Houseplants are generous givers. For very little input, they offer up lush foliage, characterful shapes and beautiful colours all year round, while their low-key needs – water, light, nutrients – give us a chance to interact with nature, even when we can’t get outdoors.
As founder of Bloom, I’m often asked if there’s a secret to healthy houseplants, some insider knowledge that keeps leaves green and stems aloft. And there is a secret: the art of noticing. To notice the changes in your home with each passing season, to note leaves reaching for light or curling as they run dry, and to respond to these clues with patience. Spring is usually the time give them a bit of extra love and attention, but houseplants will respond to care all year around.
The key thing to think about is light. Pretty much any advice you read will mention direct or indirect light, or even bright indirect light. There’s also low light and moderate light, and probably every other type of light in between. The trick is not to get hung up on the terms, but to notice what’s going on in your home. Think of it like an estate agent… bright light would be a light and airy room that feels sunny to be in most of the day. Low light is the box room at the back that feels a bit grey, even on a sunny day. Direct light is a beaming ray that lands in a shaft or on the window sill.