By Chris Raimondi, CLP
SelectionUnless you are an experienced pro, stick with the tried and proven plants and tree varieties that are available. You will recognize about 20 plants. Families or groupings work best. Do not forget about some of the inspiring new ways to use the plants. Green walls or Vertical walls are very much in vogue, and offer space saving ways to use plant materials in new ways. These walls also offer a unique ability to increase the effectiveness of the plants' cleansing ability.
If you pay attention to the light requirements of each plant or tree, your chances of failure are much less. Choose the correct species for the available light in the area. Asking a cactus to live in a dark room is a death sentence. Plants usually are grouped into High, Medium and Low light levels. If unsure ask your interior plant provider. Water is the next area where people have issues. Water your plant when it needs it, not before and obviously not when it’s too late. All plants will give signals on water needs. Use your finger as one of the tests to determine soil moisture. And remember, we actually kill more plants than you believe from overwatering. Don’t worry about humidity, fertilizer or insects for starters. After you establish a good environment you will see that these issues are not a big deal and you will be able to handle it.
Great Interior plant choices: Aglaonema Pothos
Utilizing some real basic skills, the interior plants and trees will automatically provide cleaner air, happiness and chemical remediation that benefit us within hours. Good luck and remember that photosynthesis is a necessity of life!
Chris Raimondi, a Certified Landscape Professional, is President /CEO of Raimondi Horticultural Group, Inc. www.raimondihg.com. He is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden, Adjunct Professor and frequent Green Industry speaker.
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