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No matter what size your home is, we’ve got an indoor plant (or two) that will help to brighten up your home. Not only can adding greenery to your home brighten up a room and blend in with interior design, they also offer a huge number of health benefits.
Houseplants can help to purify the air in your home by filtering toxins out, increase oxygen during the day and absorb carbon dioxide at night.
From a tall, tropical Monstera Deliciosa to a rare Variegated Monstera, finding the perfect house plant for your home starts here.
How to get rid of flies in house plants
Common pests in house plants are usually whiteflies or fungus gnats. These can cause damage to your plants and spread through your entire plant collection. They can be difficult to get rid of so prevention is usually better than treating flies once they’ve set in.
You can use a pest killer but these can often contain pesticides and can be detrimental to the long-term health of your plants. Let the soil dry out to prevent larvae from being able to survive, use a spray bottle to knock flies off your plants and maintain good plant hygiene to prevent bugs.
How to look after house plants
We have full plant care guides available but here are some simple tips for keeping your house plants healthy:
Keep soil moist - make sure its not too wet or dry to prevent root rot and to make sure plants have enough water to keep them happy.
Plant your house plants in pots with drainage holes in the bottom to ensure that plants are not sitting in water.
Make sure your plant is near a good light source.
Understand the species of plant you have so you can understand its needs in more detail.
How often should you water house plants?
Most plants like to be watered once or twice a week but this will depend on a range of factors such as the plant type, the climate of your home and time of year. Our usual recommendation is to check the top inch of soil every time you water. If it’s dry, water the plant. If it’s still moist, leave it for another day and try again.
When to repot house plants
If your house plants need repotting, the spring is the best time. This gives actively growing roots a change to grow into their new potting mix before winter dormancy sets in.
There are a number of signs that a plant may need to be repotted, including the soil drying out faster than usual, roots growing through pot drainage holes, roots wrapped tightly in the pot or the plant may look limp or stop growing.
Are house plants good for you?
Yes, house plants can be good for you. They release oxygen into your home and absorb the carbon dioxide inside which means they can eliminate harmful toxins from the air. Some house plants have better air purifying qualities than others so this is something to look out for if you want house plants to clean the air in your home.
Do house plants cause humidity?
House plants can raise humidity levels in your home because they undergo respiration and photosynthesis. Plants absorb water whilst making their food and they then release this moisture into the air. If you have a number of house plants grouped together in your home, you will find the room will be more humid. If you have plants that particularly like humidity, this is great!