Organizing Indoor Plants
Placement and arranging of indoor plants plays an important role in making your space presentable if you intend to use more than one indoor plant. We don’t want your plants to look like they were discarded in your office or home haphazardly. You can also ask for interior designer help, but if you prefer doing it yourself, here are some tips for you.
Large Plants are for Open Areas
These large plants should be disposed of in a sunny area. Taking them inside will take up valuable space and attract unnecessary attention. Having them outside will give them more breathing space and will serve as a background to a large space.
Color Coordinate or use supplemental color pattern.
You want your indoor plants arranged in such a way that the eye flows seamlessly into the whole design. Make the space appear larger with contrasting colors. Use supplemental colors and plants to tie the interior together.
Plants grouped together should have a range of heights. Taller ones should be in front, and smaller ones in the back. You can create depth in your arrangement with boxes, chairs and tables.
Consider Accent Plants
Focus your attention on one part of your design with accent plants. Use your large plants as the center of attention, and then work your way outward. Make sure your accent piece stands out from the rest by using varying degrees of height.
Proper Amount of Indoor Plants
NASA’s research suggests that there should be at least one plant for every 100 square feet of space for the air to be effectively purified. For each square foot of available space, some experts suggest two plants.
If you plan on bringing in indoor plants in your home, here is a guide for you.
The air in a four by five meter room can be purified by 25 percent by one plant. When you have five plants, your air quality will be 75 percent better. The results show that ten plants must be present in a four by five-meter room to achieve the best results.
For a three by three meter space, one plant can purify the air by 45 percent, two plants move the air up to 75 percent, and five plants will deliver the best results.
Sixteen plants in an eight-by-eight meter room benefit 75 percent cleaner air, and thirty-two plants should be planted for the best results.
Note: In the ratio given above, medium plants are considered. Smaller plants would equal to only ⅓ of a medium plant and one large plant is equivalent to 1 ½ times of a medium plant.
House Plants That Are Perfect Inside Bedrooms
Houseplants help promote better sleep, deeper sleep, and a more relaxing atmosphere in the bedroom. Most of these plants have been infused in oil and are used in aromatherapy sessions.
- Jasmine – Stress can be reduced by using this plant. One of many plants with a soothing effect on both the body and mind, it is considered to be an exotic plant that thrives in well-lit areas.
- Lavender – There is a chance you have previously experienced the soothing effects of this plant. Its scent induces better and deeper sleep.
- Snake Plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue) – Don’t be scared by the name. This is a fantastic indoor plant to have. It is very tough, hardy, and easy to maintain. Better air-quality means healthier sleeping time because this plant absorbing and releasing oxygen not just during the day but also at night.
- Aloe Vera – On NASA’s list of top air-purifying plants, it is one of many plants. Besides emitting oxygen at night, this thorny looking succulent also aids in getting a more restful night’s sleep.
- Gardenia – It has been suggested that this plant leads to deep sleep because of its calming effects. Maintaining such a large network can be quite tedious for some, so large networks require a lot of maintenance.
- Valerian – It produces a sweet-smelling white or pink bloom. You can use its roots to relax your mind and induce sleep. You will need about six hours of direct sunlight each day, so place it on a window sill where the sun shines the most.
- Peace Lily – The NASA listed this plant as a plant that filters out benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde in the air. Due to the moisture it exudes, it can give your room a much needed moisture boost, which traps allergens in the air. The plant prefers a shady spot where it can quietly sit and thrive.
- English Ivy – English Ivy has been used to remove 78% of airborne mold through a study conducted by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. No wonder why this plant is included in NASA’s list.
Care Tips for Indoor Plants
In order to take care of an indoor plant properly, it is important to first know which kind of plant you are dealing with.
Plants of different types need different amounts of water. Some plants need less water than others while others prefer neither too much nor too little moisture. Cactus and succulents thrive in dry soil. They need only a small amount of water to survive. Palm plants grow best in moist soil, not moist.
Make sure not to overwater your indoor plants. If there is standing water in the bottom of the container, then you have overwatered the plants. Dehydrated plants wilt and suffer roots. You’ll know when your plant is dehydrated by the soil pulling away from the pot.
Make sure your plants get enough water to avoid dehydration and overwatering.
Where to place your indoor plant
Sunlight is crucial to the survival of indoor plants. Plants of different types require different levels of light. Some plants thrive in the shade and require very little sunlight, while others want a moderate amount, and still others prefer a well-lit area.
Flowers need moderate sunlight. The east and west facing windows will be a great place for them. Foliage plants are also divided into low, moderate and high light requirements. Dark or shaded areas would be ideal for low light foliage. A north-facing window is the perfect place for moderate light ones and the highest sunlight requirements would be best placed on a south-facing wall or use artificial growing light.
Then you can figure out the proper temperature your plant will thrive in based on its origin. Plants are okay with temperatures between sixty-five to seventy-five degrees during the day and fifty-five to sixty degrees at night.
However, indoor areas are much drier than that, particularly during the winter months when heaters dry out the air more. If the humidity level in your room is too low you can humidify the air by placing a tray filled with water and pebbles. If you have indoor plants you may mist their leaves with water.
Fertilize your plants when necessary. Constantly watering your plants will help the plant grow but will also wash out the soil’s nutrients. You have to replenish the soil with nutrients to keep your plants alive.
You should fertilize your plants once every month during the period of growth or flowering. During the winter months, the plants are dormant, and you may not need to apply fertilizer.
Whenever your plant’s leaves start to yellow and the lower leaves begin to droop, you may need to add more fertilizer. This could also be a sign that your plant needs more light or less water. Check your plant thoroughly before you apply fertilizer.
It is possible for plants to outgrow the pot that you bought them in. If this happens, you will need to re-pot them in order to allow them to grow and reach their optimal stage.
Be careful when you re-pot your plant to avoid stressing it more and give it a better chance to thrive.
Do your homework, research about your plant
You should know your plant so that you can take proper care of it. A plant tag that carries its scientific name together with its name may or may not be attached to the plant you buy. If you have no idea what the name of your plant is, talk to a local florist or a gardening expert in your area. In addition to making sure your plants are taken care of properly, this will also prevent you from getting discouraged from buying other indoor plants.
Indoor plants with flowering tend to be specified as having an eight-week lifespan by vendors. But by properly maintaining it, a houseplant can last longer than the eight or four weeks the vendor states.
Here are a few highlights from this article.
There have been a few types of indoor plants defined and enumerated. Here we also present the reasons why you should consider having indoor plants. A list of easy-to-grow plants is available too, as well as tips on organizing them. Additionally, much more information on indoor plants.
Then you can determine if having indoor plants and taking care of them in exchange for improved air quality, positive vibes, and design is a direction you want to take. Depending on whether you are a first-timer or not, you can ask your local florist which plants would be best for you, or you can ask your gardening expert to give you a guided tour of different indoor plants available in their shop.
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