Are you trying to figure out which types of plant will bring the sunshine vibes inside this summer?
Are you tired of this lockdown limbo and wondering when you might feel the warmth and humidity of a tropical paradise again? Do you love the outdoors and want to bring a little of it into your home during these hazy, vague months when going outside doesn’t really seem like the right thing to do? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Any way to brighten up the home right now is so welcome, and plants can add that spark of colour and life into a domestic space which has come to feel just a little too familiar in recent months.
If you’re in the market for some indoor plants, remember that different plant types offer a variety of divergent aesthetics and thrive in a variety of conflicting conditions. To help you choose the right floral options for your living space, here are 5 IDEAL plants to bring a tropical vibe to your home.
One of the most popular options for indoor plants is the good old cactus. You may have studied in primary school how this unique plant flourishes in the desert with little amounts of water – or at least, learnt how to pluralise its name – but have you ever considered one for your home?
If you’re able to put it in a spot where it will receive plenty of natural light (though not too much exposure to direct sunlight; this can cause scorching), then a cactus is a great option for your home as they offer a unique, old-timey aesthetic and don’t require constant TLC. In fact, these indoor succulents don’t respond well to overwatering, and only require rehydration around once a week. Overzealous attention here can lead to root rot; perfect for the non intervention type of plant owner, we think.
If you’re looking to bring a little bit of that tropical vibe into your home but have exhausted the steel drum infused house music and Hawaiin shirt aesthetic, then look no further than an indoor palm.
These plants can grow to a formidable size (up to 8 feet in some cases) and can fill up an empty corner of your house amazingly well. Do bear in mind that their foliage will spread out over time and may need to be trimmed. Like monstera, they need lots of sunlight and water. Some of the best to keep domestically include kentia, sentry, lady and parlor.
Lovers of humid, tropical rainforest floors of the Americas, the Peace Lily enjoys dappled sunlight (mimic the sun poking through the leaves with some skilful manipulation of your blinds, perhaps?) and weekly watering. Experts advise waiting to see a partial droop in the plant as a indicator that it needs rehydrating; keep soil moist but not sodden and spritz the leaves regularly as a replacement for their usual beloved humidity.
It should be noted that these guys are sensitive to chlorine, so if you live in an area with especially chlorinated drinking water, use the filtered stuff for watering.
Studies have shown the Peace Lily to be a superb air purifier, particularly effective at cleaning the air of trichloroethylene and ammonia. These plants are great for keeping in the bathroom too, as they help curb mildew. Is there anything they can’t do?
BIRD OF PARADISE FLOWER
The Bird of Paradise flower (Strelitzia), which looks like an exotic creature spreading its wings to take flight, is one hell of a statement piece in a room as they can reach 5 feet in height. This plant comes in an array of vibrant colours, from bright orange to deep, royal blue and is beloved of beginner houseplant keepers and enthusiasts alike.
Though the Bird of Paradise blooms to its full potential outdoors, if placed indoors it shouldn’t be in direct sunlight all day (four to six hours a day is optimum), as this can lead to scorching. Partial shade works best here.
The anthurium is another brilliant way to evoke the tropics, with its bright, stately colourscope, and provocative, heart shaped appearance bringing intrigue to any room. Commonly called the Flamingo Flower or Painted Tongue Plant, this guy doesn’t require round-the-clock attention; simply water thoroughly when soil becomes dry to the touch, which occurs every four or so days. In the winter, when the plant isn’t growing, no watering is necessary.
Though anthuriums are adaptable, they don’t respond well to temperature extremes or fluctuations, so keep in an area of the house with consistent, warm readings on the thermometer.
If you want to take a more arcane approach to dressing your home with plants, perhaps we can point you in the direction of our guide to the best houseplants to buy based on your zodiac sign? Don’t say we didn’t warn you!