Balcony DIY Decoration Ideas For Apartments

Decorating outdoor living spaces is a dream engagement for creative people. Suppose you’re lucky enough to have a decent-sized balcony in the cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Gurugram or Hyderabad. In that case, you must turn it into your favourite corner for your soul, family and friends. Urban lives love spending time on balconies, having a cup of tea in the morning, enjoy evening meals and late-night conversations. You can design your patios without spending too much money and make your own private cosy space. 

Here are some ways to transform your balcony into a cosy, stylish space. 

Plant Life  

Balconies look best with green companions in them. Intensify with lush plants to create a fresh look. Add some herbs so that your patio can smell good. You can place ice buckets and put flowers near the sittings. You can hang or place potted plants to finish the whole look and will add colour to it.

Install a swing 

A swing will look exceptional on your balcony if you are lucky to have a decent space. Cosy single person swings are in trend and ideal for a book reading with one hot chai and music. Add pillows and cushions to make it more comfortable, looks great, and keeps the design cohesive.

Small Table 

For cosy and small spaces, a small table would be enough for cups and small cutleries as it will take less space. You can decorate that table with LED candles, a small potted plant, a small cage, books, or a fishbowl to magnify the whole table setting. 

Light it Up

To enjoy your late-night time with your friends or family, you can add fairy lights or bulb lights to illuminate the balcony. You can also go for string lights or outdoor lanterns or wrap some string lights around the railing. Dim lights have a special magic to calm your soul and turn spaces into romantic spots.

Opt for folding furniture 

Furniture grabs more than 60% of your living spaces. Folding types of furniture are in trend and need of current living spaces. Try installing a foldable and portable table and chair on the balcony. They allow you to customise the same area with a teepee tent, cosy mattress with cushions, making it easy for regular cleaning and maintenance processes.

Use Indian Furniture

 If you like loud colours and bright balconies, you must choose Indian carved furniture that is sturdy, royal in look and ever trending. It would be best to use wooden carved wall frames with or without mirrors to turn up the Indian royal feeling. You can also choose budget-friendly options like painted benches, cane furniture or swing.

Wall Space Decoration

Walls and ceiling hangers are the focal point when someone enters the balcony. You can attach flower pots or plants, add a wood palette with mason jars and add plants inside it. Window boxes with blooms beautify an entire wall, hang frames with quotes, baskets full of flowers, ladder, or wall rugs. 

Flooring Decoration

Cotton rugs and artificial green grass mats are in trend. If you have green plants and creepers all over the railing, walls and hanging pots, then you can go with a colorful flooring rug. Rugs are handy and allow you to clean the floor regularly.

Artificial green grass carpets are ideal for a permanent setup with white pebbles over them. You can easily clean them with a wet cloth, a vacuum cleaner or simply with water.

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Ideal plants for workstation/study table decor | DIY Living

Want to add the splash of fresh and green, upgrading your mundane work or study tables to productive systems, but don’t know where to start. Do not worry. Here’s a list of 7 easy to care, bright and beautiful, air-purifying plants perfect for your desks.

Cactus

A staple to Latin American culture, the ultimatum of no care plants, the easy to maintain plants cactus creates a bold statement wherever they grow. These fleshy beings are perfect decor for your work desk, adding the drama it requires with almost no maintenance.

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Cactus, desert cactus, forest cactus
  • Botanical Name: Cactaceae
  • Type of plant: Succulents (with some exceptions)
  • Native from: Deserts and rainforests around the world
  • Mature size: Varies depending on the variety
  • Flower colour: Varies
  • Bloom time: Varies

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: For desert cactus – In spring and summer, when the cactus is actively growing and blooming, water whenever the soil begins to dry. During this period of growth, make sure the plant is thoroughly watered. During winters, nearly cease watering. Water them only when it begins to shrivel. The most common mistake in watering desert cactus is overwatering, leading to root rot. For forest cactus – it acts as a typical houseplant during summer hence water once or twice weekly. During the winter months, water only when the soil is dry to touch.
  • Potting: It requires well-draining sandy soil or cactus mix.
  • Temperature: For both desert and forest cacti, they prefer a range of 70- more than 80°F (21- more than 26°C). It prefers hot, dry temperatures. In winters, the plants like a cooler period, down to 55°F (12°C). These cactus are accustomed to very chilly nights.
  • Light: Strong light is essential for healthy desert cacti. For forest cacti, bright but not direct light is preferable. 

Benefits

  • Cactuses are known for their nutrients and medicinal values, helping one manage cholesterol, easing hangovers, controlling blood sugar levels, and boosting immunity.
  • With almost no maintenance, these plants prove to be the ultimatum of no care plant type.

Tips

Many species of cacti will bloom better when they are slightly underpotted. 

Figure out the type of your cacti beforehand to provide it individual proper care.

Snake Plant

With high tolerance, adaptive make, and six gorgeous varieties to choose from, these plants with strappy leaves and architectural shape are the best for little time investors or new plant parents as they are nearly indestructible. They adapt and look fresh, vivid in almost all the conditions.

