Looking to make an interior design change as the season changes? One way to spruce up your home with a fresh look for fall is to add plants or flowers to your existing décor.
For those of us without a particularly green thumb – or those with strong allergies to plant pollen – there are options! I always suggest asking gardeners or nursery staff for their opinions so that you can choose the best plants for you and your space. Here are some types of plants that you can easily sustain in your urban home.
Succulents & Cactus
Because succulents store water in their leaves - which gives them that thick, fleshy feel - they can survive for longer periods of time without moisture. However, be careful to not get carried away with the stereotype that succulents or cactus don’t need any water, as this can be detrimental to the plant’s health. Just as any living thing, it needs sustenance in order to survive. The largest danger is overwatering, which results in the leaves becoming discolored and soft, even to the point of rotting. A good rule of thumb is to let the soil dry completely (about one week) before watering your little plant again. Oh, and be aware that succulents need light in order to thrive (remember, it’s a desert plant).
Bromeliads and Sago Palms are two other options for leafier, durable indoor plants. When selecting your plant, choose those with the care level in the range of “Resilient” or “Wants Minimal Attention” or even “Minimal Indirect Light” if you have smaller windows. This is another instance when asking for help from a plant expert can make a world of a difference.
Well-recognized as a sustainable material, bamboo plants are a lovely option for an urban home setting, bringing a clean modern look and perhaps the lowest maintenance of all. Their weakness lies in water quality, as traces of chlorine or chemicals can immediately damage the fibers. It is best to use filtered or bottled water and replace the water once per week.
Made from plastic or silk material and often combined with an organic fiber, these plants can be a great substitute for the live version. There is a fine line, however, between synthetic plants that look cheap and those that can pull off the authentic vibe. I recommend the silk-based type because they tend to look more realistic. Keep in mind that the larger the plant, the higher quality you will need to buy, because they draw more attention to themselves in a room.
Now that you’ve learned a little more about indoor plants and how to take care of them, go out there and get one for your own home! Happy growing!