Plants for every room House plant rules

2016-07-27 06:00
The Anthurium, which once grew only in sub-tropical gardens and hothouses, has now been introduced to the flowering house-plant market in the form of compact hybrids with great flowering potential. If you stick to a few basic requirements, such as high humidity (which there will be in the kitchen) and bright light (not direct sunlight) you will have a great looking house plant.                                                         PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

The Anthurium, which once grew only in sub-tropical gardens and hothouses, has now been introduced to the flowering house-plant market in the form of compact hybrids with great flowering potential. If you stick to a few basic requirements, such as high humidity (which there will be in the kitchen) and bright light (not direct sunlight) you will have a great looking house plant. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

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MANY good things are attributed to potted plants growing in homes and offices.

They keep the air fresh, keep humans more comfortable and are pretty décor items, but in the main, we like them because such natural and beautiful­ things growing within sight make us happy.

The secret of surrounding yourself with something jungle-like in a flat or even a suburban home does not hinge on the mystical “green finger”, or even specific growing techniques that you should have mastered.

It rather relies on the magical abilities of some attractive plants to adapt to an unnatural environment rather than to die because of it.

These are the type of plants one should use, (some for a while, others for longer) as indoor décor elements.

Your indoor jungle also relies on the fact that some indoor plants, mostly of the annual kind, are only meant to be around for a short time and should be replaced with something new and in season when their splendour wears off.

Want a blooming garden indoors?

The indoor plant trade has the knowledge and expertise to produce flowering house plants throughout the year, which allows the discerning home owner a wide choice of colour and type to fit their individual needs.

Some available choices.

• Most indoor plants like cool conditions but bright light.

• They need good air circulation but humidity in the atmosphere. Attend to the latter by regular misting, or place the pots in gravel-filled saucers containing a little water. The pots must, however, not stand in water.

• Water sensitively by not allowing moisture on the leaves or flowers. When watering, do it well and allow the soil to drain off before displaying the plants again.

• Feeding every two weeks with a water-soluble fertiliser mixed at half strength is beneficial.

— Supplied.

Visit ‘The Witness’
Garden Show from 23 to 25 September at the Royal showgrounds, for a great
selection of plants for indoors.

- www.garden
show.co.za

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