We’re all jumping on the houseplant train in lockdown.
While stuck at home, it’s good to get the outdoors in and plants are the easiest way to do that.
Over the last few months, spider plants have seen a search increase on Google of 2800% – so we’re clearly loving adding greenery to our homes.
After all, it’s a well known fact that spending time in nature boosts our mental health, so in these trying months it makes sense that people are looking to buy plants and foliage.
In their new WFH Interiors Trend Report, Made.com has revealed which house plants have been the most popular since the nation started working from home.
But do you know how to look after the most sought after plants? It’s all too easy to overwater them by assuming all plants need similar levels of care.
Here’s how to look after the top 10 most trending plants, with expert tips from Made.com.
Spider plants (486k searches)
These plants will grow in conditions ranging from semi-shady to partial direct sun, so they can either be on your desk in a well lit room or placed on the windowsill without the fear of the sun burning their leaves.
You’ll only need to water once a week or so when the soil is dry. In the summer the spider plant would benefit from having its foliage misted too.
Aloe Vera plant (397.2k searches)
Place in bright, indirect sunlight or artificial light – a well lit office space is fine but keep the plant off an eastern facing windowsill as the summer sun will be too much.
Water your aloe plant every two to three weeks in the spring and summer, but even more sparingly during the fall and winter. Roughly double the amount of time between waterings in the colder seasons, compared to the warmer ones.
Snake plants (397.2k searches)
Snake plants can easily survive in fluorescent lighting conditions, but they do appreciate more direct light so are perfect for a desk next to the window.
They can handle drying out between watering. Once or twice a week is enough in the warmer seasons, and once or twice a month during the winter months is suitable for this tough plant.
Succulent plants (325.2k searches)
Succulents love light and need about six hours of sun per day, depending on the type of succulent. Be sure to rotate your pots or terrariums with these plants to ensure all are getting enough light.
Test the soil with a finger. When the top 2cms are dry, give them a drink. Overwatering can kill your succulent, so let the soil dry between waterings.
Bamboo plant (266.4k searches)
Bamboo requires moderate or indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight will scorch the leaves, so avoid placing your plant in front of a bright window.
Make sure the soil of your bamboo is kept slightly damp. Don’t let the soil completely dry out, but don’t overwater it as that can lead to root rot. Bamboo does not need much water to survive.
Air plants (177.6k searches)
Air Plants do reasonably well in many different light conditions depending on the variety you have. The green types will manage fairly well in areas which don’t receive a great deal of light, whereas the grey/white types prefer bright light or even direct sunlight and won’t do as well in shady locations.
Despite being called an air plant, they still need water to survive. Spray the leaves with a mister two or three times a week. Alternatively, you can dunk the air plant in a container of room temperature (not cold) water for no more than 15 seconds. Remove them and shake off the excess water.
Jade plant (145.2k searches)
These plants love light spaces, and young plants especially should be exposed to lots of indirect sun in order to thrive. Jade plants, whatever age, should receive at least four to six hours of sunlight daily.
During the warmer months, jade plants should be watered often enough that their soil remains damp but not wet. Never let your jade plant sit in water. Watering should be reduced to monthly in the winter.
Prayer plants (97.2k searches)
Set your prayer plant near a window where it will receive indirect sunlight. Never set your plant in direct sunlight because the sun will scorch the plant’s leaves. The plant is generally tolerant of lower light areas.
Whenever the top layer of the soil becomes dry, water your prayer plant with room temperature water.
Cacti plant (97.2k searches)
The light required is dependent on the type of cacti. Strong light is essential for desert cacti to thrive, especially in the winter. Forest cacti like bright, but not direct, sunlight.
It is a common misconception that as you find cacti in the desert they don’t need watering. In the spring and summer. During these months, make sure the plant is thoroughly watered but without letting them sit in water. During the winter rest period, stop watering altogether. Only water if the plant begins to shrivel.
Water your forest cactus as you would a normal houseplant during the summer months and when the buds begin to show. During the resting period, only water when the soil is dry to the touch.
ZZ Plant (52.8k searches)
This plant thrives in medium to low indirect light, so an office space that isn’t beaming with sunshine will make this plant comfortable. It’s not suited for intense, direct sun.
The ZZ plant is one of the best options for placing on your desk. They only require water every two to three weeks, and the soil should be completely dry before the next watering.
Watering may be most frequent in the brighter, warmer months, and less so in the colder months.
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