natural world. When we are surrounded by lush vegetation, the golden treasure of being able to smell the sweet scent of early morning, smell the sweet smell of early morning, and stare up at a blue sky, has a significant effect on us. Because we spend so much time indoors, bringing plants indoors creates a biophilic connection, and their calming effects are equally as potent. Since we spend so much time indoors, this connection is important. We are innately attuned to nature’s patterns, hues, and noises. And the calming effect of doing things like looking at photos of nature and recreating nature’s beauty indoors with things like living walls, plants, and water features. The calming effects of plants help reduce the negative effects of stress.
While you are in charge of how you will add plants to your home, you may also consider creating a colourful garden this spring.