House plants FAQs
Use houseplants to green your indoor space. They look lovely whilst purifying the air, reducing stress and softening an indoor space. If you’re a beginner to houseplant husbandry, choose a forgiving mother in law's tongue which won’t mind the occasional missed watering. More advanced houseplant lovers will appreciate a challenge with a glorious flowering streptocarpus or delicate begonia with leaves so intricate they look like they’ve been painted.
How often should you water house plants
The amount of water each house plant needs depends on the variety. As a rough rule, water your houseplants once every couple of weeks, allowing the water to drain out of the pot to avoid water logging or the potting mix drying out completely. Carnivorous plants appreciate being consistently moist whereas succulents prefer much more infrequent watering which halts altogether during the winter.
What house plants are poisonous to animals?
Many houseplants are poisonous to pets, so if in doubt, place your plants well out of reach. Choose pet-safe houseplants if you have furry friends that like nibbling. Choose a spider plant, streptocarpus or orchid as cat- and dog-safe plants.
When to repot house plants
As a rough rule, re-pot your houseplant every year during spring or summer. If your houseplant looks like it's struggling or if the leaves are yellowing slightly, it may be time for some fresh compost. Lay down some plastic and gently ease your plant out of its current pot, trying to shake most of the soil off of the roots. Fill the new pot with fresh peat free houseplant compost and water it in to settle the roots. Choose a pot that’s only slightly larger than its current pot.