We are endlessly inspired by Instagram posts of elaborate urban jungles and plant playgrounds, filling a home with lavish greenery and exotic plant varieties. But where do you start? You want to grow something that Loudon himself would be proud of, but you might not have those well-traveled, greenfingers just yet.
Lucky for you, we’ve introduced 3 new, easy-to-care for statement plants into the range that will have you well on your way to becoming a fully fledged plant hunter in no time. These plants make really good first time indoor plants, so read on to find out more…
Monstera Deliciosa - Swiss Cheese Plant
Instagram’s star of the show, the Swiss Cheese Plant, is an unruly exotic tree that has the most fascinating leaves. They grow in these beautiful heart shapes that, once matured, split into the iconic Swiss cheese pattern. But what we find most alluring about this plant is how the leaves grow and unfurl in the first place. Watch on as your plant exotically unravels itself into this glorious showcase.
Did you know, the Monstera Deliciosa does flower in its natural habitat, although it's highly unlikely to in our UK homes.
Swiss Cheese Plant SOS tips
Growth maintenance: If you want to keep your Monstera Deliciosa at a level height, just pinch off any new growth tips.
Feeding information: During the warmer spring & summer months, your Monstera Deliciosa is growing. Therefore, it will require more regular feeding than through the colder autumn and winter months. If you spot that the leaves are yellowing and drooping, it's likely a sign your Monstera Deliciosa is feeling a little malnourished and could do with an extra serving of fertilizer.
Optimum living conditions: The Monstera Deliciosa enjoys living in a bright space, away from direct sunlight. If it's not getting enough light, the leaves will not form their slits. It is also sensitive to dry air, so if you notice the leaf edges and tips starting to turn brown, it would be worth upping your misting routine.
Pilea Peperomioides - Chinese Money Plant
Create a visual delight full of energy and personality with the Pilea. This plant likes indirect sunlight and is perfect to add decoration to tabletops, windowsills and side desks.
For us, our favourite feature of the Pilea is that your plant will sprout you stem plantlets from the soil - aka Pilea babies, which makes it a fantastic plant for first time propagators. Once fully grown, your new, propagated Pilea's can be re-potted to make a perfect gift for your loved ones.
Pilea Peperomioides SOS tips
Watering care: It's really easy to overwater your Pilea as they are very sensitive to sitting in water. If your Pilea's leaves start to droop or curl downwards, its a good sign that you either need to let your soil dry out more between waterings or improve the drainage within it's pot.
Living Conditions: Pilea's are sensitive to sunlight. If it get's too much direct sun, the leaves will curl upwards, a sign of heat or light stress. To overcome this, you could try relocating it to near a north or east-facing window, or placing it slightly further away from the light source.
If your Pilea's leaves look to be fading though, it could be a sign that it's suffering from a lack of light. If this is the case, you'll need to move it closer to a light source.
Remember to turn your Pilea regularly to get an even coverage. The plant stems will chase the light during the day and you could end up with a wonky Pilea if you don't.
Ficus Lyrata - Fiddle Leaf Fig
The fiddle leaf fig is an exotic tree with a sophisticated 'wow' factor. It has iconic, leathery, fiddle shaped leaves that grow stylishly from the leaf base. It's a great plant to add to colour to bright spots in your house, but should be kept away from heat sources and draughts.
Ficus Lyrata SOS tips
Watering advice: The Ficus Lyrata enjoys a good watering, but doesn't like to sit in water. You'll want to make sure the top soil is dry before you get the watering can ready. It also requires excellent drainage.
If you notice the leaves are starting to drop and turn brown along the edges, it could be a sign of underwatering. Try watering a little more regularly to help bring the leaves back to life. If the leaves start to develop dark brown edges or spots and is giving off an unpleasant smell near it's soil, it is a sign of overwatering and you may need to repot your Fiddle-leaf fig in new soil to rectify.
Living conditions: Ficus Lyrata are sensitive to the area they live in. They prefer a warm, humid climate similar to their natural rainforest home. Therefore, if your room temperature falls below 50°F, it may develop brown spots. Ficus Lyrata's also don't like to be moved, with sudden changes of location or draughts resulting in leaf drop.
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