Where To Put Your Indoor Pot Plants? There are very few places is a home where pot plants will not grow. It must be remembered, however, that not every position will suit all plants. Indoor plants fall into three somewhat loose categories: those that have low, moderate or high light requirements. If you have identified a place in your home that you would like to liven up with plants, first assess how much ambient light there is. You can then do a little research into what plant type might best suit the desired space. Remember you can always supplement the available light with artificial light. This is especially useful in winter to keep plants healthy. Specialized grow lights are available from most large supermarkets or hardware stores.
Indoor Hanging Baskets – A group of attractive indoor plants in a hanging basket will indeed provide a beautiful display, but do not rush into hanging a container from a hook in the ceiling or a bracket on the wall until you have carefully studied the difficulties.
The air will be warmer and drier than at floor or windowsill level. The height of the display usually makes watering difficult, and when water is applied too liberally the basket may drip on to the floor.
The Winter Cherry plants (Solanum) bear tiny flowers in summer and these are followed in fall by green berries which change color as winter approaches. The Winter Cherry is a familiar sight at Christmas. The orange or red berries among the dark green leaves provide a festive touch, and if this small shrubby plant is placed on a sunny windowsill in a cool room then the berries will last for months. A closely related species, Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum) bears larger berries.
A word of warning: these fruits can be poisonous!
Mikania is a quick-growing trailing house plant which is one of the new generation of house plants – it entered the shops in the 1980s. Mikania is colorful; the veins are purple and the leaf surface is distinctly red or purple when the plant is kept in a brightly lit spot.
Growing Mikania can be tricky until you give it the right conditions. Mikania care can be narrowed down to two important ingredients: water and light. Mikania is not really happy house plant in the living room – it needs moist air, but misting can damage the leaves.
Radermachera is a house plant of the eighties – it was introduced to Europe from Taiwan at the beginning of the decade, and its popularity as a specimen indoor tree has increased. It may be labelled simply as ‘foliage plant’, but you can’t mistake the large compound leaves bearing shiny, deeply-veined leaflets with long tapering points. Central heating is no problem because it tolerates dry air.
A small, evergreen shrub, it has long, bipinnate leaves with glossy, deeply veined leaflets that are about 2 in (5 cm) long. Young plants are compact with branching, woody stems. Fast-growing, this plant will quickly become leggy if not pruned back.
Positioning Plants For Maximum Effect – The standard advice for getting the best visual effect from your plants is to study their future home BEFORE making your purchase. They may be required for general decoration – a bright splash of color or a medley of green foliage to liven up a dull room. Once you have brought them home you should move the pots around the room so as to get the most pleasing effect.
In other cases the choice is more limited – the plants are required to do a specific job, such as covering an empty fireplace or serving as a divider between parts of a room. Here the final position is already fixed, so you should look carefully at the background before making your decision.