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, viper’s bowstring hemp, St. George’s sword
  • Botanical Name: Sansevieria trifasciata
  • Type of plant: Evergreen perennial
  • Native from: Tropical West Africa
  • Mature size: 6 in. to 12 ft. tall
  • Flower colour: Greenish-white
  • Bloom time: Spring (rarely blooming)

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: There’s a saying, “Snake plants do well when you almost forget about them”, which is entirely accurate. In summers, water when the soil feels dry to touch (mostly once a week). While in winters, reduce the watering to once a month.
  • Potting: A loose sandier soil with low peat so eventually it packs and refuses to re-hydrate or drain properly.
  • Temperature: range of 70-90°F (20-32°C), warm conditions. Although highly adaptable, the plant will suffer if exposed to temperatures below 50°F.
  • Light: Although tolerant of a variety of lighting conditions, steady indirect sunlight is preferable. 

Benefits

  • Snake Plant acts as an air purifier as it demonstrates an ability to remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air, according to the joint studies run by the University of Georgia and Yonsei.
  • This plant can convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen at night, opposite to other plants. This uniqueness gives it the ability to combat “sick building syndrome” and help in battling depression.

Tips

If possible, try watering from the bottom of the plant to encourage roots to grow deep and downward by helping to stabilize the thick tall leaves.

English Ivy  

Impacting the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome, English Ivy’s magic absolutely didn’t stop there. With glossy dark green leaves, this invasive evergreen vine has spread vastly across indoor decor as ground covers, as well as climbers due to their ariel roots. As a result, these sacred vines have led their way into the modern indoor decor.

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: English ivy
  • Botanical Name: Hedera helix
  • Type of plant: Vine
  • Native from: Europe
  • Mature size: 20–80 ft. tall, 3–50 ft. wide
  • Flower colour: Yellow, cream
  • Bloom time: Fall, early winter

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: English Ivy prefers moist, humid conditions but not soaking wet or soggy conditions. Hence, don’t let the soil dry out but keep it evenly moist. It can tolerate minimal drought-like conditions but will produce the most vibrant colour in evenly moist soil. 
  • Potting: A loose, fertile, moist, well-drained soil is preferable. In hotter, drier climates, the ground should be heavily mulched to keep it cool and wet. 
  • Temperature: range of 45-80°F (6-26°C) is acceptable but prefers cooler conditions. During hot summer days, mist the ivy frequently to increase the humidity levels.
  • Light: English Ivy requires bright indirect light. The leaves will scorch in direct sunlight hence should be avoided except in winters.

Benefits

  • With anti-inflammatory properties, English Ivy, when consumed in tea or by applying the leaves directly, helps relieve people suffering from arthritis, gout, or rheumatism.
  • English Ivy leaves help to detoxify the body as studies show it helps release toxins from the body, thereby purifying the blood and reducing the strain on the liver and gallbladder.
  • It helps to minimize pain and infection of burn wounds on the skin. It can also help relieve discomfort and irritation of psoriasis, eczema, acne, and other skin-related conditions.
  • Though the research is still ongoing, English Ivy leaves display a significant antioxidant activity- the ability to prevent the spread or mutation or development of cancer.
  • According to NASA, one of the top 10 air-purifying plants that help reduce moulds and improve the air quality by increasing the humidity and removing mould spores.

Tips

While watering an English Ivy, avoid drenching the leaves and making them susceptible to fungal diseases instead water at the plant base.

Grow them in hanging baskets near your workstation, allowing them to spread out naturally.

Peace Lily

The plant with specialized leaf bract hooded over the white or yellow

flower mistook as a part of flower than the leaf, an excellent air purifier brightening up the living space is a superb choice for living room decor. 

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Peace lily, Spath lily
  • Botanical Name: Spathiphyllum spp. and hybrids
  • Type of plant: Flowering tropical plant
  • Native from: The rainforests of Central and South America
  • Mature size: Up to 3 feet tall 
  • Flower colour: White or yellow
  • Bloom time: Spring

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: Being a native of rainforests, these plants love higher humidity; hence water them frequently. During winters, reduce the watering but never allow the soil to dry out completely.
  • Potting: A rich, loose potting full of organic material is best suitable as these plants have native canopy conditions where the soil is rich with deteriorating plant materials.
  • Temperature: range of 65- 80°F (18-26°C), moist warm conditions are preferable. Avoid cold drafts and temperatures below 55°F.
  • Light: Peace lilies are shade-loving plants that require plenty of filtered light, though not direct sunlight. Their leaves tend to curl up and pale if they are receiving too much sunshine. 

Benefits

  • It purifies the air inducing restful sleep by filtering indoor air and increasing humidity.
  • It absorbs acetone vapours produced by varnishes, paints, rubbing alcohol and various household products.
  • It removes mould spores from the air, making it suitable for people’s living rooms sensitive to these mould spores resulting in asthma and other chronic lung diseases.  

