Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Keeping indoor plants healthy and lush!

Indoor plants are a great way for bringing a room to life, adding interest and also helping to purify the air around them. Like outdoor plants, they do need some care and attention to keep them healthy and looking fabulous.
Generally, houseplants tend to die as the result of too much watering. By checking the soil each day you can avoid disaster! If the soil feels dry, then add some water, letting the soil dry out again before another watering. If you have a spritzer bottle your plant will love a fine mist of water which will help clean its leaves, improve the humidity around it and also rid the plant of any pests. If you have succulents as houseplants their water needs tend to be slightly less, but they do need a drink of water occasionally, so about once a month add water sparingly. Aloe Vera, the Jade plant (money tree) and Snake plant (Mother-in-law’s tongue) are in this category.

Indoor plants need a good source of natural light to thrive, so try to position the plant in a light space. However, different plants have different requirements, such as some love a sunny position, some will prefer a more humid atmosphere, such as a bathroom, and others are better away from the sun, in a cooler, shadier spot. It’s best to check your plants preferences, then it is more likely to achieve the the amazing display you’re aiming for!

Dust particles from the air around the plant will settle on the leaves, which, as plants ‘breathe’ through their leaves, will effectively suffocate them, so a gentle wipe with a damp tissue will clean them and help keep the plant healthy.


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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.

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