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Certainly, the majority of the people place plants inside their houses for their aesthetic appeal, the value could count up to 70%.
While one may think in terms of “what is the best plant for my house?” – which is a commonly asked question, my answer usually goes like, “what is the best clothing for your wardrobe? ”
In choosing a wardrobe that most people fail terribly, there are a number of key components one examines, this could be taste, fashion, trends, labels, price. And I’m sure your wardrobe can be cheap yet elegant.
So, there are key components that come into play if you’re a beginner and would like to choose the best indoor plants for your apartment or office, etc. Let’s learn about them:
How To Choose The Best Plants For Your Space- Beginner’s Guide
There is an almost limitless choice of plants for indoor use and there are no rules for the kinds of plants that can be used to decorate a home. The selection is largely a matter of personal taste, but certain guidelines can prove useful.
Just to name a few:
Lighting is the most important factor in indoor gardening, and often the biggest financial investment.
The two main types of lighting for indoor gardens are:
- fluorescent lights and,
- high-intensity discharge lights.
Different plants have different light intensities.
Fluorescent lights are excellent for starting seeds or rooting clones.
The disadvantage of fluorescent bulbs is the low light intensity-they can grow a plant that is less than 10 inches tall but then the light simply can’t penetrate any further. If the bulbs are raised high, lower sections of the plant will not receive adequate light.
High-density discharge lights include Metal Halide lamps and heavy pressure sodium lamps.
Metal Halide lamps are the best single source of artificial light for indoor gardening. Their balanced light spectrum contains wavelengths that plants need for rapid growth. You can grow your plants from start to finish under a metal halide lighting system.
High-Pressure Sodium lamps emit light which is heavily concentrated in the region of the spectrum that promotes excellent fruit or flower production.
2. Size of the room/floor space.
The size of the floor space varies from small to medium to large.
If for example your apartment is fully stocked, one can opt for the use of small brightening plants. In every interior place, there is a small space in need of brightening up with some kind of ornament. Plants can do the bidding for you here, and there are plants to suit almost any situation, no matter how restricted.
Flowering pot plants, in particular, can add color and vitality to an otherwise dead spot.
As for medium-sized areas, most rooms have two are three areas too small for a functional piece of furniture and yet too large to be ignored. It is these gaps, whether they are walls, floor, window, or corner spaces, that plant life seems virtually born to fill.
Of course, this is not to suggest that every available space should be occupied.
The best way to display medium size plants is probably on a plant table or in a planter box. You will find these plants effectively breaking the monotony of the pattern in a room.
And as for large areas such as open-plan living rooms, studios, and offices are perfect settings for large plants and a floor-to-ceiling window can provide an almost open-air background for some such large plant such as a Philodendron. But beware of scorching sunlight.
Never crowd a room with large plants. One or two well-positioned specimens will be far more effective than an overwhelming collection.
3. Scale and proportion
The size of the plant against the intended space of occupancy matters. Your plant should not be too small not to be noticed or too large to lose the sense of appeal.
4. The color scheme and type of furnishings
This should certainly be considered when you are choosing plants for a given position.
For example, if you have a patterned wall it is not advisable to place variegated plants or plants with patterns. The best option for such is to have a plain plant.
For brightly colored rooms, dull plants do best and vice versa. In more conventional settings graceful palms blend well with decorative or old fashioned arrangements.
This said any plant is the best plant for indoor landscaping: according to personal interest and how one plays around with the arrangements.
The Best Indoor Plants For Beginners
The following mentioned plants are ideal for indoor spaces for they do not like direct sunlight, some may prefer light from open windows and spaces while for some fluorescent light is enough.
Their watering regime also varies from 4-7 days, for as long as the media is kept moist. To check moisture content, deep your finger up to the first lining and if the soil is dry then add water.
1. Best to keep it away from direct sun
- Dracaena – It’s best to keep it away from direct sunlight but in open space.
- Spider plant– These plants need bright light, but no direct sun. They add pattern to the room.
2. Low maintenance needed
For those who forget about their plants then these are for you:
- Cactus– They only require watering once a week while growing. Place them away from direct sun.
- Aloe vera– For the love of natural medication, you will not only have a green world in your home but also cure for burns and skin deferments.
- Rubber plant- For anyone starting out with this plant parenting thing, this plant is the way to go because you don’t have to worry in case you forget about having a plant.
- Snake plant– ‘Sansevierias‘, commonly known as Snake plant can survive nearly any environment. It’s a no stress plant.
- ZZ plant- They are drought tolerant and incredibly low maintenance is needed.
3. Easy to grow indoors
These plants grow easily and independently in indoor environments:
- Philodendron– It’s also one of the easiest indoor plants to grow. Water it at least twice a week and you’re good to go.
- Pothos – They thrive indoors where lower light and dry air make conditions less than ideal. This plant is also easy to grow.
- Monstera deliciosa– It can survive a thirsty season every now and then.
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It’s your turn now, feel like a beginner? Go ahead and get the best plants for your indoor garden!