Tips

Spray the leaves every week with water throughout the summer growing season for the plants best growth.

ZZ Plant

Arguably the least maintenance indoor plant with shiny, oval-shaped deep green leaves, the ZZ plant makes an excellent choice for desks of new or busy plant parents, adding the splash of green without any big commitment.

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: ZZ Plant, Zanzibar Gem
  • Botanical Name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia
  • Type of plant: Tropical perennial
  • Native from: Eastern Africa
  • Mature size: 3-4′ tall
  • Flower colour: Yellow-brown spadix
  • Bloom time: Spring

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: Being extremely drought-tolerant, this plant can handle infrequent watering like a pro. Once the soil dries out completely, one should water them once a week or two, depending on their growth.
  • Potting: All-purpose potting mix is acceptable as long as it is well-draining. If additional drainage is required, mix perlite or sand to it.
  • Temperature: It cannot tolerate cold temperatures well, no lower than 45°F (7°C). Average household humidity and temperatures are preferable.
  • Light: Technically, ZZ plants can survive without any natural light, but they do best in bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch its leaves.

Benefits

  • Improves productivity, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure levels by increasing oxygen levels, purifying air from harmful pollutants, and improving cognitive function.
  • It reduces sick time by removing airborne bacteria.
  • Its roots have medicinal properties as they have antioxidant properties used in traditional medicine.

Tips

If necessary, ZZ plants can survive months without water, so it is always better to underwater the plant than to overwater it.

Spider Plants

Spider plant is hard to kill with slender, gently arching green or striped leaves with star-shaped white flowers and elegant, appealing appearance – perfect for your bathroom decor!

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Spider plant, airplane plant, spider ivy, ribbon plant, Bernard’sBernard’s lily
  • Botanical Name: Chlorophytum comosum 
  • Type of plant: Herbaceous, perennial
  • Native from: Africa
  • Mature size: 1–2 ft. tall and wide
  • Flower colour: White
  • Bloom time: Flowers regularly

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: As it prefers lightly moist but not soggy soil, water them only when the top 50% of the earth is dry. Overwatering, in this case, leads to root rot which will ultimately lead to killing the plant.
  • Potting: A loose, loamy soil with proper drainage is preferable.
  • Temperature: range of 60-80°F (15-27°C) during the day and above 55°F (13°C) at night is preferable. An even moisture throughout is what spider plants love to thrive in.
  • Light: Bright to moderate sunlight leads to robust growth in spider plants. While they can tolerate heavy shade, direct sunlight will scorch the leaves. A bright window that gets indirect sun is an ideal place for its growth.

Benefits

  • As spider plant helps remove pollutants like particulate matters, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, formaldehyde, etc. it helps in better and faster recovery of patients by increasing the breathability of the space. Bathrooms can be suffocating at times. This plant will help keep that suffocation at bay.

Tips

The mature spider plant produces “spiderettes” or “pups”- new plant offshoots. Use them to create an entirely new plant by trimming them off of the mother plant.

Aglaonema plant

With a high tolerance for moist and dry conditions, low light, and forgetful plant parents, the Aglaonema plant is a beautiful leafy plant with leaves that add colour and patterns to the mundane work desk.

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Chinese Evergreen, Lipstick plant, Philippine evergreen 
  • Botanical Name: Aglaonema commutatum
  • Type of plant: Herbaceous perennial
  • Native from: the Philippines, northeastern Celebes
  • Mature size: 1–1.5 ft. tall and wide
  • Flower colour: White spadix with green spathe
  • Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: Water them when the top 50% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water accumulated in the saucer. Water at the soil level avoiding the foliage.
  • Potting: All-purpose potting mix is acceptable. Select a container with numerous drainage holes for proper passage of water as waterlogging leads to root rot in them.
  • Temperature: range of 60-70°F (15-21°C) is preferable. It can survive in low humidity but will thrive excellently with higher humidity levels. Do avoid cold drafts and sudden changes in temperatures.
  • Light: Bright indirect sunlight is preferable. But this plant can also manage to survive and adapt to low light.

Benefits

  • It increases productivity and enriching health and well-being in the living as it is one of the best air purifying plants recommended by NASA. 
  • Its exceptional quality of absorbing CO2 at night makes it the best fit for the desks for those night owls.

Tips

As this plant requires less maintenance and care, a sub-irrigation system where the plant can absorb water whenever needed from nearby sources would minimize efforts and maximize results for the busy bee plant parents.

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7 Handpicked Hanging Indoor Plants For DIY Gardening

Dream of cascading lush green, colourful plants down to the floors from the hanging pots, but do not know what to look for exactly? Well, we have you covered. Here’s a list of 7 gorgeous hanging houseplants suitable for planting in India, one for every type of plant parent to grow in those hanging pots or baskets.

