How To Create Beautiful Indoor Plants and Planters
How To Create Beautiful Indoor Plants and Planters
Almost any indoor environment looks inviting and pleasant with plants. Indoor plants should be an integral part of your interior design, considering the numerous benefits. While greenery brightens up your indoor space, plants are well-known for their mood-boosting attributes.
With so many options to choose from, it can be a stressful process to decide which variants to pick, where to place, and what planters or containers will align well with your overall home interior. This blog post will provide a comprehensive guide on how you can select and manage indoor plants and planters to enhance your indoor space both in terms of air quality and aesthetics.
What are indoor plants, and how are they different?
Most people think indoor plants are unique plants that can only grow in an indoor environment. Contrary to what people believe, indoor plants are just like outdoor plants that use light and water to grow. Some of the plants can survive and thrive in closed environments such as homes and offices. You can find a variety of indoor plants to decorate your house and make it inspirational, healthy, and airy for your family and your guests.
How to plant indoor plants
Indoor plants usually come in containers, which means you don’t need to plant them. However, transplanting them to pots that match your decor or theme is preferred and achieves a consistent look. Be sure to use the recommended soil amount and water after transplanting. Moving plants from one container to another can be stressful to a plant, so use extra care. You can place plants on counters, floors, or hang on wall and ceiling mount planters. If the plant is too big to be planted in a small planter or will require more room to grow, use a large floor planter. Indoor plants look beautiful in room corners. This type of display helps a room have balance and makes your space feel more refreshing and inviting. You can find many ideas to display houseplants on the internet. For instance, adding a little plant can turn a mundane table into a fantastic decor item.
All you need to know about planters
Indoor planters are becoming incredibly popular and commonly used for residential, industrial, and commercial interior decor projects. The primary function of all planters is the same: to hold the plant. It can be a time-consuming process to choose the perfect set of planters for your home decor.
Before you go ahead and select the size, type, style, and color of planters, evaluate your space. You can mount planters on a wall or have them placed on a solid surface. The nature of space where you want to integrate planters will help you determine the material, style, and shape. Let’s talk about the pot material first:
After determining the indoor points where you can use plants to improve the space, the next step is selecting the right material. While ceramic and concrete are the most popular materials, you need to choose the material that fits your environment. Some of the common planter materials include:
- Metal: Before you go for metal planters, keep it in mind that fertilizers can damage some metals. While it’s a fact that the durability of metals prevents them from cracking or breaking. However, direct sunlight, moisture, and chemicals can deteriorate them over time.
- Ceramic, Non-metallic: ceramic is an organic material known for their promising properties: high tensile strength, low thermal and electric conductivity, high melting point, and durability. Ceramic planters are perfect for households looking to make their home green and aesthetically pleasing.
- Terra-Cotta: The traditional terra-cotta planters are a popular choice for they are cost-effective and durable. However, terra-cotta pots are not ideal for freezing temperatures.
- Wood: When it comes to developing more natural home decor, wood planters will be the right choice. Versatile and creative, wood planters are relatively inexpensive and easily customizable. Wood is the most common style of planter for organic and Boho styles.
Good planter choices will take your indoor plants from drab to fab. Don’t limit your creativity, and you can come up with a novel or unique planters ideas; you can always try different styles, materials, and shapes at the same time. Let’s take a look at some of the popular planter styles:
- Wall planters: adding hanging planters to your home interior is something you shouldn’t miss. They are beautiful and growing in popularity. You can use a variety of plant hangers or baskets to decor your walls.
On-legs: Planter stands are simple tools that beautifully place plants up off the ground. If the idea of wall planters doesn't fit your home decor, you should use glass and wood terrarium or metal plant stand to put your plants on display.
- Self-watering: Most traditional self-watering planters are made up of an outer pot that holds water and an inner container that holds the plant and soil. The two parts are joined together with a wick. Self-watering planters are ideal for people who can't attend the plants daily.
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Why it’s essential to use the right planters
Several factors should be considered before selecting the planters - the shape and size are particularly significant. Your indoor plants will not flourish if you choose too small or too large containers. You can follow a simple principle that the diameter of a planter should be around one-third of the height of the plant from the top of foliage to the soil line. While it’s recommended to use a taller pot to grow deep-rooted plants, shallow-roots plants grow best in shallow planters.
Planters made of plastic, ceramic and plastic are most widely used. Clay planters let the moisture evaporate from the soil, which ensures healthy roots and soil aeration. Keep it in mind that plants need more watering more often when grown in clay planters. On the other hand, plastic planters don’t let the moisture escape easily, which means you should avoid overwatering and ensure proper drainage. Self-watering planters, when appropriately managed, minimize moisture stress in indoor plantings. Simply put, the design of planters can impact the soil characteristics.
Benefits of planters
One of the benefits of growing indoor plants in pots is that you can quickly move them from one point to another to adjust the environment. Different locations in your home offer different conditions throughout the year. If your plants aren’t getting enough light or warmth, you can move them to brighter positions with ease. When the sun is weak, you may need to move some plants from the center of your living room to the windowsill and vice versa.
