Have you noticed that houseplants seem to be back in fashion?
They’ve never been completely out of fashion, but it seems that the interest in interior design and sprucing up our homes has gone in their favour, and why not, they’re a cheap way of improving your interior, adding colour and life to a room in the same way as a bunch of flowers … but they last much longer.
I bought this begonia [Begonia ‘Red Tempest’ to give it’s full name] at the recent R.H.S. Early Spring Show this month.
I think most of us like house-plant like these, that are relatively easy to look after. I was bought as a small plug plant from Dibleys Nursery, who specialise in house-plants, I’ve potted it up into a bigger plant-pot using multi-purpose compost.
It needs good light, though not direct sunlight and moderate watering, so that the soil doesn’t become water-logged.
It’s very small at the moment and looked a bit overwhelmed on the window-sill, so I picked some hellebore flowers from the garden to keep it company.
I try to remember to check my houseplants every Monday, it’s a chance to check them over and move them round if they’re on a window-sill and leaning towards the light. They’re watered with tepid water if the soil is becoming dry, apparently most house-plants die from over-watering, so they may not need watering each time. The types with big, soft leaves usually need a weekly drink, while the ones with thicker leaves, like succulents need less.
You can buy begonias online from Dibleys Nurseries here and read about the R.H.S. Spring Show
Have a look on my Pinterest board here if you fancy some houseplant inspiration.
all photos: Jill Anderson