If your house is feeling a little bare now the Christmas tree has gone and the January blues are creeping in, we have a fantastic solution for you – houseplants!
Studies have shown that houseplants are hugely beneficial to health – they improve concentration and productivity, purify the air and boost mood – as well as adding some calming colour to an indoor space. Read about the key features of three stunning houseplants to find the perfect one for you!
Monstera deliciosa – Swiss cheese plant
- Also called Swiss cheese plant due to its characteristic holes in its leaves.
- Prefers a warm, bright room, avoiding direct sunlight on the leaves that can cause them to turn yellow.
- Allow compost to dry out slightly between watering.
- Clean its leaves occasionally with a plant leaf wipe. Not only does this help prevent diseases, it also helps show off its impressive foliage.
- When plant’s reach over 3 feet support with a moss pole or bamboo cane, as they have a tendency to grow upwards.
Ficus benjamina – Weeping Fig
- One of the most popular houseplants in the world, due it making a beautiful corner plant or large indoor tree.
- Needs good indoor light, with ideally some direct morning light.
- Heavy feeders so needs regular feeding during the summer.
- Can be either be kept small by regular pruning or can be left to grow into impressive specimens.
- Plants can shed their leaves if moved to a new location, or when under stress.
Dracaena marginata – Madagascar Dragon Tree
- Adding a contemporary look to any space, Dracaenas are easy to look after and very forgiving.
- Grows well in medium light conditions and can tolerate a bit of shade.
- Water only if top inch of soil has become dry.
- If plants get too large, snip off the top. Although the bare stalks might look odd for a while, the plant will soon produce new shoots along the side of the cut.