Wandering Jew

Thanks to their spreading habit, these plants work great in hanging plants boasting their leaves dark violet to green colour in the bottom and silver colour strips with pink to purple flowers. Being hard to kill, a wandering jew is a houseplant that can be grown beautifully in a hanging basket cascading off its long beautiful trailing vines. 

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Spiderwort, wandering Jew plant, striped wandering Jew, inch plant
  • Botanical Name: Tradescantia
  • Type of plant: Herbaceous perennial
  • Native from: Mexico, South America, Caribbean
  • Mature size: 6-12 in. tall, 12-24 in. wide
  • Flower colour: White, purple, pink
  • Bloom time: Year-round
  • Best for: The semi-attentive new plant parent

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist by watering them weekly in summer and less frequently in the fall and winter. To make sure that the plant is ready for watering, feel the soil a few inches down the pot. If it feels dry, water it. 
  • Potting: Wandering jews can grow well in moist but well-drained soil. 
  • Temperature: range of 65-75-°F (18-23°C), the warm and humid condition is preferable. It should not be kept in temperatures below 50°F (10°C). 
  • Light: It prefers bright indirect sunlight and partial shade. Placing them on a window that boasts at least 8 hours of sun a day will be ideal, but do not expose them to direct sun.

Benefits

  • The leaves of wandering jews have antioxidant, anti-bacterial, antiarrhythmic properties.
  • With both beautiful colours and viny nature, this plant is arguably the best to hang.

Tips

Pinch off the tips at the ends of the plant’s branches to encourage bushy growth. One can use them to propagate new plants in just six months.

To aid in drainage, mix a small amount of sand into a commercial potting soil blend that also boasts an ample amount of organic material.

Boston Fern

With a mass of lush green foliage, sword-shaped, blue-green fronds with many tiny leaflets arching and grazing down the hanging pot, it is arguably the most refreshing visual to welcome you. Boston ferns are pretty slow growers and are planted in the fall or spring for best growth. Due to their stylish statement, these ferns have left a massive mark on modern interior decor.

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Boston fern, sword fern, ladder fern, boss fern
  • Botanical Name: Nephrolepis exaltata
  • Type of plant: Herbaceous, perennial
  • Native from: Americas, Africa, Polynesia
  • Mature size: 2–3 feet tall and wide
  • Flower colour: Non-flowering
  • Best for: The attentive and style-conscious plant owner

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: Lightly moist but not soggy soil is preferable. If the soil dries out quickly, the fern’s foliage can also dry out, resulting in the drop of the plant. Hence regular mists and watering in small quantities but frequently is the key. During summer, water the plants every day but reduce it during fall and winters, as the plant is not actively growing. 
  • Potting: A moist, well-drained, organically rich, loamy soil is preferable.
  • Temperature: range of 65-75°F (18-23°C) with mild temperatures is preferable. Boston ferns cannot tolerate extreme heat as well as cold. Temperatures above 95°F (35°C) and below 35°F (1.6°C) can totally harm them. They prefer humid conditions of about 80% humidity.
  • Light: Bright, indirect light is preferable. A lot of shade may result in sparse fronds with dull green colour, and too much sun can burn the fronds; hence partial indirect sunlight is ideal.

Benefits

  • Proven by NASA as one of the top air-purifying houseplants, Boston fern not only absorbs formaldehyde, toluene and xylene but also increase the humidity levels of the room and thereby help improve an individual’s body and mind.

Tips

Always keep your Boston ferns moist. If they don’t receive enough humidity, the tip of their fronds will turn brown. Immediately start planning a proper misting schedule for increasing the humidity levels for abundant and lush green growth.

English Ivy  

From impacting the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome to covering the old European league campuses with their glossy dark green leaves, English Ivy has found a profound place in indoor decor. Spreading out naturally from the hanging pots cascading to the floors, English Ivy, with its invasive properties, has successfully invaded the world of indoor decor.

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: English ivy
  • Botanical Name: Hedera helix
  • Type of plant: Vine
  • Native from: Europe
  • Mature size: 20–80 ft. tall, 3–50 ft. wide
  • Flower colour: Yellow, cream
  • Bloom time: Fall, early winter
  • Best for: The inattentive new plant parent

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: English Ivy prefers moist, humid conditions but not soaking wet or soggy conditions. It can tolerate minimal drought-like conditions but will produce the most vibrant colour in evenly moist soil. Hence, don’t let the soil dry out but keep it evenly moist. 
  • Potting: A loose, fertile, moist, well-drained soil is preferable. In hotter, drier climates, the ground should be heavily mulched to keep it cool and wet. 
  • Temperature: range of 45-80°F (6-26°C) is acceptable but prefers cooler conditions. During hot summer days, mist the ivy frequently to increase the humidity levels.
  • Light: English Ivy requires bright indirect light. The leaves will scorch in direct sunlight hence should be avoided except in winters.

