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Living Green: Keeping Your Indoor Plants Alive

 

Having generous amounts of greenery in our homes is all the rage at the moment, and we all seem to agree; green is good.

The popularity of the colour comes as experts at Pantone released ‘Kale’ as the colour of 2017.  ‘Kale’ is certainly a surprise to all the designers out there – it has been many years since a solid and deep green colour has been released within the Top 10. But what a gorgeous colour! Rich, velvety, and works perfectly with the dark timbers. It’s old fashioned yet luxurious. Understated yet sophisticated, pairing extremely well with metallic embellishments (copper, polished steel, silver and gold).

As an extension to the colour of the year, indoor gardens are also making a comeback. Wonderful and fresh pot plants like jade money trees and ferns provide an extra element to an already luxurious indoor space. The idea of indoor-outdoor living is quickly taking hold and these plants will make your home feel like a leafy green oasis.

To keep the green vibes flowing (or growing), we have compiled our tips for keeping those luscious greens healthy:

 Don’t get water happy

Knowing how much water your plant needs is vital to keeping them happy.  Too little or too much water can make them lose their leaves and damage them beyond repair, making them more of an eyesore for your interior.  A good indication that your plant needs a drink is by pushing your finger a few centimeters into the soil. The soil should be moist but not saturated, if it’s dry, give it some water.

Draining

Most people assume the holes in the bottom of your pot are sufficient drainage for your plant. It isn’t. To keep your plant at its best, actual rocks or drainage material is necessary. If the water doesn’t have anywhere to go, you are basically drowning your plant and causing its roots to rot

Let there be light

Pay attention to your plants lighting needs as some are more precious than others. When you purchase a plant, the information on the pot will tell you what you need to know; otherwise there is always the internet.  While typically, most plants prefer a nice sunny room to relax, it’s best to keep them out of direct sunlight, this can be too harsh and dehydrating for the plant.

If in doubt, go low maintenance

Some of us weren’t born with the green thumb gene, hence some high maintenance plants are best kept away from us (plant killers).  Luckily, there are still plenty of easy-to-please plants that will look amazing in our homes. Here are a couple:

  • The Fiddle Leaf Fig is a beautiful statement with luscious big green leaves. It can grow to 6ft. tall and only needs indirect sunlight and some water-love twice a week.
  • Lacking bright sunlight in your apartment? This one is for you. The Maidenhair Fern is used to the sheltered forest floor, so it stays nice and healthy despite the shade.
  • The Jade succulent is a resilient lady who can withstand some tough love. Great if you can be a little forgetful when it comes to watering!
  • Last but not least, we can’t forget the darling Aloe Vera plant. Not only do these guys require only the smallest amount of attention from you, they’re also there for you when you (or your sunburn) need them most!

 

Plants and greenery have added so much vibrancy to the latest in interior design, especially when the gorgeous green hues are contrasted with tones of timber for the perfect room balance. To complete the look of your living or dining, check out our range of beautiful and handcrafted accessories here or visit our showroom at Maroochydore Homemaker Centre today.

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