Lifestyle’s top 7 most popular Indoor plants

Our top 7 most popular Indoor plants – according to you!

You have spoken to us with your purchases, and we are here to give you the info and insight you need to look after your favourite indoor plants!

Firstly, let’s assure you that green fingered or not, you ARE able to look after plants. Stability when it comes to temperature, light and watering is key, and you will find the balance over time, with regards to each individual plant.

So which 7 plants make the coveted TOP 7 when it comes to popularity?

  • Phalaenopsis

Native to the south-eastern parts of Asia, Phalaenopsis or moth orchids are striking, unique plants, and are epiphytic by nature (they absorb nutrients and moisture from the air which surrounds them)

Their unique potting requirements mean that they need bark or mulch to grow in, not conventional soils, as the roots require a great deal of air. Lifestyle sells pots and potting mediums specifically for orchids, in various sizes, which makes housing them very simple (choose a gorgeous pot cover to match!)

These orchids have a low tolerance for drying out and should be watered with good frequency.

  • Begonia maculata

This spotted beauty thrives in indirect light, and won’t like being in direct sun. This gorgeous plant with its angel wing-shaped foliage is truly a show stopper with its white spots on darker olive-toned leaves.

Given that this begonia enjoys staying moist, pot it up using soil that will retain moisture for longer or add water retaining crystals, vermiculite or coco peat  to your potting mix. In the summer water as frequently as every 4 or 5 days. In the growing season, it will want fertilising to enhance growth.

  • Sansevieria trifasciata

The snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue earns its common name from its sharp sword-like leaves. Their uniquely leathery leaves come in an assortment of patterns and hues, shapes and heights, growing in an upright fashion with their signature sharp points. Due to their thick cuticles and ability to hold water, they won’t dry out easily and as such the soil can be allowed to dry out between waterings. Don’t let the plant sit in water, as this will encourage root rot. Feed once a month in growing season

  • Ficus lyrata

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is an iconic favourite, especially amongst the New-Gen plant parents. Its beautifully bold, glossy, paddle-shaped leaves are what makes this plant special, along with its ability to transform a space effortlessly.

Choose from single stem or multi-stem plants in various sizes – Lifestyle frequently has Bambino sizes in stock too. The Fiddle Leaf Fig prefers a loam-based, well-aerated soil, and bright, indirect light. They do tend to lean to the light, so it’s advisable to rotate them on a weekly basis. Too little light will see your plant grow slowly, so ensure it’s in a well-lit space, out of direct sun.

Plant in pots with sufficient drainage and ensure the roots don’t sit in water – this will prevent root rot.

  • Dypsis lutescens

The Bamboo palm- a structural beauty born to make a statement in any green space. Its dark green fronds prefer indirect bright light. Native to Central America, these plants prefer neutral to slightly acidic, well-drained soil that is very fertile. The thick stems have a clumping growth habit.

Naturally occurring in forests with dappled shade, they acclimate brilliantly to low light and constant moisture, so be sure to keep your plant consistently moist.

Avoid overwatering, which will cause leaf tips to brown and eventually to fall from the plant. Under watering causes new growth and green leaves to brown. A good rule of thumb with the Bamboo palm is to maintain a moist-to-the-touch soil – ensure water can flow freely from the chosen planting vessel.

  • Spathiphyllum wallisii

The Peace Lily has become popular due to its low maintenance, bright green flattish glossy leaves, and its ability to clean the air around us.

Heralding from the American tropics and South-east Asia, these low-fuss plants thrive easily in bright indirect light with moderate water. They are a popular choice for indoor offices and are very successfully grown in artificial light, due to their high tolerance to this form of lighting.

The white flowers which form can last weeks, after which they may fade. They take energy from the plant and removing them will send energy into the foliage of the plant, renewing its leaf growth. To extend flowering periods, only mist the leaves and not the flowers.

The peace lily becomes rather droopy when it becomes dry, so avoid this and water your plant frequently, allowing water to flow through, and allowing it to drain efficiently. Water when the top layer of soil feels like it’s lost its moisture.

  • Ficus elastica

The Rubber tree is a glorious addition to an indoor collection – its lush glossy leaves are bright and beautiful and the variegated varieties are great for adding living colour to your home.

It will be happy in a draught-free space and can grow as tall as a meter, given the space. This indoor tree doesn’t like to be moved, so choose a spot for it that you’re happy with. As with most indoor plants it appreciates well-draining soil, but when it comes to watering, err on the side of caution and rather allow soil to dry out a little, rather than over-watering. The Rubber plant does not like wet feet!

These plants also benefit from a sponge bath, or use a soft dry cloth, to allow leaves to breathe.

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