Picking a house plant that makes a statement

  • Article by: HOME and GARDEN TELEVISION
  • Updated: November 19, 2013 - 3:37 PM

Consider how much light you get when you are choosing an indoor plant.

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If you’re in the market for an indoor statement plant, here are some tips to keep in mind:

Before buying a plant, think about where you would like to position it, and how much space you can afford. Plants with large dark leaves tend to prefer shade, while those with variegated foliage and palms enjoy more light. Also consider how quickly your plant will grow. Some, such as the bamboo palm, stay the same size for many years, while vigorous plants, like the sentry palm and the Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa), can double their size in a couple of years, given the right conditions.

Placing your plant: Use your plant as a focal point to draw attention to an area of the room, or to provide a leafy contrast to the hard lines of cabinets and other furniture. Also, ensure the plant won’t be an obstacle, and choose a pot that matches your decor.

Cleaning the leaves: Dust-covered foliage ruins the look of a plant and restricts the light reaching the leaves, inhibiting its growth. Use a damp soft cloth to wipe away grime and dirt, or place your plant in the shower and wash off the dust. Add a shine to large-leaved plants by wiping a little milk over the surfaces.

Architectural combo: When choosing a plant to make a bold statement in your home, either opt for one single dramatic specimen, or select a few smaller ones that combine well to create more impact. Unusual shapes and textures draw the eye, too, and can make up for size in smaller homes. If you love bright colors, select plants with blowsy blooms, such as amaryllis, or fiery bracts, like bromeliads.

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