Top Five Indoor Plants To Make You Happy

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From Ivy to Fiddle Leaf Figs, indoor plants are so on-trend.

But beyond aesthetics, indoor plants are great for our health thanks to their ability to absorb harmful toxins from the air.

In addition, a survey of 1,000 Aussies nationwide revealed that six in 10 of us think indoor plants provide a calming influence. Four in ten say indoor plants make them happy and 66 per cent would like to see more indoor plants in schools to help create better learning environments.

The research, also showed 55 per cent of Aussies think indoor plants are an essential part of making a house feel like a home.

Often gardening is only associated with large outdoor spaces, but you can get many of the same holistic health benefits from gardening indoors as you do outside.

To encourage everyone to give it a go, here are Angie’s top five indoor plants with some useful tips and tricks for caring for them.

1. Fiddle Leaf Fig
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With its bold and glossy appearance that instantly adds king sized greenery into indoor spaces, it’s no wonder that the Fiddle Leaf Fig is one of the most popular plants used in homes and offices.

Angies Top Tip: Fiddle leaf figs thrive in a brightly lit room, protected from direct sunlight and cold draughts. Strategically place your fig so you can admire it’s impressive size.

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2. Rattlesnake Plant
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Going for a colourful tropical vibe? No worries! Rattlesnake (or peacock) plants grow to around 60cm tall and have vibrant or patterned foliage.

Loving humidity, they’re perfect for growing in a brightly lit bathroom.

Angie’s Top Tip: Keep the potting mix moist, especially during the warmer months, and feed regularly to promote lots of lush and colourful foliage.

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3. Aloe Vera
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If you’re after a low maintenance plant for your desk, try this drought resistant succulent. It’s known for its health and beauty benefits too – so there’s more to aloe vera than looking pretty!

Angie’s Top Tip: Aloe vera should be grown in a very brightly lit spot but out of direct sunlight. Let the potting mix dry out in between waterings.

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4. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
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How about going with something bold and fierce? Mother-in-Law’s Tongue has distinctive upright sword like patterned leaves and these plants are very effective at improving air quality.

Angie’s Top Tip: These plants are wonderfully tolerant of neglect and will handle dimly lit rooms and lack of water. Choose a pot with good drainage holes and use a quality potting mix such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.

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5. Swiss Cheese Plant
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Originating in tropical forests, the Swiss Cheese plant (also called Monstera), is sure to bring a jungle-like feeling indoors with lots of lush holey leaves and climbing stems. They can grow into sizeable plants and are great for filling a brightly lit corner of a room with greenery.

Angie’s Top Tip: Swiss Cheese plants will benefit from a monthly feed of liquid fertiliser, to encourage lots of leafy growth.

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