Updated: Oct 8, 2020
"Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and the soul" ...Linda Solegato
As we're embracing the "working from home" culture for the foreseeable future we thought it would be a great idea to share some helpful information about indoor plants as studies have proven that houseplants improve concentration, productivity, reduce stress levels, boost your mood and detoxify your home by purifying the air around you!
In recent years house plants have become an interior design trend (they can jazz up any space!) and the pandemic has had a huge effect with delivery and subscription services (both for flowers & plants!) blooming in 2020, with examples being; Patch Plants, Bloom & Wild, Bloombox Club, Click & Grow, Waitrose Garden, Freddie’s Flowers amongst the most popular.
Let’s face it, with winter fast approaching, clocks changing and the temperatures dropping what better way to boost your mood and at home wellbeing than investing in creating your own little patch of greenery heaven!
It’s important to know which plants are best suited for each room from your living room to your bedroom and bathroom to ensure that your plants are happy with their environment and conditions and you are getting all the benefits!
Each plant will have different care needs but there are a few golden rules to keep them happy & healthy... here are a few tips..
- Spraying them with a mister every few days to encourage healthy growth
- Not putting them in direct sunlight but ensuring they are getting plenty of light
- Be mindful of overwatering, this can kill your plant
- Dusting their leaves every few days
- Some will thrive in cooler temperatures whilst others like keeping warm
We have put together our favourite 3 house plants for each unique space in the home, as well as tips and tricks to create your perfect urban oasis. The greater the number of plants present in the house, the more likely the benefit to air quality and overall well-being.
Top 3 for your Living Room & Kitchen
Dieffenbachia seguine 'tropic snow’
The large, green and white leaves of de 'Tropic Snow' are light lovers! The more light there is, the more spotted the leaves become.
Likes light watering and humidity. Don’t put in direct sunlight, it burns them!
Ficus elastica Melany - Rubber Plant
Absorbs toxins and is therefore a great plant
for improving the environment in your home.
Likes medium light, light watering and humidity.
Dracaena Fragrans, also known as dragon tree.
If you would like for it to keep growing then consider repotting it every 2 years. It’s very easy to care requiring light watering, soft light
and misting every few days.
Top 3 for your Bathroom
Spathiphyllum wallisii or most commonly known as Peace Lily
A smart pick for its ability to reduce the microbe count in your home’s air, which in turn can relieve allergy symptoms. Happy with most light conditions, and lots of humidity so if your bathroom gets light then that could be the ideal spot! Alternatively a great option for your bedroom just ensure you mist her leaves!
Red Chinese Evergreen
easiest houseplant to grow, needing little maintenance and limited watering needs. It's dark green leaves are lined with bright red and pink tones. She likes most light conditions, light watering and humidity.
Anthurium Tail flower; Flamingo flower; Laceleaf;
Usually lives in rainforests meaning it’s used to getting
dappled light and regularly getting soaked by rainfall.
The vivid red part is not actually its flower, but a brightly-coloured leaf!
Top 3 for your Bedroom
Dracaena Trifasciata or Snake Plant
Great for the bedroom as she stores oxygen during the day, then releases it all at night. Likes most light conditions, dusting and light watering.
Aloe Barbadensis or Aloe Vera
This first aid plant enjoys bright light so a spot with lots of light in your bedroom will do. It likes warmer temperatures so just ensure it’s not positioned near a draft. The plant also emits oxygen at night instead of during the day, giving the air around it a boost that could benefit your sleep.
Commonly known as weeping fig, is one of the best plants for improving air quality indoors. It has one of the top removal rates for air toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. Likes somewhere bright but away from direct sun, frequent misting and light watering.
Best for your Desk
A group together make for a really stylish display.
It requires light watering, bright spot and feeding
in the warmer months.
If you want to introduce a pop of contrast colour to your indoor jungle then this one is a winner! Super beautiful foliage and a very fast grower! Requires light watering and bright light.
Oak leaf plant -Kalanchoe beharensis; Feltbush; Feltplant; Velvetleaf. A native of Madagascar, this is a fascinating unusual plant
with lots of character! Perfect as a statement piece on your desk.
In spring and summer it blooms with yellow flowers. It’s very easy
to care for as well!
Create an impact by grouping a few of them together. They only need small amounts of water but lots of bright light.