Benefits

  • With anti-inflammatory properties, English Ivy, when consumed in tea or by applying the leaves directly, helps relieve people suffering from arthritis, gout, or rheumatism.
  • English Ivy leaves help to detoxify the body as studies show it helps release toxins from the body, thereby purifying the blood and reducing the strain on the liver and gallbladder.
  • It helps to minimize pain and infection of burn wounds on the skin. It can also help relieve discomfort and irritation of psoriasis, eczema, acne, and other skin-related conditions.
  • Though the research is still ongoing, English Ivy leaves display a significant antioxidant activity- the ability to prevent the spread or mutation or development of cancer.
  • According to NASA, one of the top 10 air-purifying plants that help reduce moulds and improve the air quality by increasing the humidity and removing mould spores.

Tips

While watering an English Ivy, avoid drenching the leaves and making them susceptible to fungal diseases instead water at the plant base.

Bambino Bougainvillaea

Vigorous, versatile growers with a riot of colours, Bambinos Bougainvillaea are showy plants with no particular high maintenance. With cascading colourful bracts and green leaves, these plants are excellent for a hanging spot on your balcony window grill, covering it with beautiful bright awes.

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Bougainvillea, lesser Bougainvillaea, paper flower
  • Botanical Name: Bougainvillea
  • Type of plant: Hardy Perennial shrub 
  • Native from: South America
  • Mature size: 2–6 ft. tall, 1–3 ft. wide
  • Flower colour: Pink, purple, red, yellow
  • Bloom time: spring, summer, and autumn
  • Best for: colour loving, aesthetic, semi-attentive plant parent with a good sunny spot for plantation.

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: keep your plant evenly moist during spring, summer and fall (the blooming period) and nearly dry during winters. It loves to be watered deeply but drained adequately as well. Too much water retention can lead to overly green growth and no blooms.
  • Potting: Not fussy of the soil type, Bougainvillae enjoy a moist loamy, organic compost with proper drainage. 
  • Temperature: range of 60-70°F (15-21°C), warm and dry condition is preferable. Bougainvillaeas are heat lovers that produce their best blooms in dry climates.
  • Light: They require direct sunlight at least six hours a day to produce the colour we love. Not enough sun = not enough bloom. Keep them in a sunny spot near a big south-facing window for ample sunlight.

Benefits

  • While adding the splash of colour, Bougainvillae also helps cure various disorders and diseases when flowers or leaves are consumed in tea like diarrhoea, stomach acidity, cough and sore throat, blood pressure, diabetes.

Tips

Bougainvillaeas are required to be trained to attach themselves to support like wall, trellis or window grill. Without support, they would flop down and become a sprawling blob hanging from a pot. 

Do not forget ‘Overwatering = any colour (not to mention rot!).’

Rex Begonia

Tropical plants with striking variegated foliage and delicate blooms, Rex Begonia brightens up even the dreariest winter days. These plants are grown and enjoyed in many homes and offices for their spectacular leaves cascading down the hanging pots.

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Rex Begonia, Indian Begonia
  • Botanical Name: Begonia rex-cultorum
  • Type of plant: Herbaceous perennial
  • Native from: Northeastern India, southern China, and Vietnam
  • Mature size: 12–18 inches tall and wide
  • Flower colour: Varies; usually pink
  • Bloom time: Summer
  • Best for: a colour fond, stylish, attentive plant parent

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: Rex begonias require regular watering once a week, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. Humidity is crucial for them to thrive happily, but spraying will lead to spots on leaves. Reduce the watering during the dormant winter period and water them only when the pot completely dries out.
  • Potting: They prefer airy, light, rich and fast-draining soil.
  • Temperature: range of 65-75°F (18-23°C), is preferable. While it can tolerate dry air, high humidity will make it thrive colourfully. Note the rule “If you’re comfortable, the Rex Begonia is comfortable.”
  • Light: Moderate to bright indirect light year-round perhaps an eastern facing window is preferable. As they are not aggressive bloomers, begonias will thrive even under fluorescent lights. 

Benefits

  • It provides the average removal of chemical vapours with the addition of eye-catching foliage.

Tips

Cluster your begonia plants to create a self-sustaining humid climate or use a pebble tray filled with water to provide steady humidity.

Cut off the flower stalks to direct the plant’s energy to the spectacular leaves.

Hindu Rope Plant

With lush, waxy foliage and striking tiny star-shaped cluster blooms, Hindu Rope Plant with trailing vines looks incredible when left hanging over elevated shelf ledges or in hanging pots. These plants are easy to care for, slow-growing, long-lived making them excellent for novice planters.

