GREEN: A brief guide to indoor plants

It’s safe to say that plants are our thing, just like coffee filled mornings and a good wine in the bath..

Let’s introduce you to a few of our faves:

Fiddle Leaf Fig
The Ficus Lyrata or commonly known Fiddle Leaf Fig is a bold leafed beauty that has seen a surge in popularity over the last few years and boy does she love the attention.

There are roughly 850 species of Ficus, but somehow the Fiddle Leaf just stands out. The large glossy leaves and slender woody stems can sometimes climb up to 6 metres in a home environment given the right TLC but they also look just as cute in smaller pots and baskets.

Fiddle leaf figs prefer lots of bright, filtered light. Keep your fiddle leaf fig near a sunny window so it can take in lots of sunshine throughout the day and rotate every few weeks so as not to burn or dry out the leaves.

When watering, room temperature water works best since cold water can put plants into shock. Fiddle leaf figs like thorough watering, but do not like to sit in the water so make sure your pot has good drainage. These plants prefer warm, humid climates similar to the weather in their native rain forests. If it’s too cold they will develop brown spots.

Rubber Plants
Another of the Ficus family, the Ficus elastica or Rubber Plant is a smooth and elegant tree that makes a beautiful addition to your household potted plants.
We here at Electric Eyes are particularly big fans of the beautiful burgundy leafed Rubber Plants which are featured throughout our store. These stately plants can grow to great heights and keeping them in a smaller pot will only restrict their leggy limits!

Rubber plants like warmer climates and indirect sunny spots, so in front of a curtain by a sunlit window or just away from direct light will suit them best. They prefer moist, well-drained soil so try not to over water your plant by keeping an eye on the soil. Use lukewarm water and occasionally mist the leaves.

The Golden Cane Plant
The Golden Cane, or Chrysalidocarpus lutescens is a lush and green plumed palm variety with slender stems that can often be yellow in colour.

The Golden Cane loves a lot of light and is used to humid climates with access to lots of fresh air which can often be hard to achieve inside. But don’t give up so easily, they are known to be a great indoor plant when kept close to windows.
These plants don’t like to be over-watered, much like the other plants we have listed so far. Aim to keep the soil moist at all times.

Birds of Paradise
A cousin to our fine friend the Banana, there are five varieties of Strelitzia plants however only the Orange (Strelitzia Reginae) and White (Strelitzia Nicolai) have been cultivated for house hold/indoor use.

These plants can require up to 5-6 years in the one spot before producing flowers so it’s lucky they’re pretty enough without them. The leaves shoot directly up from the soil rather than having a woody trunk and once unravelled can grow to about 30-45cm making it a really beautiful large leafed plant, which we love.

Hot Tips: Strelitzia’s love light and occasional some direct sun. be sure to water regularly and move them into a sunny spot every now and then.

Birds Nest Fern
Proof that good things come in small packages these tropical plants won’t grow to be as leggy as their friends listed above but will definitely make for a beautiful feature in your home regardless.

A plume of lush leathery leaves that burst from the soil, Birds Nest Ferns grow only about 2-3ft in height and love warmer climates.
Aim to water around the base of the plant and keep the soil moist but not over-watered and enjoy in any room of the house, as these guys love low light and shady areas.
Much like the Fiddle Leaf Fig and very much so thanks to Instagram and Pinterest, Succulents have seen a huge revival over the last decade… a renaissance of sorts.

And who could fault them! They come in so many unique styles, colours and shapes and are practically impossible to kill. I say this because sadly we all know someone who instead of a green thumb appears to have the “fingers of death”.

Succulents don’t like to have wet feet so once planted and initially watered let the soil dry before you water them again (usually once a week)
Succulents, like cactus, are independent little beasts so don’t be too precious, they don’t like being fussed over. Let them do their thing and you should start to notice funky little off-shoots and cute little flower

And don't forget we're in store to talk all things green & pretty

Electric Eyes x

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