Houseplants are a great quick and easy way to add character to your home. Not only are they colourful and decorative but they come with lots of great health benefits! Choose from our fantastic selection of wonderful and unique plants to inject style into your home.
What are the benefits of houseplants?
Air Purifying – Houseplants take out harmful chemicals out of the air leading to fresher air.
Water Release – Houseplants release water vapour into the air leading to higher humidity. A higher humidity can reduce the risks of illnesses such as coughs and help people with dry skin.
More Peaceful – Houseplants can contribute to our well-being making is feel calm, less stressed and even more optimistic. Plants have also been known to lower blood pressure.
Lower Carbon Dioxide Levels – Houseplants remove Carbon Dioxide from the air and replace it with Oxygen. Increased oxygen levels are know to lead to a healthier lifestyle and reduce fatigue.
Better Sleep – Houseplants such as Orchids and Succulents release oxygen at night. Placing these types of plants in your bedroom may help you sleep at better.
General Houseplant Care
– The most efficient way to water your houseplant is to get a small shallow tray or saucer and pour some water into it. Then all you need to do is place your plant in the tray and let it soak up the water.
– Make sure you don’t over water your plant! Keep your plant moist but wait until it is almost dry before you re-water it.
– Don’t forget to give it a bit more water in the spring and summer seasons as the warm weather will dry it out quicker. Houseplants don’t tend to need watering too often in the winter as they lie dormant for the autumn and winter months.
– Houseplants that originate from a tropical climate benefit from being sprayed every day. This includes plants such as Ferns, Orchids and Bromeliads.
– Feeding your houseplant will provide extra minerals and nutrients for it to bloom and produce healthy foliage.
– Baby Bio is a great indoor plant feed as it provides good all round nutrients for flowering and foliage plants to thrive.
Did You Know?
– Phalaenopsis orchids typically originate from the Himalayas and Philippines.
– They tend to grow on the side of trees and in between rocks near a water source and feed off plant debris.
– The Chinese term for Phalaenopsis is “Butterfly orchid” this describes this particular orchid.
– The Greek meaning for Phalaenopsis is Moth Like which is coincidently similar to the Chinese’s description.
– Orchids prefer a high air humidity and don’t like their roots to be soaking wet. This can cause their roots to rot.
– Place your orchid in a partially filtered light.
– Only water them about once a week with tepid water. Make sure you water from the top and let the water drain through the pot. Don’t leave it sitting in water.
– You should repot your orchid at least every two years and use a special orchid compost.
Did You Know?
– Bonsai originate from Japan and have been around for centuries.
– The oldest known Bonsai in the world is known as “Shunkaen Kunio Kobayashi” it is over 100 years old!
– Bonsai have gradually become a great hobby and people see them as a piece of art.
– Make sure you keep the soil moist to dry but don’t let it dry out. Water them every 2-3 days.
– Put them in a spot that gets a good amount of bright light but don’t put them in direct sunlight.
– Prune any new growth to maintain its shape.
– Fertilize monthly when it is actively growing new buds or leaves.
Did You Know?
– Air plants are known as Tillandsia they are named after the Swedish Physician Elias Tillands.
– They can live absolutely anywhere! On trees, upside down and sideways!
– They’re root systems function to hold the plant stable, and not to absorb nutrients.
– Keep your air plant at 8 degrees or above.
– Position it in a light airy spot and away from any direct heat.
– To water your air plant lightly mist it with water every few days. If you can use rain water.
– To get the most out of your air plant feed it with an air plant fertiliser. If it’s a flowering air plant it will encourage it to bloom!