Populating your home or space with greenery will definitely improve the mood and feeling within the space. Not all of us are born with green thumbs, but we asked Emma Sadie Thomson to share some tips for those first timers looking to bring some greenery into their lives.
Her number one piece of advice for beginners is: “Don’t be scared. It is easy to be intimidated by the prospect of caring for plants if you have little or no experience, but you shouldn’t. Start small and remember, no plant will be able to survive without some love.”
- Air plants are a great idea for low maintenance plants. They look amazing and survive using moisture in the air, so you can move them easily around the home. No pot or soil needed!
- Pot stands are a great way to add some different heights to your plants.
- Select plants for the home based on the lighting levels.
- Low light plants: Sanservia, Kentia Palm, Aspidistra, Spathyphyllum
- Natural light/bright indirect sunlight: Monstera Deliciosa, Rubber plant, Ferns, Hoyas, Fiddle Leaf Fig – most plants will be happy in these conditions.
- Direct sunlight behind glass: Cacti and most succulents. (Be careful, especially in summer. East and south facing will be fine for most things, while north and west facing can get too hot.)
- When buying plants you don’t need to spend a lot. You can get some great plants from gum tree, garage sales and markets.