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Green Fingers Special: Indoor Plants for Your Bedroom

If you’re thinking of jumping on the houseplant bandwagon, The Mattress Warehouse has your back! Not only do we have one of the widest selection of beds and mattresses in South Africa, but we also offer online shopping. Explore our site and buy items, like linen or bedding, online.

Spring into action!

We’ve compiled a list of indoor plants that are ranked from easy to hard to maintain. This way, you can choose what plant friends you want in your home according to your green thumb abilities.

Quickly gaining traction as one of the most trendy indoor décor items and their air-purifying qualities, indoor plants are just about the best thing you can add in your home this arbour season. Furthermore, the presence of plants in a home create a relaxing, natural look and feel. In today’s busy lifestyle, indoor plants are the perfect springtime addition to your home!

With the warm summer weather upon us, many people forget that the months of September and October are, in fact, the spring months in the Southern hemisphere. That is why this time of year is the best opportunity for you to acquire your own indoor plant collection. 

This can be a daunting project to start with at first. If you’re thinking of jumping on the houseplant bandwagon, The Mattress Warehouse has your back! We’ve compiled a list of indoor plants that are ranked from easy to hard (in terms of maintenance). This way, you can choose what plant friends you want in your home according to your level of a green thumb.

Easy Care Houseplants 

Of course, all plants need some form of TLC but there are those select few that are near impossible to kill. For those of you with a terrible track record in keeping your plants alive, this greenery is probably your best bet.

Snake plant

If plants were competing in “Who could survive the longest without care?” then Snake plants, or Sansevieria trifasciata, would probably be one of the frontrunners. This plant is very simple to take care of.

  • It can be neglected for weeks at a time, showing no signs of distress in their strappy leaves.
  • Furthermore, these plants aren’t really susceptible to insects, pests or disease, so no need to worry in that department.
  • These plants also survive well in low light.

As an added bonus, studies have shown that these plants work as amazing air purifiers! This is a great feature, especially if you’re living in an air-polluted area.

Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) drawing © Minette Meijer

Caring for your Snake plant

Snake plants can be grown from cuttings, or you can buy an established plant from the nursery.

  1. Place the plant in direct sunlight if possible. However, as mentioned earlier, Snake plants can also survive well in low light.
  2. Do not water your Snake plant too much. In fact, it is good to let the soil dry out a bit between waterings.
  3. Since this greenery will be placed in a pot, make sure that the soil you use is enriched with fertiliser before you plant your Snake plant.

Delicious Monster

Very trendy and very easy to care for, these tropical plants are the perfect addition to your spring bedroom. Known for their perforated leaves and Insta-worthy posts, these bold, leafy plants are also the perfect choice for a low maintenance indoor plant.

This wonderful greenery can grow up to 20m tall – if given adequate space to thrive. As a houseplant, however, a Delicious Monster generally grows up to 3m tall, depending on the space they’re put in. These plants will adapt to their root space. Therefore, if they’re planted in a small pot, the plant will stay small and likewise with a larger pot.

Caring for your Delicious Monster

As mentioned, this tropical indoor plant is great for the forgetful plant owner. Care for your Monstera deliciosa by following these instructions and tips:

  • Water your plant thoroughly. Allow the soil to dry out in between waterings.
  • Place your Delicious Monster in bright light, but no direct sunlight.
  • Feed your potted plant with a liquid fertiliser every so often to supplement the soil in your pot.
Delicious monster (Monstera deliciosa) drawing © Minette Meijer

Delicious Monster troubleshooting

Even though these plants are easy to care for, the worst can sometimes happen. Certain factors can bring your Delicious Monster distress and result in a change of appearance. We’ve compiled a list of all the possible illness symptoms and how to treat them:

  • Brown tips and yellowing leaves: This can be a sign of overwatering. Make sure you allow the soil to dry out thoroughly in between waterings.
  • Yellowing lower leaves may also be a sign of temperature being too low. Delicious Monsters like hot temperatures of 18 – 29°C.
  • No holes in the plant: This happens when your plant doesn’t get enough light. If this is the case with your Delicious Monster, simply move it to a brighter spot in your house.

Medium Care Houseplants

For people that are a little bit more on point with their plant-care, but still forgets to water a few days in a row; the following plants are a great option for you. These plants can be neglected for some time but need your attention every couple of days.

Peace Lily

The delightful Spathiphyllum livens up any room with its distinctive droplet-shaped white flowers. Peace Lilies are tropical plants that grow on the forest floor in dappled sunlight with their roots in consistently moist soil.

Depending on the light, a Peace Lily plant will bloom white to off-white flowers at the beginning of summer and continue to bloom throughout the year. These plants like warm, humid climates and generally grow up to 40cm tall (as a potted indoor plant). 

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) drawing © Minette Meijer

How to care for your Peace Lily

  • Keep the soil moist, but do not overwater (soak) the plant. If you forget to water the plant and the soil dries out; it’s not the end of the world. However, these plants can’t be neglected for too long before their leaves will start to brown and dry out.
  • Place your Peace Lily in a well-lit area, out of direct sunlight. More light means more flowers but refrain from placing your plant in direct harsh sunlight.
  • Fertilise your Peace Lily plant every 6-8 weeks to allow proper blooming of their distinctive flowers.
  • Peace Lilies survive best in temperatures above 21°C, so make sure your house is nice and cosy for your indoor plant.

