Spring in­doors for plant care

Geraldton Guardian - - REAL ESTATE - Sab­rina Hahn

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.

Pic­ture: Creation Land­scapes.

Us­ing di­chon­dra as an in­door plant can look great in the right pot.

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