The best indoor plants and how to care for them

If there’s one positive thing to come out of this pandemic is that it’s created a new generation of self-caring hobbyists who fill their free time with exercise, food, Netflix and plants. Just ask five-generation florist, Sing See Soon, which observed over 300% sales increase at their Experiential Garden Centre in Simei over the past year.

While the sale of herbs such as rosemary, oregano, basil, thyme and curry leaves are the top choices, fruiting plants like berries and strawberries are also in demand. Indoor plants, such as colourful begonias, are hugely popular with those working from home who want to bring a piece of nature into their personal spaces.

If you’re keen to start building a green sanctuary in your home, here are some popular low-maintenance indoor plants worth investing in.

String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii)
This pretty hanging houseplant requires indirect sunlight – best placed next to a window – and is easy to maintain as long as you manage its moisture levels and not to over-water it.

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Boat Lily (Tradescantia spathacea)
This beautifully-coloured foliage brings a pop of colour wherever you put her. It enjoys being out in the sun but also relishes the afternoon shade where more vivid pinks and purples will start to show.

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String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
Here’s a great succulent that thrives in sandy soils and relishes the early morning sun. To make sure the plant doesn’t grow too long to the point that it gets torn from the roots, ensure the crowns of the pearls stay within the top of the pot.

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Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
A tropical beauty, this leafy plant develops holes in her leaves as she matures. It thrives under the shade in the balcony or near a window, and requires some misting every couple of days to stay plump and dewy.

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Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)
A very low maintenance plant that can grow up to 3m in height, the Fiddle Leaf Fig only needs water when the top inch of soil looks dry. You may place it in a spot that receives indirect morning sunlight.

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Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Available in various sizes, the Peace Lily will make a great centrepiece, both on the table and on the floor. This plant also helps to cleanse the air we breathe and do well in low-lit rooms. Wait for the leaves to droop a little before giving it a good shower.

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Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
Also called mother-law’s-tongue, the snake plant has been known to clean air better than any other houseplant – perfect for homes that live close to main roads and highways. It needs very little light or water to thrive. Just be sure to water the soil and not the leaves, as they may rot.

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Succulents
With their small sizes and wide variety, succulents are the perfect little plant companions for smaller rooms. Pot them individually or make a mini garden in a terrarium. They love the sun and fresh air so do place them in a well-ventilated room near a window, and avoid watering the leaves as they will rot.

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Orchids
These humidity-loving plants are very hardy and need only two to three tablespoons of water every two weeks. Orchids need their beauty sleep, so let them enjoy some R&R in the dark every night.

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Visit Sing See Soon’s blog for more plant care tips at singseesoon.com/blogs/tips-tricks

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