What sort of indoor plant should you buy and how do you make your choice? Manyare a joy to behold, but it is impracticable to keep them as indoor plants because they demand the steamy heat of the jungle. Though you would probably succumb to the atmosphere in time to avoid bankruptcy from the fuel bills, a more practical approach is necessary. The plants you purchase must be able to accept the conditions you can provide, so check what those conditions are. In which positions do you wish to grow plants ? Having decided upon that, you need to consider each spot separately and select suitable plants for each one. For example:
Let us assume that it is broad, the sill is 25 cm (10 in) wide, and the sun reaches it only late in the day. As it is not shaded by nearby buildings, it is very light. It is free from draughts, and there is no radiator below. The room temperature is rarely under 15°C (60 -F)
This position is fine for many plants. No strong sun; the sill is wide enough to take plant saucers forup to 14 cm (5 in); the temperature is in a good range. Only at night, in winter, when heavy curtains may be drawn, will it be necessary to protect some of the more sensitive plants. You can grow almost anything you like!
The narrower side window
We will assume that this faces east and gets a lot of sunlight. The sill is 25 cm (10 in) wide. There is a radiator beneath it. The only draught is an upward one from the radiator giving the spot a higher than general room temperature.
- This window is difficult. Most plants will dislike the conditions ; all will dry out quickly and easily. A sturdy would probably manage best to cope with the situation.
- The large expanse of wall facing the main window This gets reasonable light from the window and is never in direct sunlight. It is away from the door and is fairly draught-free. It enjoys room temperature.
- The wall is a fine spot for many foliage plants and lovers of slight shade. There is space for a climber or two to be supported and room on the floor to install a small indoor garden. The temperature is good.
The small alcove beside the door
A shaded, draughty spot where the temperature constantly fluctuates as the door is constantly opened and closed. This is an inhospitable spot; many plants would find the conditions impossible.
Having established the conditions, you can now select plants which a’re suitable.
The main window. Good conditions. Some sunlight.
, , Ficus decora, Peperomia and Sansevieria are all foliage plants which could be used. Most too will be happy in this spot, but they are rarely permanent residents. Normally they are moved elsewhere when their is over. Amongst those suitable are: Beloperone guttata (Shrimp plant), (Geranium), Impatiens sultanii ( ) and many others.
The side window. This is a hot, inhospitable site.
Try( ), Beloperone guttata ( ), Zonal Pelargonium (Geranium) or a Cactus. Be sure to provide some .
The wall position. Foliage plants.
( ), Monstera deliciosa ( ), ( ), Adianturn ( ), all other foliage plants which accept the room’s temperature range. The position will also prove good for many flowering plants, including Gloxinias, (African Violets) and a number of others.
The alcove near the door. A very hostile spot.
The attractive(Umbrella Plant) will probably survive there. The Chlorophyturn ( ) will also possibly withstand it, but may be rather pale. Other plants worth trying are Zebrina or Tradescantia (Wandering Jew) and (Common ).