Best indoor plants for strata
It is not uncommon for strata owners to look for ways to improve the common areas of their buildings. Sydney strata is an ideal location for a host of indoor plants.
Not all plants are suitable for indoor use, however, and having the wrong plants inside can end up giving you more work than required.
Also, if plants die and look ugly, then they become a waste of money and provide an unprofessional image. Let’s look at some of the best indoor plants that you can use in your strata building.
Profile: Also known as a painted drop tongue, this plant is great for indoor use as it is resilient. It produces dark green leaves that grow on long stems. This is a slow-growing plant but has simple beauty once mature.
Caring for: Moderate to light sunlight is enough and it can survive fine with shaded light. If the plant is evenly moist, it will thrive well indoors.
Benefits: Besides being easy to care for, this plant is also perfect for decorating tables. And if it ever grows too large, the stems can be trimmed easily.
Profile: From the ficus family, this plant can grow from one to two metres tall. It is a Northern Australian native but works well all over Australia. It has slender branches and small leaves.
Caring for: It requires bright sun and should remain moist. Also, it should not sit in water as this can rot the leaves. Pruning should be done as this plant can grow extremely tall otherwise, but pruning is easy.
Benefits: Weeping fig is one of the best air quality purifiers available. It removes toxic chemicals in the air and it also looks great.
Profile: This potted plant is a great starter for many people as it is super easy to care for and is beautiful. Owners of this plant should be careful though because ingesting it can be harmful. It should mainly be used in areas that are not accessible to young children who may eat it.
Caring for: Pothos can live and thrive in low-lit areas, so they are suitable for staircases, bathrooms or office spaces. They can be planted in dry soil or in water and are great for pruning and regrowing.
Benefits: This plant is hardy and can survive in soil or in a water vase. It grows beautifully in a kind of vine shape which makes it perfect for window sills, shelves or desks.
Profile: The iron plant, also known as the cast-iron or ballroom plant, is extremely durable. It is highly favoured by people who are too busy to own house plants but still want one. It has deep green leaves that provide a wonderful pop of colour to boring areas.
Caring for: This is one of the easiest plants to care for, making it suitable for strata buildings. They can last in hot or cold weather and are fine in dry soil. It is a slow-growing plant, meaning that it won’t need pruning for a while. And even then, it is simple to maintain.
Benefits: This plant is perfect for those who have all the other plants they have owned, die. It is super resilient and the large, green leaves look beautiful. This vibrant plant is great for making bold statements, whilst enhancing common areas and being easy to care for.
Fiddle Fig Leaf
Profile: This plant is highly fashionable right now for its large leaves and quite pretty build. They can grow very large, making them perfect for high-ceiling but perhaps small rooms. They are best used as a floor plant and can work well in the corner of rooms. They are harder to take care of than other plants but even a small fiddle fig is remarkable.
Caring for: They require a balance between sunlight and water. The soil should not be too wet and they should not be in direct sunlight all day, hence why the corner of a room may be best. They can be pruned easily and may require it as they can grow over two metres tall.
Benefits: This plant has air-purifying qualities and it looks amazing. You will be hard-pressed to find another plant of its type that can fill a room and work well indoors. This style of plant is great for open strata common areas.
Profile: For those who love flowering plants, but are worried they will die, the peace lily is for you. It is an ideal plant for apartment buildings and strata because it can survive in lowlight settings, even growing well under fluorescent lights. The white flowers produced really pop amongst the bright green leaves.
Caring for: This plant, when indoors, typically grows to around 40 centimetres. It requires consistent moisture, part sunlight and part shade in order to thrive.
Benefits: This plant is super easy to care for, produces beautiful white flowers and works well under artificial light. It is no wonder these are one of the most common houseplants.
Profile: Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant is considered one of the most resilient available. This plant is awesome as being neglected, yet remaining not only alive, but looking great. Scientists have found that this plant is also one of the best at purifying toxins from the air. For strata owners who want an easy to care for and functional plant, the snake plant is the best choice.
Caring for: The main thing to know about this plant is the leaves can rot if the soil cannot drain. If the plant is in a soil-draining pot, then it will likely survive whatever you throw at it. It can last in low to high sun and cold to hot temperatures.
Benefits: This plant is versatile, pretty and great at cleaning the air. It is an ideal plant for any strata complex. Also, it can easily be duplicated, meaning you can plant more and more and have a stable supply of greenery in your strata building.
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