I don’t have a very good track record of caring for houseplants in my home, I had one houseplant that survived years with me  but suddenly one day it just started going down hill and never recovered. I was gutted and it put me off having houseplants again because each one since has died. However houseplants are becoming more popular again, they brighten up a room, and make it feel alive. 
 
So I think in 2018 I should try again with a new houseplant, I just need to find a good spot for one and look after it! 
 
Andy Baxter, managing director of Internet Gardener has sent me through some tips on how to care for houseplants and I thought I would share them with you guys, because if you’re anything like me you will need them!!  

How To Care For Houseplants 

 “The top 5 tips we would offer for those looking to keep their houseplants healthy and happy are the following:

Varieties 

Pick varieties that work for your house and most importantly, your schedule. Many people want flowering plants in their home, but most flowers require specific amounts of sunlight, water, and attention, any variation of this can result in no blossoms.

Follow Plants Instructions  

Be sure to research any special instructions for the plants you choose and try to match varieties that need similar sunlight, water and care. Try low-light varieties of plants as they are also a great easy option for the house, requiring little water and they don’t typically need to be re-potted. 
*Sky Planter £9.99 – Find Me A Gift 

Low Maintenance  

For an easy low-maintenance plant, try succulents, they only need a little bit of water when the soil is completely dry and even less in winter. In terms of re-potting plants, most foliage-type plants don’t like being moved, so they’re perfect to be kept in the same pot forever.
 
*Lene Bjerre Flora Succulent – Sweetpea & Willow 

Room To Grow 

One great tip is to ensure any plants you add to your home have a pot they can grow into and be sure to adequately drain the soil to prevent rot.
 

*Orla Kiely Plant Bag From £22 – Andshine 

Dust Them!

To be an expert in looking after houseplants, there is one thing many owners often overlook and that’s dust. Plants need to be dusted every 2-3 days minimum. It’s important to dust often because particles can start to cake on waxy leaves after even a week and make it difficult for the plant to breathe and absorb light.

Don’t Panic 

Most houseplants are resilient, and even after a month or two of poor maintenance, they will typically recover under the proper care.”
Tips from Andy Baxter, managing director of Internet Gardener 
 

Go Faux! 

If all fails and you really struggle with caring for houseplants, then just go faux! There are some great ones out there and I have included a couple in my round up as I think they look amazing for a faux houseplant!  

*Faux Staghorn – Audenza 

Some Of My Favorite Houseplants 

Houseplants, here is a few easy tips on how to care for houseplants. Houseplants can brighten your home, make it feel alive, bring in colour. If your looking for houseplants that are easy to care for, succulents, large houseplants or small see my favourite onesSky PlanterSpring Bulb Hanging Jar – Yucca PlantSucculent In Ceramic Pot – Mini GreenhousePersonalised Windowsil Herb Planter KitFaux Zebra GrassHydrangea WreathFaux Staghorn

 

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24 Comments

    • I never knew either, however I think I remember my Mum dusting her!! Always thought it was funny but theres a reason!

  1. This was so helpful – I literally can;’t keep a house plant alive! It’s a running joke amongst our family!

    • Even my poor succulent is being neglected at the moment, it’s hidden under my paper work currently…..I must rescue it!

  2. I needed this! I seem to have a black thumb and I am terrible at anything growing or staying alive in my house! I need to look for lower maintenance plants it seems

  3. What fab tips, thank you, so helpful. I’m very guilty of letting a lot of my plants die.

    Ami xxx

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