Healthy Houseplants
Help your greens find the light.

Houseplants are an absolute essential to your home. Not only do they give some extra personality to your decor, but they also help keep your air healthy and generally add a burst of life to your space. If you want your plants to work their green magic, you have to give them some love and care in return. However since every species has its own unique needs, it can easily get confusing and you may be left with some sad brown leaves.

The first step to keeping a healthy plant? Giving it the right amount of sunlight. Even before purchasing a new green baby, you should map out where it can go in your home to not only fit your aesthetic, but also make sure it will stay alive longer than a week.

Plants examples:

Bird of Paradise: Want a beautiful tall plant right by the window? This gorgeous green absolutley loves direct sunlight.

Money Trees: These are actually one of the most adaptable plants. They can tolerate low and brighter light, but just don’t stick it right under the sun.

Pothos: If you’re looking for a plant to give life to darker areas of your home, you might want to look into a Pothos. They made excellent picks for hanging out in your dark bathroom.

Cacti: Aloe spp. -Since they are used to being in the desert, cacti love all the light they can get! Right in the window is its ideal spot.As well they are good near computers- because of there abilities to absorb negative micro waves and CO2 they are best air purifiers.

Fiddle Leaf Figs: Fiddles are tricky. They still need bright light to survive, but direct sunlight will burn up your investment. Keep them away from windows if possible.

Philodendron: If your home is plagued with little light, you can easily brighten it up with a giant Philodendron. Also in the same family is the Monstera plant which is always fun to propagate and add leaves around your space.

Rubber Plants: This green is quite versatile in your space if you have good natural light. It can move around as long as your green still gets sun.

Portulucaria afra: Portulacaria afra or porkbush is a popular succulent garden and indoor plant in use around the world and is often used for bonsai. It has now been shown to be effective in carbon sequestration (binding atmospheric carbon which is responsible for climate change), in semi-arid landscapes and thicket vegetation it is also being used for restoration purposes.

The leaves of the porkbush can be eaten and have a sour or tart flavour. It is heavily browsed by game and domestic stock and highly favoured by tortoises. The porkbush has also been indicated as a soil binder for preventing soil erosion. Traditional uses also include the increasing of breast milk by lactating mothers. The leaves are used to quench thirst, sucking a leaf is used to treat exhaustion, dehydration and heat stroke. Crushed leaves can be rubbed on blisters and corns on the feet to provide relief. The leaves are chewed as a treatment for sore throat and mouth infections while the astringent juice is used for soothing ailments of the skin such as pimples, rashes and insect stings. The juice is also used as an antiseptic and as a treatment for sunburn. It is also recorded that a small sprig of porkbush steamed with a tomato bredie (stew) imparts a delicious flavour. The honey made from the flowers of porkbush is said to be ” unsurpassable in flavour and texture” by one reference (Roberts 1990).

Cast Iron Plant:Aspidistra- Now if you need a plant that won’t die on you, a Cast Iron Plant is your guy. Not only can it handle low light, but it also doesn’t need to be watered very often. What a win.

Hope you will find your best house plants and help them find the light!
Happy plants-happy people!
Watch this space as next time i will be talking about water and waterwise plants!

Till next time

Eti Buys
Kimko