Bring nature inside and you’ll reap the benefits
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.