Greener Interior Decorating
It is always lovely to bring some greenery into the home or office. Not only do plants filter the air in a room, they also add cheer to the space. Enhancing your interior decorating with plants is a very easy thing to do and your options are almost limitless.
When considering which pot plants to use for decorating your home with, there are a few simple rules to keep in mind before making a choice.
Keep in mind that all plants need some amount of sunlight and cannot be kept in interior spaces that are too dark. Some plants do require some direct sunlight and will have to be placed near a window. Choosing plants that originated in rainforests and jungles are often best to grow indoors as they thrive on very little light.
When buying plants or seeds to grow indoors, plant them in a soil mixture that contains a lot of organic matter that has not yet fully decomposed. This leaves reserved nutrients in the pot’s soil that the plant will still be able to utilise after several years.
Plants that would normally grow quite large in the wild can be planted in pots to stunt their growth and produce beautiful miniature copies to enhance your interior décor, although not all plants will do this. It’s best to first find out about the species you are planting before you attempt decorating your home it.
Pot plants allow anybody to grow almost any plant in any interior. This is only possible because almost all plants grow very well at room temperature if they have the right nutrients and of course, water.
Growing exotic plants is not only a wonderful way of decorating your home, it can also make for an excellent hobby when you choose plants that come from the far reaches of the globe and only survive in special conditions outside their natural habitats.
Top air purifiers:
- Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
- Lady palm (Rhapis excelsa)
- Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
- Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)
- Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ (Dracaena deremensis ‘Janet Craig’)
- Pygmy date palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
- Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
- Peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
- Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans)
- Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
- Florist mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
- Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
Note: Some plants like Dieffenbachia, some Philodendrons and Dracaenas, as well as Peace Lily can be toxic to dogs. If you have a dog at home, it’s a good idea to place these plants out of reach.
Here are some of our favourite exotic plants to liven up dull interior spaces…
Its taxonomic classification goes under the Aechmea genus and all the plants that are part of this family grow well in any interior space. They are related to pineapples which can be seen in its leaves. Grow them in bright light but not direct sunlight. As home plants they also enjoy regular misting.
Princess of Hanover:
These plants have multicoloured leaves to brighten up your décor and are otherwise known as Begonia. They are easily propagated through their leaves. Grow them in warm interiors with less sunlight than other house plants to encourage vivified colours on the leaves.
This family of plants is a little unfamiliar to South Africans but they produce truly magnificent colours for decorating even the dullest rooms. Their scientific genus is called Guzmania. The plant’s base has a little cup formed by the leaves. Keep the cup filled with water and the plant out of direct sunlight to prolong its flowering period.
Bromeliads are becoming very popular house plants with people all over the world but the plant originally comes from the jungles of Ecuador where it grows on tree trunks. You can plant it in free draining compost to mimic its natural home. Tillandsia cyanea is one of the best species to choose for indoor gardening.