Any kind of container can be used for your plant, as long as there’s adequate drainage. It’s best to place a saucer underneath to catch any excess water and prevent damage to your flooring. And don’t forget that all plants need light to grow. If they’re not getting sufficient light, they will be pale with long, thin stems, so check the label for a suitable position. Rotating the pot regularly will also help produce a well-shaped plant. Once you have found a suitable spot, caring for your plant takes just a few simple steps:
1. The water of life
To determine if your plant needs watering, feel the top 2.5cm of the potting mix with your finger each week. If it’s damp, don’t water until next time. Certain plants, such as cyclamen, prefer to be watered from underneath.
2. Food for thought
The best food for house plants is a controlled-release fertiliser, which will keep them well fed for three or four months. You can spray them with a half-strength seaweed solution for a quick boost of nutrients.
3. Let it shine
Wipe the leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to remove any dust. As well as making the foliage look nice and glossy, it will help the plant (and you!) breathe better.
Take a look at the Pots and Planters collection at the Better Homes and Gardens shop for more inspiration.