Plants are such a risky investment. Keeping them alive, organising “plant-sitters” when you are on holiday and finding the perfect happy spot for them in the house can cause major anxiety! But nothing can beat the bright pop of green of a flourishing houseplant! Here is a breakdown of our three favourite houseplants (and some tips on how to keep them alive!)
FIDDLE LEAF FIG
The Mr Popular of houseplants – the fiddle leaf fig is still on the top of the trend list when it comes to indoor foilage.
Water your fig tree when only the top inch of soil is dry. Test this by sticking your finger in the soil. Pretty soon you’ll figure out about how often you need to water.
Keep your Fiddle leaf fig in bright, indirect light. You want it to have a lot of light, but not sunbeams falling directly on it. Choose a room with a lot of natural light.
Because of their large surface, Fiddle leaf fig leaves tend to collect a lot of dust. To keep the plant healthy (dust can block light absorption), wipe dust off with a soft cloth.
This is the Rambo of houseplants! The Sansevieria or Snake Plant is probably the best plant to buy now that we have water restrictions. Tough as nails, this plant (family of the lily) can survive extremely tough conditions. Part of the Sansevieria’s popularity is due to the fact that there are so many different cultivars to choose from. Among them all, there’s bound to be a colour, shape, or texture to please any plant lover.
Be cautious when watering, especially during the winter – rather too dry than too wet! This plant can go almost a month without water! Best way is to water every 2-3 weeks.
Sansevieria does just fine in low light!
Evidently Sansevieria is also an excellent natural air filter.
FICUS ELASTICA | RUBBER PLANT
The Rubber plant or Rubber tree plant has made a huge comeback! It use to be very popular in the 70’s, but their resilience and clean cut look made them a must-have on the indoor foilage list. There are a few variations of this plant and they are all beautiful! This easy-to-grow indoor house plant will grow into an two-metre-tall tree! If you prefer a smaller plant, just make your rubber tree into a shrub shape by pruning any long stems.
The rubber tree plant needs the right balance of water. During the growing season, it needs to be kept moist. It is also a good idea to wipe off the leaves of your rubber tree houseplant with a damp cloth or spritz it with water. If you water the rubber tree plant too much, the leaves will turn yellow and brown and fall off.
When you have a rubber tree houseplant, it needs bright light but prefers indirect light that isn’t too hot. Some people recommend putting it near a window that has sheer curtains. This allows plenty of light, but not too much.
In order to help new leaves on a current rubber tree houseplant, cut a slit in the node where a leaf fell off. This will allow a new leaf to grow quicker.
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