Potted Plants and Interior Decoration: 3 Suggestions to Make Caring for Potted Plants Easier

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Incorporating potted plants in the interior design of a home or office comes with many surprising benefits. Studies have shown that having potted plants in your home can boost mood levels, lower anxiety, lower blood pressure, lower stress, reduce fatigue and even boost pain tolerance. If you don't have much of a green thumb or even time on your hands to care for potted plants, here are 3 suggestions that will make your life a lot easier.

Buy Potting Mix with Time-Release Fertilizers

Naturally, all plants require fertilizer. Plants require approximately 17 essential nutrients in their soil in order to survive and grow, and these nutrients are generally needed at different times. Don't use soil from your garden or yard because it can be filled with fungi, insects, weed seeds, bacteria and other unwanted microbes.

Purchase potting mix from your local garden centre with time-release fertilizers. This way you won't have to worry about forgetting to fertilize your potted plants on schedule. Some of these potting mixes also contain moisture-retaining polymer crystals that will also help make caring for potted plants an easier job.

Choose a Plant That Requires Little Water and Sun

Different types of plants require different levels of maintenance. For example, most roses require six to eight hours of sunlight each day to perform well and bloom. Plants like impatiens, on the other hand, can be easily grown indoors and can blossom all year long. You don't need to have a green thumb to get these flowers to blossom. The same can be said for primrose plants.

If you work with plant wholesalers, their horticulturist will be able to provide you with specific information relating to a plant's needed maintenance.

Use a Larger Pot

Almost anything can be used as a container for potted plants, as long as there are one or more holes in the bottom of the container to drain excess water. Insufficient drainage will cause the roots to drown. Overtime, the potted plants will grow and the roots will need more and more space. If you don't want to worry about whether the potted plants need to be re-homed to a larger space, use a larger container or pot to begin with.

Potted plants can really liven up a space and are a great idea as they improve air quality as well. There are many different types of potted plants that are suitable for the indoors. With these 3 suggestions, you'll be able to reap the benefits of having a leafy friend indoors without having to take on a lot of extra responsibility.


17 August 2015

Renovating Your House

Hello! Welcome to my blog! My name is Julie and I live in a large house in the suburbs of Perth, Australia. My husband and I moved into our current home a couple of years ago and since then we have been working to transform it into our dream place. The house itself is lovely, but the interior looked like something from the 1970s. When we started our renovation project we didn't have a clue what we were doing. However, with each job we completed and each mistake we made, we learnt a new skill. I decided I would like to share what we have learnt here.