Outside In

I love have plants scattered around our flat all year round. We don’t have a garden and live in a city so I find it a brilliant way to create our own little oasis inside. I think that having pots and plants around is really uplifting. However, along the way I’ve also managed to kill a lot of plants and struggled to keeping them looking lovely so decided to do a little bit of research on how to keep the greenery alive! Here are a few tips that I found helpful…

* Choose the right plants for you – if you’re prone to killing your plants, the best thing to do is to try and buy hardy plants that like a bit of mistreatment. Cactus and succulents are good for this and I’ve found orchids can be left to their own devices! They only like to be watered once a week, if that. Brilliant.

* Plant placement – all plants have different light preferences, and too little light will often kill our green friends. Generally the care label on the plant you buy will tell you what it likes/needs but if in doubt, give it more light than less. Plants will always lean towards the natural light source so rotate the pot once a week to ensure an even growth.

* Watering – your plant of choice will determine the amount of water they’ll want, but in general, plants with bushy foliage will need more water than waxy or leathery leaved plants. Cactus and succulents like to be watered once every 7-10 days so they’re low maintenance. It’s better to underwater your plants than to over water them!

* Maintenance – take off dead heads of flowering plants and clear the leaves regularly. Plants can also collect dust so give their leaves a wipe every so often.

* Mix it up – experiment with different pots, trays, canisters or anything else that takes your fancy. It’s best for the pots to have drainage holes so that your plants roots don’t sit in water for too long – that’ll definitely kill them!

To gain more inspiration on how to turn your home into a green delight, why don’t you check out my Pinterest board, Naturally Beautiful, here.

{Images: Top1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9{Tips from multiple sources}

3 thoughts on “Outside In

  1. Love it! So organic…I saw that package of wheat grass and passed it up at the Simply Market yesterday. Oops.

  2. Pingback: Outside In | Potted Plant Society

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