Bring the outdoors in!

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.