Close Welcome writers, influencers and dreamers, make the world a greener place
Register here
Forgot password
Forgot password
or
or

Close
Close For sustainability news hunters! The WhatsOrb newsletter!

Receive monthly the newest updates about sustainability from influencers and fellow writers. Cutting edge innovations and global environmental developments.

Close For sustainability news hunters! The WhatsOrb newsletter!

Receive monthly the newest updates about sustainability from influencers and fellow writers. Cutting edge innovations and global environmental developments.

Close Reset password
your profile is 33% complete:
33%
Update profile Close
Close WhatsOrb Global Sustainability X-Change

For writers, influencers and dreamers who want to make the world a greener place.

WhatsOrb reaches monthly about 7000 thousand visitors who want - like you - to make the world a greener place. Share your expertise and all can benefit.

Become an influencer and write and share sustainable news and innovations globally
Are you a writer or do you have ideas about sustainability which you want to share? Register and share your green knowledge and news. WhatsOrb offers you global exposure for your article.

If your article meets certain standards, you receive promotional gains like Facebook promotions and Google Ads advertising.



Agri & Gardening 2019 houseplant trends and greening up your houseplants | Newsletter General

2019 Houseplant Trends And Greening Up Your Houseplants

Share this post
by: Sharai Hoekema
2019 houseplant trends and greening up your houseplants | Newsletter

Houseplant trends 2019 – we reveal the foliage that’s growing popular this year. Are spider plants out and sponge plants in? Is there still a lot of love for succulents? Let's find out! There are plenty of good reasons why you should fill your home with green in 2019. Let’s start with the scientific ones. With North Europeans spending a scary 90 per cent of their time inside, plants can provide some much needed anti-pollutants, ensuring the air we breathe is fresh and full of oxygen. Green is also proven as a colour to make us feel safe and content, and to boost our mood, so the more of it that surrounds us, the happier we are.
Then there are the aesthetic reasons. If you’re down about losing your Christmas tree, a large potted fern is the ideal substitute. And trailing plants look great in a bathroom, displayed in hanging macramé baskets and along windowsill.
We asked plant enthusiasts to give us the lowdown on the hottest houseplant trends in 2019, including next year’s star plants.

Trending houseplants 2019

  1. Monstera (cheese plant)
  2. Senecio (string of beads)
  3. Chlorophyllum (spider plant)
  4. Sansevieria (snake plant)

We are seeing a revival of retro plants. The demand for succulents also shows no sign of slowing down, with cacti sales up 60% compared to last year. It looks as though it’s a trend that is here to stay no matter what the season is.
As a low-maintenance houseplant, succulents and terrariums are pretty easy to care for and look fantastic in groups. ‘They can instantly change the look and feel of a room, from industrial chic to jungle inspired bold botanicals.

                                                                              Trendy & New Indoor Plants

Trending: the living plant wall for garden or balcony

So, how to make one:

  1. Choose your space

You can build a living plant wall on any solid wall or fence – build straight on to the side of your house, a garden fence or even a sturdy shed. For indoors a custom made wooden wall or frame allows you the freedom to move it from room to room.
Once you’ve chosen a structurally sound wall or fence, simply screw in rows of 2in x 1in treated battens 38cm apart to fill the space, checking with a spirit level as you go to make sure they’re straight.

  1. Screw in the planters

Using an (electric) screwdriver and working from the bottom up, attach the plastic planters to the battens. You can then click and lock the planters into each other and build up your wall in staggered rows.

  1. Get watering

Starting at the top, water your wall with a hose or watering can. The reservoir system is designed to keep plants watered for up to two weeks.

  1. Green up your wall

Fill the planters with your chosen plants using 12-13cm pots. Either remove the plants from their pots and plant them straight into the planters, or to make changing the scheme really easy, place the pot directly into each planter, making sure the pot touches the reservoir base.

Top tips for living plant walls

  • If you’re attaching your green wall to the side of a house, it’s recommend attaching a waterproof membrane to the wall before you begin, to prevent damp issues.
  • The living plant wall needs watering around every two- three days depending on climate (unless you’ve chosen to add an automatic irrigation system), more in summer – check by sticking a finger into the soil to see if the compost is dry.
  • As for as plant care, if you’ve chosen flowering plants, as always, you’ll need to deadhead flowers to encourage new blooms later in the season. Foliage plants such as heucheras and ferns should be tidied up by snipping off tatty leaves, as needed. Annuals, in particular, benefit from a liquid feed every couple of weeks in summer, although any display that’s in place for any length of time will need feeding to keep it looking its best.

