Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Houseplant of the Month: January

Houseplants: like the perfect man... long lasting, great looking and low maintenance.  
What is not to love?  

Which is why the Flower Council of Holland are continuing their Houseplant of the Month Campaign throughout 2016.  Each month they have chosen their favourite Houseplant and given a ton of information on the history and uses of the plant, how to choose a nice healthy one, and how to take proper good care of it.
Check out The Joy of Plants for further information and a whole load of fun and inspiration.

We thought we'd do you all a favour and follow their lead, condensing the info in our own monthly feature.  
In the first part of this year's series...

January : Indoor Trees

Yesterday I spent a good hour sawing the branches off our Christmas tree, just to get it out of the front door.  

We'd got over excited, you see. And bought a massive one.  

It wasn't until the netting was off that we realised we'd gone too far.  And that we'd have to move the sofa and sacrifice opening the window shutters for the rest of the festive period...

Consequently, with the tree now hacked to pieces and ready for composting, the living room feels bare, lifeless. 

The answer? Indoor trees! 
Of a much smaller stature than that pine monster, obviously.

These boys cheer a space right up AND they are air purifying.  Which means you can have a glass of vino while they do the January detoxing for you.  Probably.

There are four main types of indoor tree; Beaucarnea, Dracaena, Polyscias and Pachira.  They are all considered to be 'greenery on a trunk', which is where they store water making them very easy to care for.  Ideal.


The beaucarnea is often referred to as the ponytail palm or the elephant's foot.  It is in fact neither a palm nor an elephant's foot (despite looking a tad like both due to it's thick trunk and splaying, thin leaves), but part of the asparagus family.  

Keep him in a nice light spot out of direct sunlight and let the soil go dry between waterings. 


The leaves of this beauty come in a variety of shapes and colours; green, yellow and gold leaves with tones of pink and red in certain areas.

Keep the dracaena away from cold and draughts and preferably in a nice warm pool of light.  Only water once the soil has dried up.


The polyscias are the most 'tree looking' of the indoor trees, as they grow upwards, with leaves filling out along the length of the trunk.

They prefer shade over direct sunlight, and like to be watered little and often so that their soil remains moist.



A perfect gift for anyone in January - the pachira is considered in China to bring fortune and happiness to the home and is often called the money tree.  Also referred to as the Malabar chestnut, it's a real good looking tree with it's lovely, fast-growing, hand-like leaves.

Keep out of full sunlight, keep the soil damp and give the leaves a good spray every so often.

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