HOW TO KEEP THEM ALIVE!
Indoor plants generally don’t need to be pruned, though they benefit from removing dead leaves, brown fronds and, in the case of plants like Peace lilies and Anthuriums, old flowers. Occasionally pinching back the growth of bushier indoor plants, such as figs, will promote thicker growth. Some taller growing plants, such as Dracaenas (including Happy plants), can be trimmed down to size when they have outgrown their spot. They will then reshoot from this incision. The cuttings easily grow roots, so you can make new plants by placing the cuttings in a vase, letting them grow roots and then planting them into a new pot with potting mix.
To get the best from your indoor garden, remember to feed it. You can buy slow-release fertiliser especially made for indoor plants, which will gradually fertilise plants throughout the year. Supplementing this with added liquid plant tonic, such as Nitrosol, will promote luscious green growth. This is normally applied once every three weeks or so.
Some homes can actually get pretty dusty inside, so when cleaning, don’t forget to wipe down the leaves of plants such as rubber trees and fiddle leaf figs, which can catch a lot of dirt. If your indoor plants are small enough to lift, pop them into the shower once a month under tepid water for 10 minutes – this does a great job of cleaning palms and ferns and simulates the rain. Let them drip-dry, then place back in their spot clean and refreshed. For a final shine, wipe the top surface of your fiddle leaf figs, rubber trees, palm fronds and Peace lilies with a cloth moistened slightly with white oil.
August is the ideal time to freshen up indoor plants with a replant. Make sure you buy potting mix that has the Australian Premium Standard 5 ticks symbol on it. Here’s how: 1
Remove your indoor plant from its pot and gently tease out or trim off any circling or matted roots. 2 Either plant back into the same pot or, if you want your plant to continue to grow, plant it up a few sizes into a bigger pot. 3
Make sure you don’t build up soil around the trunk or leave roots exposed – the new level needs to be exactly the same as the old one. 4 Water the plant thoroughly so you remove any air pockets.
Dracaena Peace lily