We have all been there (at least that's what I tell myself), we welcome a new addition into our home, our newest baby. We are excited and determined to keep a new little green baby alive, we promise ourselves that it will be different this time, only to find a short time later that we have added yet another indoor house plant to our deceased list. Please tell me I am not the only one with a black thumb?!
Well coming into Spring I am determined to bring some of that beautiful greenery inside. I have come up with the top 5 hottest house plants and all the best tips to keeping those babies lush and thriving. We will have all your next house guests saying "Holy fiddle leaf fig look at all those leaves!".
1. Fiddle Leaf Fig
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Now I am am sure everyone into interiors have seen these beauties adorning all the latest beautiful interiors. Their large glossy leaves add a beautiful lush feeling to a space and if cared for properly they can grow up to two metres in height, creating a wow factor for any room.
Fiddle leaf figs thrive best near a window with bright filtered light but be careful he is not in direct, harsh sunlight as this can burn his beautiful glossy leaves. Fiddles are used to a warm tropical climate and generally receive ample water from rainfall. Try to recreate this climate in your home by not over watering your fiddle but ensure their soil remains consistently moist.
2. Devils Ivy
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A Devils Ivy is a guaranteed winner for any black thumb (making it a winner for me!). It is a gorgeous, low maintenance vine plant that is well known for its excellent air purifying qualities. It can grow up to 2.5 metres in length and can really add interest to a space as it hangs and cascades.
Devils Ivy are not recommended if you have indoor house plants as their leaves are highly toxic if consumed. It is important to keep him in a warm and bright spot near a window. If it is too dark, growth will slow right down. He grows really well under fluorescent lights, making him an ideal office plant. They are easy to care for and only require watering once a week.
3. String of Pearls
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String of pearls is a quirky, creeping succulent that is fairly easy to care for. It guarantees itself as an interesting focal point to a space with its unique string of pea like pearls.
This plant thrives best in bright or direct sunlight. It grows best in a hanging basket so that it can cascade down to create the interesting effect. It requires very little watering. All it needs is a drink once very 2 weeks in Summer and only once a month in Winter. Be careful to keep it in a warm spot, away from air conditioning vents or a window with a cold draft.
4. Indoor Cacti
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Indoor cactus are very popular right now, being one of the latest interior trends. Most people opt to display as a print, but with these tips, you can have the real deal too!
During the warmer growing months it is best to keep your cacti outside or in direct sunlight. Ensure your cacti has exposed to good air circulation by keeping close to a window and rotate it often to ensure even light. It is important to under water cacti rather than over water. Once a month is sufficient and it is important to make sure they are able to drain well. Cacti can not grow in regular soil, rather you need to get special cacti soil.
5. Mother in Law's Tongue
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Mother in law's tongue is one of the hardiest plants out. With thick, upright leaves, they can grow up to a metre high. They are virtually impossible to kill (making them idea for a black thumb like myself!).
They can grow in almost any condition from dark to super bright spaces though prefer bright light with little sun. They do however adapt well to most conditions. Let the soil dry between watering. It is better to underwater these plants rather than water too much. They also do best in sandier soils.