What To Do In The Garden This Month; Indoor plants and planters have sometimes been considered a little daggy, but now there is nothing cooler. Check them out
Easy Care INDOOR PLANTS
INDOOR PLANTS have made a real comeback this year, with the trend set to continue well into next. The resurgence in their popularity can be attributed to a couple of factors: the new range of plants available and a crop of great pots.
Innovative PLANTER POTS
It’s goodbye to black plastic tubs, fibreglass office planters and chipped terracotta pots and hello to smart, new polymer planters, chic ceramic pots and stylish stainless-steel beauties.
Savvy garden centres are stocking fabulous pots from a European company, Elho (www.elho.com – the Australian distributor is European Trade Network, etn.com.au), which offers a huge range of plastic pots, including ones that hang over verandah rails and others with built-in lights. There is also a gorgeous range by Robert Plumb By William Dangar (Robertplumb.com.au). For something different, the modular planters from Queensland’s Just Add Plants (Justaddplants.com) come in various innovative fi nishes including coloured stainless steel, coloured metal, acrylic with stone and marble effects, and timber.
So, it’s out with the sad umbrella trees and struggling African violets and it’s in with large leaves, savvy succulents, Zen-like mosses, flowering orchids and fab pots.
Caring for your INDOOR PLANTS
There is no such thing as an indoor plant; they are just plants that are suited to shade. Most will need a spell outside every so often, or – at the very least – a clean with a damp cloth to remove dust from the leaves. Air-conditioning can dehydrate plants; regular misting helps to overcome this. If the aircon or heating is on most of the time, such as in an office, steer clear of palms and ferns and go for tougher plants such as cacti and peace lilies.
Watering needs vary according to the plant, the room it is in and the season, but in general, once a week, take the plant to the bathroom for a long drink and a short shower under a shower-head or tap. Likewise, a regular dose of a liquid fertiliser, such as Seasol or Maxicrop, will noticeably improve your indoor plants’ health and vigour. And for when you go on holidays, place pot plants on a towel in the bath and leave the tap slightly dripping. The plants will absorb the water through the towel and you’ll return to a healthy crop of new leaves.