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Indoor Plants for Beginners

By: Divine Plants Online

4 Jul 19

Indoor Plants for Beginners

Indoor gardening is a gorgeous, growing trend #pun. In the nursery industry we are watching more and more people beginning to work on their indoor plant game. The devotion hasn’t gone unnoticed, according to the Independent, millenials are obsessed with houseplants because they can’t afford kids (seems legit *shrug*). Gone are the days when indoor plants were something a stuffy grandmother prized, now everyone is getting in on it, from the new generation, to experienced gardeners.

Pleasing to the eye…

So, what is it about indoor houseplants that has us fascinated? Who can resist the charm of a few cheery, bright little plant-buddies? Indoor plants can add a lot of life to a still or small place, and have an amazing ability to make your home seem more inviting. (And for the men out there, studies show that women feel more comfortable in a space with houseplants… just sayin’).

A few pot plants added to your home or work space creates a stunning aesthetic, and is one of interior designs major tricks to bringing life and movement into a room, and tricking the eye that the space is bigger than it appears.

Not only can a few well placed house-plants transform your living space into something more bright and full of life, but they offer some pretty big health benefits to your well-being too…

Health benefits…

Nowadays we spend most of our time indoors, meaning that we often breathe recycled or stale air in our homes and workplaces, according to NASA (you may have heard of it). In their Clean Air Study, indoor plants remove toxins and airborne chemicals from the air. (You can read more here).

Did you know that plants release around 97% of the water they take in? What does that mean for you? If you or a loved one suffers from dry skin, respiratory issues or dry environment, studies show that certain plants can alleviate that or aid in humidifying indoor environments!

Having living plants around us has also been proven to be beneficial to our mental well-being, improving moods and lowering depression and anxiety in many test subjects.

According to NASA, there are even plants that can alleviate snoring!

Sold? Me too!

There are even some herbs or vegetables you can grow inside (we’ve got herbs coming soon)!

Let’s break it down…

But it can all seem a little overwhelming if you’re a beginner, so let’s run over the basics, shall we? Don’t worry, you’ll be a whiz before you know it.

Let’s get started; there are huge and vast ranges of houseplants with all need levels… some borderline thrive on neglect, while others love a little TLC. You can start out small and grow your collection (until it becomes a full blown obsession like for certain plant nurseries).

Firstly, figure out what your new plant baby needs… do they prefer a darker corner of the house, or bright indirect sunlight? A quick Google or glance at their plant identification card can help… there is a wealth of information out there. Do they need watering once a week, or once a month? Some plants don’t mind frequent watering, while others can’t stand wet feet. It’s all a matter of trial and error, don’t panic! Many a plant has been lost to the legendary black thumb, but armed with these handy tips, no more have to! #restinpeace

Do your research and find out what works for your home and gardening style. Survival of the fittest? There are plant-babies for you. High maintenance and needy like your cousin? Endless options. Mid-range care levels… gotcha covered.

(Have a look at our Indoor Plants section on our website)

Common issues…

Browning, curling or wilting leaves

If the edges of your leaves are turning brown, starting to wilt or curl… it can be due to not enough water, or air that is too dry. Try spritzing your leaves with a mister once a week or so to alleviate. Overfertilising can be a culprit of browning or burning leaves too… so always opt for a lower strength fertiliser.

Lopsided growth

This is an easy one! If your plant is growing lopsidedly, they are searching for the highest light point in the room, turn them around every day or two to different angles to correct this, or move them to a more evenly lit location. (This is easily preventable by giving them a little rotation every time you water them #pro-tip)

Yellowing leaves

As foliage ages it can turn yellow or brown before it falls off, and this is normal, (don’t panic! You’re doing great!) but new growth turning yellow is typically a sign of too much sunlight. Try your plant in a spot out of direct sunlight and see if it improves.

Sparse or leggy growth

I’m not getting enough sun! Your plant is reaching for sun desperately, pop in a brighter location or longer light exposure.

Help! My leaves are falling off…

This one is trickier, as it can be due to not enough water or too much water. As a general rule, only water the plant when the top two inches of soil are dry. Watering indoor plants is a trial and error process… utilise other sources for advice and keep at it until you seem to strike a good balance.

Burned leaves #thisgirlisonfire

Most of the time if the leaves are burning, your baby is getting too much sun. Check: are they getting full afternoon sun, like on a windowsill? While some plants love this, not all do. Move it somewhere with bright indoor light, but out of the direct line of sun and this should help.

Rotten root rot!

Root rot symptoms can appear the same as dehydration, however the soil can be saturated (colour us confused!). This is an easy fix, ensure to use well draining pots and resist over-watering.

Quick tips:

  • Keep your plants foliage clean, it’s amazing how dust can accumulate on foliage when left unattended. A quick wipe with a moistioned cloth is all that you need to get those babies back in tip-top shape.
  • Give our plant babes well-draining pots, and don’t go for huge pots for a smaller plant. Too big and it can create root rot, ain’t nobody got time for that! But too small and you’ll have to re-pot regularly, so try to aim for somewhere in the middle
  • Water directly into the soil and not on top of the foliage
  • White oil (or neem oil) is beneficial for wiping down leaves… not only does this make your leaves look stellar and glossy, but it can help prevent disease

Ready to take the plunge? Check our our indoor plant lines here

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