When you move into a new home, you have the rare opportunity to truly start fresh. Presented with a blank canvas in the form of the 70 Charlton luxury residences, you can create the home you’ve always wanted, carefully considering your lighting, artwork, and furniture. While those design elements seem to get the lion’s share of attention, don’t forget the impact of the humble houseplant. Expert at multitasking, indoor greenery can clean the air, regulate humidity, and pack a powerful, mood-boosting punch of cheerful vitality. For some, though, the thought of caring for an indoor garden is daunting. With all the choices available, where does one start? Whether you’re a novice or a natural, here’s our guide to bringing the greenery indoors.
Choose Low-Maintenance Plants
Walking into a greenhouse or a nursery for the first time, you may be tempted to buy the most exotic plant on the shelf. After all, it appears to be thriving, and when delicate blooms and unusual foliage dazzle you, it’s hard to imagine what could go wrong. But beginners should be wary of fragile, rare varieties; there’s a reason why they are rare. It’s no great surprise that the plant is doing well in the greenhouse. The carefully controlled conditions and constant attention of the staff ensure its well-being. But unless you have the same amount of time and expertise on hand, chances are your new friend will begin to wither — and fast. Instead, choose something hardy. Succulents and cacti are known for their ability to go weeks without water, and the trusty pothos plant will let you know when it needs to be watered by starting to droop. Once you’ve mastered the basics with a plant that’s not too fussy, you can move on to that rare flowering fern.
Find the Right Plant for Your Space
Location is everything. Before you go shopping, think about where in your home you’d like to see a little friendly flora. You may be envisioning that one dark corner bursting with green. But if you choose a plant that craves direct sunlight, you’ll soon find it wilting and refusing to grow. Likewise, if you put a shade-loving plant in a window flooded with bright sunlight, your new plant will quickly show signs of distress, such as spots or scorched-looking leaves. There is also the humidity to consider; a tropical plant may be happiest in the bathroom. Spend a few days observing the movement of light in your apartment, watching the way it shifts throughout the day. Then, you can go into your nursery armed with some knowledge to help narrow your choices. If, despite your best intentions, the plant seems unhappy in its new home, you can always move it around until you find the right spot.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Internet research can only get you so far. Don’t be afraid to enlist help at your local nursery — after all, the team there has been caring for your plant for much of its life, and they know what it needs to thrive. Soho Flower & Garden has a stellar reputation for kind and expert staff, and the cozy Green Fingers Market is full of helpful salespeople. Connect with a member of the staff, and if something goes wrong, you can call in and ask for advice.