You have made a stunning display of indoor plants for your reception area or restaurant and it is important that as they are always on display, that they always look good. How to keep indoor plants healthy isn’t as difficult as it sounds!

Get the light right!

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How to keep indoor plants healthy- give them the light they need

  Different types of indoor plants need varying amounts of light. Those plants that like plenty of light     still do not want to be in direct sunlight. South facing windows are brighter than north facing ones     and east and west facing windows can vary. Some types of indoor plants are very easy going,          whereas for others, the amount of light can be crucial.

* Quick tip: Plants always grow towards natural light, so once a week, turn the pot 90º     if you can so that the plant grows in a good, well- rounded shape- this is a great easy     tip for how to keep indoor plants healthy!

 

Use good quality potting soil – and plenty of it!

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How to keep indoor plants healthy- always use good potting soil

Your plants will thrive if you pot them in quality potting soil which is rich in nutrients and is specially designed to retain water. As the plant grows, re-pot it carefully in a larger pot. When you are buying potting soil, check that it is the correct type for your chosen plants.

* Quick tip: You may find that after time, the level of soil in the plant pot has dropped, add some fresh potting soil to keep your plant happy!

How to keep indoor plants healthy- water them properly

How to keep indoor plants healthy- water them regularly with soft water

Unfortunately, indoor plants in offices, receptions and restaurants can get forgotten! Plants need frequent and thorough watering. It is essential that the water reaches their roots. The water should be able to drain quickly, otherwise roots can start to rot, In warm,dry environments, most indoor plants benefit from a regular misting. Always check on the plant’s instructions or online how frequently they need to be watered.

It is also important to use the correct type of water for your plants. They thrive on soft water so either collected rain water or filtered water is best.

* Quick tip: If it is possible, water your plants really well once a month. Place them in a sink or outside and pour warm water on them every ten minutes, three or four times, before popping them back in their pot cover.

 

Feed you indoor plants regularly

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How to keep indoor plants healthy- Ferns benefit from the occasional cuppa!

All plants thrive on regular food which can be easily bought in a garden centre. Check that you are buying the correct type of food

* Quick tip: If you have ferns and other acid loving plants like Azaleas, Gardenia and African violets , they will enjoy the odd cuppa! Cool some black tea down completely and water the plant with it. Alternatively, mix some wet tea leaves into the top of their soil.

 

Clean leaves, healthy leaves

Dust soon gathers on plant leaves and not only doesn’t look good, the plant cannot breathe so easily. Regularly wipe the leaves with a damp kitchen cloth to remove the dust. If you prefer, you can stand the plants outside and gently hose them or pop them in the shower! This is a surprisingly easy way how to keep your indoor plants healthy.

* Quick tip: A time-honoured hack, used by our grandparents, is to wipe the leaves in a 50-50 mixture of warm water and milk as this really makes the leaves shine.

 

Watch out for bugs

how to keep indoor plants healthy- regularly spray with slightly soapy water

Unfortunately, indoor plants can get bugs, so it is very important that you check a new plant carefully before introducing it to your space. Check all your plants every week and if you do find any bugs – act fast! Move the plant away from all other plants. Wipe the leaves with warm soapy water (made with liquid soap) as all bugs hate soap and then use a natural pesticide – your local garden centre will advise. Regularly misting with soapy water can help keep bugs at bay. https://getbusygardening.com/control-houseplant-pests/

* Quick tip: Another popular way to deal with an infestation is to wipe all the leaves and stem of your plant with alcohol. Your may need to do this several times to totally get rid of the bugs.

 

 

Indoor plants definitely respond to a little TLC but this is not always possible in a busy work environment. If you like the idea of some dramatic indoor plants to add character and interest to your space, why not consider buying some top quality faux plants for your display? They are so realistic looking that you may well find yourself reaching for the watering can!

How to keep indoor plants healthy- These eye-catching plants look fantastic and are faux!

St Valentine’s Day brings a welcome splash of colour to a winter’s day and it is amazing how a room can be equally transformed by the addition of a stunning red indoor plant. Indoor plants featuring either red foliage or flowers can really make a visual impact and can effortlessly brighten your office, reception area or restaurant.

Red indoor plants are a great choice

Just as the red-leaved poinsettia is associated with Christmas every year, red indoor plants can bring warmth and interest to a room and are a great way to brighten a dull corner. Red leaved plants look stylish when teamed with one of this season’s trending flower pots, either in plain dark ceramic, or better still, a metallic or natural wood finish.

In Feng Shui, red is considered a very important colour for businesses. It is a fire colour that represents energy and creativity, but importantly, it also attracts money. In Chinese businesses, you will often see a red lantern hanging in the ‘wealth corner’ of the room. The colour red is also known to stimulate the appetite so is often used in restaurants. With so much good fortune promised, why not add a splash of red to your work space with a red indoor plant?

