Plants and Plant Care
Heres all our best tips on how to keep your Plants happy and thriving!
Common Name: Boston Fern
One of the most beautiful ferns with lacy patterned leaves and graceful arching fronds. They are very delicate plants which can make a lovely statement piece.
In their natural habitat in tropical rainforests, bright dappled light is plentiful. Adapting that to our modern households good indirect sunlight will help the fern to thrive.
Watering is important for all ferns. For the Boston Fern, make sure to keep the compost damp at all times (be careful not to let it sit in soggy soil however as this can lead to root rot) as if it dries out the tips of its lovely fronds will turn brown. Make sure to mist regularly as this plant loves high humidity - also making it brilliant for bathrooms, as it will thrive in the warm steam.
Common Name: Peace Lily
With delicate long glossy leaves and pretty white flowers, the Spathiphyllum is a gorgeous plant. It’s air purifying properties make it brilliant for bedrooms, especially if your room is full of indirect sunlight (direct sunlight can scotch the leaves). When watering little and ofter is best, keeping the soil damp without over watering - its susceptible leaves will droop is it gets too dry. Misting is also good.
The brighter and warmer your home to more flowers will appear, while lower lighting will result in a more green foliage plant. If all goes to plan the pretty flowers will appear ever Spring - and if your lucky, Autumn too!
Common Name: Parlour Palm
This gorgeous plant has a thin, tall stature with delicate fronds and air purifying qualities. It is very versatile and can flourish in bright areas or in low lights, however make sure to keep out of direct sunlight to avoid the leaves from scorching.
The Chamaedorea doest like to be too dry so water once a week during Summer; every few weeks during Winter; and make sure to keep the soil a little damp at all times to keep your pretty palm perfectly happy!
Common Name: Zanzibar Gem
Sometimes mistaken as a plastic plant, the Zamioculcas is made up if individual stems which can grow up to 5 foot in height, with each stem lined with glossy rubber like leaves.
It is an incredibly hardy plant and completely versatile, tolerating both very high and very low lights. However like all plants does have a preference, in a bright location out of direct sunlight it will be the happiest.
It is better to under water the Zanzibar Gem. In Summer water once a week (and very sparingly in Winter) allowing the top layer of compost to dry out before watering again. Don't worry about Misting as it isn't to fussed about being in a humid environment.
Common Name: Stromanthe
This artistically aesthetic leaves of this plant are green with splashes of white, and a soft pinkish hue. They are long and broad and very glossy.
The Stromanthe is happiest in indirect sunlight (it can burn easily in direct sun). Make sure to mist regularly and keep the compost moist, but make sure to not let it sit in water.
Common Name: Banana Plant
Native to the tropical region, the Musa is formed with large flat leaves that are paper thin and can tare easily. Regular Musa can grow very large so our Dwarf variety is perfect for a slightly more controlled statement plant.
This light lover will thrive in direct sunlight and loves warm bright rooms - and make sure to keep away from any cold draughts.
When watering, make sure there is good drainage and be careful not to over water - a little misting too is always good for Tropical plants!
Common Name: Rattlesnake Plant
Such a pretty plant, with patterned; decorative leaves in an unusual shape; the Calatheas is a beautiful tropical plant.
Keep warm and away from draughts. Water often through Summer, keeping the compost moist, while in Winter (when the plant will go dormant) decrease watering once every two weeks.
The Calatheas is happiest in a shady spot with indirect sunlight - too much sun will discolour the leaves and turn them brown and crispy.
The leaves with bright green top side and rich purple underside love humidity! So to mimic its Native jungles in Brazil make sure to mist, mist, mist!
This very attractive succulent has a gorgeous structure and can also be very useful as the juice from their leaves can be used to relieve pain from scrapes and burns when applied topically.
Keep your Aloe in a sunny spot and make sure to water deeply but infrequently - allowing the soil to dry at least 1 to 2 inches deep between watering to discourage root rot. Once every 3 weeks in Summer and even more sparingly in Winter.