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Hoya, wax plant, waxflower, Indian rope plant, porcelain flower, honey plant
  • Botanical Name: Hoya carnosa
  • Type of plant: Semi-succulent, Perennial
  • Native from: Asia, Australia
  • Mature size: Up to 15 in. long
  • Flower colour: Usually light Pink
  • Bloom time: Spring, Summer
  • Best for: novice plant parent

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: During spring and summer (the active growth periods), the plant requires an adequate water supply, but this should be done once the top few inches of the soil are thoroughly dried out. Hindu rope plant loves deep watering but cannot stand waterlogged conditions resulting in root rot. Although drought resistant, the plant will decrease the numbers or not bloom at all if underwatered.
  • Potting: It prefers light, airy, fast-draining soil. 
  • Temperature: anything above 50°F (10°C), a consistent warm condition is preferable. High humidity levels will result in a waxy, glossy appearance of the plant’s foliage.
  • Light: A bright but indirect sunlight with partial shade is preferable. Avoid positioning your Hindu rope plant in a window that receives extended exposure to direct afternoon sun.  

Benefits

  • Strong aromatic flowers are used in various beauty products like powders, perfumes, lotions, etc.
  • Hindu Rope Plants are excellent air purifiers.

Tips

Be patient with a new plant, as it may take up to a few years before it starts producing blooms.

Philodendron

Touted for their air cleaning abilities, a genus containing hundreds of species with beautiful, large glossy, green foliage, philodendrons are excellent for adding a touch of tropical jungles to your home.

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Philodendron
  • Botanical Name: Philodendron
  • Type of plant: Perennial
  • Native from: Central America, South America
  • Mature size: 1–20 ft. tall, 1–6 ft. wide (varies by species)
  • Flower colour: None
  • Best for: Attentive plant parent

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: With philodendrons, both overwatering and under watering can cause plant droops, so gauge when it’s time to water according to the dryness of the soil and not just leaves. They require moderate soil moisture conditions; hence water them once or twice a week when the soil feels dry enough to touch.
  • Potting: A loose, well-drained, loamy, rich soil is preferable. 
  • Temperature: anything above 55°F (13°C) is preferable. 
  • Light: A bright indirect light is preferable as it has leggy growth with too little light and turns yellow with too much sunlight.

Benefits

  • They improve the air quality by purifying it and inducing a calming effect.
  • When you keep your philodendron properly misted (once every week), it will add humidity to the air, warding off ailments like dry skin conditions and respiratory problems aggravated by dryness.
  • Large, waxy leaves of philodendrons are excellent dust trappers. They trap the debris that would otherwise fall on surfaces and remain airborne.

Tips

Keep rotating your philodendron regularly to maintain an even shape, and consider repotting them carefully every few years to prevent them from bursting out of a small pot.

Hope you will find our first blog informative. I have written this blog under Indian cities context and the plants which are easily available at your neighborhood local plant nursery. Do comment with your choice of indoor plant at home or the one you are already taking care at your home or apartment.

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7 Easy Indoor House Plants For Apartments | DIY Gardening

Wish to have a cozy, welcoming living room full of plants boosting your mental and physical health but not want to add up to the stress? 

Here’s a list of 7 plants that thrive even on your neglect, beautifying and purifying our lives, boosting creativity and mood. Yes, an indoor green paradise with minimum to the low effort made possible!

Lucky Bamboo

With intricate stems and remarkable resilience, this tropical water lily symbolizes good luck in Feng Shui.

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Lucky Bamboo
  • Botanical Name: Dracaena sanderiana 
  • Type of plant: small to medium-sized, slow-growing, herbaceous perennial
  • Native from: Tropical western Africa
  • Mature Size: 1–3 ft. tall, 1–2 ft. wide
  • Flower colour: White
  • Bloom time: Fall, winter (does not bloom indoors)   

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: If the plant is grown in soil, water the plant in moderation that is not too damp but not too dry. If housed in a water vase, replenish it with fresh water every 7-10 days to keep it healthy and green.
  • Potting: a well-drained rich potting soil, a vase full of pebbles or a simple vase filled with water. (1-inch standing water required at all times if in a vase)
  • Temperature: range of 65–95°F (18–35°C), making it a great house and office plant. During winters, avoid keeping the pots near windows.
  • Light: Moderate indirect sunlight as direct sun exposure scorches the leaves.

Benefits

  • Great for fresh plant parents as it requires minimum care and has high resilience.
  • It brings luck, happiness, and prosperity, according to Feng Shui (Chinese geomancy).
  • Great for indoor plantation as it requires indirect sunlight.

Tips

The stalks of this beautiful plant can be influenced to achieve various shapes by controlling sun exposure. 

Areca Palm/ Parlor Palm

Tall and attractive with narrow and full fronds almost like bamboos

this plant is best suited for the Indian climate

With a slow to moderate growth rate, spring is the best time to plant them.

Though easy to care for in nature, areca palms won’t tolerate complete neglect.

