• Mel Watts

Reasons why you should have indoor plants & my top tips for caring for them!

Updated: Jul 3, 2019

Okay so it’s not secret I love the green leaves in my house. Indoor plants just give me a sense of relief. I’m genuinely excited to come home from days away to see if there’s growth or if the ones I’m trying to propagate have roots yet. I have searched high and low about facts for indoor plants so they sound more appealing to the people who just don’t get it!

Firstly, I got my first indoor plant when my anxiety was at its highest. I found that if I cared for it my mind wouldn’t wander so often into the fear. I out a lot of energy and time into my first few indoor plants during that time. I found it relaxing and satisfying that I could watch these plants grow with so little yet just enough love.Certain plants remove toxins from the air. Seriously!

“Indoor air is almost 30 percent more polluted than the air outside. Plants have been said to help purify indoor air. This is because the plant acts as a filter, absorbing toxins through their leaves and roots, then releasing oxygen and moisture into the air. Houseplants also can produce indoor humidity and decease the carbon dioxide levels inside.”

This also sold it for me. With Nolan, Ivie and Indie allergy suffers I thought if I could remove a lot of what could cause their allergies it might just help, admittedly it ended up with me with an addiction to plants lol. Some of the plants I have that can help are English Ivy, Arrow head vine (Syngonium podophyllum) and Spider plant.

It is said that having indoor plants can dramatically help reduce mental health issues. Though I can’t find the facts on it I do recall hearing it as well. I was willing to give anything a go. They turn any space into looking like a beautiful safe place. I think plants allow us to feel more at peace with things around us. Plants give off this “Let me bring the outdoors to you my friend” vibe. Is that a vibe? I’m unsure but it’s one I like!

They really require minimal care if you get plants for the right area. However, if you own a maiden hair fern, you’ll never make it happy and it’ll most likely die. Okay, you could be lucky, it never loved me!

Having all these plants and not knowing how to care for them can seem overwhelming. I had to learn a few things and I found that no two plants are really the same. Just like us we all fall under categories however we all like different things, so these may work for but also may not. I have 17 indoor plants and 7 plants I’m propagating.

Here are some tips based on the plants I have.

Fiddle leaf fig tree - Have you seen one of these babies outside in the ground? They are huge and their roots will destroy underground plumbing. But indoors every Dick and Sally has one. Yet some people really struggle with keeping it alive. He’s temperamental (not as temperamental as Maiden hair fern) he knows what he likes and if you try and muck it up, he’ll die on you. My fiddle was purchased over a year ago and has doubled in size. We’ve done some strange things with him. When I first got him I took him outside for the rain, in a pot with no holes. He was slowly drowning so I had to repot him. I put him in a bigger pot. Bigger the better right? Wrong, hated it. I moved him into a new smaller pot with a saucer underneath. I water my fiddle once a week from the saucer. So he drinks it up rather than me flooding the top soil. Every few weeks I’ll dust his leaves down with a cloth and coconut oil. That’s it. Every couple of months I water ALL of my plants with seasol (see below) from Bunnings.

Devils Ivy – My first plant, there are so many variants of this plant. I currently have four different versions.. This plant is super easy to grow and really resilient. I love vine plants. I love watching them grow and I’ve propagated my devil’s ivy many times successfully. I water my devils Ivy once a fortnight and dust of her leaves as above. These beauties grow quick when in the right environment. To successfully propagate you cut above a node and place the nodes in water. Like below photo. It can take a couple of weeks to grow some roots. I never change the water only top it up as plants release a chemical when they’re trying to grow. By changing the water your removing all the hard work they’ve already done. Devils Ivy loves to grow down like a vine rather than upwards – gravity works best on all vine plants.

Syngonium podophyllum Arrow head - The easiest plant and can look so nice! I love this plant and its grown so quickly over the time I’ve had it. You can easily propagate this one too just like above with the devils Ivy. They tend to try and grow down in a vine but I stake mine up on little wooden ladders to try and encourage it to grow up.

Chain of hearts - So touchy and our relationship is love hate. One minute she’s blooming and I’ve got little flowers the next she’s on her last legs. I have learnt to use a spray bottle as the roots to this plant are only really shallow so giving it huge drinks would drown it. Spraying all of your plants leave this one and any indoor plant really will also help with their growth as they take in a lot of moisture from there. I figure if its cleaning the air a fresh spray may help it along.

Watering: All of my plants have saucers from Bunnings (see pic) as I found I often flooded them. I’ll either put them in the saucer and then give a decent drink. All the excess would come out and the plant will choose to drink more depending on what it needs. Make sure any post you buy have holes in the bottom however remember this if you water without saucers as I have also most ruined my floors by leaving water under the pot.


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