So we've heard you are living in an apartment in the city and you want to turn it into an urban jungle. But you don't know where to begin and you once killed a cactus someone gave you as a gift?
We have some tips for you to choose the right plants for your space and how to not only keep them alive, but let them thrive!
You obviously need a ficus of some sorts to up your indoor plant street cred. They do great indoors in bright light and they can grow tall in pots, adding height to your collection. Here is a little bit of info on our favourite ficus plants to help you to choose which one is for you:
FICUS LYRATA : THE FIDDLE LEAF FIG
Featuring in most decor magazines and spotted in the backgrounds of TV shows, Ficus Lyrata is currently the trendiest ficus on the block, but also one of the more tricky plants to take care of. This guy requires to be watered a bit more, and he needs plenty of bright light, but if you can get it right, his beautiful big leaves will shine and thrive. Make sure to dust the leaves, or wipe them with a damp cloth to remove dust from both the top and bottom of the leaves so that the plant can breathe.
FICUS BENGHALENSIS : AUDREY FICUS
Our personal favourite, the Ficus Audrey is the completely under-rated brother of the ficus family. They have bright green leaves boasting prominent veins, and have a soft and velvety feel. All they need to grow well in your space is to be watered whenever the top layer of their soil has dried, and to be exposed to good bright light, but not direct sunlight.
FICUS ROBUSTA : THE RUBBER TREE
The Ficus Robusta or Ficus Elastica is one of the more common in the ficus family. With his dark green, shiny leaves and burgundy shoots, he makes a dramatic feature in your home. Also one of the easier varieties to grow in your home, he needs good bright light and to be watered when his soil dries out.
FICUS ROBUSTA VARIEGATA : THE VARIEGATED RUBBER TREE
The variegated version of the Rubber Tree is a beautiful plant with dappled green and white leaves and sometimes a tinge of pink shining through. As per the normal Rubber Tree, he is easy to grow indoors, and just needs a little more light that the rest, but remember not to put him in direct sunlight.