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(Guest Writer: Kurt Walker)

Have you grown tired of your lifeless interior? Or maybe you moved into a new blank house that is waiting for you to add some colour in all the rooms. The best indoor plants can add the ideal amount of intrigue because they are usually organic, free-form, sculptural and clean.

They will please and reassure you thanks to their steady presence. Their life span is usually much longer compared to cut flowers. Since the architectural design of your room plays an important role when it comes to decoration, you should not ignore it.

The containers that you’ll use should match the colour of your room so that the plant can coordinate well with it. If you are going to incorporate different plants in your room, consider grouping them the way they naturally grow outside. For instance, you shouldn’t put a cactus next to a fern.

Plus, plants that usually grow naturally together will make it easier for you to take care of them. When it comes to the number of plants you want to include, it all depends on how many you are ready to take care of.

The location will be determined by the light requirements of the plants and by your tastes. Trying a plant in different locations in the room or house will make it easier for you to know where it fits best. Don’t be afraid to move it around regularly.

If you’ve been wondering which indoor plants are best for decorating, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we are going to discuss the five best indoor plants for decorating. Let’s get started!

1. Swiss Cheese Plant or Monstera Deliciosa

You’ve probably seen or read about the Swiss cheese plant because it’s one of the most popular indoor plants in most households today. Their lush green leaves with big holes make a good impression in any room as they can grow and thrive in any space.

This plant thrives in warm climates away from the sun. All you have to do is water and clean it regularly with a soft damp cloth.

When watering, ensure that the top four centimetres of soil dry out before watering again to avoid root rot. You can easily know when the roots are rotting when the leaves start yellowing and wilting.

According to Beyond Sunflowers, Swiss cheese plants thrive in fairly moist conditions. This means that you should avoid artificial heating or cooling. Since you’ll plant them in containers, you’ll need to feed them every month in spring and summer.


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2. Mass Cane or Dracaena Massangeana

This plant is popular among beginner planters. It is usually considered an office staple due to its hardy nature. Mass Cane usually grows to a height of 1.2 to 1.8 metres with long green leaves featuring green and yellow stripes running all over and stalky stems.

This is one of the best options for people looking for large plants. This plant thrives when placed away from direct sunlight but it can still grow in low light. You should water it only once a week.

If you have pets at home, it’s important to keep in mind that this plant is toxic to your furry friends. Therefore, if you have pets, you should avoid this plant to prevent accidents and expensive vet checkups.


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3. Peace Lily

Peace Lily has been one of the most popular house plants in recent years. This was after NASA featured it as one of the best plants that purify the air. It has dark green foliage and beautiful white flowers which grow between 45 to 65 centimetres high.

This tropical plant thrives in bright but indirect light. It is capable of growing in low light environments however; it may bloom poorly. Peace Lilies only have to be watered once a week, especially during warm months.

During cold months, you should avoid watering it often as it doesn’t thrive in soggy soil since they are likely to root rot. It’s important to let your plant dry out before watering it again.

Also, wipe down the foliage with a soft cloth to prevent dust and dirt from building up. If you have pets or children at home, you should keep this plant away from them because it may result in severe discomfort and even hospitalization if ingested.


Image © Kurt Walker

4. Bromeliad

Bromeliad should not intimidate you. While it was once ranked as one of the best plants for the advanced gardener, this beautifully coloured perennial plant is easy to grow and maintain in your house.

When planted indoors, they need bright to medium light. You should avoid placing them in direct sunlight. They do remarkably well in shallow pots that drain water fast.

Watering the plant is easy. All you need to do is to fill the central cup or the tank of the plant once a week during warm months. However, you shouldn’t water it a lot during the winter months.

Flushing it regularly will prevent water from stagnating. Since they are not heavy feeders, you can consider dropping a slow-release fertilizer into the tank of the plant once every season.


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5. Zanzibar Gem

This amazing plant does not only have the looks but it is also indestructible. Therefore, it is perfect for those who don’t have the time to care for plants. The plant has been reported to have originated from Africa in dry areas. It can survive for a long time without water.

One of the reasons why Zanzibar Gem is hardy is because it can store water in its tuber. This plant thrives on neglect. You only have to water it once a month.

It thrives in bright or light shaded areas. While it can tolerate shady spots, it will take longer to grow. Avoid direct sunlight and add a slow-release fertilizer once in a while. Change the pots if you notice the roots are bulging.


Image © Kurt Walker

Conclusion

Indoor plants are the way to go, especially if you work from home. These plants not only decorate the house but also freshen the air. It’s important to choose pots and plants that complement your room.

Since light requirements play a crucial role in the growth of indoor plants, you need to place them correctly. With these five plants in mind, it shouldn’t be hard to choose which ones are ideal for you.

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Bio

Kurt Walker has been working as an editor and a copywriter at professional writing services and essay writing services in London for three years. He is also a professional essay writer at paper service and journalist in such topics as inspiration, productivity, education, and technologies.

 

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