How to select and care for the best indoor plants
From purifying the air you breathe to positively impacting your mental wellbeing, indoor plants are the perfect addition to any home or office.
We’ve discovered the most popular indoor plants of 2019 and the best ways to care for them. Read our article to find out more.
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Popular stand-alone indoor plants
Also known as the Zebra plant, this is one of the most popular indoor plants in Melbourne — their striking green, cream and purple leaves create a beautiful focal point in any interior. Calatheas are easy to look after and are perfect if you lead a busy lifestyle.
- Placement: The Calathea needs to be near light but not in direct sunlight, so install yours away from windows.
- Watering: This tropical plant’s needs change with the seasons. In winter, don’t water it too often. Either spritz the leaves with room temperature water or let the top 2.5 centimetres of the soil dry out before watering. In summer, water frequently enough that the soil is always slightly moist.
- Special tips: If kept in dry conditions (such as an office in winter), these plants can be prone to attacks from mites and scale. Prevent these pests by sprinkling a layer of Searles Derris Dust over the leaves and the base. Derris Dust is an organic insecticide which is low toxicity for both you and your plant.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
The Fiddle Leaf Fig has become synonymous with interior design. This is partly because of the plants beautiful lush leaves and also due to the fact that they are incredibly easy to care for.
- Placement: Fiddle Leaf Figs prefer bright, filtered light so keep yours near a sunny window, preferably east-facing if possible.
- Watering: The most common mistake people make when caring for this plant is overwatering it. Allow the soil to dry out completely between each watering to avoid root rot.
- Special tip: If you plan to grow your Fiddle Leaf Fig tree, we have a range of stakes in our shop which will help guide and support it.
Popular hanging plants
Some varieties of this plant feature long, thin green leaves and others grow green leaves variegated with white. They don’t like too much water or too little, so they are the perfect candidates for hanging pots. They rate in the mid-to-high maintenance category, purely due to the fact that they need more watering than stand-alone potted plants.
- Placement: Keep your Spider Plant in a spot which has access to natural light while taking care to make sure it doesn’t experience direct sunlight.
- Watering: When growing yours from a seedling, water only occasionally but once the plant is fully established, you’ll need to water it more often. Like most indoor plants, check the top layer of soil. If it’s dry, this is a good indication to water until the top layer remains moist to the touch.
- Special tip: Spider Plants can grow rapidly and easily become pot bound. This means you’ll need to repot and/or divide them about once a year.
Stemming from the ancient art of Japanese bonsai gardening, kokedama are hanging moss balls featuring a small plant which sprouts at the top. You can either buy your own kokedama or make your own. These plants can be hard to keep alive but are worth the effort. There is no hanging plant more unique than the kokedama!
- Placement: The placement of your moss ball depends on which kind of plant it features. For instance, if you have a fern kokedama, you’ll want to place in a position which achieves plenty of natural light. If you have a philodendron variety, you’ll need to place it away from direct sunlight.
- Watering: The best way to water a kokedama is to soak it. Fill a bowl with room temperature water and submerge your plant. Leave it to soak for around 10-25 minutes, or until fully saturated with water. In addition to soaking, the plant in your kokedama moss ball needs regular misting.
- Special tip: To help your kokedama thrive, you should add a water-soluble fertisliser when you soak your moss ball. You can do this as little as twice a year or as often as once a week, depending on how much and how fast you want your plant to grow.
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