Indoor plants have become an important component of interior design. Having greenery in interior spaces will brighten the room and they have been shown to help in boosting moods. One reason why more and more people are planting indoor plants is that they are easy to take care of. There are a lot of health benefits you can expect to get when you have indoor plants in your home. You can easily use them in a wide range of décor themes. If you have limited outdoor garden space or living in an area with severely cold winters, and an indoor garden is the best option.
Here is a guide that will help you get started with planting indoors.
Indoor plants are plants that grow indoors. There are a wide variety of plants that will thrive under indoor conditions. When you buy indoor plants, there is a good chance they are in containers, so you don’t have to plant them. The two instances where you might be forced to plant indoor plants are when the plant is getting too big and needs a bigger container or if you are interested in growing bulbs indoors.
Succulents and cacti will need sunlight daily. Plants with foliage will need about eight hours of daily sunlight. The amount of light needed will mainly depend on the type of plant you are growing. There are plants such as philodendron, devil’s ivy or pothos, dracaena, and peace lily that can survive in areas with low light or indirect light.
You will need to choose the right type of plants because you don’t want to regret later when it has grown. There are some things you need to consider when choosing an indoor plant.
- Root system – this is very important when choosing an indoor plant. If the plant is small, you can easily check on the roots. Healthy roots are those that are light in color and thick.
- Foliage – a good rule to follow when it comes to foliage is, if you cannot see through it, it is thick enough.
- Check for disease – Some signs to look out for are; sticky residue on leaves, white dots, and bad odor.
If you don’t have a lot of time to take care of the plants, then you should choose those that are easiest to take care of. Some of them include philodendron, sansevieria, zz plant, pothos, and most succulents.
If you are interested in plants because of their air-purifying benefits, then choose weeping fig or bamboo palm.
Ensure the soil is moist, not too dry or too wet. Choose an area that is near a light source, whether artificial or natural. Don’t prune the plants if there is no reason to. Pruning is recommended when the plant gets tally and spindly.
There are three main reasons why most indoor plants die. Underwatering or overwatering, too much or not enough light, and neglect. If you take good care of the plants, you can expect them to last two to five years. After that, you will need to get another plant.
An indoor plant will prove to be a great undertaking.