Each year Garden Design Magazine comes out with their top ten list of landscape trends for the upcoming year. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting a different trend. Next up? Growing plants indoors.
Houseplants can be an easy way to garden indoors and a great way to dip your toe into gardening. Many houseplants require very little care and are great for beginners. Over the last few years houseplants have been gaining popularity for these very reasons. Visually their presence can have a soothing and calming effect. They also clean the indoor air of your home. Have you been looking for a few new houseplants? Or looking to give one as a gift? Here are three rules of thumb for houseplant success as well as a suggested plant for each situation:
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1 – Larger Plants Should Be In Floor Pots:
Knowing the ultimate size of your plant long term is important to choosing the correct size pot. Plants that get large over time should be planted in pots large enough to encourage that growth, and often should be placed on the floor. An easy plant for beginners is Rubber Tree, or Ficus elasica. This easy to care for plant will become a small indoor tree over a period of many years. As a houseplant, Rubber Tree can reach a mature height of 6′ – 10′, but this will take many years. They like a medium to bright location and prefer to be watered well 1-2 times per week.
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2 – Place Trailing Plants Up High:
Trailing plants those that hang down, should be placed up high. They ability to form almost a “living curtain” makes them an excellent screen plant. Philodendron is a great plant for new gardeners as they require water once a week and medium light. This makes it a great choice for indirect light. If you have an area that you would like to brighten up with a “bit of green” but doesn’t get a lot of light, this is the plant for you. As they trail down it is easy to take cuttings from them to make more plants. Simply cut a trailing section off right before a leaf node and stick the cutting in water. Within a few months time it will develop roots. Pot up the rooted cuttings and share with other gardeners or start a new plant for yourself!
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3 – Place Toxin Fighting Plants In The Bedroom:
While all houseplants work to clean the air in your home, some have more cleaning power than others. The Snake plant, or Sansevieria, is a power house when it comes to removing toxins from the air. They remove many of these toxins at night. This is why the Snake Plant is an excellent addition to a bedroom. They require medium to bright light and their variegated leaves are very pretty and simple making them an excellent bedroom addition. Water 1-2 times per week. This plant can very easily be moved outside after the chance of frost has passed, and placed in a semi-shaded location such as a porch or deck. (Semi-shaded to avoid sunburn on it’s leaves.)
Bonus: Move any plants taken outside back inside in late summer. We suggest that if you move your houseplants outside for the summer, treat them with a systemic insecticide a few weeks before you move them back in. This will help prevent insect infestations indoors due to some insects that may live in the soil during the warmer months. This product can be found at any local gardening shop.
Try one of these great houseplants today and start gardening indoors! In the cold winter months houseplants can give us that lush, tropical feeling we crave during the bleak months.
For a full list of the trends visit: https://www.gardendesign.com/trends/2019.html