House plants are an easy way to bring the outdoors in, they add a bit of life and interest to otherwise bare areas and can help to improve the air quality in the home. There have also been reports, recently, that caring for house plants can help to lower stress levels, improve our mood and help with mental health.
I have several houseplants which have survived nearly a whole year, I’m quite proud of that as most plants I have had in the past have generally lasted a few weeks or months. The trick, I have found is to assess what kind of environment the plants need, is it bright, sunny, warm spaces or do they prefer darker cooler spots? Does the plant mind a draft or will they thrive in areas with little to no drafts? Other things to consider are how easy the plant is to maintain, for example, does the plant need a lot of watering and caring for, or is it happy to be watered whenever? Does the plant need regular dead-heading or de-leafing or some kind of pruning or can it just be left to do its thing?
I have learned over time that I am terrible when it comes to watering plants, I tend to forget when they have been watered which can lead to them being overwatered or not watering them enough. I have also come to realize that I’m not the sort of person that wants to faff around with pruning, dead-heading or de-leafing, a simple routine of watering every now and again and dusting off the leaves occasionally is good for me!
Plants that I have found to be easy to care for are
Areca Fern (which I have in my bathroom) which was purchased in Wilkinsons around a year ago.
Dragon Plant (in my living room) bought from my local Wilkinsons store when I moved in last year.
Peace Lily (in my living room) which was given to me as a moving in present nearly a year ago. This has only flowered once but I’m hoping that it will flower again at some point!
Cactus and succulents (in my dining area). I have had the cacti in the red bowl for 10 years and the succulents are around 3 years old. I picked up the cacti in my local garden center and the succulents came from my local Tesco.
Avocado trees, which I grew from the stone, in my dining area window. They are now around 4 years old.
Aloe Vera (which is thriving on my kitchen windowsill). I bought this a few years ago from Ikea, it seemed like a healthy plant when I bought it but a week or so later it seemed to be dying, after a bit of TLC it has perked up and is now looking pretty healthy!
I am really pleased that all my plants seem to be doing well, and knowing that they can improve my overall mood and health is an added benefit.
What sort of houseplants do you have? Let me know in the comments!