A Beginner’s Guide to Houseplants.
First, take a deep breath and relax, owning plants can be relaxing and fun.
What To Consider When Choosing A Houseplant
- You: Lets start with you. Do you have commitment issues? Are you forgetful? Do you travel a lot? Are you borderline a vampire or do you not believe in curtains? All these things can affect how a plant will survive in your home. If you’re away a lot or the forgetful type, you might want to pick plants that are happy with a bit of neglect. If you don’t have curtains at your place choose something that prefers direct sunlight.
- Light Conditions: Lighting is considerably one of the most important part of your plant’s survival, your home’s natural lighting will dictate which plant will do best in your home. It’s a good idea to know which direction your windows are facing (i.e. north) and when your home gets direct sunlight. There’s no right or wrong amount of light, but choosing plants the kind of lighting your house gets naturally will set them up to survive.
- Temperature: Typically, indoor plants enjoy the room temperature of 20 – 25 degrees, but be mindful when you turn up the heat or air conditioning. Extreme fluctuation in temperature in a plant’s environment can stress it out. Try your best to avoid placing your plants near things like vents, heaters, and doors, as they can cause hot or cold areas and drafts. If you have areas of your home that are exceptionally cold in the winter, you may need to move your plants somewhere warmer during the colder months.
- Air: One thing plants hate more than anything is dry, stale air. So be sure not to let them sit in stale air for long periods of time, remember to open a window from time to time. Also be aware of the humidity in your home. Many indoor plants prefer more humid conditions, which may mean providing additional sources of moisture during the dry winter months. It also a good idea to group your plants together to improve the humidity around your plants.
- Pets and children: Some plants are toxic to pets and humans if ingested. Before buying a plant do the research and try to position your plant out of reach to avoid any accidents. Or be sure to choose plants that are non-toxic.
No matter what your question is or what kind of plant you have, We are here to answer your questions you might have. Drop past our store or alternatively you can contact us to schedule an appointment, if you’d like to have a 1 on 1 so we help designing your indoor jungle.