Houseplants: The low-down
By Chloë Green
Houseplants are a great way of introducing life & greenery into your home. We explore some of the most stylish and practical plants that aren’t *too* difficult to look after!
Chinese money plant
These unique looking plants originate from China and until fairly recently were almost unknown among botanists. Your Pilea plant pot needs to have drainage holes to ensure the roots don’t get too wet. You’ll need to water the plant about once a week (but slightly more in warmer weather). Try to let the soil dry out in between but not too much, and keep your plant away from direct sunlight.
TOP TIP: You may want to rotate your plant on a regular basis as the leaves will grow towards the sunlight.
Swiss cheese plant
Originating from the rainforests of Mexico and Central America, Cheese plants add a large dose of greenery to interiors and look incredibly chic too. Monstera plants are natural climbers, so use a moss-covered stick to help support. You’ll need to water the plant when the top quarter of soil feels dry, and place in indirect sunlight. They will outgrow their pots approximately every 2 years, so make sure you move them to a bigger pot.
TOP TIP: Keep the leaves dust free with a damp cloth soaked in a mixture of water & a small drop of washing up liquid.
Orchids have a reputation for being high maintenance, but with the right guidance they will flourish and produce the most incredible flowers. Orchids like bright but indirect light and an adequate humidity of around 50-70%. You can achieve this by misting the plant daily or placing a saucer of water underneath the plant. When the orchid has new growth, use a fertiliser weekly, then move to monthly once the plant matures.
TOP TIP: if your orchid has all the right conditions but still isn’t flowering, it may need repotting.
Cacti & Succulents
Most cacti and succulents will thrive in a bright or sunny windowsill all year round. From April onwards make sure you water them regularly, ensuring the water has somewhere to drain. From September, water minimally to encourage the plant to rest.
TOP TIP: use a dedicated houseplant feed or specialist liquid cacti feed once a month in the summer.
Basil, mint, thyme and rosemary are great herbs that you can grow indoors. Not only do they look great, having them in the kitchen means you’ll always have a fresh supply of delicious herbs when cooking. Store your herbs in pots with good drainage (either drainage holes or create a reservoir with rocks in the bottom of the pot). Mist your herb plant once a week to keep the humidity levels up.