Emma Northey works at Norwood Garden Centre. She specialises in indoor plants, succulents, herbs, designs, gift plants, terrariums and potted gardens.
Dear Emma, I would love to hang some plants from the ceiling. What are the best plants to use?
There are so many wonderful hanging house plants. The best ones are Pothos or Epipremnum Aureum (aka Devil’s Ivy), very hardy and fantastic for macramé hangers where it can be trained to climb up and hang down. The Chlorophytum species, Spider Plant/Ribbon Plant, has grass like variegated white and green foliage and is easy to propagate and grow. Philodendron Cordatum (Heart Leaf Ivy) is a nice trailing or climbing plant that is low maintenance. If you would like a smaller hanging plant I’ve had great success with the less common plant species Pellonia (aka Watermelon Vine). It has mottled coloured small leaves and forms an interesting branching shape to about 40cm.
Dear Emma, I am a self-confessed interior plant lover who is ready for new greenery. What is a popular indoor plant at the moment that you would suggest and how easy is it to maintain?
One of my favourites that I often recommend is the Kentia Palm (Howea Forsteriana). It has dramatic, elegant, deep green foliage that instantly uplifts any room and is the perfect plant for a standalone feature or to create an indoor jungle. The Kentia Palms are available in different heights from 50cm to 250cm and sometimes even larger. They are slow growing (here in Adelaide and especially indoors) and are capable of growing quite tall in small pots so they do not require frequent repotting. It is important to position the Kentia in filtered light near a window and to water it every week. Use a liquid fertiliser in warm weather and take outside for a shower to clean the leaves.
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