Taking care of indoor plants
Posted Thursday, August 2 2012 at 01:00
Being the only shrinking resource, land is increasingly becoming scarce and most Kenyans, being the very adaptive species that they are, are embracing the gated community and apartments style of habitation at a fast rate.
This mode of living translates to smaller spaces that one can consider personal, but hey! this does not necessarily mean a death knell to having personalised indoor gardens and creating a small tranquil haven within our pads.
How do we achieve this? Before you decide on which plants to bring to the house, it is important to find out more about the species.
Find out if it requires lots of water and care, especially if you have little time to spend in the home tending to it.
And how about spending a few moments with your florist getting advice on the right plants for your home environment?
This will ensure that you give your plants the best environment and your garden stands a chance of standing out.
It is always good to choose a plant that is almost the size that you have envisioned.
This is because it may take long to mature and can be at times frustrating to buy a small plant and wait for it to grow.
Survey the overall selection of the nursery and get a general view of what is on offer.
You will know the plants are well taken care of by looking at the general appearance of the garden.
Avoid plants with broken parts as this may be a potential problem as plants sometimes never recover from disease.
Remember to carry some fertiliser from the florist for your maintenance chores at home.
Look for function more than form when searching for plant containers. Long-lasting plant health depends on the size and the type of pot, as well as proper care.
Each container has a visual impact and works with the plant to alter the environment of your home.
When choosing containers, go for those that allow for drainage. As you buy the pot, select a drip saucer as well and avoid buying this later so that you are able to chose the right size and one that is compatible with your style.
Also, choose the container that best suits the size of your plant at the moment and plan to re-pot every year as the plant grows.