As well as being beautiful and decorative, houseplants have a number of benefits to your home. They can be great for removing toxic agents in the air through air purification, your indoor plants can also improve your health, and sharpen your focus if you have your plants in an office or classroom environment.
How do you get the most from your plants? Well one of the clues to keeping your houseplants happy, is in the placement of those plants within the home.
Plants, in general, can withstand warmer or colder climates, and a surplus or shortage of water for a short period of time. However, if you want to get the best from your plants, you will need to place them somewhere they will get the water and nutrients in the right climate in order to survive.
So how can you replicate their natural habitat? Our guide will tell you which houseplants to place where in your home so that you get the maximum success from your houseplants!
Which rooms work best?
All of your houseplants have one thing in common. They all need sunshine, but each plant will differ in the amount that they will need.
Don’t just place your indoor plants without a thought. Just because that plant will fit in with the décor of a certain area of the house, does not mean it is best for your houseplant.
Think about such questions as; Which room’s get the most sunlight in my house? Which direction do my windows face? Where are my heaters? What is the average temperature roughly in my house?
With that, you will start to get an idea of which areas will work best when situating your houseplants.
Types of plants
As stated above, your plants will need sunshine. Some will thrive off having as much as possible, whilst others will need partial or a full cover of shade for the majority of the time.
Remember that your plants do not need direct sunlight at all possible hours of the day as this can scorch the leaves and the roots of the plant.
Most plants will be happy with a window that is either West, East or South facing. So do not look to have too many plants facing a Northerly window.
There are of course plants that require partial or full shade for large portions of the day.
For instance, flowering and foliage plants such as some varieties of fern and lily tend to deal well with minimal direct sunlight and with artificial light.
So if you set your foliage plant back from your South facing window a few feet, you will be putting your plant in an ideal position. If you have West or East facing windows, then ensure that your foliage plant remains out of the midday sun, or when there are times of direct sunlight in the room.
Plants with large, thick, fleshy leaves will tend to do well in the shade for the most part. Examples of such a plant would be; Jade, Stonecrop and Zebra plant to name but a few.
As opposed to your garden, your houseplants may need more care. It’s always best to do a little bit of research on your plants, even if it’s to see how often your houseplants should be watered or what the desired climate for your houseplant should be.
Most houseplants are happy at around 70°F (20°C), but some only thrive at colder temperatures. For example, cyclamen prefer a temperature range between 50°F to 60°F (10°C to 15°C); Cineraria even colder. If you own a bonsai tree or any other tropical indoor plants, then you may need to have a constant temperature of around 70°F (20°C).
Be careful when placing your plants near a heated source. Most forms of home heating produce an atmosphere which is too dry for the majority of pot plants. Central heating in winter will create a warm atmosphere which is as dry as a Desert. This will be almost inhospitable for indoor plants.
You can either spray your plants with fine droplets of water regularly or create a micro-climate around their leaves by grouping or by packing moss between the pot and its decorative container. You will be able to see the warning signs when your leaves are bone dry or discoloured and the soil looks as if it needs watering.
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