Updated: Apr 22, 2020
I haven't always had the best track record when it comes to keeping indoor plants alive...so I decided to go in search a few varieties that are low maintenance yet look amazing and I want to share my tips to a successful healthy indoor plant with you too!
THE FIDDLE LEAF FIG (Ficus lyrata)
This lovely, big-leafed plant likes a well-lit spot, I have moved mine around a bit to find its most preferred spot - something between sunny but not too sunny with some shade seems to do the trick. It likes a good dose of fertilizer, once a month or so in the warmer months, then less so in the winter when the growth slows right down.
The beauty of these amazing plants is their ability to take shape, what shape is totally up to your personal preference: If you like the natural, thick and leafy look; create it by keeping them clipped with gentle pruning, this keeps them bushy and will encourage your fiddle leaf fig to create new growth. Or grow them into a more structured looking standard that looks spectacular when paired with a mate and creates lovely symmetry in any space.
If you are planning on pruning, splitting or re-potting your fiddle leaf, do it at the beginning of spring when energy levels are high as they tend to conserve energy over winter for a boost of growth in spring and summer.
When deciding on your purchase, make sure you choose a healthy looking plant with lots of evenly coloured leaves; one with little to no sign of yellowing, browning or pests (check the undersides of the leaves before you buy) and lift up the pot to check the plant isn’t root bound (you'll see root growth pushing it's way out of the drain holes). If all looks good, then get to it. Find yourself the perfect pot, or basket and instant decor appeal is yours!
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THE RUBBER TREE PLANT (Ficus Elastica)
You have to love the Rubber Tree Plant - it is supposedly pretty low maintenance (this I can say with absolute certainty has been true of mine). I put this down to the fact they like to dry out between watering - perfect for the likes of us who tend to forget to water their plants! tsk, tsk.
For a plant that requires so little care, it deserves big props! Quietly working away in the back ground, filtering the air of formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia, it's certainly a great option for an indoor household plant that doubles as a natural air purifier.
In contrast to the fiddle leaf fig, it has a lovely dark green, almost black leaf with a rubbery thick texture. The colour of this plant lends itself well to a black and white minimalist/scandinavian interior with a basket as the pot plant decor. They also look great styled in a bright colourful planter pot for a mid century appeal.
Keep this plant where there is light, but not glaring all day sun. Start with a smaller specimen that will find it easier to adjust to the indoors. With just a tiny amount of TLC you can be rewarded with a plant that grows quite large!
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THE FRUIT SALAD PLANT (Monstera Deliciosa)
Monstera also known as the 'fruit salad' or 'swiss cheese' plant is another specimen that is relatively easy to grow indoors. Believe me this is true, as the one I had my husband scale down the side of a precipice for (he's very brave) is doing amazingly well and is now a lovely large indoor plant.
It has lovely big leaves, with a deeper hue to the fiddle leaf fig, . The holes that form in the leaves as they mature give this houseplant one of it’s common names: Swiss Cheese.
Its other common name Fruit Salad is given to it because of the flower it produces when it is grown outdoors in its native environment and apparently tastes just like fruit salad...
One of my favorite features of this plant is how the prongs make for a simple arrangement in a vase, one or two leaves and you have yourself an on point splash of greenery to be admired.
Caring for this houseplant is simple: if there is any yellowing of the leaves it is usually a sign that you're over watering, or perhaps a little fertilizer is needed. As they grow re-pot to something a little more spacious to avoid any root bound.
Monstera can grow quite tall so it could really be a standout feature in your living space, something to be admired!
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