5 Tips to Keep Your House Plants Healthy

 

Best ways to decorate your home with plants

Decorating your home with pot plants is easy and doesn’t take much to make that eye catching feature you want. Choose a pot that makes a statement, decorating your home with some quirky pot plants not only adds some greenery to your life but adds character by using clean and white pot plants for a sleek finish or golds and bronze pots for a rustic look. For a bold statement in the home add plants with big leaves such as palms, umbrella trees and ferns. You can maintain these to appear as big or small as you like. If you have a very neutral home spice it up with some colour. Orchids are great because they not only are interesting to look at they are a beautiful flower as well and can add feature to any dull room. Violets are also extremely easy to grow, maintain and bloom all year round.

Why pot plants make better decorations than materials

While pot plants make a great natural feature for the home they also boost your mood and improve wellbeing. Plants also create a fresh natural environment, which you can style to different décor styles and homes.

Benefits of having house plants

Plants add a sense of life and energy to a home which is why you should add them to your interior styling as it creates a natural and vibrant ‘wow’ factor. Indoor plants set a welcoming tone as the colours of nature make our homes feel fresh, calm as well as renewed, which is a nice ambiance to enjoy after coming home for a long day of work. Not only do indoor plants make a space feel alive, they also add great texture, shape and colour to a room. Plants are also a long term design solution as they can stand the test of time. This can save you money in the long run.

What you need to know about pot plants

When gardening indoors it’s important to take into consideration the follow points. Do I have the right light? Different pot plants thrive on different lights, make sure you tailor your indoor garden to the right lighting needs. Make sure you understand that some plants are poisonous to animals such as the peace lily to cats and dogs – so check these details about your chosen plants before bringing them into the home.

You also need to understand your plants needs – a lot of plants are seasonal based so a lot of your greenthumb work needs to go into the off season. Making sure you have a clear understanding of what is required to care for you plant is really important for the survival.

Tips on looking after indoor plants

Make sure you position pot plants around the home according to their light levels and temperatures, some plants thrive in the colder temperatures, where some need light. Do not over water your plants. While you think you might be doing them a favour some pot plants only require a small amount of water and too much can drown them. 

Be aware of the types of diseases your indoor plants can catch. For example, indoor palms can catch mealy bugs. To avoid this, wipe down the palm leaves and spray a palm safe insecticide. 

5 tips to keep your plants healthy 

1. Keep soil moist with regular but light watering, keep a tray to catch any excess water below to avoid over watering them.

2. Make sure your plants have the right air supply, especially if they are inside. They not only need fresh air to grow it also helps reduce diseases.

3. Fertilise every one to two months pending on your plant. Always make sure you have information about your plant as so many indoor plants vary.

4. Keep an eye out for bugs, if you notice any bugs on your plants remove them and get rid of any dead excess leaves to prevent diseases.

5. Repot your plants every 1 – 2 years pending how quickly they grow. This will help your plant thrive and grow.

 

Plants that benefit our health

 

Are you looking for ways to purify the air in your home? Look no further than houseplants… as they are both functional and decorative.

Plants don’t just brighten our homes and offices but they also purify the air, help create a more relaxed, restful ambience in any room and make a space feel welcome.

For city-dwellers who spend most of their day’s indoors we are faced with constantly having to deal with toxins and we are not immune to the effects. Toxic compounds found in furnishings, upholstery, building materials and cleaning products contribute to making our air quality less then pleasant, and yes, we and our families are breathing these all in. But don’t panic as our green friend’s “plants” are perfect for helping us with this problem.

So, we’ve rounded up 10 beautiful houseplants that are easy to take care of for novice gardeners, which are effective at increasing oxygen, humidity and clearing out the toxins with are breathing in.

So at Beyond Sunflowers we are revealing our top picks for air-purifying plants:

1. Peace Lily Among the few air purifiers that flower, the peace lily adapts well to low light but requires weekly watering and is poisonous to pets. Removes: Ammonia, Benzene, Formaldehyde and Trichloroethylene

2. Boston Fern First popularised during the Victorian era, the Boston fern features feather-like leaves and curved fronds that are well suited to indoor hanging baskets. It can prove a bit difficult to maintain because of its need for constant moisture and humidity. Removes: Formaldehyde and Xylene

3. Spider Plant A good option for beginning gardeners, the spider plant reproduces quickly, growing long, grassy leaves as well as hanging stems, which eventually sprout plant-lets—hence its arachnid-inspired name. Removes:Formaldehyde and Benzene.

4. Mother In-Laws Tongue, is also an excellent choice for a beginner’s indoor garden. The broad green and yellow leaves grow upright and require little water and light. This plant serves more than just an aesthetic purpose; Removes:Formaldehyde and Benzene.

5. Golden Pothos is a wonderfully low-maintenance species perfect for those just beginning to cultivate houseplants. It does well in low light, and the soil should be allowed to dry in between watering’s. Its glossy vines like to tumble away from the pot, so putting the pothos in a hanging basket is an eye-catching way to accent a room. Removes: Formaldehyde, Benzene and targets Carbon Monoxide.

6. Parlour Palm the quintessential houseplant native to the forests of Mexico, and they are non-toxic to dogs and cats. They add a charming beachfront feel to any indoor area and grows well in indirect sunlight. Removes: Formaldehyde and Xylene

7. Anthurium a statement plant with stunning purple, pink and red flowers/spadices that last almost forever, they are a cinch to grow, with gorgeous glossy heart shaped leaves, perfect if your trying to add colour to your home. Removes: Formaldehyde, Ammonia, Toluene and Xylene

8. Weeping Fig This low-maintenance, evergreen plant grows well both inside and out. If you use it as a houseplant, place it in an area that has plenty of bright indirect natural light. If you place it directly in the sun, it’s possible that the leaves will burn. Water it frequently, but to avoid root rot allow the soil to dry before adding more water. Removes: Formaldehyde, Benzene and Trichloroethylene

9. Fiddle Leaf Fig are cropping up all over the interior design scene lately, making them one of the most photogenic and popular indoor plants around. And not only are they aesthetically appealing, but they’re also wonderful for improving air quality by providing high levels of oxygen and cleaning the air of allergens. Removes: Formaldehyde

10. Rubber Tree requiring less light than many other plants and outperforming all other ficuses. Multiple variegated options with striking colours, they are also non-toxic to dogs and cats. Removes: Formaldehyde.

The best method to improve you indoor air quality is to have some of these houseplants around, try to eliminate the source of the pollutants and have an air purifier working to cleanse the air at all times.