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Indoor Living

Indoor plants were all the rage in the 70s.
So what happened?

Back then, people were encouraged to have plants near where they worked and in their homes for their health. ‘Plants clean the toxins out of the air’ was the catchcry. Perhaps it was a hippy thing, but it was very ‘cool’ back then.

As the decades evolved, some people did not fulfil the human requirement of plant care and maintenance that was necessary and due to increased work commitment, the plants lost favour.

Now the tables have turned again. It is 'Hip', 'Trendy' and ‘Cool’ to have plants for your personal interest and health around your home and at work.

The National Interior Plantscape Association (NIPA) has recently been promoting research from the USA that plants help to alleviate stress, improve concentration and enhance productivity.

Research by Australian expert Dr. Ron Wood from Sydney also indicates that plants and potting mixtures interact to cleanse the air; and that artificial plants are more harmful to air quality in an office and indoor environment compared to living plants.

For businesses these points are worthy of any facility manager’s recognition.

This also relates to the home office.

The home office offers the best of both worlds… a place that feels 100% safe and a place to do work that generates income. Enhancing your concentration and productivity a home office may feasibly generate more income.

For the home owner, plants will assist in relaxation and de-stressing. A few indoor plants in the lounge room, a small pot in the kitchen and a few in the entertainment area will stamp your home as stress-free. Even sitting on a verandah or balcony on the weekend full of pot plants will expel all work-related worries.

Indoor plants need to tolerate a number of extreme conditions: 

  • low light or limited to indoor light spectrum
  • low air humidity
  • low maintenance requirement

An interior plant grown by itself, is more prone to neglect and extreme fluctuations in temperature and humidity. For better plant health and growth, group plants together. Grouping mimics a microclimate and maintains a more uniform humidity amongst the plants.

Using Indoor Plants
To maintain a sense of style, use similar pot styles or designs.
Although the plants may vary in type, shape and size, similar pots will make the grouping look uniform.
For indoor plants with interesting foliage texture or flowers, select neutral colour pots such as black or a similar tone as the walls.

Some of the most popular indoor plants include:
For sitting on desks

  • Peace lily – Spathiphyllum
  • Syngonium
  • Spider plant – Chlorophytum 
  • Anthurium

For placing on the floor

  • Palms – Areca sp., Rhapis sp., Chamaedorea sp. 
  • Figs – Rubber plant (Ficus elastica), weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
  • Ferns - Boston fern (Nephrolepis)
  • Dracaena
  • Dumb cane - Dieffenbachia
  • Umbrella - Schefflera
  • Philodendrons
  • Chinese evergreen – Aglaonema


To find out more about indoor plants:
National Interior Plantscape Association (NIPA) – www.nipa.asn.au
PLANT ID – www.plant.id.au

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