The Secret Life of House Plants

Jun 12, 2020 | Blog

Hi and we hope you have had a great week.

We thought we would share some thoughts about houseplants, because they really have the potential to brighten your kitchen let alone your home.

All plants require a different level of care, especially when it comes to the amount of sunlight and water they receive. You might also be under the impression that plants need tons of natural sunlight and water to survive, but that’s not exactly the case. There are many low-light plants that can survive in the darkest, shadiest spots of your home.

Here are a few examples to enliven your custom designed kitchen space, or anywhere else in need of greenery;

Snake Plant

Known by some as the Sansevieria, or “Mother-In-Law’s Tongue” this stiff, upright plant grows best in dry soil and only needs some direct sunlight to survive.

The Snake Plant is easy to grow and is virtually indestructible; they will thrive in either very bright light or almost dark corners of the house. An ideal container plant, it is excellent in a grouping and will grow equally well on the floor or on tabletop displays. These plants are also drought resistant.

An added bonus is that it can improve the air-quality of a space by removing formaldehyde and benzene from the air!

Spider Plant

No household plant list is complete without mentioning the trusty, tolerant spider plant.

These spindly plants cover a lot of horizontal and vertical space, so they’re perfect for filling in those big empty spots in your home. The plant’s bright and long leaves earned it many nicknames, including the “airplane plant” and the “ribbon plant.” These plants are especially great for any pet owners since they are not toxic for your furry friends.

Caring for spider plants is easy. These tough plants tolerate lots of abuse, making them excellent candidates for newbie gardeners or those without a green thumb. Provide them with well-drained soil and bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water them well but do not allow the plants to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants prefer to dry out some between watering.

Display your Spider plants by hanging them in wide baskets to keep its leaves from dangling too low.

Monstera Deliciosa

Known also as “The Swiss Cheese plant” or “Hurricane Plant” this floor plant can withstand low light and semi-drought conditions. Along with purifying the air, the heart-shaped leaves bring a soothing calm to any space.

When it comes to choosing the perfect spot in your home for a Monstera, there are a few things to take into consideration. Ideally, you want to place this big, bold houseplant in an area with a lot of space to flourish, like a living room or bedroom. Monstera is a climber plant, using support sticks or a trellis will assist in your plant’s growth.  Temperatures should be a standard 20°C /68°F, and sunlight should be filtered, and indirect. Note that these plants can tolerate low light, however, they will grow faster and become more dramatic in a sunny spot.

For those of you who struggle to keep up on your watering, you will be happy to hear that the Monstera is somewhat drought tolerant, these plants are survivors and watering is only required when the top layer of soil becomes dry or if you notice the leaves start to look pale/light green.

This air purifying, tropical houseplant can look beautiful in any space and if cared for correctly, can live for many years to come!

Have a great weekend

Clinton and Fiona