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 these 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.
- Smooth, clean lines, are visually uncluttered and unfussy.
- Very easy to look after.
- Aloe Veras like to be dry and warm as they’re native to tropical areas. Allow the soil to dry out between watering.
Spathiphyllum – Peace Lily
- Originally from the rainforests of South America.
- Perfect for a light or shady spot.
- Likes to have wet feet, so give it plenty of water.
- Will keep producing its white flowers throughout the year, particularly if you remove the old flowers when they turn green.
- NASA has identified them as one of the best plants for removing impurities and toxins from the air, leaving healthier air for you to breathe.
Schefflera – Umbrella plant
- Easy to grow.
- Can be left to grow into a tall and elegant plant to fill a corner, or kept clipped short and bushy to live on a table or desk.
- Asks for very little attention, but will be at its best if you water it once or twice a week, and give it a feed with a houseplant fertilizer once a month.
- Happy in sun or shade.
Phalaenopsis – Moth Orchid
- Beautiful butterfly-shaped flowers which last for months
- Available in a wide range of colours and patterns, often spotty or stripey
- Likes a bright spot out of direct sun
- Water by dunking roots in rain or filtered water every week.
- Happiest if you can mist it regularly, particularly when the central heating is on over Winter.
Sansevieria – Mother-in-law’s tongue
- Virtually indestructible.
- Loves dry heat, so copes really well with central heating and generally being left to its own devices.
- Striking architectural good looks.
- One of the best plants for adding oxygen into your home.
- Easy to grow.
- Beautiful lush leaves, with a wide range of textures depending on the type of fern, from the frilly Bostons to the delicate Maidenhairs.
- Best out of direct sunlight and prefer a damp soil.
- Mist your fern regularly as they like a humid environment – great for kitchens and bathrooms.
- Great at oxygenating your home.