Bringing plants indoors injects colour and freshness, and creates a comfortable atmosphere in your house. On top of decorating your home, plants also add dimension by dividing up big rooms and creating an illusion of a low-ceiling when the ceiling is too high. They form a great focal point for the living room and give you another reason to love life in the house- well, besides your kids, partner, and pets. You will get a sense of accomplishment and fulfilment when you watch the plants grow over time, and that can help alleviate anxiety and other mental problems.
With all the benefits we have mentioned, how can you create a plant-loving home? These 6 ideas will help:
1. Be creative
Creativity with plants is limitless. You can bring in carts or benches and style them to become the lively little plant shrine for your plants.
You can invest in plant hangers in order to create a hanging garden. Hanging plants add a layer to your décor, somewhere between the floor and the ceiling. It is a great way of shifting guests’ focus away from other items in the house.
You can use cute geometric pots to create a green centerpiece on a dining table or on your home office desk.
2. Go for variety
Diversify the sizes, forms, and colours of your plant species. Create an indoor jungle that resembles the real jungle outdoors. Just be sure to research the water and light needs of each different species.
3. Create a plant corner
Use the unfilled corners in your home to create a plant corner; a sanctuary where the plants will feel right at home. Bring in shelves to create a multi-level whimsical plant display. You can place the large pots on the floor and then the small pots for short plants can go on the shelves.
4. Choose the right grow lights
Although fluorescent lights produce the light needed for seedlings to thrive, they aren’t exactly suitable for more mature plants. It is best that you invest in more quality lights such as LED grow lights. These lights are efficient and bright enough for all plant species, from seedlings to mature plants. And even though they are a little more expensive to buy compared to fluorescent lights, they will save you a lot of money in the long run in the form of energy bills.
5. Create a hanging herb garden
Your plant-loving home will not be complete without an indoor garden. Hanging plants add aesthetic beauty and greenery in your living spaces. But beyond looks, indoor plants can add functionality in your home. A hanging herb garden, for example, will beautify your garden and at the same time provide you with fresh herbs that will spice up your cooking.
6. Be keen on the temperature
Another reason why LED grow lights are great is that they don’t emit heat, so your plants will always have the perfect temperature. Remember that if you are planting seed, you will need to keep your home warm- warmth is a necessary condition for seed germination. In that case, on top of investing in an LED light, you also need to acquire a seed-heating mat. After germination, you will need a thermostat to control indoor temperatures. If you can afford a smart thermostat, the happier the plants will be because it will regulate temperature automatically.
With the onset of monsoons, plants are great to keep the house fresh. They help remove indoor odour caused by high moisture level, just the way Berger’s Easy Clean Fresh abates odour from within the house, imparting a fresh fragrance all around. There are different types of indoor plants. Some are pricey, others are affordable, and others are too expensive to maintain. Some do well indoors, others don’t. Plants die all the time because their owners can’t figure out what they need to stay healthy. In a nutshell, therefore, be open to experimentation. You will never know which plants your home needs unless you bring different species indoors and see how they look. You will never know if you are a plant person or not. If you cannot find what you need, or if you constantly forget to water the plants, don’t feel guilty for anything. Gift out the plant and find another one. Always remember that poor watering habits are the most unforgiving mistake you can make with indoor plants. If you over-water, the plants will lack oxygen and eventually die! If you underwater, the roots will be unable to move and absorb nutrients, so the plant will eventually die.
Guest writer: Amelia Frank