Houseplants can be a great way to add life to a room and improve the feeling of your home

  1. English Ivy

English ivy needs sunlight so this plant can benefit from being placed near a window or door. If it doesn’t get enough sunlight it becomes sickly and prone to pests. English Ivy has been named as an effective air cleaner by NASA.  In many places across the world, English Ivy grows outdoors and can become invasive and considered a weed so it needs to be watched and monitored to ensure it doesn’t get out of control. When the vines become too long you can trim them back. It can attach to surfaces with tiny roots that can cause damage to walls, so be careful not to let your roots grow around any surface. To ensure there is no damage, regularly move your plant from different windows. Before watering an English Ivy make sure to feel the soil as they like to be on the drier side. If the soil is damp to touch on the top then it will not require water. Also, ensure that there is good drainage. If you have cats or dogs you should be mindful that this plant is considered toxic to them.

 

  1. Rubber plant

Buying a younger rubber plant allows it to adapt better to indoor living rather than buying a more mature plant. The plant thrives outside and grows to impressive heights but if you would prefer a smaller to medium-sized indoor plant then putting it in a small pot can restrict its growth. Rubber plants like a lot of bright light but not from direct sunlight. The rubber plant benefits from a sunny spot that is shielded by a sheer curtain. When the rubber plant becomes droopy and loses its lower leaves and lustre then the plant needs more light and water. In the warmer months, the rubber plant needs to be kept moist and benefits from having the leaves misted. In cooler months the rubber plant may only need to be watered twice a month. If you have cats or dogs you should be mindful that this plant is considered toxic to them.

 

  1. Peace lily

Peace lilies are a great addition to a dull room with the beautiful lily sprouting from the crisp green foliage. They are a great way to clean up the air in a room as they have been named on the NASA list of top air-cleaning house plants. Peace lilies enjoy indirect sunlight and shade, making them a great indoor room addition. They have even been known to be successful in offices with no windows and fluorescent lights. Peace lilies are more tolerant to under watering than over-watering. If wilting occurs, check the roots. If the roots are damp or soggy then it indicates root rot, so ensure your pot has good drainage.

 

  1. Aloe plant

Aloe plants come in many different colours and shapes and can add texture to any room. The leaves of an aloe plant can also come in handy as a natural remedy for burns. Snap off a leaf from the aloe plant and add the gel from inside the leaf to sunburn, burns, cuts and rashes for relief. They love to be in sunlight but will tolerate a few hours of shade if needed and love dry climates. In summer months soak the aloe plant thoroughly and leave to drain. Allow the aloe plant to dry completely between watering.

 

  1. Bamboo palm

Bamboo palms can add warmth and colour to your home. The palms benefit from bright indirect sunlight. Once you have purchased your bamboo palm it is best to re-pot immediately into a pot that is 2 inches larger and has good drainage for the best results. Water when the soil is dry to touch on top and ensure the plant is draining to avoid the plant dying. Bamboo palms enjoy a dry room but benefit from water spraying to keep them hydrated.

Have you picked up a copy of our magazine?

Available at Hervey Bay Stockland’s, Night Owl, Food n Groove, Maryborough Art Gallery, and various other newsagents throughout the Fraser Coast..

There’s more!

Recent Posts / View All Posts

A Cappella

| Entertainment | No Comments

A Cappella – it’s all about harmony and sisterhood Story by Marianne Kresse,  Photos supplied by Armella Pratt Did you know that Hervey Bay has its own A Cappella Chorus?…

Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre Art Auction

| Art | No Comments
1 1 The Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre’s inaugural art auction took place on Friday, April 19.  Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre CEO Tanya Stevenson thanked local auctioneer Craig Winter for orchestrating...

Remembering Our Anzacs

| Community, Local Life | No Comments
Background Image: Statue of Duncan Chapman in Queens Park, Maryborough. The first man to have stepped onto the shores of Gallipoli in World War I. Present Anzac Day is the...

Books by the Sea

| Local Business | No Comments

Cate Akaveka from Books by the Sea, formerly Mary Ryan’s, has given the shop a new look at their new location on the Esplanade in Hervey Bay The book shop…

Common Dream Meanings

| Entertainment | No Comments
Every night when we lay down to bed our brain is busily creating situations from our unconscious. Dreams are a way of relieving stress and bringing to light what we...

Bayside Transformations

| Local Business | No Comments

From Gutter to Glory Success stories from Bayside Transformations Ice destroys lives. It tears families apart. But Joshua Alsop and Zack Walthall are living proof that the destruction caused by…

Tori-Jay

| Art | No Comments

Tori-Jay Mordey is a 24-year-old local Indigenous artist who began drawing when she was very young. She was raised in the Torres Straits on Thursday Island but spent a majority…

Earth Hour – 30th March

| Environment | No Comments
Earth Hour 2019 8:30pm to 9:30pm Every year, for one hour, a movement of people turn out their lights in recognition of climate change.  This is a global event that first...

Dial A Driver – A story of Irony

| Local Business, Local Life | No Comments

Dial A Driver (D.A.D) is a company created by owner Rob Braddock that has been servicing Hervey Bay and Maryborough since 1984. It is currently in the process of setting…

Rabbit Pattern

| Crafts | No Comments
Download Pattern To start off with, I decided to make the bunny out of easy obtainable items found in your nearest Spotlight store. He has been made with a white...

Hervey Bay School Strike for Climate

| Community, Environment | No Comments
You are never too small to make a difference A group of Hervey Bay children and adults have become part of a global grassroots network calling for climate change action....

Bamboo vs Cotton vs Hemp

| Environment | No Comments

I am often asked from where I source my inspirational stories. Is it from my worldly, educated grasp of current affairs? My uncanny ability at reading people, or maybe my…

Cashless Debit Card

| Local Life | No Comments
The cashless debit card is currently being rolled out in the Hervey Bay Area to a select group of 6000 people under 35 years old who receive welfare in the...

New Species of Dolphin found of the Fraser Coast

| Environment | No Comments
Story by Kelsey Corcoran Photos provided by Paul Aurisch Next time you see a dolphin in Hervey Bay, take a good look because it could be the newly-named Sousa sahulensis....

Steampunk makes a home on the Fraser Coast

| Local Business | No Comments
If you haven’t heard the term ‘steampunk’ before, or not sure what it means, don’t worry - you’re not alone. If you have seen Hugh Jackman’s ‘The Greatest Showman’ or...

Easter treat recipes

| Recipes | No Comments
Carrot patch cupcakes This cupcake batch gives a whole new meaning to carrot cake. You will need: Chocolate cupcake mix (any will do) 1/3 cup butter 2/3 cup cocoa powder...