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Areca palm, bamboo palm, butterfly palm, golden cane palm, yellow palm
  • Botanical Name: Dypsis lutescens (formerly Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
  • Type of plant: Perennial
  • Native from: Madagascar
  • Mature Size: 10–30 ft. tall, 8–15 ft. wide
  • Flower colour: Pale yellow  
  • Bloom time: Summer

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: Once a week. Let the soil dry completely before watering it again during winters and fall but keep the soil moist during summers.
  • Potting: A well-drained, peat-based soil mix. It cannot be grown in a pebble or water vase.
  • Temperature: range of 65–75°F (18–24°C), warm climate is preferable. Sudden cold bursts from air conditioners or windows and heat from heating sources cause dark spots on leaves or turn them brown, respectively. It lives happily in high humidity, hence a perfect plant for the climate of India.
  • Light: Requires bright indirect sunlight. (from the south or west-facing window)

Benefits

  • This plant improves the air quality around it by absorbing air pollutants and toxins and adding moisture to the surroundings. 
  • By removing various dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air, this plant helps in better oxygen availability.
  • As this plant purifies the air in its surrounding, it helps in decreasing stress levels as more oxygen is available for absorption.

Tips

Avoids growing them in overly large pots instead; use tight containers as it helps maintain their size. Pruning is another essential task to keep the size in check.

Monstera Deliciosa 

With intricate ariel roots, leathery, glossy, characteristic split, and heart-shaped leaves with punched holes, the Swiss cheese plant is a relatively low maintenance and high statement-making option for your living room. A plant adored by interior decorators for its simplistic, modern and statement look. 

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Split-leaf philodendron, Swiss cheese plant, Windowleaf, Ceriman
  • Botanical Name: Monstera Deliciosa
  • Type of plant: Climbing evergreen
  • Native from: Central America
  • Mature Size: 3 ft. tall, 2–3 ft. wide
  • Flower colour: Cream/tan
  • Bloom time: Mid-summer 

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: Regularly during its growing phase, but post growth stage, only once a week mist would satiate its humidity requirements.
  • Potting: Select a deep pot with a good number of drainage holes and fill it up with peat-based potting media as the plant requires well-drained, moderately moist soil
  • Temperature: range of 65–75°F (18–24°C), warm climate
  • Light: Bright indirect sunlight is preferable. Though too much direct sunlight in warmer months may burn its foliage, setting it out in direct sunlight once or twice a year encourages its lush growth.

Benefits 

  • As the leaves of Monstera Deliciosa are waxy, they help in trapping dust particles that would otherwise fall on various surfaces.
  • Misting it only once in 5-7 days will help add humidity to the air, warding off ailments such as dry skin conditions and other respiratory issues aggravated by dryness.

Tips

Monstera requires a lot of space and has a considerable presence. So, instead of putting it in a tight corner or on a windowsill, plant it in a statement-making spot in your living room.

As a climber in nature, consider adding a small trellis, pole or stick near the pot to help the plant climb and flourish.

Snake Plant

With high tolerance, adaptive make, and six gorgeous varieties to choose from, these plants with strappy leaves and architectural shape are the best for little time investors or new plant parents as they are nearly indestructible. They adapt and look fresh, vivid in almost all the conditions.

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, viper’s bowstring hemp, St. George’s sword
  • Botanical Name: Sansevieria trifasciata
  • Type of plant: Evergreen perennial
  • Native from: Tropical West Africa
  • Mature size: 6 in. to 12 ft. tall
  • Flower colour: Greenish-white
  • Bloom time: Spring (rarely blooming)

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: There’s a saying, ‘Snake plants do well when you almost forget about them’, which is entirely accurate. In summers, water when the soil feels dry to touch (mostly once a week). While in winters, reduce the watering to once a month.
  • Potting: A loose sandier soil with low peat so eventually it packs and refuses to re-hydrate or drain properly.
  • Temperature: range of 70-90°F (20-32°C), warm conditions. Although highly adaptable, the plant will suffer if exposed to temperatures below 50°F.
  • Light: Although tolerant of a variety of lighting conditions, steady indirect sunlight is preferable. 

Benefits

  • Snake Plant acts as an air purifier as it demonstrates an ability to remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air, according to the joint studies run by the University of Georgia and Yonsei.
  • This plant can convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen at night, opposite to other plants. This uniqueness gives it the ability to combat “sick building syndrome” and help in battling depression.

Tips

If possible, try watering from the bottom of the plant to encourage roots to grow deep and downward by helping to stabilize the thick tall leaves.

Pothos (Money Plant)

Pothos requires more humidity and less light with minimum light and wind, making it perfect for indoor settings. With a variety of patterns and decorative nature, pothos is a hit amongst indoor plants.

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Pothos, golden pothos, devil’s vine, devil’s ivy money plant
  • Botanical Name: Epipremnum aureum
  • Type of plant: Vine
  • Native from: South Pacific
  • Mature size: 20–40 ft. long, 3–6 ft. wide
  • Blossom time: Does not flower

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: Don’t leave pothos continually in damp soil. Instead, water it only once the soil dries out entirely as it may rot the roots, collapsing the plant and spotting the leaves. Let the plant tell you when to water- when it starts drooping, give it a good drink. But, at the same time, don’t wait for the leaves to begin shrivelling, or you will lose some leaves.
  • Potting: This plant thrives well in almost any type of soil. It prefers ordinary, well-draining potting soil.
  • Temperature: above 50°F ( 10°C) range of 65-75°F (18-23°C)
  • Light: Prefers bright but indirect sunlight. If they don’t get enough light, the leaves patterns revert to all-green plants. Moving them to brighter conditions usually restores the variegation.

