Trendy Mother-in-laws

Whether you call them Mother-in-law’s Tongue, Snake Plant or Viper’s Bowstring Hemp, Sansevieria (Sansevieria trifasciata) has become super trendy over recent years and potted Sansevieria features prominently in modern landscape and interior design. They’re very hardy, are slow growing, require minimal maintenance and will tolerate low levels of light, making them ideal for growing indoors.

They’ll also help improve air quality so having a few around the house and office is very beneficial.

When planting Sansevieria into a pot, choose a container with a good amount of drainage holes and use coarse, free draining potting mix. It should only need watering once every few weeks and an application of a controlled relase fertiliser like Yates Acticote™ Pots, Planters & Garden Beds will provide Sanseveiria with an instant boost of fast release nutrients and continue to feed for up to 12 months.

Peace, love and harmony

Growing indoor plants in our homes has multiple benefits. Plants help to soften hard lines of furniture and add an extra dimension to décor and design. Gardening, including indoor gardening, can help improve your mood, reduce anxiety and stress and also plants have the clever ability to absorb airborne toxins inside our homes.

Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum wallisii) are very popular plants for growing indoors, with lots of lush deep green tropical looking leaves and crisp white flowers.

Peace lilies are great for beginner gardeners. They’re hardy plants that will ‘speak’ to you by drooping their foliage when they need watering.

They prefer growing in a brightly lit spot indoors that is protected from direct light, but will also tolerate more dimly lit positions. The lower the light level, the less flowers that may develop.

Peace lilies like humidity and so are perfect for growing in steamy bathrooms.

Ball Australia have some fabulous spathiphyllums in their ‘Nature’s Décor’ range that are perfect for growing indoors. Varieties include the beautiful ‘Stephanie’, ‘tall and upright ‘Sweet Pablo’ and compact ‘Cupido’.

Here are the simple steps to help keep your indoor peace lilies flourishing:

  1. Choose a well-drained pot and use good quality potting mix like Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  2. Position the pot in a warm, brightly lit room, away from direct sunlight.
  3. Keep the potting mix moist, particularly during the warmer months.
  4. Feed plants from spring to autumn with Yates Thrive Houseplant Liquid Plant Food, to encourage healthy and lush leaf growth and lots of flowers.
  5. Remove spent flowers and yellowing or damaged leaves regularly, to keep the plant looking tidy.

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