Pssst...here's THE DIRT on indoor plants
I don’t know about you but after taking the Christmas decorations down, my house is just plain depressing. Nothing that a few new indoor plants can’t solve however! Every January I take stock of my indoor plants – pitch what is looking sad and add fresh new ones to the mix. I do this purely to add a bit of something beautiful, living and green to my house…but did you know about all the health benefits of indoor plants? Studies have shown that they can decrease stress, purify the air, improve health, promote faster healing and sharpen focus. Say what?
So, how many plants do I need?
To purify air, improve health, reduce fatigue and stress, place one large plant (8-inch diameter pot or larger) approximately every 130 square feet. In an office or classroom setting, position plants so each person has greenery in view. I generally keep a few plants in each room in varying sizes, depending on the size and scale of the room.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Gotta say, I love my Fiddle Leaf Fig plants. I have a tall one and a small 6” one. I love the presence and height of the tall one. It’s about 6 feet tall and fills in a blank corner of my dining room perfectly. Give these plants bright light, preferably by a sunny window, and turn the plant every few months once it begins to lean toward the light. 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 in mind that this may fluctuate based on seasonal humidity, etc. I am watering all my houseplants more often in the winter due to drier air inside because the heat in on. If the leaves get dusty, no worries. Just dust the leaves every now and then with a soft cloth so the leaves can absorb light.
Another favorite indoor plant is the snake plant a.k.a. mother-in-law tongue. Friends, these are really, really hard to kill. It can tolerate low light and is forgiving if you forget to water it weekly. It’s a great plant for small spaces because the vertical leaves don’t take up much space to the side. It’s available in many different sizes to fit the perfect space in your home or office. It comes in smaller sizes that would be great for placing on a desk or in a large size to make a presence in the room. The image above is from West Elm - doesn't the plant look great in the mid-century style planter?
Let Adorn Help You
Let us help you find the perfect indoor plants for your home or office. We work with you to determine the best plants based on your size, scale and lighting requirements. It's an inexpensive way to add a pop of color to your surrounding.
Curb appeal shout out!
Gina Bruno-Dunn, Owner of Pilates on Western, reached out to us for indoor and outdoor plant help during the spring of 2016. She was just opening her fabulous pilates studio on 36th and Western. ZZ plants were the perfect choice for the inside because they do so well in a sunny location. We appreciate Gina's love of curb appeal and attention to detail to ensure her clients have a pretty place to get a great workout.