Common Name: Trailing Hearts
This gorgeously delicate trailing plant consists of thin stringlike stems, with pretty heart shaped leaves.
This trailing beauty loves indirect sunlight, so sitting on a bookshelf opposite a window is perfect!
With watering, once a week is good - but make sure the soil is dry before watering again - a good way to water the Ceropegia is to pop it in the sink with a small layer of water so it can soak up the water from the bottom, which will help avoid root rot.
Common Name: Sweetheart Vine
A wild and super pretty plant with decorative cut out glossy green leaves, the Sweetheart Vine loves water so make sure to water thoroughly during the warm Summer months, keeping the compost damp at all times. Also mist regularly and make sure to wipe the leaves down to avoid dust settling and make sure they can absorb the surrounding moisture. In winter decrease watering once every two weeks but make sure the soil is just moist
Keep out of direct sunlight, the Philodendron is happier in bright shade.
Common Name: Yucca Elephantipes
With a sturdy trunk and spiky strong leaves the Yucca is a sturdy plant, which would add incredible structure to any plant collection. It is native to South America and can handle most conditions.
Concerning light, it is important to have sunshine all year round in encourage strong leaves (low light can result in droopy leaves), however in the bright Summer months direct light can cause scotching. So keep in a bright room full of indirect sunlight through these months, and in winter when the sun is softer, small amounts of direct light is good.
From Spring to Autumn water around once a week, making sure the soil is dry before watering again as the Yucca is very susceptible to root rot. In Winter a couple times a months is good to keep your plant happy and thriving!
The Asplenium Nidus has spear like shaped leaves, unlike other ferns with have feather and palm like fronds. It has a striking rosette of bright green fronds. Mist regularly as all ferns love humidity.
With sunlight, bright and indirect is perfect during summer, preventing the fronds from becoming scotched or pale, but during the winter the sun is much less harmful to the plant so some direct light can be good.
Keep the soil moist at all times but not soggy and water around the edge of the centre rosette to avoid the water sitting in the centre, which may cause rot.
The gorgeous Alocasia plant has a stunning silhouette, with large flat leaves trailing to a point at the end. The usual dark green gives a lovely Jungle effect, however if any leaves turn yellow or brown leaves (especially black spots as this could be a fungal disease) so make sure to remove these. Alocasia can be poisonous to pets and small children so make sure to keep out of reach
This plant loves bright but indirect sunlight - direct sunlight will fade the colourings - and make sure to mist regularly.
For watering in Summer, once a week is perfect, allowing the compost the dry out slightly before watering again. The roots are susceptible to root rot so make sure not to soak or leave roots in a dish of water, especially during Winter when less frequent watering will be best.
Common Name: Spider Plant
This wild plant consists of lots of long, thin leaves. It is possibly the most well know house plant if the house plant world and is very simple to care for. Water once or twice a week, allowing the soil to dry out in-between and make sure there is adequate drainage - and mist occasionally.
It thrives in indirect sunlight, with too much direct sunlight causing the leaves to go brown. Although it is mainly a foliage plant, with the correct amount of sunlight you may be lucky enough for delicate white flowers to bloom - shooting out from the centre of the plant!
The trailing Philodendron has soft heart shaped leaves. It loves bright, indirect sunlight and mist regularly.
Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between watering - Droopy leaves can mean that the plant is getting too much or not enough water. But the leaves recover quickly when you correct the watering schedule.
Common Name: Swiss Cheese Plant
Originating from the Mexican and Columbian Forest, the Monstera is one of the hardiest house plant giants. Being a giant it needs a lot of room to thrive, and climb as well. Use a strong stick in between the leaves to allow its aerial roots to latch on, giving both support and allowing them to take up extra water.
Water once a week in Summer months and once every two weeks in the Winter, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out in between. Mist regularly between watering to simulate tropical humidity and make sure to give the leaves a dust every so often. The Monstera is a gorgeous gentle giant!