STARTING YOUR INDOOR JUNGLE
> Know your home – what are the conditions (light and temperature)? > Research – find a plant you like and check whether your house or workplace is suitable. How much sunlight will the plant need? How much water and how often? Will you need to feed it? > Once you establish the plant, keep an eye on it. If it survives the first few weeks with no ill effects, you have probably found the right location for it. > Most indoor plants die from overwatering. Less water is better than too much. Avoid a designated watering day. Instead, feel the first few centimetres of soil with your finger. If it’s dry, water it. If it’s damp, don’t. > Find quirky spots in your home that might host indoor plants, such as a row of tiny pots on a narrow window ledge. Just be mindful of the conditions the plants require.
> Plants can get sick – note the problem and seek the advice of your local nursery, a gardening book or a specialist website to help find a solution. Magazines and TV programmes can offer helpful tips on plant care.
> Sometimes plants die; it happens. Toss it out and try something else. > Don’t give up!
Extract from The Little
Book of Slow by Sally Wise and Paul Mcintyre. Published by ABC (Harpercollins).