Plants: choosing the right one(s)

A range of herbaceous perennials, grasses, small shrubs, herbs and even fruit and vegetables can be used. Try including scented plants, seasonal flowers and bulbs, but talk to your local garden nursery about plants that will suit the aspect and microclimate of the wall on which they will be grown.

Plants to try:

    • Adiantum (maidenhair fern)
    • Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’ (sedge)
    • Fragaria ‘Mara des Bois’ (strawberry)
    • Galanthus (snowdrop)
    • Heuchera ‘Purple Petticoats’
    • Liriope muscari (lilyturf)
    • Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese spurge)
    • Pelargonium peltatum (ivy-leaved geranium)
    • Saxifraga x urbium (London pride)
    • Tiarella cordifolia (foam flower)
    • Vinca minor (lesser periwinkle

Green small leaves maiden Hair fern plant
Photo: Adiantum (maidenhair fern)

There’s no saying you have to fill an entire wall, you could just create a plant oasis at eye level along a fence or if indoors you could create a small-scale herb garden for your wall.

(Also interesting if you have a vegetable garden: Farmers Using Flowers Instead Of Chemicals To Tackle Pests)

Greening up your houseplants

A well-placed houseplant can truly turn a space into a room. Whether it is merely a small, prickly cactus that has been your loyal companion since college, or a huge leafy yucca that your grandma gifted you after you moved into your current home: plants have the ability to colour and decorate our living area. Yet they also provide a much healthier indoor environment (Also interesting: Artificial Intelligence For Climate Change And Environment), which should be as good a reason as any to get those green fingers moving.
Those living in countries on the far end of the northern hemisphere, including Canada, the northern US and northern Europe, will find that they spend a rather significant 90 percent of their time indoors, be it at work or at home. Combined with the improved architecture and building methods of our houses, with a strong focus on insulation and double-, triple- or whatever-glazed windows, ventilation could become an issue.
This is where houseplants come in handy. They share some much-needed anti-pollutants, filling our air with fresh, rich oxygen. Besides, research has shown that the colour green makes us feel safe, content, and happy: even more so when it comes in the form of something ‘natural’, like plants.
Like with so many things, there is a downside: few things will cause us to despair as much as a beloved houseplant turning brown and mouldy. Haven’t we been good to him, talking to him, naming him, making him an integral part of the family? Hasn’t it received enough water and love? Quite often, though, a houseplant not feeling well can be remedied in a fairly simple manner. In most cases, the root cause for his troubles can be found in any of the following five areas:

The pot is too small

What would we do if we find out in the spring that our beloved summer shoes have seemingly shrunk and will no longer accommodate our feet? Well, most of us would decide to buy a fresh, new pair that is one size bigger. Now imagine your poor plant, having been stuck in the same shoes for who-knows-how-long. Repotting could do wonders for his overall wellbeing. Find a pot that is a couple of inches wider, fill it with fresh soil, and prepare to be amazed by how it will be flourishing!

Need more feedings

Even if you are not yet looking to replace the pot, simply replacing the soil with high-quality, nutritious potting mix will already go a long way. Repeat this process once in a while, all to ensure that your plant is fed regularly with a fresh new batch of soil. The use of fertiliser might boost its overall health as well - just make sure that it is not one of these fertilisers that gives a huge instant feeding boost.

Drowning in excess water

While the logical follow-up of hungry would be ‘thirsty’, quite the opposite actually applies. Most of us will feel the urge to water even more when a beloved plant appears sad. Yet this might be the thing to push them over the edge! Most plants have so-called dormant periods, for which they do not require much water - if any at all. Those unaware of those patterns, could easily drown them. So keep an eye on the sogginess of the soil and refrain from watering if the plant is in its dormant period!

Getting unwanted sunburn

While it is a fact that most plants thrive on sunlight, it is generally not a great idea to directly place them in it. Out of concern for your leafy buddy needing more vitamin B, you might just decide to take him out on the first sunny day. Well, you better refrain from doing so. If you move it directly in the bright, hot sun, it might suffer more. It is generally a better idea to provide your plant with indirect sunlight for a while, at least until it starts to look ‘better’.

Moving out to a better climate (Also interesting: Climate Change: Why We Fail To Emit Less Greenhouse Gases?)

Although not everyone will be happy to hear this, it has to be pointed out - sometimes the only option left is to conclude that your home is not the ideal place for your plant. Perhaps it needs the outdoor air and is better off in your backyard. Or it actually requires a more humid climate, that you cannot (and should not!) create in your own home. For such plants, a greenhouse would be ideal. Not ready to say goodbye? You can try to create your own, indoor greenhouse by putting a small plastic bag on top of the plant - and keep it fixed for some time to allow it to create its own perfect environment.

