Today we share 3 of the best indoor plants, Jen’s long been an advocate of indoor plants, but I took a little convincing. It wasn’t until Jen bought me my first fiddle leave fig that I was hooked! It really was the missing element in my home. There’s something about greenery that just ‘finishes’ a room. We’ll now its safe to say I’m hooked! I now have at least one piece of potted goodness in every room.
I have always loved the gorgeous dripping plants in Auckland’s Superette store, and so was thankful to be able to track down one of their famous philodendron plants. I love their delightful heart shaped leaves and ability to grow long tendrils which drape down shelves or window frames. They are also low maintenance so don’t mind a little neglect. The Ponsonby Plant Centre usually have these in stock.
Fiddle Leave Fig
The fiddle leave fig gets its name from the shape of its oversized fiddle-shaped leaves, also know by its botanical name Ficus lyrata. Certain varieties of these plants can get huge and reach the ceiling, but the height can be kept under control by pruning off the top of young plants – This also helps to thicken up the plant. If your new to indoor plants, it’s good to know that they really only need to be watered once a month. They also seem to withstand aircon units in winter. Oderings in New Zealand are able to order these in on request.
If there’s one particular plant that is ‘hot right now’ its the cactus, it’s even featured in the recent spring summer range for Bec and Bridge. Prickly but structurally beautiful they are an intriguing plant and look great on their own or planted together. We love them potted up in tins or in concrete planters like the ones by Design Twins. There are hundreds of varieties and which vary from tiny to huge depending on the species. I really love the mickey mouse cactus, but its ‘proper name’ eludes me. The Warehouse have a good variety of smaller ones but if you are after a specific species or larger sizes contact Coromandel Cacti.
We’d love to know what your favourite indoor plants are, or if you’re a recent convert to indoor plants like me.