Benefits

  • These are arguably one of the easiest plants to grow, thriving on neglect and low light.
  • Like any other indoor plants, pothos purifies the air by removing formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide and helps eliminate odours.
  • It can also help alleviate eye irritation after long days of staring at screens.
  • Touching the leaves of golden pothos has calming and soothing effects, according to a study conducted by 14 Japanese men.

Tips

Being a versatile plant, pothos can be trained to grow in the desired shape for decorative purposes. One can use them to form loops, placed on a shelf, desks, or hung in a cascading way from the window.

Arrowhead Vine

Arrowhead is a vigorous, deciduous, marginal perennial plant that withstood the test of time for more than a hundred years because it is both easy to grow and attractive. Young arrowheads (bushy) are excellent choices for decorating your living room coffee tables, side tables, desks, etc. And as the plant matures, they develop climbing habits making them fun to grow.

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Arrowhead vine, American evergreen, five fingers, and nephthytis
  • Botanical Name: Syngonium podophyllum
  • Type of plant: Vine 
  • Native from: South America, Mexico
  • Mature size: 3–6 ft. tall, 1–2 ft. wide
  • Flower colour: White
  • Bloom time: Summer (rarely flowers)

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: During spring and summer, let the soil dry partially in between waterings but not wholly. Water them 2-3 times a week. In winters, reduce the watering to once a week. This plant should not be kept too dry or too wet.
  • Potting: A traditional soil-based potting mix with well-drainage is preferable as the arrowhead plant’s roots are prone to rot if kept moist. It is one of the best plants which can be grown in a water vase. Just remember to fill the vase with fresh water twice a week.
  • Temperature: range of 65-75°F(18-23°C), warm and humid conditions. Try maintaining temperatures above 60°F. While it can tolerate average humidity, it thrives the best with the added moisture in the air.
  • Light: Medium to bright light but not direct sunlight. It can tolerate low lights but not intense direct sunlight. Hence, diffused light is the best. Variegated colourways can handle a bit more direct light than their deeper green varieties, as they are better adapted to partial shade.

Benefits

  • With a transpiration rate of 7, this excellent plant boosts humidity by reducing dry air.
  •  Arrowhead is a significant CO2 absorbing plant, according to the study executed by University Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia.
  • Upon oral consumption of its roots and leaves, this plant helps treat anaemia, fatigue, lowers the risk of heart problems, increases bone formation, supports lung and respiratory health, prevents diabetes by regulating sugar levels.

Tips

Pot them in terracotta or clay vessels to wick away the extra moisture from the soil.

Utilize a method of increasing humidity like a portable machine or a bed of wet river rocks beneath the pot to increase the room’s humidity, leading to better plant growth.

If its youthful arrowhead shape is preferred over five fingers mature form, trim it regularly.

Plant them in hanging baskets or keep a pole, trellis or stick near the pot for them to vine over it.

Peace Lily

The plant with specialized leaf bract hooded over the white or yellow

flower mistook as a part of flower than the leaf, an excellent air purifier brightening up the living space is a superb choice for living room decor. 

The Basic Information

  • Common Name: Peace lily, Spath lily
  • Botanical Name: Spathiphyllum spp. and hybrids
  • Type of plant: Flowering tropical plant
  • Native from: The rainforests of Central and South America
  • Mature size: Up to 3 feet tall 
  • Flower colour: White or yellow
  • Bloom time: Spring

Preferable Conditions

  • Watering: Being a native of rainforests, these plants love higher humidity; hence water them frequently. During winters, reduce the watering but never allow the soil to dry out completely.
  • Potting: A rich, loose potting full of organic material is best suitable as these plants have native canopy conditions where the soil is rich with deteriorating plant materials.
  • Temperature: range of 65- 80°F (18-26°C), moist warm conditions are preferable. Avoid cold drafts and temperatures below 55°F.
  • Light: Peace lilies are shade-loving plants that require plenty of filtered light, though not direct sunlight. Their leaves tend to curl up and pale if they are receiving too much sunshine. 

Benefits

  • It purifies the air inducing restful sleep by filtering indoor air and increasing humidity.
  • It absorbs acetone vapours produced by varnishes, paints, rubbing alcohol and various household products.
  • It removes mould spores from the air, making it suitable for living rooms of people sensitive to these mould spores resulting in asthma and other chronic lung diseases.  

Tips

Spray the leaves every week with water throughout the summer growing season for the plants best growth.

Hope you will find our first blog informative. I have written this blog under Indian cities context and the plants which are easily available at your neighborhood local plant nursery. Do comment with your choice of indoor plant at home or the one you are already taking care at your home or apartment.

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