All about gardening and agriculture

Messange
You
Share this post
profilepic

Breaking News, as the world changes…

In our world, WhatsOrb refuses to turn away from the changes in our society and environment which succeeds each other at a rapid pace.

For WhatsOrb, publishing on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature, waste, lifestyle and sustainable solutions the prominence it deserves.

At this turbulent time for ‘all’ species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on facts, not on political prejudice or business interests.

WhatsOrb Breaking News will be published as soon as urgent events from around the world and startling sustainable innovations reach us.

If there is anything we should know and publish about, please send a note to: [email protected] or write your own story on: www.whatsorb.comthe only news site which gives you a ‘sustainable voice!’

profileimage

Breaking News, as the world changes…

In our world, WhatsOrb refuses to turn away from the changes in our society and environment which succeeds each other at a rapid pace.

For WhatsOrb, publishing on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature, waste, lifestyle and sustainable solutions the prominence it deserves.

At this turbulent time for ‘all’ species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on facts, not on political prejudice or business interests.

WhatsOrb Breaking News will be published as soon as urgent events from around the world and startling sustainable innovations reach us.

If there is anything we should know and publish about, please send a note to: [email protected] or write your own story on: www.whatsorb.comthe only news site which gives you a ‘sustainable voice!’

2019 Houseplant Trends And Greening Up Your Houseplants

Houseplant trends 2019 – we reveal the foliage that’s growing popular this year. Are spider plants out and sponge plants in? Is there still a lot of love for succulents? Let's find out! There are plenty of good reasons why you should fill your home with green in 2019. Let’s start with the scientific ones. With North Europeans spending a scary 90 per cent of their time inside, plants can provide some much needed anti-pollutants, ensuring the air we breathe is fresh and full of oxygen. Green is also proven as a colour to make us feel safe and content, and to boost our mood, so the more of it that surrounds us, the happier we are. Then there are the aesthetic reasons. If you’re down about losing your Christmas tree, a large potted fern is the ideal substitute. And trailing plants look great in a bathroom, displayed in hanging macramé baskets and along windowsill. We asked plant enthusiasts to give us the lowdown on the hottest houseplant trends in 2019, including next year’s star plants. Trending houseplants 2019 Monstera (cheese plant) Senecio (string of beads) Chlorophyllum (spider plant) Sansevieria (snake plant) We are seeing a revival of retro plants. The demand for succulents also shows no sign of slowing down, with cacti sales up 60% compared to last year. It looks as though it’s a trend that is here to stay no matter what the season is. As a low-maintenance houseplant, succulents and terrariums are pretty easy to care for and look fantastic in groups. ‘They can instantly change the look and feel of a room, from industrial chic to jungle inspired bold botanicals. {youtube}                                                                               Trendy & New Indoor Plants Trending: the living plant wall for garden or balcony So, how to make one: Choose your space You can build a living plant wall on any solid wall or fence – build straight on to the side of your house, a garden fence or even a sturdy shed. For indoors a custom made wooden wall or frame allows you the freedom to move it from room to room. Once you’ve chosen a structurally sound wall or fence, simply screw in rows of 2in x 1in treated battens 38cm apart to fill the space, checking with a spirit level as you go to make sure they’re straight. Screw in the planters Using an (electric) screwdriver and working from the bottom up, attach the plastic planters to the battens. You can then click and lock the planters into each other and build up your wall in staggered rows. Get watering Starting at the top, water your wall with a hose or watering can. The reservoir system is designed to keep plants watered for up to two weeks. Green up your wall Fill the planters with your chosen plants using 12-13cm pots. Either remove the plants from their pots and plant them straight into the planters, or to make changing the scheme really easy, place the pot directly into each planter, making sure the pot touches the reservoir base. Top tips for living plant walls If you’re attaching your green wall to the side of a house, it’s recommend attaching a waterproof membrane to the wall before you begin, to prevent damp issues. The living plant wall needs watering around every two- three days depending on climate (unless you’ve chosen to add an automatic irrigation system), more in summer – check by sticking a finger into the soil to see if the compost is dry. As for as plant care, if you’ve chosen flowering plants, as always, you’ll need to deadhead flowers to encourage new blooms later in the season. Foliage plants such as heucheras and ferns should be tidied up by snipping off tatty leaves, as needed. Annuals, in particular, benefit from a liquid feed every couple of weeks in summer, although any display that’s in place for any length of time will need feeding to keep it looking its best. Plants: choosing the right one(s) A range of herbaceous