Indoor plants freshen living space
Not only can an indoor plant add to the aesthetics of a room by adding color and texture to the décor, it also helps cleanse the air, minimizing toxins and unpleasant odors.
Unfortunately, not everyone is equally blessed with a green thumb, so the Herald contacted All Seasons Garden Center in Grand Forks to gather a few tips for the aspiring indoor gardener.
A plant for every lifestyle
First and foremost, it’s important to choose the right plant for your lifestyle. Local greenhouses such as All Seasons stock a wide variety of indoor plants, ranging from high maintenance to low maintenance, which serve a number of purposes in the home.
For example, someone looking to cleanse the air in their home might want to select a Spider Plant, Peace Lily or Chinese Evergreen. All Seasons sees a number of clients who own new homes looking to clear the air of paint and carpet glue fumes, and these are top sellers to those types of clients.
Other clients come in looking for aesthetic appeal. The latest trends include colorful foliage and novelty planters. All Seasons often sees clients select the container first then choose the plants to fill it. Terrariums are also gaining popularity.
Maintenance is an important consideration for prospective indoor gardeners. For example, someone who travels a lot might do best with plants such as the Chinese Evergreen, the Dragon Tree, the ZZ Plant, the Snake Plant or anything in the succulent family, because they are known to go weeks without water. People who live in spaces with low light would need to choose plants that don’t require direct sunlight and put thought into where to set the plant.
Most often, people struggle to keep plants alive, not because of neglect but because they over water or let the plant sit in water. This drowns the root system and gradually kills the plant.
Depending on the environment of the home, most plants only need to be watered every seven to 14 days. Choosing a pot with adequate drainage is essential to keep the roots from drowning.
Another common pitfall of house plant buyers is transplanting right away. It’s important to let a plant adjust to its new environment before changing containers. If a plant is not well-developed and the container is not too small, it should not be transplanted.
Transition to the outdoors
Moving plants outside in the spring can also be a tricky process. Most plants shouldn’t be put outside before temperatures are consistently in the 60s.
It’s important to know if a plant needs shade or direct sunlight. Even when a plant does best in direct sunlight, adjusting it gradually keeps it from getting sunburned.
Starting with a few hours in the shade each day, then building to full time in direct sun is the best way to ensure a plant thrives outside through the summer.
For those who decide to give up on owning their own house plants, All Seasons keeps its greenhouse open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and welcomes visitors to walk through and enjoy the budding plants without the commitment of taking one home.
For more information, visit www.allseasonsgardencenter.com.