Monthly Archives: January 2014

Houseplants

Houseplants don’t just look good, scientific studies have shown they can actually make you feel good too. Just two or three plants in a room can improve your physical and metal well-being. There’s even evidence to suggest a few stylish plants can help you to sell your home. If you want to make the most of your houseplants, the first point is to consider how much time you can devote to looking after them. Some, like spider plants, need very little care, while more delicate plants such as ferns can benefit from daily attention such as misting with soft water. Be realistic about your lifestyle and choose plants accordingly. The main houseplant killer is over-watering, so get into a routine of watering on a set day. One hour afterwards, check the containers and tip out any excess moisture. It’s also important to place plants in a position they’ll relish. Mediterranean plants such as herbs enjoy full sun and can be grown on windowsills. However, bright sunshine can be too much for delicate plants such as orchids, which are happier in indirect sunlight. All plants dislike draughts and hot air from fires and radiators. As a general rule plants only need to be fed during seasons when they are in active growth. Finally, if they’ve grown so much that you spot roots emerging from the bottom of their container, it’s time to move them into a slightly larger pot.