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:
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.
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.
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
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.
Most houseplants are resilient, and even after a month or two of poor maintenance, they will typically recover under the proper care.”
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
Sky Planter – Spring Bulb Hanging Jar – Yucca Plant – Succulent In Ceramic Pot – Mini Greenhouse – Personalised Windowsil Herb Planter Kit – Faux Zebra Grass – Hydrangea Wreath – Faux Staghorn