Let’s be honest. We’ve all got some blood (/sap) on our hands when it comes to plants (#RIP to all my previous fiddle leaf figs). They look great, but it can be hard keeping it that way…
I was surprised to discover keeping our green little friends healthy and happy isn’t rocket science. Just a little research. I know, right? Mind. Blown.
Nothing completes a cool-girl interior like a bunch of thriving indoor plants, so we’ve taken the guess work out of it for you. Here’s all you need to know about keeping your indoor plants alive and well. No more plants are dying on our watch!
1. Choose wisely
Pick a hearty plant that will stand the test of time. Here are a few suggestions of trendy hard-to-kill indoor varieties:
Location, location, location! Firstly, read the label to find out where your plant likes to live. Most indoor plants prefer indirect sunlight, so your bedroom, kitchen and living room, away from a window, are normally a safe bet. Tropical plants love humidity, so bathrooms will make a great home also. Get creative!- cluster a few plants together at different heights using plant stands, plant hangers or recycled jars/baskets/anything!
An easy mistake to make is over-watering. You can very easily kill your precious plant babies with kindness! Always read the label to find out how much water your plant needs. Also make sure it has suitable drainage so that the roots don’t become waterlogged (e.g. a layer of pebbles at the bottom of the pot or use a pot with drainage holes and a saucer to catch the excess water).
Just like our skin, the surface of a plant’s leaves are covered with tiny little vents that open and close during the day and can become clogged. Outside the leaves get washed clean with rain, but inside a wipe down with a clean damp cloth once a month is all you need to keep the leaves looking shiny and healthy.
Signs your plant is about to die:
🍂 Sign: Browned, burned leaf tips
👩🏼⚕️Cause: Hot direct sunlight
🌿 Solution: Move plant out of direct sun
🍂 Sign: Brown spots, holes, nibbles edges, insects, mould
👩🏼⚕️Cause: Pests or infections
🌿 Solution: Check for pests when buying, remove infected leaves and apply neem oil
🍂 Sign: Wilted, droopy leaves that are soft and pliable
👩🏼⚕️Cause: Overwatering and/or poor drainage
🌿 Solution: Empty the saucer beneath the pot and let the soil drain. Less water but more consistency – consider a spray bottle instead of a watering can.
🍂 Sign: Plant collapses, soil is dry, brown and crispy leaves
🌿 Solution: Water plant thoroughly, and beg it for forgiveness
Happy planting! Kate xx