Whether you’re working from home or not – now is the perfect time to look at some indoor plants to nurture and grow. Our environmental consultants believe that the right indoor plants can not only add a great aesthetic quality to your room but also improve the vibe and give you something to do. So, let’s jump right into our top five picks!
Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aurem)
Simple and easy to maintain – Devil’s Ivy is an essential indoor plant to have in your collection. They’re highly versatile as they can be planted in practically any type of pot or setting and grow quite flexibly. This means you can plant them in a hanging pot and let them grow vertically in both directions. They can also be shaped to climb and trail your walls so you can do some fantastic design stuff with them.
Watering frequency can vary from once a week to once a month depending on the season – with a more regular schedule being preferred during summer. Devil’s Ivy will thrive in a naturally well-lit room but will also adapt to darker spaces – growing slower but still growing, nonetheless.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
This gorgeous, dark green plant will be one of your newest best friends. Thriving best in bright yet indirect light, the Peace Lily is quite a strong plant capable of tolerating quite a lot. That being said – you should avoid placing it in direct sunlight or in the path of air conditioning streams. It should be watered when the top couple of centimetres of the soil are dry. Peace Lilies are clean, aesthetic plants that work in every type of room. Our environmental consultants highly recommend them as home-office desk plants.
Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum)
If you’re looking to add a splash of colour into your day-to-day routine, then look no further than the Cyclamen plant. The cooler months produce dazzling pink, white or purple flowers that really brighten up the room in what would normally be a time where dull weather reigns supreme. But that’s not the only intriguing feature of a Cyclamen – because its leaves are also quite spectacular with dark and light greens creating a lovely two-tone contrast.
Unlike the last two plants, Cyclamen’s require more maintenance if you want them to survive. They should be kept in spacious, well-lit rooms and kept out of the darkness as much as possible. Watering them incorrectly can also lead to rotting – so it’s advised to wait until the plant is almost dry and then place the pot in water for a maximum of half an hour (or until the soil is soaked).
Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
Named so because of its near-indestructible nature, the Cast Iron Plant thrives in the shade and has simple physical properties that allow it to match any setting. It also doesn’t need a lot of watering (except for dry periods) – further adding to its robustness. All these perks make it a slow-growing plant which can be beneficial as it’ll survive for several years and grow as high as two metres tall – making it a fantastic floor-standing pot plant.
Arrowhead plant (Syngonium podophyllum)
The Arrowhead plant can be planted in a variety of containers but our environmental consultants suggest a hanging planter as the Arrowhead plant will begin to vine as it ages which will create some fantastic visuals. Be sure not to over-water it and only wet it when it dries out. Because it prefers humid temperatures (and we don’t often get high humidity in Melbourne, especially in winter) then you should spray it with a mist of water daily or keep it in a tray filled with pebbles and water. This will ensure a prime growing environment.
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