When the winter blues set in and your longing for the bright colours and warmth of summer why not consider bringing your garden and plants indoors? Not only can they cleanse the air in your household, you can also grow your own delicious fruit and vegetables to serve up to family and friends.
Those who live in the city or who have limited growing space will find this especially helpful as your planting doesn’t need to take up that much space. A windowsill herb box made from our Surmi Slate Trough is great for adding a little something extra to cooking, or you can bring on young plants for the summer to come using our smaller pots such as the Keswick and Croxton
Bringing plants indoors can take up as much or as little space as you would like it to. Growing plants of all kinds, from a Aloe Vera (which look great in our slate vases) in the bathroom, to fresh tomatoes in the conservatory and larger house plants that fit perfectly in our Vintage Range.
Larger growers, or the more dedicated may want to set up a table or bench specifically for the plants indoors which will then be moved to the garden. Find an area with a tiled floor to catch the inevitable drops of water and you’re set. Shelves also provide lots of planting room while taking up little space. If using shelves, make sure that adequate light reaches every plant. This may require a separate grow light for each shelf.
During winter the hours of sunlight are much less and therefore when planting on window sills it’s important to utilise your south facing windows. Turn your potted plants a half-turn every day or two to keep the growth of your houseplant even. Foliage automatically bends toward the light so this is especially important for straight growth.
Here are some Foras suggested house plants and the perfect pot to keep them in…
Pothos planted in the Croxton Pot:
Why you want it: First of all, this indoor plant has an air-purifying quality that can absorb and strip toxins like formaldehyde from materials in the home like carpet. It has trailing stems and works well in a hanging basket or as a climbing plant with some training onto a trellis or whatever object you like that will support it.
How to care for it: This indoor house plant can produce stems that trail 8 feet or longer, so just cut them back when they get too long and your plant will continue to look full and healthy. It can thrive in an array of lighting conditions, but low light may diminish the leaves’ variegation. Allow soil to dry somewhat between watering. Pothos does well in an array of normal room temperatures.
Aloe Vera in the Abalone Slate Vase
Why you want it: This succulent with long pointed leaves has medicinal properties you probably well know from product labels. It can grow three feet high for big impact indoors. Smaller varieties like the popular aloe vera, work great in small, sunny indoor spaces.
How to care for it: Aloe likes room temperatures around 20oC and a lot of sunlight. As you might expect for a succulent, this indoor house plant prefers dry soil, so avoid frequent watering for the best result.