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Ins and Outs of Indoor Plants

You only need to take a glance at your Instagram to see that indoor plants are everything. Visit any boutique or spend some time on interior design blogs and you will inevitably find some type of indoor greenery. And it’s no coincidence that our next interior trend, back to nature, with its raw textural elements, terracotta tones, deep greens and accents of gold, unite perfectly with some indoor greenery. 
Indoor plants create healthy and happy spaces. Quite literally giving life to a room, countless studies have shown that a splash of green can help eliminate toxic gases from the air and also increase productivity and creativity.
Below we take a look at some of the less common indoor plant varieties and discuss why we love them and how to give them the love and attention they need to thrive.  

Rubber Plant

Fiddle Leafs, in our opinion, better looking cousin, the Rubber Plant, makes for a bold statement. With many different varieties available, its glossy leaves range anywhere from deep racing green, burgundy red to a dark chocolate brown. Its slightly masculine edge and gorgeous voluptuous leaves give this plant a distinctly graphic appeal. To really make the most of this scrumptious plant, give it plenty of white space pop against.

Character: Robust, glossy, masculine edge, colour variations  

Light: keep it light and bright, but not direct. Flourishes by a window with sheer curtains.

Water: Keep moist during spring and summer. Water sparingly during winter and ensure the surface of the soil is dry.

   

Aloe Vera

A succulent long associated with healing and hydration, the much loved Aloe Vera plant is also a stunning structural plant which can be enjoyed indoors. Its uniquely shaped leaves not only give it appeal but also act as a purifier to remove harmful airborne chemicals. And if you get a cut or a burn, a little Aloe Vera gel will take care of that!  

Character: Exotic, Daring, medicinal, cleansing, hardy 

Light: Light and bright but indirect.

Water: Water sparingly and allow to dry out before watering again.

Keep clear of pets as Aloe is known to be toxic.

                       

Olive Tree

The olive tree is your new perfect room accessory. It’s whimsical Mediterranean appeal brings a certain exotic passion to any space. This historical evergreen tree dates back to ancient Greece and features beautiful dark green leaves on top, and a silvery underside. Olive green hues sit perfectly with this seasons return to nature trend. 

Character: Leathery, demure, beautiful, temperamental

Light: Light and sunlight is life. Share living quarters between indoors and out (maximum 3 days inside per week) or only bring indoors for special occasions.

Watering: Keep it to a minimum. Only water when soil has dried out.

                                                                

String of Pearls

With its long, alluring tendrils, the minty green of the String of Pearls make for a quirky addition to brighten up any space. Its trailing pea-like foliage gives this plant its distinct look and when placed in a hanging pot or allowed to drape naturally down the side of a window, can look particularly charming. And an added benefit is that The String of Pearls is very easy to propagate – so get cutting and sharing!

Character: Conversation starter, soothing, curious

Light: Bright light or sunlight.

Watering: Water and allow to dry before watering again. Be carefully not to overwater or this could lead to root rot.

Keep out of reach of children and pets, as this plant can be toxic.

                                                          

Mother-in-law’s Tongue 

Also known as the next best thing to a plastic plant, Mother-in-law’s Tongue or the Snake Plant, as it’s sometimes known as, is hardy and relatively low maintenance. Managing to shake its daggy 70’s reputation, Mother in laws tongue is now a much loved plant for its structural, bold and architectural edge.  Use this favourite to add height and structured detail to modern spaces.  

Character: Strong, Independent, Sharp, Structured

Light: Loves bright light to full sun and will also tolerate low light.

Water: Water and allow to dry out before watering again. Water along the edges of the pot to stop the base from rotting.

                                                          

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