Guide to indoor plants

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Adam Acheson | 0 Comments

Bringing Life to One’s Bachelor Pad

 

As you move into your first bachelor pad (or are looking to upgrade your current place), adding a living object is often the easiest thing to do. If you browse any interior design publication you’ll find that many of the homes, apartments and condos all have something in common: they feature a plant or two. Coincidence? Nope.

Adding a plant or even a few plants is a great idea, and will make your place look great, add life, and you’ll appreciate how they’ll grow. It shows women that you can take care of something living. Not all plants will do well indoors. Before going to your local nursery it’s important to already know the type of lighting conditions that are currently in the room(s) that you’ll keep the plant. The plants below are recommend for medium light conditions and do well indoor even during the winter. If you live where it doesn’t snow consider yourself fortunate, the plants listed below will also thrive in warmer climates.  

 

Snake Plant (Mother in-law’s tongue):

These plants look great, their leaves grow vertically towards the ceiling. They are easy to care for, and have a lot personality. These are an interior designer’s favorite plant to use because they are so versatile. Furthermore, it does well in various lighting conditions and only needs to be watered a few times a month. One of the really nice attributes of the Snake Plant is its planter (aka the pot it grows in), there are various planters suited for this plant that come many different designs from steel, ceramic, to wood. This allows a one to really personalize the planter to their bachelor pad’s style.

 

Lady Palm

Despite its name this is a great plant to a have in one’s place. The Lady Palm can be expected to grow over 6ft tall, they are able to withstand colder temperatures. Light requirements are low to medium, and need to be watered when the top soil is dry. They can be potted in any particular planter you choose and are an excellent addition to any room

 

Chinese Evergreen

This is considered to be a very hardy (tough) plant, it’s known to thrive in almost any environment. It’s leaves are bright green, allowing the plant to brighten dark corners. This plant is also recognized with having an excellent ability to filter out VOC's. The watering conditions are at least once a week, depending upon how dry your place is.  

 

Bonsai Tree

Bonsai is a Japanese art form of growing miniature trees in small ceramic trays or containers. Each tree is very unique, and definitely will be a conversation piece. There are several different styles of Bonsai; upright, informal upright, slanted, cascade, and several more. Due to the different type of trees 9deciduous and conifers) some will flower beautifully while others will not. It’s crucial that when you purchase a Bonsai that it is one that can be kept indoors. Also, these trees can be become very expensive The older the tree the taller the tree (in most cases). If you are looking to have a plant that will take up a lot of room, this may not be it.

 

Ficus Alii

This is a tree, so you’ll need a bit of room for it. It requires medium light, and depending upon how much light this Ficus will receive determines how much you’ll have to water. The light requirement is medium, so it should not be exposed to sun for long parts of the day. The soil should always remain a slightly moist to the touch, and never fully dry out.  

Other great plants to consider: Sago Palms (not advised if you have four legged pets), Lucky Bamboo, Cacti, and Succulents.

Keep in mind with all plants that are kept in the corner you should rotate them every so often to allow each side of the plant access to sunlight.   Your local nursery/plant store employees are very knowledgeable and passionate about plants. Chances are that they’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.


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