Succulents

Succulents are desert plants that store water in their thick, fleshy leaves and stems. This feature is what allows them to survive without water for a very long time. However, succulents come from the desert and, therefore, need lots of sunlight and warmth to survive.

There are many different species of succulents, but their needs all stay the same. Therefore, you can create a versatile rock garden in your home with the many succulent varieties available.

Various succulents drawing © Minette Meijer

But first, let’s explore the wants and needs of these juicy indoor plants:

  • Make sure you place your succulents in lots of direct sunlight.
  • Plant your succulents in well-draining potting soil like a coarse potting mix (sand, and gravel pieces in between soil). This will prevent the roots from staying moist and rotting.
  • Furthermore, make sure the pot has draining holes in the bottom. This will allow further draining of the water.
  • Allow the potting soil to dry out between waterings. This prevents the roots from staying moist and rotting.
  • Fertilise your succulents at least once a year with liquid fertiliser.

Challenging Houseplants

The following plants are for the very daring or expert gardeners among us. Before hosting these plants in your home make sure that you have an amazing track record of keeping plants alive. In addition to being hard to care for, these plants are also much more expensive. You don’t want to waste all that money by killing it off within a week!

Orchids

Orchids are very sensitive plants in regards to water needs and light exposure. Through specialised care and perfect placement, you’ll have beautiful blooming orchids in no time!

There are many orchids species out there, but one of the most common and popular orchids is the Phalaenopsis Blume or Moth Orchid. You can find this greenery in most nurseries and grocery stores. 

How to care for Moth Orchids:

Moth orchids will grow about one or two new leaves and bloom stem per year. Usually, these plants go into bloom in the late winter through to the spring.

Follow these tips to keep your Moth Orchids in tip-top shape:

  • Place the orchid in a bright place in your house. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight as this will scorch the plant.
  • Spray your orchid with water every 7-10 days; this is usually when the soil or bark starts to dry out.
  • Fertilise with a special orchid fertiliser. This product can be bought at grocery stores like Woolworths.
  • Make sure your orchid is potted in a proper orchid potting mix. The right potting mix for orchids will allow enough ventilation for the roots of the plant to grow strong.
  • Use a pot with holes in the bottom for draining water away from the roots.
Orchid (Phalaenopsis Blume) drawing © Minette Meijer

Some extra tips and advice

Moth orchids will bloom through late winter and spring. Do not be alarmed when your orchid suddenly drops all flowers at the dawn of summer. The blooms will reappear once the plant experiences a few cold nights in early autumn.

Don’t overwater your orchid. In the wild, orchids attach to a tree and get their nutrients and water from there. Their roots like to be dry and ventilated. That is why a good quality potting soil and draining pot is crucial for your orchid’s lifespan. Rather mist your orchids instead of pouring water over the plant. This will prevent overwatering and soggy roots. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be an expert orchid caretaker in no time!

Venus flytrap

The Dionaea muscipula, better known as the Venus Flytrap is probably one of the hardest plants to take care of in your home. However, do not be intimidated by its level of maintenance, as this little plant is an amazing exotic addition to any bedroom.

This carnivorous plant grows best in sandy soil that is high in acidity and moisture. This plant gets its food from the soil and supplements its nutrients through eating small insects with their fly traps.

Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) drawing © Minette Meijer

To care for your Venus Flytrap, follow these tips and suggestions:

  • Place the plant in direct sunlight. Venus Flytraps need about 12 hours of direct sunlight each day. This is what makes them so hard to care for. If your house has little direct sunlight through the day, it’s probably best to place your Flytrap outside in direct sunlight.
  • Water your Venus Flytrap with distilled water or rainwater – not tap water. Distilled water is slightly acidic, which makes it ideal for a Venus Flytrap.
  • Plant your Flytrap in a plastic pot with drain holes for proper drainage. Furthermore, use a 1:1 mixture of potting soil consisting of peat moss and horticultural sand or gravel.
  • If your Flytrap seems in distress due to too little insects, you can manually put small insects in its flytraps for extra nutritional support.
  • Do not let your Venus Flytrap flower. This may sound a bit odd, but flowering uses a lot of energy for a plant. For a sensitive plant like a Venus Flytrap, this may result in too much energy being used, and the plant ultimately dying.
  • Do not poke your Venus Flytrap! As tempting as it may be, this causes the plant to unnecessary close and use up costly energy. In the end, this wasted energy could result in the death of your Venus Flytrap.

There you have it! We’re rootin’ for you

Now you know the basics of caring for your indoor plants; from easy to hard. Don’t have any indoor plants? Now is the perfect time to start, as all plant thrives best in the springtime. Create your own natural sanctuary in your bedroom with these plants. Build your skill from beginner to expert by welcoming these plants one by one into your home. You’ll reap in the relaxing benefits of natural decor and super clean air. Happy planting!

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