As we bid farewell to the festive season, take down the decorations and dismantle the Christmas tree, why not replace it with an indoor plant so your room feels a little less bare?
Step into 2024 by turning your home into an oasis of greenery or by breathing some new life into your space…after all, it’s well-documented that houseplants can improve air quality!
It’s a great time to invest, we’ve many to choose from and they are more popular than ever, with many very easy to look after. Here are our top houseplant picks for you…
Calatheas are incredible air-purifying plants, scientifically proven to remove toxins from the surrounding environment. They love a warm spot but not dry heat, as they can suffer if temperatures drop too low. They need a lower light area as harsh direct light can bleach and scorch the foliage. Ensure not to overwater as this can be the ultimate downfall for your Calathea.
Yucca is a great plant for beginners as it’s easy to grow, tolerant of neglect and can be very long-lived. Unlike many house plants, it can cope with a spot in bright sunshine, so is a good plant for a sunny corner where little else will thrive. Yuccas store water at their base, so are tolerant of drought.
Dragon tree (Dracaena) needs a bright spot and moist compost, but equally, you might find lower light levels suit it well and watering as and when might work too! This one can last for many, many years.
Philodendrons are very easy-care plants. Keep them out of direct sunlight as this could scorch new unfurling leaves – indirect is perfect. Remember that heat rises, so if you place your Philodendron high or in a hanging pot it will inevitably dry out quicker, so check for watering more regularly.
Dieffenbachias (Leopard lilies) are striking house plants grown for their large, oval leaves that are splashed or flecked with white, cream, yellow or lime green. They bring a lush look to a room and are good air purifiers. It’s also known as the dumb cane thanks to its sap which, if ingested, can cause temporary swelling of the mouth and throat, making speaking difficult. It’s therefore a good idea to keep your plant away from children and pets.
The Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa) an on-trend plant that will fill your Christmas tree spot with ease. Give it plenty of bright but not direct light and water every 1 to 2 weeks. Don’t forget to dust the leaves gently to keep them looking shiny.
Devils Ivy (Pothos) why not try filling the room with a plant hanging from the ceiling instead? Devils Ivy will hang nicely and fill a corner spot without much care needed.
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamin) bright, indirect light and regular watering will keep this growing fast and looking pristine. Less water during the winter months will help, and your weeping fig will thank you for it.
Majesty Palm (Ravenea rivularis) is a majestic palm with long fronds that will fill the space perfectly. All it will need is a bright corner and plenty of water. Keep your eye on it so you can remedy any changes.
Fiddle leaf (Ficus lyrata) is a well-known and loved plant that is easy to look after, with just a few hints and tips. Smaller plants can be purchased or taller ones to fill a space, and they will need to be kept away from drafts in a room with lots of light and kept moderately moist.
Snake plant (Sansevieria): one of the easiest houseplants to care for. It’s the best for easy care with minimal watering requirements and not being fussy about light conditions.
We will help you find the perfect houseplant to fill your bare space and for January, if you’ve downloaded our app, you’ll get a houseplant at half-price! For more information please visit our website www.brickkilngardencentre.co.uk/rewards