Whether it’s to celebrate a birthday, a new home, or to decorate a student dorm room, getting a plant is always a good idea – especially as they always last much longer than a bouquet! For you to take care of your plants, and keep them alive as long as possible, we have come up with our best selection of hardy plants – hard ones to kill! – at least, if you don’t overwater them. Follow our suggestions below to be a knowledgeable and proud plant owner ?
The ever-popular Peace Lily in a pale grey ceramic pot is an ideal indoor plant for almost anyone as it’s an adaptable, and low-maintenance plant.
It can grow up to three feet tall and it’s well known to have air cleaning properties since NASA put it on their indoor air pollution study. Although, they are poisonous to both cats and dogs because they contain calcium oxalate. So peace lilies should be kept away from animals and small children.
How to care for a peace lily plant?
Exposure: No direct sunlight – they prefer light partial shade.
Water: Only once a week maximum in summer, and even less in winter.
Tip: it sags a bit when it needs water, which essentially is telling you when it’s thirsty.
Where to place it? By a northern facing window.
White or Pink Orchid
The orchidaceae are one of the two largest families of flowering plant with about 28,000 different species. Getting someone an orchid is a precious keepsake as they can last for years. In fact, even with a little know how, you’ll find that orchids are surprisingly easy to care for.
How to care for an orchid?
Exposure: Prefer a breezy but bright spot– no directly sunlight.
Water: Obtaining a good moisture balance is critical, so don’t hesitate to spray the roots as they love humidity.
Tip: Their roots like to breath and be free, so let them grow outside the pot, and use pots with drainage holes to allow excess of water to run out of the pot (as root rot can kill your plant).
Where to place it? On the bathroom windowsill, or kitchen windowsill.
Rose plants have over 300 species and can be grown into bushes, or grown climb over your fences, wooden gates or garden arches. Our pretty pink rose plants are a typical English rose type with a soft pale pink colour and a dense foliage. They come in a jute pot and are packaged in a special box designed to fit through a regular sized letterbox.
How to care for a rose plant?
Exposure: Direct sunlight for at least six hours a day.
Water: Soil needs good water drainage.
Tip: Withered roses must be eliminated, so that you leave room for new roses. They should be pruned in winter, when the plant is dormant.
Where to place it? Place near a south-facing window with good ventilation, this will allow the plant to bask in six hours of glorious sunlight (if lucky).
Small Olive Tree
How to care for an olive tree?
Exposure: Place in a bright sunny spot with direct sunlight.
Water: Requires a well-drained bottom as you will have to water sufficiently to get your tree established and thereafter as necessary during dry periods.
Tip: It must be protected from frost.
Where to place it? Place in a south-facing window, or place in full sun if outside.
Part of the arum family, the flamingo flower (also called Anthurium or Laceleaf) has vibrant red heart shaped flowers with a yellow spadix in its centre and comes in an elegant black and white jute pot. The flamingo flower plant is carefully packaged by hand to keep it in perfect condition on its journey to the recipient and as the box is designed to fit through the letterbox.
How to care for a flamingo flower?
Exposure: Indoor flamingo plants will thrive in temperatures between 16-22 °C in bright but indirect light.
Water: Water freely when in growth but keep dryer in winter (dormant season).
Tip: Mist the leaves regularly with water to increase humidity and repot every couple of years.
Where to place it? Anthurium plants are poisonous due to calcium oxalate crystals, and the sap is irritating to the skin and eyes – so beware to keep it out of reach.
Coffee plants are evergreen shrubs native to southern Africa and tropical Asia. They have glossy green leaves and can grow up to six feet tall and three feet wide. Popular in coffee shops, you’ll have most likely seen them around. So if you know a plant lover who’s also a coffee addict, or simply are looking for a thoughtful new home gift, the coffee plant is a great choice.
How to care for a coffee plant?
Exposure: Keep in a spot which is bright but has indirect sunlight.
Water: Make sure the humidity of the room stays high, and the soil has good drainage. Coffee plants need to stay moist but not soaking wet.
Tip: Keep the soil rich and moist and away from draughts in the winter, as this plant prefers temperatures that stay consistently above 20°C.
Where to place it? In a bathroom, or in a warm room as they grow better in temperatures between 20°-27°C.
Get a colourful chilli plant for the chef of the family. Our Indoor chilli pepper plant produces vibrant red peppers, full of texture and flavour – ready to add to any curries or any sauces, but beware – they are hot!
How to care for a chilli plant?
Exposure: A bright southerly exposed window in direct sunlight.
Water: Water regularly but sparingly. It’s best to keep your soil a little on the dry side, because slightly “stressing” your chilli plants helps to produce hotter peppers.
Tip: Start using a general liquid fertiliser when the flower first appears to give help the chilis grow.
Where to place it? In a warm, sunny windowsill, or heated greenhouse.
Did you know that’s the name “Bonzai” means in “planted in a container” in Japanese? It’s a cultivating art form which is an integral part of Japanese culture dating back to the early 14th century. Ginseng Grafted Ficus trees are indoor bonsai trees which embody strength, with substantially exposed roots and sturdy trunks.
How to care for a Bonsai Tree?
Exposure: Thrive in sunlight but kept away from direct heat or draft.
Water: Bonsais need humidity in order to keep their soil moist.
Tip: The most common cause of bonsai tree deaths is under-watering because the soil layer is so shallow, so it is prone to drying out very quickly.
Where to place it? By a westerly exposed window.
Pony Tail Palm
Looking for an unusual looking plant? This spikey pony tail palm plant (officially called the Beaucarnea recurvata) is a desert type plant native to Mexico and can reach up to 10 feet tall. It comes in a square Aztec printed ceramic pot.
How to care for a Pony Tail Palm?
Exposure: Place in a sunny spot, in a bright location. Bright, indirect sunlight is best.
Water: Don’t over-water the Mexico native – there’s a risk of root-rotting! Allow the soil to dry completely before re-watering. Keep the water well drained at the bottom of the pot.
Tip: In winter you can keep the plant in a 10-13 °c room to replicate the dormancy cycle.
Where to place it? In a warm southerly exposed room.
Begonia plants are beautiful perennial flowering plants which can be grown indoors and produce masses of pink flowers that will certainly add some cheerful colour to your home. They are grown in 17cm diameter large pots and are sent wrapped in hessian fabric.
How to care for a Begonia Plant?
Exposure: Stand the plant in the light, but out of direct (midday) sun.
Water: Keep the soil moist, provide humidity with a pebble tray and place in bright filtered light.
Tip: Remove faded flowers to encourage further buds to open (so called deadheading).
Where to place it? Begonia plants can be planted in a garden or kept indoors in full sunlight.
We hope these few tips have help you take good care of your new plants to keep them alive and looking their best for a long time.