Choose a plant with red foliage!

Not only do these red indoor plants look dramatic, they are surprisingly good tempered. This is a huge bonus if there is the chance that they might not get regularly watered! There are more than a dozen different types of red-leaved to choose from. https://gardenerspath.com/plants/houseplants/colorful-winter/ gives you some colourful inspiration and any of these colourful  plants could well help energise your work space.

Aglaonema

Looking for a good-tempered foliage plant? Aglaonema can easily grow a metre high and almost as wide and really looks good as its numerous leaves have green uppers, but underneath are red and each leaf is also edged in red. This plant definitely looks great, but a word of caution, its leaves can cause itchy skin- so water with care!

Coleus (Solenostemon)

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Drama in a plant pot! Coleus is a great red indoor plant

There are various members of the coleus family to choose and they all have red, magenta or pink leaves. Watch out for the variety ‘chocolate covered cherry’ as it its leaves are pinky red and dark burgundy with bright green edges. Coleus grow to an impressive size quite quickly and are the perfect choice if you have a sunny spot to fill. The only point to remember is this plant likes moist soil- so it’s important not to let the soil dry out.

 

Caladium ‘Red Flash’

This red indoor plant really is really eye-catching and easily grows to more than a metre in height – and almost as wide! It has vibrant heart-shaped leaves that have earned it the nickname – ‘Angel Wings’. The leaves are edged in green with large red veins and spots. It too is a plant that does not like its soil to dry out.

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The eye-catching Flamingo Lily red indoor plant

Flamingo Lily (Anthurium andraenum)

The distinctive Flamingo Lily has unusual bracts that are red or white in colour with a large golden stamen. The bracts contrast perfectly with the plant’s shiny heart-shaped leaves. In a recent NASA Clean Air Study, this indoor plant was found to be effective at removing pollutants from the air.

Ti Plant (Cordyline fruticosa)

This attractive leafy plant has leaves that are dark red and green, with a lighter red underside. What adds to its good looks is that new leaves are pink in colour and darken much later

Or opt for a flowering red indoor plant

When asked to name a red flowering indoor plant, many will think of the winter favourites such as the Christmas Cactus or Amaryllis with its lofty stem and huge trumpet flowers. There are many others available and these can be fun to watch as they develop. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ hpgen/what-houseplants-have-red-flowers.htm

Red African Violets (Saintopaulia ionanthea)

Everyone knows the African Violet with its violet flowers. Did you know that this popular indoor plant can be found with red flowers too?  African Violets are attractive and compact in size and shape, so are ideal for a work desk or grouped along a windowsill in matching ceramic pots .

Brazilian Fireworks. (Porphyrocoma pohliana)

If you want a dramatic plant, this one is like a never-ending firework display! It has green leaves with silver markings. In late spring it produces deep red flower bracts and these develop lavender flowers. As these fade, the plant produces numerous black seeds which are easy to propagate.

Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum)

At this time of year, cyclamens are always popular. With their silver patterned foliage, they look really good and as their pretty flowers unfurl, they look spectacular. Available in a variety of colours, cyclamen are a stunning red indoor plant and their compact shape makes them ideal for desks, reception counters and even as the perfect splash of colour on the counter in a ladies’ toilet. The big tip is to keep the soil moist and to water the plant by standing it in a dish of water to avoid getting any on its leaves or stem.

Crown of Thorns

If you look after this indoor succulent well, you will be rewarded with hundreds of small red flowers all year through! This plant has sharp spines. An old legend tells it was used for the ‘crown of thorns’ at Christ’s Crucifixion. This plant has long leathery leaves and loves plenty of direct light – but not sunlight.

Hibiscus – the elegant red indoor plant

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A showstopping red indoor plant

These dramatic plants are available with red or white bract. The bracts contrast perfectly with the shiny heart-shaped leaves. In a recent NASA Clean Air Study, this plant starred as an effective cleaner of pollutants in the air. The lily thrives in a spot with bright light but with no direct sunlight.

 

 

 

Guzmania

What an intriguing red indoor plant

You may not know the name, but you will definitely recognise this dramatic plant with its long narrow green leaves and large central scarlet flower. This plant is from South America so loves to be in a bright position – away from direct sunlight. It is fun to water as you pour the water into the funnel in the centre of the flower. Be warned though, this is a fussy plant and prefers filtered water!

….And a clever ‘trick of the trade’

Look closely at the stunning plant arrangements in some offices, reception areas and restaurants and you will find they are comprised of beautiful faux plants. A very clever trick is to leave a spot at the front of the arrangement where a live seasonal plant can be added. For example, a red cyclamen would look perfect in the arrangement right now, but could be easily replaced by some indoor daffodils for Easter, miniature roses in the summer etc. How clever is that!