Spring indoors for plant care
Now that the sun is warming up our bones and enticing us back outside, the focus will be on getting the garden in shape for spring and summer. It’s not just the outdoors that needs attention — the inside of the house can also do with a makeover when it comes to greening up spaces.
Indoor plants are becoming more and more popular and this is the time of year to select from the many plants available to those wanting to bring a bit of nature indoors. Indoor plants filter volatile organic compounds and release oxygen into the room.
They also make us feel better emotionally and psychologically.
All indoor plants require a spring health check. Take plants outside to a shady protected area and hose down all the foliage. This removes dust from the leaves. Check to make sure the potting mix is absorbing water and look for any pests sheltering underneath leaves. Water the pot thoroughly to flush out any residue of fertiliser.
If the potting mix is water-repellent apply a wetting agent.
Some plants may need to be repotted into fresh potting mix and spring is the best time.
Apply an indoor granular fertiliser and a liquid foliar spray on all the leaves to encourage new growth.
Any pest issues can be sorted with pyrethrum, but disease
problems will need diagnosis before recommending a cure.
I encourage people to buy two plants the same so they can be rotated outside in a protected area every fortnight and hosed down three times a week and liquid fertilised fortnightly.
Think carefully about the kind of container that best suits the plant.
Even the most ordinary indoor plant can look fantastic in the right pot. Select a pot that is bigger than the pot you buy the plant in so water doesn’t flow over the edge.
One of the biggest selections of mature indoor plants and funkylooking pots is Creation Landscape Supplies, North Fremantle.
The pot selection is seriously good and you’d find a plant to suit just about every situation.
Using dichondra as an indoor plant can look great in the right pot.