Expert Shares 4 Top Tips for Happy Houseplants

Houseplants are perfect for adding greenery to your home, and have been proven to improve mood and reduce stress.

We spoke to M&S Flowers editor, Olivia Ferguson, and here she reveals her secrets to thriving houseplants, including top care tips and styling ideas.

1. Go green

From easy-to-care-for ferns to tropical talking points, plants are a super-simple way to update and freshen up your space.

Olivia Says: “For maximum impact, try arranging a selection of plants on a sideboard or table at different heights to create an eye-catching focal point. Start with alocasia plant – it boasts gorgeous large leaves that love light (but not direct sun), and features unusual zebra-striped stems. To keep it in tip-top condition, ensure the soil is kept moist and wipe the leaves regularly to remove any dust.

Try pairing the alocasia with sansevieria (also known as a snake plant). This almost-unkillable plant thrives in most environments – all it needs is light, watering every couple of weeks and dusting every so often. Snake plants are perfect for the bedroom, as they soak up oxygen during the day and release it at night.”

2. The bathroom beauties

Olivia Continues: “Not only do plants look great in bathrooms, but some varieties also even thrive in the humid environment. Opt for Boston fern, as it loves the moisture a bathroom setting provides and prefers rooms with low light. Just be sure to check the soil once a week, making sure it’s moist, and allowing any excess water to drain off.

Humidity-loving calatheas, monsteras and succulents would also make great additions to your bathroom. Just check the care guide provided on what your plant needs to flourish.”

3. The showstopping statement

Olivia Advises: “When it comes to plants, sometimes bigger really is better! An extra-large calathea plant has beautiful glossy green leaves with intricate pink patterns, and loves a partial shade and regular misting. If a leaf or stem is looking a little sad or dry, simply remove with shears or scissors to encourage new growth.

Is your houseplant outgrowing its pot? To repot, lightly water it the day before to soften the soil, remove the plant and prune the roots. Then place the plant in a new pot that’s roughly two inches larger in diameter, add compost, water the plant and watch it flourish.”

4. Kit out your kitchen

Olivia Says: “Light, airy kitchens with high ceilings and plenty of surfaces are the perfect setting for a selection of statement plants. I love adding greenery to different levels, whether that’s on shelves nestled between mugs, on stools or even on top of the fridge for added interest.

My top pick? For a touch of seventies-inspired style, I love our extra-large palm plant as it’s super easy to care for – just position it in a slightly sunny spot, mist regularly and water around once a week.

Or choose a on-trend large monstera (also known as a Swiss cheese plant), as this statement plant is super stylish and low maintenance, too – win, win! Just place it in a sunny spot, mist the leaves regularly and only water when the top two inches of soil are dry.”

Anabel Cooper

Anabel is a graduate of King’s College London and upon graduating, she set out on a journey to inspire and empower women through her words. Besides working as a digital marketing expert, Anabel is a freelance copywriter.