In The Garden

Indoor Plants

Growing Plants Indoors

Indoor plants add colour and style to your home, and many varieties have great health benefits. These include promoting calm, controlling air temperature and absorbing background noise. Some are even known for their air purifying qualities.

The right plant in the right spot

For an indoor plant, location is really important if it’s going to thrive. When choosing a spot, think about the light, temperature variation and whether it can withstand air conditioning. If you are in any doubt, your local garden centre will recommend a selection of plants that are able withstand your indoor growing conditions.

Acclimatising your new plants

Plants raised in nursery conditions need to be carefully monitored once they have been brought indoors. If your plant is not coping, let it acclimatise outside in complete shade for a while.

General care

Different plants have different water requirements, so read and keep the label that comes with your plant. Most like the soil to go slightly dry between watering (but this isn’t always the case). Fertilise with slow-release granules and take your plant outside occasionally to give the leaves a clean and inspect for pests such as scale and mealy bugs. Regularly wipe the dust off the leaves to keep them glossy and healthy.