Danish brand Ferm Living believes plants are the perfect accessory in any room of the home and we agree. The green leaves and unique shapes do not only offer texture and the occasional splash of colour, but also have a positive effect on your mood and well-being. Some studies have even shown that plants can be stress-reducing and make you feel happier.
So as Spring finally beckons, here are their low-maintenance plant picks for different parts of your home, from warmly lit windowsills to steamy bathrooms, and top tips to keeping them thriving.
The Living Room: Fiddle Leaf Fig
The Fiddle Leaf Fig has become quite the classic of houseplants in recent years. And it's easy to understand why. Although it will take up a lot of space if you let it, it will pay you back with its large lush leaves and an almost jungle-like vibe. This one loves sunlight, but if you have a corner of your living room that looks a little dull, you can place it there too if you make sure there is indirect sunlight. If you put the fig in a full-sun location, make sure to moist and dust off the leaves regularly to keep the plant looking its best. Turn the plant frequently to make it grow evenly, as the leaves will always reach for the light.
The Kitchen: Spider Plant
If the herbs you need for cooking aren’t enough for this space, why not add a little something extra. The Spider Plant is very adaptable and will thrive in both sun and low-light conditions. It is a favourite as it’s very easy and because it gets funny little offsprings, resembling a spider hanging from its web, hence the name. Spider Plants are believed to purify the air which is a great benefit in your kitchen. Make sure you don’t let too many of the babies stay on, as it will drain the mother plant for energy. Just cut them off and re-plant them for an entire little family of spiders.
The Dining Room: Calathea
Let’s be frank: Calatheas are not the easiest plants to pick, but their unique leaves and patterns are so beautiful that they are definitely worth the trouble. They don’t like too much sun so make sure not to place them in a window – they will love a corner of your dining room. They can grow to be about 1 metre, so put them on the floor where it will usually also be a little darker. This plant depends on moisture, which does not only mean that you have to water them 2-3 times a week; they also need a shower or to be misted with lukewarm water. This is also to keep the leaves free from dust, as that will limit its ability to absorb light and humidity of other plants in the room.
The Bathroom: Fittonia
The trick to matching plants with a specific room in your home is understanding their natural habitat. Fittonia grows in South America in tropical forests and is used to less light and high humidity. That is why it will thrive in your bathroom, even if you don’t have a large window. You can also put it in a terrarium which is the household equivalent to the jungle that Fittonia is used to. It's also known as the Mosaic Plant due to the marvellous texture of the leaves which can be found in several different colours. The plant is a creeper, so you might want to put it in a hanging pot – that way you’ll also save some room.
The Bedroom: Asparagus Fern
The Asparagus Fern is about as low maintenance as a plant can be. It only requires watering every now and then, and although it likes sunlight, it won’t be too bothered if you place it somewhere darker. It’s virtually indestructible, so whatever you do, you probably can’t kill it. It likes to be watered but if you happen to forget it, don’t worry. It won’t really mind. Be careful though. Although it looks all nice and sweet, it has little thorns so grab some gloves if you need to move it. And despite its appetising name, the plant is in fact highly toxic to dogs and cats.
The Office: Rubber Plant
You work better when you feel great. Fact. So create the optimal conditions in your office by surrounding yourself with green plants. The Rubber Plant has large, dark green leaves and will grow big if you let it. It is easy to care for as long as you make sure it gets a good amount of bright and natural light, avoiding direct or low light which will kill it. It is used to moist conditions so make sure you don’t place it too close to a heater or a drafty window and mist the leaves whenever you feel it needs a little extra boost.
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