When you decide to incorporate houseplants into your home decor, you’ll discover that it’s more complicated than throw pillows and knickknacks. Plants are living organisms. They need certain elements in order to thrive. However, once you find the right situation, the payoff is absolutely worth it.
The Most Important Factor is Light
Proper lighting will determine whether or not a plant will survive in your house. Insufficient light can lead to plants getting “leggy,” stretching out their vines in order to reach more light, giving them a thin and sickly appearance. Too much or not enough light can lead to browning of the leaves, which is hard to stop once it starts.
Before you choose a plant for a specific room, think about how much light the room gets–from the outdoors, as well as from the internal artificial light. Find out how much light the plant needs, and whether it likes direct or indirect light. Remember to rotate your plants to allow them to grow evenly.
Four Elements for a Good Container
- Size: A properly-sized container will balance the moisture levels in the soil, and encourage the plant’s slow, gradual growth.
- Soil: Learn what kind of soil the plant needs and plan accordingly. For example, orchids like loamy, airy soil. In fact, sometimes they do best with wood chips instead of soil.
- Drainage: Every plant needs a certain level of drainage. If the roots are left to stew in stale water, rot can set in.
- Enclosure: Your container must be enclosed entirely so the plant and soil don’t do damage to your carpets, flooring, and furniture. If your plant is planted directly in a decorative container, make sure that it’s drained and that it has a trivet underneath to catch any runoff water. An idea to make this easier is using a plain, cheap, functional pot placed inside of a decorative pot that gives another layer of protection.
Creative Inspiration for Your Houseplants
Your plant’s container doesn’t have to be a terra-cotta cone. There are so many options! Have fun with it. Think about these cool options:
- Plant chandelier: This takes your hanging plants one step further, adding decorative layers and levels to create a beautiful room feature.
- Wall hangings: Much like a light sconce, this attaches to the wall. It’s fun because it can make your plants from table decorations into wall decor.
- Terrariums: Terrariums are trendy right now because they allow for a whole plant arrangement in a controlled space–it’s like making your own indoor garden. The glass sets it off and makes any plant look like a feature. It can also be good for plants that require a little more moist of air, since it keeps a more controlled environment. Just make sure that it’s not something prone to rot, since draining soil can be a challenge inside of a terrarium.
- Upcycled Pots: Get creative! Old buckets, baskets, cartons, and tins can all make fun plant containers. Just make sure that it has proper drainage and proper protection.
- Floor containers: Large plants like palms and even snake plants do well on the floor. Make sure that the pot is enclosed to that moisture doesn’t seep out onto your carpet or hardwood.