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Bring the Outside In with The Flower Mill

Bring the outside in with the joy of house plants! Not only are house plants a huge trend in the interior world, but they also offer many health benefits. Many house plants are known to oxygenate the air and encourage a healthier environment, studies have even proven that having house plants in office environments also reduce overall "sick days" of staff!

 

Here is Kirsty’s top 5 air purifying and health benefiting house plants, which are easy and low maintenance to care for.

 

  1. Spider plant- A beautiful unfussy house plant, which removes formaldehyde (Formaldehyde is a strong-smelling gas used in making building materials and many household products) from the air in your home.

  1. Aloe Vera- This fast growing house plant has plenty of healing properties and is great for treating minor burns, and soothing dry or itchy skin.

  1. Lavender- A pretty scented flowering house plant, perfect for your windowsill, this plant is known for its stress relieving benefits.

  1. English Ivy- A great plant to put in your bedroom to oxygenate the air, and also keep mould at bay.

  1. Snake plant (also known as mother in laws tongue) - This beautiful, structural and variegated colour plant, is great for converting carbon dioxide into oxygen.

Another big house plant trend in the interior design world is Succulent Cacti plants. These low maintenance cute little plants are so easy to care for. They love sandy gritty compost that's great for drainage and they are happy to be reasonably dry. Succulents come in so many different sizes, which makes them perfect for creating bottle gardens or Terrariums!  Even better a great activity to do with with the kids!

  1. Find an old fish bowl or wide neck vase to use.
  2. Lay a few stones in the base for drainage and layer 2 inches of Cacti soil, ready to set your Succulents into. Leave space between the plants, as if they are too close together it can cause rotting or mould.
  3. Once you have added 4/5 plants depending on the size of your container, top up with Cacti soil until they are all bedded in.
  4. Use a selection of decorative stone or gravel to complete your design, and to aid with drainage.
  5. Clean any soil off the glass or container and water moderately (only water every 10-12 days)
  6. Finally, display somewhere in your home!

Enjoy a little of the outside on the inside!