Choosing the right plants for your space
People succumb to the ‘impulse buy’ at the garden or nursery, which isn’t the right approach. To make your home decor more sustainable, do some research to determine which plants are ideal for your indoor space. Also, don’t forget that your care and love might not save a plant which hasn't been treated well. So, it’s advisable to buy from a garden center where plants receive due attention and care. Before we move forward, it’s essential to understand the concept of plants positioning.
As mentioned earlier, most people buy plants without thinking where they would place them. Choosing the right plant for your environment is critical when it comes to materializing aesthetically pleasing indoor gardening. Generally speaking, indoor plants are placed where everybody can see and admire them; for example, the hallway or living room.
However, these areas usually don’t provide ideal growing conditions. If your living room is the driest and warmest part of your house, it might not be a good idea to bring in spring flowers which need a humid and cool environment. On the other hand, the kitchen windowsill offers cool and humid place ideal for indoor plants like Primulus, Azaleas, and Cyclamen.
Light, humidity, and warmth are the most important considerations when choosing a plant for a particular position in your home. Since there are a variety of indoor plants that thrive in different environments, you can always find a suitable plant for every corner of your house. Here are some suggestions for downstairs:
1. Sunny windowsill
- Desert Cacti
- Nerium Oleander
- Plumbago auriculata
- Pelargonium cvs
2. Floor Planters
- Cocos nucifera
- Rhapis excelsa
- Howea forsteriana
- Schefflera elegantissim
- Hedera helix
- Cyclamen persicum
- Jasminum polyanthum
- Narcissus cvs
Always make sure your indoor plants have enough water and food. Here are some plant recommendations for upstairs:
1. Humid bathroom
- Exacum affine
- Dracemia cvs
- Selaganiella maternessi
- Perpermoia spp
2. Floor Plants
- Fatshedera lizei
- Fucus Benjamina
- Philodendron spp
- Polyscias Guilfoyle
3. Well-lit bedroom
- Begonia hiemalis
- Stephanotis floribunda
- Argy ruthenium frutescens
It might sound odd to grow herbs indoors. Nevertheless, you can keep some in the kitchen as a part of your short-term planting project. You can use a large planter to grow several herbs of the same type. Some herbs you can use as indoor plants include:
- Lemon Thyme
The Importance of Light
Light is another important consideration when positioning indoor plants. Most people don’t move indoor plants all year round and wonder why their plants don’t grow properly. It’s not all about the decor and design consistency. Plants are living beings that need a suitable environment to flourish, so treat them accordingly. For instance, flowering plants need more light than foliage plants.
Since light intensity varies throughout the year, a plant placed in the back of a north-facing room in summer should be moved much closer to a window in winter when light intensity is low. The amount of curtaining and the color of your walls can also have an impact on light intensity: dark walls absorb light while pale-colored walls make your space appear much brighter.
Nurseries grow plants in a strictly controlled environment. A few plants may withstand the sudden change in environment. Some garden centers label plants identifying their ideal growing conditions in terms of maintenance, temperature, light, and watering requirements. Therefore, before you choose an indoor plant, make sure your home offers adequate growing conditions.
Here are some sun-loving plants:
- Urn plant
- Pineapple plant
- Flaming sword
- Rainbow start plant
- Paper flower
- Golden trumpet
Some areas in your house may offer natural light. Rooms situated on the east side of the house receive sunlight in the morning, while those on the west receive soft light during the afternoon. You can use several houseplants that grow in such conditions. If your house offers natural light, you have the freedom to choose from a broad assortment of plants from foliage to flowering plants, from Busy lizzies and Cape Primroses in summer to Begonias and Chrysanthemums in winter.
Nature has created plants for every season and condition. There are plants that you can grow in the winter season. From the ever-popular Poinsettias to Flaming Katy, a fair amount of warmth and heat will not harm many winter houseplants. Here are some of plants ideal for your winter planting project:
- Aloe Vera
- Snake plant
- Peace Lilly
- Staghorn fern
- Zera plant
- Spider plant
Create your plant corner
While it’s not hard to find places in your house where you can grow indoor plants, add different layers of plants to unfilled areas of your home. A little creativity and knowledge can turn a mundane space in your home into a whimsical plant sanctuary. From little ceramic diamond geometric plant pots to artistically hanging planters, use your imagination and home conditions to create a stunning, nature-driven home interior.
When you bring plants and planters in your house, inspect them for insects and other potential issues that may multiply in a warm environment. Trim off spent flowers, dying or dead leaves and debris. It’s a good idea to wash off all surfaces with soapy water to ensure cleanliness. Remember, plants require regular care and maintenance, especially when you’re using them for home decor purposes.
**Remember to use a healthy organic fertilizer. Our recommendations below:
Indoor plants provide a simple and cost-effective way to bring life and colors into your home interior. It’s time to reduce stress and create a feeling of well-being to dominate your space. Let the tranquility and nature of plants be your home decor accessories.
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