Bring na­ture in­side and you’ll reap the benefits

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CG De­sign Stu­dio direc­tor Christo­pher Gyze­myter, who has worked on res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial cre­ations in Bris­bane, said in­door plants were not just an aes­thetic trend.

“With a focus on green build­ing ar­chi­tec­turally, in­door plants can help im­prove the air qual­ity of your home by fil­ter­ing tox­ins given off by car­pets and fur­ni­ture,” he said.

“They are also said to have a calm­ing ef­fect if you’re not too stressed out by keep­ing them alive.”

Af­ter over­com­ing his own aver­sion to in­door green­ery – Mr Gyze­myter chowed down on a poi­sonous in­door plant as a child – the de­signer re­cently com­piled a list of the best in­door plants to liven up a Queens­land home.

STRELITZIA

Oth­er­wise known as the stun­ning Bird of Par­adise, this baby likes lots of sun and bright­ness, so keep that in mind when choos­ing its home within your home. You want to wa­ter the Strelitzia when­ever the top layer of soil is dry. And they will need to be fer­tilised once a month – hun­gry crit­ters!

MONSTERA DELICIOSA

The stun­ning Monstera can grow into a bit of a wild mon­ster of a plant so put it some­where spa­cious and let it shine as a fea­ture piece. To make sure you don’t over­wa­ter, pop your fin­ger into the soil and if it’s dry, it needs a drink. It likes to be placed in a bright room with fil­tered sun­light to re­ally blos­som.

FICUS LYRATA

While the fid­dle leaf fig is quite pos­si­bly the most pop­u­lar in­door plant at the mo­ment, it’s not ac­tu­ally as easy to look af­ter as we might like. It’s easy for the leaves to brown and it can go down­hill quite quickly so make sure you don’t over­wa­ter this one. If the top soil in your pot is dry, then it’s time to wa­ter. Wa­ter evenly and be sure that the soil can drain well.

PEACE LILY

The Peace Lily is a clas­sic in­door plant that re­mains time­less. Pop it in a big pot and prefer­ably in a shady part of the house. Only wa­ter when the soil is ac­tu­ally dry but be sure to get a spray bottle and mist the leaves a few times a week.

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