First-time plant parents will appreciate something that is sturdy and perfect for indoors.
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There’s been a blooming interest in plants over the years, especially as people ended up staying at home more – and for some, working from home may become permanent.
For those of us who began planting their own “mini gardens” after being inspired by social media and lush indoor “home gardens” tutorials may have faced disappointment that their plants did not actually survive very well (I know mine didn’t. Goodbye, my expensive monstera shoot…). But actually, there’s a trick.
The key way to grow flawless green plants is actually to leave them alone, but leave them alone in a place that suits them best! Here are some of the best spots to
neglect place your plants:
The bird’s nest fern can grow really big and are super impressive. Yet actually, all they really need are indirect sunlight and a occasional spritzes of water.
While the ferns are usually found in the wild nestled between tree branches, they can also fit well into your living room with a pot. The ferns will grow according to the space provided, so make sure you get appropriately-sized pots for your room.
Another option is the monstera deliciosa, well-known for their big holey leaves, much like Swiss Cheese. They strike a dramatic look in your living room, and can also grow up to a rather large size.
Leave the monstera in a corner with plenty of sunlight and let it thrive on its own.
Some upscale shopping malls decked out their toilets with bright lights and plants, which only proves that you should also deck out your most private room with a bit of lush greenery to make business comfortable.
Sadly, most of us have very closeted bathrooms, but not to worry – there are plants that will grow in such low-light conditions anyway.
Aloe vera plants will prefer bright and indirect light but can tolerate low light, so they would be perfect if your toilet has a small window. Additionally, they work super well in a pinch for small cuts, burns, itches, and the like.
If you’re keener on a bit of prosperity in your life, try the pothos plant instead. The pretty ivy is also known as ‘the money plant’, and is almost impossible to kill. Stick a stalk in a glass bottle and it will grow on its own, sun or not. (We wish our bank accounts would grow this way too!)
Peace lilies are beautiful, tall flowers that lend an air of grace wherever it goes. These instantly recognizable plants are also popular as artificial plants– and sometimes it really is hard to tell if they’re real, with their stiff waxy flower petals. But why settle for a plastic version when the real plant is super easy to grow? They naturally enjoy living in the shade, which makes them perfect to brighten up corners with little sunlight.
Another popular one is the Calathea Warscewiczii, also known by its common name (which is less of a mouthful to pronounce) Calathea Jungle Velvet. This pretty two-toned plant with purple underleaves looks super fancy, but they’re quite sturdy and add a gorgeous pop of colour to your bedroom.
The kitchen is by far the easiest way for you to try your hand at growing scraps. In fact, you can regrow almost anything, from onions to celery, chili to mint, or more! Kitchen scraps will take a bit of trial and error, but requires so little investment to start that you might as well try it.
Don’t throw away the end bits of your celery, lemongrass, bok choy, lettuce, bean sprouts, or even herbs like cilantro and mint. Instead, try sticking them in some water to grow roots and hey, maybe you’ll get an herb garden by the end of it!
But if you’re really keen on growing an edible garden, you can easily grow your own chilis, pandan, or even limau kasturi, all which can grow in a pot on your kitchen windowsill (and the fragrant smells often ward away pests like cockroaches and mosquitos).
Still worried? Here’s THE most fool-proof, baby-proof, and animal-proof plant.
If you really want something that you can leave alone and not worry about your cats chewing it or young children putting it in their mouths, try the spider plant.
For those archbishoprics out there, do note that despite the name, it is a completely harmless and tame plant (just like most spiders!) that does well with little light or water. The long, skinny leaves will still make them a pretty addition to brighten up any corner, and can clear air to boot!
Another bonus is the snake plant. It’s also called the mother-in-law’s-tongue plant. Again, despite the name, it is a ridiculously easy-to-care-for plant. Like the spider plant, it has long, skinny leaves, but they stand up straight instead. They, too, help to clear the air!
Congratulations, plant parent!
You’ve had your little plant for a few weeks now and they seem to be doing well. They may be a little on the small side, looking a little pale, but they’re definitely alive. That’s good… but there’s actually a way to make them better.
Potted soil and tap water may provide enough sustanence to keep a plant alive, but not enough nutrients to help them thrive. Plants in nature get a consistent ‘diet’ of macronutrients from the constant cycle of rain and microbe activity in the soil.
So if your indoor plant is looking a little peaky, try giving it a spritz of fertiliser. Look out for natural ingredients and non-synthetic materials.
Singaporean brand Plantonic does just that, with a fully plant-based fertilising essence that will give your plants the boost of juice that they need.
In fact, they are touted to be the ‘4-in-1 solution’ for any of your plant’s problems, acting as a fetiliser, natural pest repellent, soil revitaliser, and cure for plant diseases and fungal infections.
Plantonic claims to be completely all-natural and non-toxic, made with plant ingredients such as shilajit, seaweed, ginseng root, fruit peel, seed extract, and tea leaves. Basically, you won’t need to worry about toxic chemicals in your plants.
If you wanted an easy solution to go with your easy-to-grow plants, check out their website HERE.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.