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With the start of summer apparently around the corner and our attention turns to what is outside of our homes it is also a useful time to remember that we can bring some of the things from the outside into our homes to make them even more summer focused for the upcoming warmer and lighter months.

Houseplants do that very thing. They are not only good at purifying air and lovely to look at but numerous studies have shown that they lower anxiety and increase your serotonin and dopamine levels which in short means, you feel happier when looking at house plants.

We know from lots of Pinterest boards, Instagram shots and even Facebook, the kitchen is also a great canvas to have an array of plants, books and wine in your home. Choosing the right kinds of houseplants however can be a little trickier. Some need a little more care than others, whilst some house plants can grow to be quite large so you may want to avoid these if you’re battling with space. There are some plants that could be harmful to cats and dogs as well, so your choice does need to be considered.

Here are just a selection of houseplants that you can bring into your kitchen – we’ve gone for easy low maintenance so it would be difficult to make many mistakes with these choices.

Aloe vera
It’s not only a common way of saying hello on the cobbled streets of Weatherfield, this is a great house plant with all the easy low maintenance that goes with it. Beautiful and distinctive in shape, this is also a great plant for when you might get burnt at the stove. Cutting away one of its leaves and letting the gel seep onto the affected area is one of the best remedies for burns.

Cast Iron plant
Hearty and hassle-free, this houseplant does everything you want in a kitchen; from purifying the air to being very nice to look at. From low light conditions to tolerating warm and fluctuating temperatures, they can even forgive the worst waterers in the household. Stick it in the corner, give it some attention every few weeks and you’d be hard pressed to find a houseplant as sturdy as one of these.

Spider plants
Rest assured that when we came up with this list and asking a fellow Chester independent, The Flower Cup we really were thinking about plants that didn’t need a lot help or interference and the Spider plant was one that kept cropping up. By the window in the sun or on the countertop underneath overhead cabinets, a little water and bit of trimming and you’ll see a great plant spring to life.

Chinese Evergreens
Low light loving, appreciates dry conditions and has one of the nicest marbled colours of white, cream and even silver, the Chinese evergreen is a very adaptable houseplant. It doesn’t even trimming, the leaves come from the crown so you don’t have to cut anything back.

Succulents and cacti
There are so many varieties but there is a reason why we grouped this wonderful set of plants together, they bring colour, variety and are so easy to maintain the only way you can hurt them is if you overwater them which is easier than you can imagine. A spritz of water every few weeks does the job, you don’t soak these plants and a small collection or a few larger types look great around a home, let alone the kitchen areas.

succulents

Yucca
The trusted Yucca plant. Yes, we know that many had these in the 60s and 70s but the yucca is one of the sturdiest houseplants you can have. They live in all sorts of locations and need little to any looking after. One of the best, most trusted houseplants you can have.

A few simple rules to looking after your plants
One of the biggest reasons for not having plants is that people can have a bad experience with many varieties when first purchasing them. So there are some simple rules that we’ve been told to pass on; these should keep your plants healthy and well for many years to come.

Only water when your soil is very dry
Houseplants absorb a lot of air moisture as well as what you feed. The general rule of thumb is, water every 15 – 20 days in the winter, 10 – 12 days in the summer.

Never pour water directly onto soil
You should use a water spray and for plants with big leaves, spray directly onto those leaves. A few squirts and you’ll be fine.

Feed in winter months
When you stop watering plants as frequently in winter months, be sure to use a plant feeder as instructed at that time. It helps the plant retain nutrients over a colder spell.

Work with sunlight
Direct, hot sunlight can kill plants quickly as well. Be sure to place your varieties in areas where there is window light or decent artificial light which will help stimulate your plant growth and general wellbeing.

 

 

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