perennials, grasses, small shrubs, herbs and even fruit and vegetables can be used. Try including scented plants, seasonal flowers and bulbs, but talk to your local garden nursery about plants that will suit the aspect and microclimate of the wall on which they will be grown. Plants to try:     • Adiantum (maidenhair fern)     • Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’ (sedge)     • Fragaria ‘Mara des Bois’ (strawberry)     • Galanthus (snowdrop)     • Heuchera ‘Purple Petticoats’     • Liriope muscari (lilyturf)     • Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese spurge)     • Pelargonium peltatum (ivy-leaved geranium)     • Saxifraga x urbium (London pride)     • Tiarella cordifolia (foam flower)     • Vinca minor (lesser periwinkle Photo: Adiantum (maidenhair fern) There’s no saying you have to fill an entire wall, you could just create a plant oasis at eye level along a fence or if indoors you could create a small-scale herb garden for your wall. ( Also interesting if you have a vegetable garden:  Farmers Using Flowers Instead Of Chemicals To Tackle Pests ) Greening up your houseplants A well-placed houseplant can truly turn a space into a room. Whether it is merely a small, prickly cactus that has been your loyal companion since college, or a huge leafy yucca that your grandma gifted you after you moved into your current home: plants have the ability to colour and decorate our living area. Yet they also provide a much healthier indoor environment ( Also interesting:  Artificial Intelligence For Climate Change And Environment ) , which should be as good a reason as any to get those green fingers moving. Those living in countries on the far end of the northern hemisphere, including Canada, the northern US and northern Europe, will find that they spend a rather significant 90 percent of their time indoors, be it at work or at home. Combined with the improved architecture and building methods of our houses, with a strong focus on insulation and double-, triple- or whatever-glazed windows, ventilation could become an issue. This is where houseplants come in handy. They share some much-needed anti-pollutants, filling our air with fresh, rich oxygen. Besides, research has shown that the colour green makes us feel safe, content, and happy: even more so when it comes in the form of something ‘natural’, like plants. Like with so many things, there is a downside: few things will cause us to despair as much as a beloved houseplant turning brown and mouldy. Haven’t we been good to him, talking to him, naming him, making him an integral part of the family? Hasn’t it received enough water and love? Quite often, though, a houseplant not feeling well can be remedied in a fairly simple manner. In most cases, the root cause for his troubles can be found in any of the following five areas: The pot is too small What would we do if we find out in the spring that our beloved summer shoes have seemingly shrunk and will no longer accommodate our feet? Well, most of us would decide to buy a fresh, new pair that is one size bigger. Now imagine your poor plant, having been stuck in the same shoes for who-knows-how-long. Repotting could do wonders for his overall wellbeing. Find a pot that is a couple of inches wider, fill it with fresh soil, and prepare to be amazed by how it will be flourishing! Need more feedings Even if you are not yet looking to replace the pot, simply replacing the soil with high-quality, nutritious potting mix will already go a long way. Repeat this process once in a while, all to ensure that your plant is fed regularly with a fresh new batch of soil. The use of fertiliser might boost its overall health as well - just make sure that it is not one of these fertilisers that gives a huge instant feeding boost. Drowning in excess water While the logical follow-up of hungry would be ‘thirsty’, quite the opposite actually applies. Most of us will feel the urge to water even more when a beloved plant appears sad. Yet this might be the thing to push them over the edge! Most plants have so-called dormant periods, for which they do not require much water - if any at all. Those unaware of those patterns, could easily drown them. So keep an eye on the sogginess of the soil and refrain from watering if the plant is in its dormant period! Getting unwanted sunburn While it is a fact that most plants thrive on sunlight, it is generally not a great idea to directly place them in it. Out of concern for your leafy buddy needing more vitamin B, you might just decide to take him out on the first sunny day. Well, you better refrain from doing so. If you move it directly in the bright, hot sun, it might suffer more. It is generally a better idea to provide your plant with indirect sunlight for a while, at least until it starts to look ‘better’. Moving out to a better climate ( Also interesting:  Climate Change: Why We Fail To Emit Less Greenhouse Gases? ) Although not everyone will be happy to hear this, it has to be pointed out - sometimes the only option left is to conclude that your home is not the ideal place for your plant. Perhaps it needs the outdoor air and is better off in your backyard. Or it actually requires a more humid climate, that you cannot (and should not!) create in your own home. For such plants, a greenhouse would be ideal. Not ready to say goodbye? You can try to create your own, indoor greenhouse by putting a small plastic bag on to p of the plant - and keep it fixed for some time to allow it to create its own perfect environment. All about gardening and agriculture
Get updates on environmental sustainability in your mailbox every month.