Indoor Plants

Independent floors with flower beds or balconies in high-rise apartments, embracing plants and foliage is always a good idea. If not for the sheer pleasure of seeing something grow then for the air-purifying goodness and the aesthetics they bring into your home. Choosing indoor plants for your home works best when you have identified the spots where you intend to keep them.

I enjoy decorating with plantshave them in all corners of our home.

There was a time (long time ago) when I always ended up killing them…never intentionally. That was then, not any more…now you show me a seed and I can tell the name of the flower! Over the years I learnt via my experiences, books, internet and the gardener-how not to kill them and keep them happy!  And this is what I have to share today; you’ll have success with healthier and happier indoor plants if you keep these points in mind (which may vary from room to room) before placing the plants indoors:

  • Light intensity
  • Humidity levels
  • Temperature
  • Air circulation

Although a lot of information is available online about the same but I am sharing what has worked for me in my home in the extreme temperatures of the NCR, India.

Palms – prefers humid areas – These ornamental indoor plants are hardy and shade tolerant, it is advised they be taken out once in a week. They are low maintenance and are known to be air purifiers.

Aloe- This succulent with medicinal properties is a popular plant for home gardens.  Aloevera thrives well in small, well-lit indoor spaces, near the window sills or bay windows.

Spider plant-  (Chlorophytum comosum)-for well lit areas-These white on green striped and the plain green indoor plant adds visual interest to a room, and they are one of the most popular house plants. Grow them in hanging pots or in pedestals. They should be taken out for a couple of days, if kept indoors for more than 5 days.

Philodendron- for  well ventilated areas- This trailing indoor house plant loves shade, direct sunlight gives it brown spots and curled black leaves. Try growing it in a water tumbler as an accent for a coffee table or a window sill.

Arrowhead Plant – A versatile and easy to grow, maintenance free plant, it thrives well in shady areas. It can sustain very long periods in water as well.

Snake Plant-   This is one of my favourite indoor plants. Although it prefers sun and grows really well in the sun but it is an extremely tolerant/ forgiving plant and can withstand longer periods indoors. Since it converts CO2 at night it would be good to keep a pot in the bedroom.

Song of India (a.k.a. Dracaena Reflexa) -for cool shady areas-‘Song of India’ is easy to identify because of its green, lime yellow leaves. This plant is easy to grow in both high and low light.

Epipremnum aureum a.k.a. Pothos or the Moneyplant (as it is referred to here, in India) has lovely heart-shaped leaves and is an extremely popular house plant. Try killing it and it would make you falling love with its resilience! It’s a super forgiving plant that can survive in lower light and colder temperatures.

Pothos, Arrowhead and Philodendron are my all time favorites. For these, I use the cutting from the parent plant and grow them in vases/containers/bottles filled with water, all over my home. Just remember to change water every once in a while and take them out weekly for a day or two (if they do not get any light indoors).

  • Whenever you see leaves of a plant kept indoors turning brown, or shedding too many leaves – it is an indication that the plant is natural light and air deprived.
  • Never keep the indoor plants under direct sunlight (when kept indoors for a long time), keep them in the shaded patio/balcony/tree/porch. In fact the best times to take them out (for natural light and air) are the early evening or later and leave them out till the next evening to acclimatize. These two pots took direct sunlight after days of being indoors and hence the burnt leaves now they are recuperating in a shady spot.

I have shared information about the plants I have experimented with… my experience says that these plants are difficult to kill. Whether you are a working woman or have a black thumb just go ahead and embrace the greens…without much hassle! Bring in a bit of nature and let me know how it goes for you 🙂

 

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