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Three must-have indoor plants for spring

Tall, small, dramatic or understated - find the perfect, trending indoor plant to give your home a touch of greenery.

The indoor plant craze is here to stay, so bring spring into your home by adding these green goddesses to your collection.

The Fishbone a.k.a. Zig Zag cactus

Said to be the hottest houseplant of 2021, the Zig Zag cactus is visually interesting thanks to its, ahem, zig zag leaves. It will reward you with stunning, fragrant flowers, when it is about three years old.

Size: 60 to 90 cm, eventually

Needs: Moderate light with a few hours of direct sun in the summer. Full sun is fine in winter. Water when the soil feels dry. Fertilize lightly from spring till autumn. Being a low maintenance, tough plant, that grows easily makes this cactus a great option for plant newbies.

Make a bold statement with an Elephant Ear

After dominating the plant trend lists for years, the fiddle leaf fig needs to step aside and let the eye-catching Elephant Ear (Alocasia’ Regal Shield) shine. The large, black, velvety, heart-shaped leaves and reddish undersides creates a dramatic focal point in any space and is perfect for indoors or on the patio.

Size: 1.2 – 1.5 meters

Needs: Find a spot that has bright light, but not direct sunlight. It loves humidity, soft porous soil and warm temperatures. Make sure to give it sufficient surrounding space to really spread its leaves. Water regularly or when soil feels dry to the touch.

A silvery newcomer

If you love a vining plant, you need a Sterling Silver Scidapsus! This elegant plant with its dark green foliage and striking silver sheen was once difficult to find and only available to collectors. Now, it has become more readily available and it’s taking homes by storm.

Size: With the right support structure, the trailing plant can grow up to 1,8 meters tall, but it’s a slow grower.

Needs: This tropical beauty loves humid, bright, indirect light. It does not like dry soil, so aim to keep it slightly moist, but be careful not to overwater and make sure the soil is well-draining to prevent root rot.

 

Gareth Drawbridge

Digital content producer
 
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