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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Decorate with Plants

I knew I was in for a long wait as I sat in the plush office for a new job interview/interaction (it was my final round). Sitting there, browsing the photo gallery on my tab, I came across a few photos I had taken a while ago; these photos led me to jot down a few ideas for some decor changes at home. The ideas became sentences and before I knew it I was typing a blog-post on my Dell Venue 8 tablet. By the time I went in for the interaction I was done with a new post! The swype typing function on the Tab was quick and effective…it was way faster than typing on a keyboard! My son initiated me on this great function of the Tab (I am essentially old-school I guess!).

As I finished creating this post on my tab I realized how convenient it is to use it as an all-in- one gadget. As a blogger I am still discovering its true potential…I take pictures with it, at 5 mega pixel it is pretty decent, I store them in it, browse the net on it, research on it, now I am writing on it! I am almost using it as a publisher tool. I haven’t tried posting via the tab… let me see when I get comfortable to do that.

So, here is the post that I created on my tablet or should I say- used my ‘waiting time’ effectively! And while you are here, also checkout how I tame paper clutter with a tablet.

How to perk up your home without spending much? I follow this mantra- ‘Do More with Less or Re-purpose What You Possess’. And one of my favorite ideas based on these two mantras is to adorn a place with greens! Which also is the quickest and fastest way to perk up any place.

Decorate with Plants @ Hooked on Homes!

Decorate with Plants @ Hooked on Homes!

You can decorate with plants…any corner of your home, just as you would do with any decor accessory. They add perfect harmony and liveliness, you just need to be a little mindful of taking them out on a weekly basis for their good health.

Decorate with plants

Plants add personal touch to your home whatever is your décor style, potted plants are a perfect way to add splendor and warmth to create a space that reflects your individuality.

If displayed well, plants can make smaller spaces look big or a huge vacant space warm and cosy with the visual illusion of depth. Plants bring in an element of positive charm, texture and color unlike any other decor elements.

You can use a cluster of plants to establish an accent point, or display a quaint little potted plant to create a focal point in any corner of your home to bring life and nature indoors.

Indoor plants require relatively little care and maintenance. Love your plants and see them grow to add charm and intimacy to your home! Think about it! A potted plant could be the perfect solution for an empty corner!

Decorate with Plants @ Hooked on Homes!

Decorate with Plants @ Hooked on Homes!

No home is complete without a few perfectly placed house plants.

Spruce-up your existing terracotta pots with a little cleaning, a little painting (if you are the adventurous kind) to yield instantaneous results. In my next post I will share the plants that make my home sing! You can never go wrong with these indoor plants even if you have a black thumb! Just keep reading here at Hooked on Homes!  for more stories.

PS- BTW I got the job! And I love the fact that my Tab came in handy for a constructive use of time!


(This is a sponsored post but all opinions/views/experiences are 100% mine. I would not endorse something unless I really liked it/ tried it/ believed in it. To read my complete disclosure policy click here.)

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