I am in denial. It is not winter. I will not believe it. I will not succumb to the miserable weather and numerous layers June brings – instead opting to pad around the house with shorts and a tee while blasting the ducted heating.
This is why I am very pro-indoor plants this month. They bring an ultra-spring vibe into my house and don’t require me to run through sleet and torrential winds to care for them like their outdoor cousins.
There is, however, a particular art to keeping indoor plants. They require just the right amount of love – a little bit of water, a little bit of sun, and a lot of TLC.
We have put together a helpful cheat-sheet for making sure your indoor plant life lasts as long as possible and looks its best while doing so.
Stylizen’s Cheat Sheet to Caring for Indoor Plants:
1. Selecting The Right Pot
You will always get the best result from a pot that has a few holes at the bottom, so the water can run through it. This way the roots of the plant won’t get too soggy and ‘drown’, which means you can say adios to your precious pot plant.
2. Choosing the Right Soil
Never, should I repeat, EVER just dig up some dirt from the backyard – it contains all sorts of weed seeds, insects, and fungal diseases. Always buy potting soil, and have a look for types specific for the plant you plan on potting.
3. Providing The Right Environment
The key to keeping an indoor plant is to trick it into thinking it is actually outside. Make sure to replicate the climate, sunlight and water it would usually get outside (and thrive for) when bringing the plant inside. Just because you like your home at a balmy 25 degrees doesn’t mean your plant does (unless it is a cactus of course!). Remember, an indoor plant relies on you to take care of it 100%, so treat it well and reap the rewards.
Orla Kiely Striped Petal Pot, $41 – available at Amara Living.
Geometric Air Plant Wooden Cube Planter, $36.27 – available from Sea & Asters at Etsy.
Milk & Sugar Large Otis Pot, $69.95 – available at Hunting For George.
Pop & Scott Aqua Dipped Pot, $130 – available at Hunting For George.
Celadon Garden Pot, from $14 – available at Anthropologie.
Anthropologie Metallic Crackle Herb Pot, from $14.00 – available at Anthropologie.
Ivy Muse Nightshade Ceramic Pot, $125 – available at Hunting For George.
Hand Decorated Ceramic Hanging Planter, $34 – available from lecollecte at Etsy.
Macramé Plant Hanger, $58 – available at Anthropologie.
Riverstone Wall Planter, $from $52 – available at Anthropologie.
Crystal-Cut Hanging Planter, $38 – available at Anthropologie.
Rogue Sphere Hanging Planter (Set of 6), from $49.95 – available at Zanui.
Dip Dye Macrame Hanger, $48 – available at Anthropologie.
Vertical Hanging Living Wall, $161.20 – available from One With Plants at Etsy.
Geometric Glass Terrarium, from $85 – available from Waen at Etsy.
Sitting Big Polygon Glass Terrarium, $39.90 – available from Bloom Fun Store at Etsy.
Twig En Plein Air Terrarium, $148 – available at Anthropologie.
Living Succulent Planter Terrarium (Set of Three), $221.66 – available from Lonesome Hobo Glass at Etsy.
Planetarium Terrarium, from $58 – available at Anthropologie.
Marimo Terrarium, $154.47 – available from Living Zen Art at Etsy.
Japanese Garden Terrarium, $218.82 – available from Doodle Birdie at Etsy.