According to feng shui tradition houseplants represent the natural element of wood, bringing balanced energy and a sense of harmony into the home. Whether you are a feng shui believer or not, it can’t be denied that a great houseplant does round out a room. In this blog we will teach you how to infuse a drab or lonely room with life by adding a houseplant that is just right for your space. It’s time to bring the outdoors in and liven up your home with a beautiful green sculpture!
Caring for your plant
There are many fabulous houseplants to consider, but before you start the hunt you must first learn how to care for an indoor plant. Learning how to maintain your houseplant will ensure that it lives a long life. Caring for indoor plants, while not difficult, does require some regular attention. Although some plants have different requirements than others, all plants have three basic needs: light, water and fertilizer. With these three ingredients your plants will grow and flourish.
You will need to pick a houseplant that matches your room’s available light. Some plants need full sun exposure, meaning at least 4-6 hours a day of direct sun. Some plants require only 2-3 hours of direct sun; while others require no direct sunlight at all and indoor light will suffice. Usually the type of light your plant requires will be included on the plant tag. If not, you can always ask an associate.
The number one reason houseplants die is not failing to be watered, but being overwatered. This is because many people look at the top surface of the soil to decide when to water. But this can often be misleading since top surface soil often looks dry even when the plant has plenty of moisture. To better determine whether your plant needs watering or not stick your finger 2 inches down into the soil. Gently pull it out and examine the area near your knuckle. If the soil is dry at this 2-inch depth it is probably time to water. If it is slightly moist, you can afford to wait a day or two more. If possible, water your plants in the morning and use luke warm water. Water thoroughly and slowly, but stop as soon as water runs through the drainage holes.
Just like humans, plants need to be regularly fed, especially if it is a flowering plant. It is a good idea to feed your houseplant every other week in spring, summer and early fall. When light levels diminish in November, your plant will need less fertilization – once a month or less. Using a complete liquid fertilizer will ensure healthy, thriving plants.
Choosing your plant
Now that you know how to care for your plant, lets look at the types of plants available. Keep in mind that if you are a busy individual it is best to start with a low maintenance plant that requires easy care. Choose a plant that is durable and can handle a range of indoor temperatures. These plants will be able to withstand a few days of neglect should it happen to occur.
Mini cacti and succulents are like intricate little sculptures in their own right and can be very intriguing with the right assemblage. When displaying succulents, it is best to mix round, pointy, shiny, and matte plants, unifying them with just two types of neutral pots. Varieties of succulents include mistletoe cactus, jade, aloe, echeveria, and rattail cactus. When caring for these plants make certain the soil is thoroughly dried out between waterings.
Orchids are beautiful, elegant, and simply magnificent, even if their blooms only last a month or so. These plants need light and humidity, so a sunny bathroom is their ideal location. Try gathering several together to create a glamorous jungle. When caring for orchids, trap moisture in the soil by setting the pot on gravel in a low glass cylinder. Also choose a plant with bright, shiny, foliage that isn’t droopy, and only a few of the lowest flowers open.
Swap out your bedside lamp for a rich leafy fern. Ferns offer a lush hint of nature that is striking in a neutral space such as a bedroom and will promote tranquility. Place it in a pretty matte pot to make it look even more regal. To care for a fern water regularly, trim stray fronds, and remove anything brown. Varieties of ferns include the fantasy fern, the asparagus fern, Boston Ferns, and the button fern. Indirect light. Water whenever the surface of the soil is dry to the touch. Asparagus Fern
Fiddle Leaf Fig plants are gaining popularity among homeowners because of their majestic appearance and easy maintenance. Place them in your living room it in a pot surrounded with mounds of green moss to add a touch of drama. To care for a fiddle leaf fig plant water only when the top two inches of soil become dry. With these tips, anyone with notoriety for killing off plants can have a green thumb. Bill Beazley Homes has been building home in the Augusta Metro area for over 40 years and regularly keeps their readers updated on the latest interior design and homeowner tips.