Plant Parent

First time plant parent, find your perfect plant match – how to choose the right indoor plant + plant care & nurture.

So many plants and so many places to put them…but what makes the RIGHT plant for your place?  I guess the first thing to remember is that in truth there is no such thing as an indoor plant.  They all evolved outdoors, but plants are adaptable, and make the most out of their circumstances by growing at your place, instead of, perhaps, a rainforest in Borneo!  So what can you do to create the right ecosystem in your lounge room?  Short of running the shower constantly and hosing down the carpet.  Solution?  Match your space to the plant’s needs, and you’ll both be happy.

The Plant Newbies – can’t seem to grow a thing?  Try a cast iron plant.  It can survive anything…and seems to thrive!  Other low input plants include Mother-in-Law’s tongues (Sanserveria), Zebrina (Tradescantia) and peace lily (Spathiphyllum).

The Love Gods – All of us want sweet dreams, so try growing a perfumed plant like Stephanotis – a white perfumed creeper, or hoya – which have intoxicating pale pink flowers and look great trailing down on a bedroom shelf.  Alternatively, use a flowering plant, like a butterfly orchid, so that the first thing you see in the morning brings you joy.

The Enthusiasts and Unicorn hunters – do you love collecting?  We have all the latest philodendrons at Gro.  They are the ultimate disguise artist, coming in large leaf, small leaf, climbing and shrublike forms, in every colour from gold and white edged to purple and orange tinged forms.  And they’re not even hard to look after.

The Fortune seeker - check out our rare and unusual Chinese lucky plants (Aglonema) which we have in all types of leaf colours.  We also sell Happy plants, guaranteed to make you smile, and Chinese money plants.  Best thing is, they are all hardy so you won’t lose money buying them.

Rule Breaker – Don’t limit yourself to standard pot plants.  Why not go vertical too?  Think Swedish or English ivy for great foliage and form that can grow up and down, as well as their air cleaning properties.  Add some wires or a totem and watch them Grow.

The Chefs – everyone want to grow herbs on the kitchen window sill, but the truth is there time there will be limited, as almost all herbs like basking in full sun…so pop them out on the balcony and avoid disappointment. If you are still wanting to give some a go, grow leafy types like basil, parsley and mint – they should last a few months and certainly be better for you and more flavorsome than dried herbs from the pantry.


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