Have you ever noticed that some people have homes which are filled with healthy, colourful indoor house plants and others (who shall remain nameless) can’t even manage to keep their Christmas hyacinth alive until New Years day? Many people agree that nothing quite brings a house to life more than a good variety of indoor flowering plants, adding a splash of colour to an otherwise dull corner, or just a good old window sill filled with fragrant blooms in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes.
So what’s the secret to keeping indoor house plants alive and kicking? Do you really need to have green fingers? Is there such a thing as green fingers? Is it important to know the difference between a potted palm and a fern? So many questions but where lies the answer?
Firstly, it’s important to think about where you want the indoor house plant to be placed and buy a plant which is actually suitable for that location. Don’t be afraid to ask questions at your local garden centre or even online, there are plenty of people who do have green fingers (not literally you understand) and who are only to willing to help out the rest of us who gaze in awe at the wonderful displays of our friends and neighbours then go home and drown our last remaining hibiscus.
Different plants thrive in different conditions, and indoor flowering plants are no exception. In fact, most plants will be quite happy as long as they have sufficient light, sufficient water (not too much, that’s one of the biggest problems actually, the never ending cycle of drought followed by flood) and are kept free from drafts.
There are a great variety of indoor flowering plants which are just as happy indoors as they are out. Some people simply bring in plants from the patio when they are in bloom so that they can enjoy the beauty and fragrance of the plant to the absolute maximum. No, it’s not cheating; it’s called making the most of your assets.
Whether you consider yourself to be good with plants or not, there is certainly no easier way to brighten up a dull room than to fill it with a variety of healthy indoor house plants. The lovely greens of the foliage and the bright colours of the flowers can quickly give a room a whole new lease of life.