#justaddplants: Five Tips For Using Indoor Plants To Revamp Your Space

We sat down with Folha representative, Gideon Nel to gather expert advice on how to transform your space into a green sanctuary.

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Whether you are living in an apartment or a house, the addition of indoors plants add an organic décor element and open up the space. Inviting nature into your home has a number of benefits, and aside from creating the illusion of bringing the outdoors inside, plants are a décor element that will never go out of style.

Folha is one of Cape Town’s most-beloved plant shops for good reason. The store is in sync with the latest trends in the plant world and has a wide range of plants for different spaces. 

Be sure to keep these top tips in mind and you may just sprout a green thumb along the way.


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Five tips for using plants to enhance your home

1.Consider plants as decor elements.

2. Choose the spaces you wish to green.

3. Identify the size, light requirements and type of plant required for each space.

4. Consider the appropriate planter/vase/pot shape, size and colour.

5. Go shopping. When choosing where to shop take into account store service, plant knowledge, range and quality of plants and pots.


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Five minutes with Gideon Nel from Folha


What plants are best suited for indoors?

Philodendrons, Ficus, Delicious Monsters, Hoya, Zamioculcas, Rhipsalis, Kentia Palm, Bamboo Palm, Rhapis Palm, Peperomia, Pilea, Calathea, Maranta, Aglaeonema, Alocasia, Begonia, Ferns, Caladiums, this list could go on and on.  


Can you provide 2 plants, which are low maintenance, affordable and suitable for indoors?

Yes, the Delicious Monster and the Zanzibar Gem.  


Do you have to have a ‘green-thumb’ to maintain indoor plants?

No, the secret to successful indoor plant maintenance is to rather under water than over water. You will have far less fatalities.


Two tips on how to maintain indoor plants?

Do not over water and make sure wherever possible that all excess water is able to drain away completely allowing the necessary airflow to the roots.   


What is your favourite indoor plant and why?

Rhipsalis - a genus of succulents known as the Mistletoe Cactus that tolerate low light but will adapt to bright light but not direct sunlight. They are drought tolerant and will survive while you are on your three-week vacation.


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