Houseplant 101: How to bring the outside in

How to bring the outdoors in

You don’t need a garden to benefit from a bit of greenery. Here’s how to add some good vibes to your home with houseplants.

With many of us having limited access to outdoor space right now, we’re all about bringing the outdoors in. Here at Dorothy Perkins we’ve all been busy turning our homes into soothing plant-filled sanctuaries by adding some much needed some greenery with a houseplant (or two, or three …).

 

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If, like us you’ve recently just splashed out on a few new leafy friends, you’ll soon reap the benefits. Houseplants are said to purify the air, make you feel happier and more positive, reduce anxiety, help you concentrate and promote better sleep. There are plenty of houseplants that will grow happily (with just a little help) in your living room, bedroom or even bathroom, too.

Turn your home into a soothing plant-filled sanctuary by adding some much needed some greenery with a houseplant (or two, or three …).

With the mood and health-boosting properties of plants in mind, we enlisted the help of one of our green fingered friends from DP HQ. Online trading manager Kelly is super passionate about her houseplants (A.K.A. her babies) so we asked her for a few pointers on how to get the best out of plants at home (and how not to kill them). Read on for how to care for your new house-mates…

Bringing the outside in

1. Natural Light

Think about the natural light available in your home as this will determine what plants you can care for. If your space is on the shady side, look for low-light loving plants such as snake plants, pathos or palms. Brighter, sunnier spots are more suited to plants like Monstera, Cacti and Rubber plants. Research your plant before you buy and it’ll thrive in your home.

 

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2. To Repot (or Not)

It may be tempting to bring your new plant home and immediately repot into your favourite plant pot to match your colour scheme. But wait. Let your new plant adjust to its new environment before you add more stress. Keep it in the nursery pot it comes in and try and wait 6 months before you transfer it into that cute new pot. Or better yet, buy a slightly bigger pot you can hide the nursery pot in.

Bringing the outside in

3. Watering

Water is friend and foe. If you over water or don’t have adequate drainage then the plant can get root rot which is hard to come back from. If you under-water it leaves can go brown and crispy. Leave the top two inches of soil dry before you water again (pop your finger in the pot to check). Once dry give the plant a thorough water so it drips out of the bottom of the drainage holes.

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4. Propagation

Want even more plants? Then think about making cute new baby plants from the ones you already have or swap with friends to build your collection (once lockdown is lifted, of course). All you need is a small bottle, jar or pot and some water. Different plants get cut in different ways – watch a how-to video and then watch the roots grow.

Feeling inspired? Here are a couple of ways to take your houseplant obsession to the next level…

READ: ‘Plant Tribe: Living Happily Ever After With Plants’ by Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graaff, explores the relationship between plants and our wellbeing. Lots of lovely words of wisdom including “Life changes with the seasons. Every moment has a reason, and every low will eventually pass”.

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FOLLOW: Instagram’s full of ideas. Get advice from the experts over at the Royal Horticultural Society @the_rhs or submit pics of your own plants to the global curated feed at @urbanjungleblog. For extra inspo (and the pretty pictures) we also love @thejungalow and @succulentcity.

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