Greening up your house and houseplant trends

by nightask - June 20, 2019

In this article we will expose the foliage that is growing massively this year 2019. Are sponge plants in and spider plants out? Do we still value succulents? Let’s check it out!

Modern trends

We have many reasons why your home should be filled green this 2019. Let’s start with the scientific ones. As North Europeans are spending most of their time in it, plants can render much-needed anti-pollutants, ensuring that the air we breathe in is full of oxygen and also fresh. Green as a color has proven to make us feel, safe and content, as well as to boost our mood. So, the more greens, the more we become happier.

These are three beautiful reasons. If you are not comfortable of losing your Christmas tree, a large potted fern is an ideal replacement. Trailing plants looks big in the bathroom, displayed in hanging macramé baskets and near the windowsill. We requested plant lovers to give us the lowdown on the hottest houseplant trends in 2019, including that of the next year’s star plants.

Trending houseplants

We see the renewal of retro plants. The request for succulents has shown to be going high, with cacti sales up to 60% compared to that of last year. It looks as though it has come to stay no matter the season. As a low maintenance houseplant, terrariums and succulents are beautiful and not difficult to take care of and look fantastic in collections. They can immediately change the look and feel of a room, from industrial chic to jungle inspired bold botanicals.

Some of the trending plants: (1) Monstera (cheese plant); (2) Senecio (a string of beads); (3) Chlorophyllum (spider plant); (4) Sansevieria (snake plant).

Living plant walls

Another popular trend is the living plant wall in your garden or balcony. How to make one:

(a) Choose your space. Living plant wall can be built on any solid fence or wall. Build straight beside your house, a sturdy shed or even a garden fence. For indoors, traditionally made frame or wooden wall permits you to go around from room to room. Once you have got a sound fence or wall, screw in rows of 2in x 1in treated battens 38cm apart to fill the gap, using a spirit level to check you make it straight.

(b) Screw in the planters. Make use of an electric screwdriver and work from the bottom up, join the plastic planters to the battens. You can lock and click the planters into each other and raise a wall in staggered rows.

(c) Get watering can. Use a watering can to water your wall starting from the top. A reservoir system is produced in a way to keep the plants watered for maybe two weeks.

(d) Green up your wall. Fill the planters with your choice of the plant using 12-13cm pots. Either you remove the plants from its pots and plant them directly into the planters, or to make the scheme easy, place the container directly into each planter. Make sure the bowl is in contact with the base of the reservoir.

If you want to attach your green wall to the side of a house, it is recommended you attack a waterproof membrane to the wall before you start to prevent damp issues. The living plant wall will require water around every two-three days depending on the climate condition (unless you have an automatic irrigation system), more in summer – check by sticking your finger into the soil to see if has gone dry.

Choosing the right plants

As for plant care, you have chosen flowering plants as always; you will need to deadhead flowers to promote new blooms in the season. Foliage plants like eucharis and ferns should be tied up by snipping off tatty leaves as required. Yearly in particular benefit from a liquid feed every week during summer. Even though any display that is in place for any period will need feeds to keep it looking its best.

Many varieties of small shrubs, herbaceous perennials, grasses, herbs and even fruits and vegetables can be used. Try to include scented plants, seasonal flowers and bulbs. Enquire from your local nursery about the plants that will suit that aspect and microclimate of the wall it would be grown.

Plants to try:
• Adiantum (maidenhair fern)
• Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’ (sedge)
• Frag aria ‘Mara des Bois’ (strawberry)
• Galan thus (snowdrop)
• Euchre ‘Purple Petticoats’
• Liriope muscari (lilyturf)
• Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese spurge)
• Pelargonium peltatum (ivy-leaved geranium)
• Saxifraga x erbium (London pride)
• Tiarella cordifolia (foamflower)
• Vinca minor (lesser periwinkle

Greening up your houseplants

A well-structured houseplant can turn space to a room. Whether it is small, prickly cactus that has been your loyal partner since your college or a huge leafy yucca that your grandmother gave you after you went to your new home: plants are capable of coloring and decorating your living area. They also provide a healthy indoor environment, which would be a good reason to get those green fingers moving.

Those residing in countries on the end of the northern hemisphere like the north of us, north of Europe and Canada will find that they spend a significant 90% of their time indoors be it at home or place of work. They are combining the improved architecture and building methods of our houses, with a strong focus on insulation and double, triple, or whatever-glazed windows. Ventilation could become a challenge. This is where houseplants become helpful. They share some of the needed anti-pollutants, filling the air with a refreshing smell and sufficient oxygen. Research has shown that green colors make us feel secure, happy and content even when it comes in the form of plants.

Like with some other things, there is a downside: a few things will become despair as much as a loved houseplant turning brown and moldy. Have we not been kind, naming, talking, or making it an integral part of the family? Has it lacked water and love? Often, a houseplant that is not feeling well can be controlled in a fair manner. In most conditions, the root cause his troubles can be seen in any of the following five areas:

The pot is too small

What are we going to do if we find out that our favorite shoes have shrunk during the summer and can no longer accommodate our feet? Most of us will purchase a new one that is one size bigger. Now, imagine your poor plant being stuck in the same shoes for long. Repotting could go a long way for its wellbeing. Find a container that is a little wide, fill it fresh soil and prepare to be surprised at how it will flourish.

Even if you don’t want to replace the pot, replace the soil with a one with high quality, the nutritious potting mix will go a long way. Do this process once in a while to ensure your plant is regularly fed with fresh soil. Fertilizers might not enhance its health totally, make sure it’s not the type that gives an instant feeding boost.

Drowning in excess water

While the follow up of hungry would be “thirsty,” quitting the opposite applies. Many may want to water it even when a beloved plant appears terrible. However, this might be the only thing to push them over to the edge. Many plants have what we call dormant period in which they will require less water. Those that are a novice to these patterns can easily get the plants drowned. So you have to watch the sogginess of the soil and refrain them from being watered if the plant is in its dormant period.

Getting unwanted sunburn

While it is a law that most plants thrive on sunlight, it is generally not a good idea to directly place them in it. Without having a concern of your leafy buddy needing more of vitamin B, you can probably decide to take it out on a sunny day. But it is a better idea you refrain from doing so. If you take it in contact with sunlight, it may suffer it the more. It is a better opinion you provide indirect sunlight for your plant for a while maybe till it starts looking better.

Moving out to a better climate condition

Even though everybody will not be happy to hear about it, it has to be pointed out. Most times, the only option left is to make a conclusion saying that your home is not a better place for a plant. Perhaps it requires outdoor air and better off in the backyard. Or it requires a more humid climate that you can’t make available in your home. A greenhouse would be ideal for such plants.