Successfully growing plants is a tough gig. And one that takes practice.
After spectacularly failing at creating an outdoor garden, I have decided to turn my attention to inside my home.
Indoor plants are on trend at the moment but it can be hard to know where to start. I’ve done a little research on what species would best suit my burgeoning green thumb. Here’s what I’ve found so far.
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These are a favourite with people – here’s why. Aloe Vera plants need very little care, look fantastic and have many added benefits.
You need to water into the roots once every three weeks during spring and summer, while once a month will suffice in colder months. Aim to place this plant in indirect or artificial light.
It has myriad uses, from treating cuts and burns thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties to eliminating carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and more. It’s completely non-toxic, too!
You can find a small Aloe Vera Plant at Bunnings for just $10.50. I’m going to see how it goes before investing in a larger species.
The Snake Plant is often seen in people’s bedrooms because it can help you sleep better. It only needs minimal light to survive and can bring a pop of colour into your home.
Even if you haven’t tended to it for weeks, this plant will appear looked after. That’s a win! This tough little plant will endure low light, drought and pests.
Your air will be cleaner as the snake plant works to convert carbon monoxide into oxygen, improving your sleep.
It’s a touch more expensive at around $30 for a 19cm plant from Ikea. This one is also known as mother-in-law’s tongue and has a few different species, so look into what suits you best before buying.
Zanzibar Gem (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
Place the Zanzibar in a low light area for maximum effect. You will need to mist its leaves daily, ensuring that you don’t water the soil too often. The tropical leaves will look fantastic in your living spaces and it needs minimal maintenance.
Watering once a month is enough, as this plant can store water. Keep it out of direct sunlight and give it standard potting mix.
Firstly, these plants can be toxic so keep out of reach of pets and children. Make sure you wash your hands after handling. It has some great qualities, including resistance to pests and the ability to remove many toxins from your indoor air.
The price varies from around $20 for a 25cm plant (size of pot not included in measurement) to $100-$120 for a 70cm plant.
This plant gets its name because of its long, green leaves and tendrils, which cascade down to create a spider-like appearance. Spider plants will produce small flowers first and are quite easy to grow.
A good choice for beginners, Spider Plants thrive in bright yet indirect light and require watering once a week. Keep it in a cooler part of the house and try to use distilled or rainwater to stop leaves from turning brown.
It will target indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and xylene, helping to absorb mould and allergens.
The pricing is great at around $5-$10.
Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
The Swiss Cheese Plant is native to the tropical forests of southern Mexico and is having a comeback in modern loungerooms. It needs a little more love than the others but the benefits are worth it.
Place your plant in a warm environment and water it only when soil is dry. The plants can be prone to pests so you’ll need to clean the leaves on a regular basis.
I love this one because it humidifies the rooms where the air-conditioner is regularly working hard. It does need a bit of space to grow. Keep your children and pets away as the leaves can be poisonous if consumed.
I found a 24cm plant online at Ikea for $50. Gumtree has some mature plants for sale also, if you want someone else to have done the hard work for you already!
Look-wise, these are my favourite. They make me feel like I’m on holidays but sadly, are the most difficult to maintain and most expensive. Still worth being part of this list, though!
Time to flex that green thumb. It may be a bit of trial and error to get the water ratio right. I recommend buying a self-watering plot. A standard one can be purchased for around $15-$30 from most nurseries.
Like our other favourites, the Areca Palm will absorb air pollutants, specifically toluene and acetone.
Expect to pay between $20-$50. If you look after your plant, it will last up to 10 years.
Remember: These plants’ availability is seasonal. I’ve based this information on my own experiences and a little research. Chat to an expert if you need more information.
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