Caring for your Indoor Plants

With some simple tips you will have beautiful indoor plants all year round.

Orchids
Don’t be scared of orchids. They are one of the most beautiful plants you can keep indoors, and really just have a few key tips to keep them flowering. They thrive best in indirect sunlight away from air con, drafts and heating. At night, orchids like to be kept up to 10 degrees cooler than during the day. (not really that easy in this part of the world)
Water them about once a week – particularly here in Dubai with our climate. Take the plant out of the ceramic pot and submerge the plant in the plastic container into some water in your sink. Leave them for about 1 hour. And that’s it! Don’t keep any water in the ceramic container – they like to be kept with good drainage – so don’t try and re-pot them. They will keep their flowers for up to 3 months. When they lose their flowers, don’t think you have killed the plant. Just move them to a reasonably dark area. Cut off the stem leaving two to four nodes (those little brown lines on the stem below where the flowers were). Water them a little less frequently (as little as once or twice per month) and fertilize them every couple of weeks until they start producing flowers again. This may take a couple of months.

Succulents and Cactus
Succulents are super easy to care for. Water them once per week. Just use a spray bottle and a light spraying should be enough to keep them going. Their soil will look very dry, but that’s ok. Most cactus and succulents die because they are over watered.
These little guys are perfect for the office. You can go on holiday for a week and when you return they will still be flourishing.

Other Indoor Plants
We find with Dubai’s climate, that our indoor plants require water about twice per week. However just feel the soil. If it is still damp, don’t add more water. Some plants like to dry out a little in between watering.
Most of us have air conditioning in our apartments and villas here in Dubai. Make sure your plants are not in the direct air stream.