Living Gem’s Top Tips for Indoor Plants

09 Jun 2018

Living Gem’s Top Tips for Indoor Plants

Bring the outdoors in with these six great tips on keeping indoor plants.

  1. Why have indoor plants?

Plants purify our air and help us to breathe easier. Surrounding yourself with indoor plants is great way to maximise the health benefits plants offer us.

  1. What Plant’s should you choose?

There are a large variety of plants that flourish indoors, as long as they receive the light and water they require.

Our favourite indoor plants include:

  • The Bamboo Palm is a great indoor option – this variety is low maintenance and make a lovely feature in the home.
  • The Rubber plant is a timeless favourite, it is tough and hardy option that do not require continuous direct sunlight.
  • Succulents are also a fabulous indoor plant, they do not need large amounts of sunlight or watering.
  • The Peace Lily is easy to care for; it is hardy, forgiving and will let you know when it needs watering; when the leaves are drooping.
  1. Watering

Watering your indoor plants is a very important part of ensuring their survival. Be mindful to avoid both over watering and under watering. A good rule of thumb: place your thumb in the pot up to the first knuckle, near the edge of the pot. If the soil is dry, it is time for some water.

  1. Drainage

Ensure that your pot has drainage holes in the bottom and place the pot on a saucer. Adding pebbles or bark to the bottom of your pot (about 2cm) will prevent the plant from sitting in the water in the saucer. Drainage is important to prevent the roots from rotting.

  1. Fertiliser and soil composition

To ensure that your plant drains effectively, as well as pebbles or bark, you should use a good potting mix from your local store. You will also need to fertilise your indoor plant to help create a lush, attractive display. Fertilise according to requirements of your plant type.

  1. Sunlight

Keep your plant in a suitable location of your home based on their sunlight requirements. Don’t leave a plant in direct sunlight that requires shady areas and vice versa.