THE MAGIC OF IN­DOOR PLANTS

Saturday Star - - WELLBEING -

WIN­TER is a great time to fo­cus your “gar­den­ing” at­ten­tion in­side your home (where it’s warmer) and con­sciously take a re-look at in­door plants.

The term “in­door plants” typ­i­cally refers to pre­dom­i­nantly green, fo­liage plants. Most are peren­nial, mean­ing they’ll last for sev­eral years, and the di­ver­sity and range is ex­ten­sive.

In­door plants vary from small desk or decor plants, to medi­um­sized fo­liage op­tions typ­i­cally found on ta­bles, right through to large, free-stand­ing plants.

The pur­pose of all th­ese plants is pri­mar­ily to beau­tify your home. Here are a few rea­sons to add green to your home this win­ter! ● Plants add life and en­ergy to any home, bring­ing el­e­ments of na­ture in­side.

● In­door plants are good for you! They pu­rify the air – re­mov­ing tox­ins and gen­er­ally mak­ing you a hap­pier, health­ier per­son.

● Plants add colour and in­stantly trans­form all rooms in the home. ● Plants can be moved very eas­ily – al­low­ing flex­i­bil­ity for a quick trans­for­ma­tion.

● Cre­ate your own “look” – there is no fixed “right or wrong”. (Opt for a sin­gle stylish pot plant, or group three or more plants to­gether.)

WIN­TER CARE

Plant growth in gen­eral slows down dur­ing the cooler months. As such, it is im­por­tant to re­duce the wa­ter­ing fre­quency – many in­door plants do not like “wet feet”.

Plant po­si­tion­ing may need to change in the cold. Plants next to large win­dows will be cooler than plants in the mid­dle of the room.

Also be aware of plants po­si­tioned close to heaters and fire­places. The cold dry air (es­pe­cially in Gaut­eng) can be im­proved with hu­mid­i­fiers

– or sim­ply mist plants more fre­quently with a spray bot­tle.

Keep plants healthy with reg­u­lar feed­ing. Use plant food monthly or add to your mist­ing so­lu­tion for a quick, easy “2-in-1” so­lu­tion.

A sec­ond feed­ing op­tion is an easy-to-use pill/stick type fer­tiliser that can be stuck into the pot plant in the soil, to help with a slow re­lease of nu­tri­ents.

Visit your lo­cal gar­den cen­tre for the best op­tion for you.

Dust ac­cu­mu­lates quickly – es­pe­cially on leaves that are wide and large. Use a damp cloth to wipe clean and you’ll be amazed at the in­stant trans­for­ma­tion. (This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant when mist­ing plants). – lifeis­agar­den.co.za

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