Botanical Boys: Connecting People to Nature

Plants we love at home providing greenery all year round and a positive sense of wellness…

Our lives have been impacted significantly since Covid-19 emerged and has changed the way we all live and see things around us and for most of us we are no longer travelling to the office and opting instead to work from home. For some people this is a great opportunity to focus on other things we may not have otherwise had the time to do before Covid struck our way of living. One of those things more and more people are focusing on is our house plants.

So why would we want to spend more time with our plants? There have been many studies around the world to prove that having plants in the home is a sure way to impact our wellbeing in a positive way.

Without plants we cannot exist. Plants, like all of nature and her vast complex eco-systems around the planet, are constantly under threat from human activity and until we all take some effort to conserve our home planet by adopting a healthier and more sustainable way of living then we risk nature becoming increasingly damaged resulting in threatening our future generations. Caring for your plants at home is a beautiful thing to do and by taking just a few moments of your time to learn about your house plants, will help conserve a part of nature in your home. By nurturing your house plants they will give back huge rewards such as removing toxins from the air like thermaldahyde, usually found in furniture and provide you with fresh oxygen. Having plants in your home provides immediate positive visual impact improving your wellness.

The Botanical Boys have shared some of their top plants for providing the benefits mentioned above, that we should all have at home:

 

1. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
A great plant for trailing across a ceiling, draped across a cabinet or table or to hang from a ceiling. These trailing “Devil’s Ivy” are some of the easiest trailing plants for the home. They are easy to care for and difficult to kill.

Top Tips:
In a bathroom use twigs/branches from your local park and with some hooks into the ceiling suspend the branches. Hang your pothos from one of the hooks and drape the stems over the branches. After a few weeks your pothos will start to spread and before you know it you’ll be stepping out of your morning shower into a home jungle. How wonderful is that! Throughout winter prune off any dead leaves. Cut back your watering once every couple of weeks. If your pothos get too long you can prune the stems back a few inches.

2. Sansevieria (Snake Plant)
Sansevieria are “tough as old boots”. They are very easy to care for. The plant can be bought in several sizes and are great at adding to lower level plants to give your design a bit of height on a side table or set of steps for example.

Top Tips:
Bunch a few of them together at different heights to give a shady corner of your home a “jungle feel”. They will add life to any unused corner of your home in either bright light or low light conditions and they are one of NASA’s top listed plants for providing oxygen. Watering them over winter: Treat these plants like Succulents as they only require water once a month and a little less routine throughout the coldest months.

3. Ficus Elastica (Rubber Plant)
Ficus plants are easy to care for and provide instant green satisfaction. They can be bought as small 30cm or over 2m tall for more mature types.

Top Tips:
Wipe the leaves with a slightly damp cloth every couple of weeks to keep dust away and any pests. Use NEEM oil spray to keep pests at bay and the leaves shiny. As the tree grows ensure you use some bamboo canes to support the stem. Re-pot it every 2 years. Watering: Once a week but a little less often in the coldest of months. Likes a bright room but not too much direct sun.

4. Aloe Vera Plants
Aloe Vera originates from places like South Africa and loves Sunshine. They do not need water weekly, instead every 4-5 weeks a small amount of water is required due to their fleshy leaves they retain moisture for lengthy periods of time to keep themselves hydrated through drought periods and harsh environments in their natural habitat. This said, they make it really easy to care for plants with minimal needs. Throughout winter this plant reminds us of the warm places around the world where they originate. They add structure and elegance to a nice plant display.

Top Tips:
Aloe Vera can be left without watering over 4 weeks but keep them away from a cold winter window and move them slightly away ensuring the room is kept fairly warm. To check it’s watering level, Insert a water meter stick or your finger into the soil and if more than 75% of the soil underneath is dry it is usually time to give it some water. Never water your Aloe Vera so that water sits at the bottom of the pot causing a pool, this will give the plants roots too much water and will cause root rot.

These are some of the plants I love to keep at home providing green foliage all year round, good oxygen and beauty. I recommend everyone trying at least one of them to your collection. They are available all year round to buy from Botanical Boys.