Looking to Liven up Your Home with Potted Plants? Here’s What You Need to Know
Whether potted plants are inside or outside, they can make a home more cheerful. Green foliage can liven up a dull patio, balcony or interior space. With proper care, most plants will last for years in their original plastic pots. Just add a saucer and place inside a beautiful sleeve (pot without holes).
Interior plants usually thrive well in higher moisture locations within the home, like the bathroom or laundry. Of course, an array of different plants thrives in less moisture and with less light. Consider placing plants in locations that are beneficial to the plant, not necessarily where they look best. To ensure that plants flourish, the relative humidity of a space makes the biggest difference. Plants, such as orchids and ferns, thrive under these conditions. Other types of plants can do well in less humid conditions.
For areas that do not have as much light, try lilies, which grow profusely, but they do require regular watering. Another low-maintenance plant is aloe vera. It is not only pleasant in appearance, but it has medicinal qualities, as well. Be careful with succulents indoors and water them sparingly. Not all will survive the lack of outside air. Usually, they are happy in full, direct sunlight if the temperature in the house does not drop too low.
If you have a covered patio, you can create a soothing tropical oasis. The endless variety of available plants allows you to decide between low-maintenance plants or those that require much more upkeep.
Indoor plants can enhance your mood by perking up dull spaces. Colorful, eclectic pots in different sizes and shapes create charming decor in a room as much as art and furniture. Large plants or a series of grouped plants make a visual statement that are not only attractive, but can help improve air quality.
Living plants provide energy in a room. Tall plants, or those heightened with the use of stands or tables, have great visual appeal. Cordon off a reading area with green plants, and, not only have a private space to indulge in a favorite pastime, but also benefit from the energy and naturalness of the plants. Filling the area with color and texture brightens the room. Even more special is the addition of one or more tall trees.
Place an herb garden on the windowsill or a nearby patio or balcony. Its concurrent beauty and practicality add zing and flavor to your dishes.
One idea for those who have a “brown” thumb is to root a plant from a cutting in water using a clear vase. This is simpler than you might imagine. The taller the cutting, the more impressive it is. Maybe use a branch or a frond. That is one way to get a taller version of a plant without having to wait for a smaller one to grow.
Plants make a room feel bright and cheerful. If you have the space, add as many plants as you can to create a collage with different sizes, colors and shapes. Do not underestimate the appeal of glass or other reflective containers. Another appealing vignette is a grouping of all white containers in varying shapes and sizes. Top them off with white pebbles or clear marbles for a more sophisticated look.
Use your imagination to create whimsical pots using paint or decoupage. Try this in an unfilled space, corner, nook or cranny, and watch how your mood is enhanced.
Small, colorful plants add life to dull walls or corners. Choose from myriad plants that are available at local garden centers and nurseries. There are many plants that require little sunlight if that is a particular concern of yours. Plants, such as philodendron, dracaena, bromeliads, and snake plant are all good choices that you can grow and enjoy indoors year round.
Plants will require water and fertilizer depending on their individual needs. Pay close attention to the instructions and how to care for plants that will be included with those from home centers. Plants in nurseries may or may not have instructions. Ask the nurseryman or check online for care of any plant with which you are not familiar. If you have one that has no instructions, and you have no idea how to care for it, snap a picture and take it to the nearest home center or nursery for professional advice.
To really make a statement, combine an unusual plant in an unusual container, and it is sure to be an attention-getter. Go for a dramatic focal point with a grouping of large plants. When you have no floor space, go vertical. It will draw the eyes upward and make the area appear larger. Keep all containers clean and free of stains and grime. Prune plants as needed. Nothing is more unsightly than dry or dead leaves, spindly legs or vines with no foliage.
Tall pots can be expensive, but keep in mind that you can use many different items that you probably already have around the house. The basket that you use for a close hamper, for example, can be used as a sleeve. That broken pottery on the side of the house can be repurposed into a planter. Purchase one dollar plastic pots from a nursery and stack them 10 or 20 high, depending on the height you want. Paint them. Cut the bottom out of the first one or two pots. Fill with potting soil and voila! You have an interesting planter for very little money.
One of the most important things to remember is that plants need to be able to drain freely. Different plants have different drainage needs, but the majority will not survive sitting in water. All plastic pots from the nursery have drainage holes. Most of the time, you can leave the plant in the nursery pot and place it in an attractive sleeve. As plants become root bound, you may want to transplant them into a larger plastic pot with drainage holes. This makes it easy to replace any plants that you may lose.
Lisa Bray is a mother of three. She loves going outdoors with her kids and husband and do family activities and also to appreciate nature.