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Interior Design with Plants in Mind
For many people with plants, interior design is a thing that changes with the seasons, and rightly so. Temperature and light fluctuation can wreak havoc on more sensitive plant species and proper steps may need to be taken to keep them healthy.</br></br>But, how do you manage that without causing too much fuss, and without harming your plants? Here are a few ideas:</br></br><strong>1. Keep large plants mobile.</strong></br></br>This may seem like more trouble than it’s worth, but you’ll think twice when your Norfolk Pine starts to wither due to lack of sunlight in the winter months. It’s a sad sight, and one you’ll do well to avoid, especially with plants that are hard to pull back from the brink.</br></br>TIP: Put large pots on casters so you can roll them into the sun when the late-season light starts to fade.</br></br><strong>2. Have a plant plan.</strong></br></br>You probably know by now where the sun filters through your home throughout the seasons. And, you likely also know when the sun is the strongest; in the mornings from the east, or in the evenings from the west.</br></br>TIP: Reserve space for your most sensitive plants in areas that benefit from the best sunlight throughout the day.</br></br><strong>3. Add a sunroom, or build a greenhouse.</strong></br></br>These are both pretty tall orders and are a luxury for many, but they do make it easier to keep plants alive through those cold spells.</br></br>TIP: Consider something small like a popup <a title="Greenhouses" href="https://www.atgstores.com/outdoor-garden/lawn-garden/greenhouses/" target="_blank">greenhouse</a>, or explore a DIY option that will keep costs low while keeping your plants happy and healthy.</br></br><strong>4. Choose hardy plants.</strong></br></br>Plants are an integral element of any standard interior design palette – type, quantity and placement can have a dramatic impact on the look of any room; of an entire house, even.</br></br>TIP: Focus on plants that are native to your geography, or to other places like it, and the odds that they can weather changes in light and temperature will greatly increase.</br></br><strong>BONUS: Don’t overwater.</strong></br></br>Many plants start to wilt in low light and colder temperatures, and mistaking this for the need to water can spell doom for a plant.</br></br>TIP: Avoid contributing to root rot by knowing your plant and its watering schedule. Don’t let droopy branches or leaf loss fool you into thinking more water is the answer.</br></br>Keep these tricks in mind to keep plants healthy and green in your interior design.