A huge trend that has been slowly but surely creeping into our homes over the last few seasons has been house plants – be they artificial or real. Let’s be honest… we know which are easier to maintain, mainly because we are much too lazy or busy to tend to an abundance of real plants? Or, is it because we just have no idea how to properly take care of our living plants? The simple fact is: real plants look ten times better than artificial! So, in the spirit of summer, and in the name of interior design, here is a quick list of, generally unspoken, rules on how to properly take care of your indoor plants.
1. Choose a plant that will thrive in the natural conditions of your home. Indoor plants enjoy a well-lit sunspot but avoid placing them in the direct rays of the hot western sun if you don’t want your plants to dry out through the day and prevent growth.
2. Don’t move your plants around. Plants acclimatise themselves to their surroundings, so it’s best that you don’t move them around constantly – this includes placing them in an area where there might be a dramatic temperature change.
3. Cacti and succulents are the trendiest and most obvious of the house plants to own right now – and, although they work well inside, you must check that your particular succulent/cactus doesn’t demand full sun all day. Being desert plants, some species need to be in an environment that mocks their natural habitat. Think plenty of sun and heat.
4. Increase the humidity in the room. Does your plant have brown leaves or flower buds that develop poorly? These could be signs that there isn’t enough moisture in the air. A cheap way to fix this would be to fill a tray with pebbles and add water to just below the top of the pebbles. The water will naturally evaporate and humidify the room. P.s extra humidity is also great for your health & skin too – bonus!
5. Regularly trim your plant. Make sure you check how often your plant should be trimmed, as pruning is often advised. Without regular pruning, roots can outgrow their pot or vase and grow out of control.
6. Combine scents that compliment each other. This can be tough. Sometimes it's a case of trial and error, but fragranced plants can either turn your room into a scented haven, or a headache-inducing hell, so it's best to do your research and get it right the first time. Below is a fragrance wheel - just like a colour wheel but for plants, and the same rules apply. Scents that are next to each other blend well together, opposite scents compliment each other perfectly and finally, selecting 3 fragrances that create a triangle will usually complement each other nicely.