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Go green with your home

Friday, September 29, 2017
By Property Team

Bringing plants into your home as another interior design layer can add life and movement into a room

In the current scenario most of us are under the impression that having indoor plants is waste of  space and money that goes in tending to them and hence an indulgence only for the affluent. From suspending pots in the balcony to keeping it on a side table, a space constraint can never come in the way of gardening. Not only are plants calming, but they can also improve indoor air quality.

Choosing plants for your home should be a fun task but it can prove trying with the myriad of types, sizes and colour available. When choosing plants for your home, ensure they are suitable for the space you are decorating. Choose flowers and colours that don’t clash with your décor, as you don’t want your furniture and accessories to be compromised by your plants, and remember that plants often look better against a plain background.

Plant as décor
For those who want to experiment with plants as a décor for their homes, starting with the money plant makes sense. Though every plant does require an occasional dose of sunlight, this is one of the few plants that can survive in artificial light. Low on maintenance and being really tough, despite the fact that it looks delicate, it can be made to follow any patterns for instance defining an entry by allowing it to form an archway.

Another hot favourite is the Arica Palms. This plant needs the least tending as it can survive without sunlight for 15 days in an air-conditioned room. The subtle beauty of this plant harmonises perfectly with the calm and serene ambience of a room. The lucky bamboo is fast becoming popular indoor plant as it's of the few ornamental plants that can blend in any environment. Being reasonably small in size, it can be proudly placed on a study table, on top of the refrigerator or in the showcase in the living room. Some varieties of the rubber plant are also highly popular ornamental plants.

Traditional plants
Besides these green leaved plants, some flowering plants can make a home colourful and vibrant. There are the traditional flowering plants like roses, hibiscus etc. Two such plants that will flower very freely and almost round the year with relatively few problems are Adenium hybrids and Euphorbia milii. Adenium hybrid is also called the "Desert Rose". It has flowers in a range of colours and patterns and a fat stem, which gives it a bonsai look. Because of its fat stem it is considered lucky in Feng Shui, with the red flowered type considered particularly auspicious.

Medicinal varieties of plants like Tulsi, welcoming us at our doorstep, has been a part of our culture for years. Though in Mumbai it has moved onto our balcony or outside the window grill, its still sacred and valued for its healing and antiseptic properties. Requiring a lot of care in terms of water and sunlight, its one of the most pampered household plants. Brahmi, Aloe vera and lemon can be easily cultivated in the balcony.

Fighting pollution
Through an in-depth study, it was determined that indoor plants like Aloe vera, in a closed, controlled environment were able to extract pollutants from the air. The biggest offenders to health found in the home are benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and carbon monoxide. All of these are given off in trace amounts, in a home from the light bulbs, air conditioners and even smoking. The foliage of indoor plants are capable of removing low levels of pollution, while plant roots, assisted by an activated carbon filter, removed air pollutants at higher concentrations.

You don't need to fuss over these plants to keep them healthy. Watering them regularly, adding fertilizers once a month and keeping them exposed to sunlight depending on the environment will do to keep them growing and blooming. Digging the soil will take just a few minutes and aerates the soil.

To make these plants eye catching, the soil can be covered with colourful pebbles. These pebbles also prevent the soil from drying up quickly and hence decrease the water consumption of the plant.

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