Retreating From the Summer Heat With Interior Plants
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Before it becomes too hot, you should start creating a cool, calm, and relaxing indoors retreat. Fortunately, this is not hard to do since having fresh interior plants is one of the best ways to escape high temperatures.
Read on to get tips on how to create a hideout from the heat and top plants for hot summer days.
What You Need for Indoor Retreats from the Heat:
As soon as you get home, you want to cool down from the heat and relax. Summertime will be too hot for you to do gardening outdoors. However, you can have some houseplants and flowers.
The best way to enjoy indoor gardening is to create a sanctuary in your home. How can you achieve this? Read on to check out our recommended items that you can use to create a relaxing botanical getaway in your own home.
Selecting Houseplant Pots
When you buy new interior plants, how should you handle them? Are you to transfer them to new pots or keep them in the plastic containers they came in?
We recommend that you transplant any overgrown plants into new containers that are 1-2 inches larger than the container they have outgrown. In addition to looking out of proportion in a container that is too small, plants that have outgrown their containers become root bound, can topple over, and grow poorly because there is not enough soil for the plant. As a result, the plant will dry out faster and not receive the water and nutrients it needs for healthy growth. Conversely, if you place a plant in a pot that is larger than the recommended 1-2 inches larger than its existing pot, the soil will stay too moist because the roots have not yet expanded/grown in order to be able to absorb all the moisture being held by the excess soil needed to fill the larger pot. This can also be detrimental to your plant's health and growth.
Another important factor to consider is the drainage holes. Choose a plant pot that has plenty of holes in the bottom, thus allowing excess water to get out. This is crucial because if the water sits at the bottom of the pot, it can cause root rot and kill the plant. When size allows, we recommend watering your plant at the sink (be certain to use a sink waste catcher to ensure any loose soil or plant debris doesn't go down the drain). It is advisable that you use water that is neither hot nor cold. After watering the plant, wait for the excess water to drain out into the sink. Once it has stopped dripping into the sink, simply place the plant onto a plant saucer that is under the pot so that it can collect any water runoff. This will help protect your furniture and your flooring.
If your plant is large and cannot be watered in your sink, make sure that you do not over water it. Check back several minutes after watering it to ensure you don't have any water in the plant saucer. If you do, we recommend that you immediately drain the saucer of any excess water so that it does not cause root rot or get reabsorbed by the plant unnecessarily.
If you decide to get a decorative container, pay attention to the bottom of the pot, checking whether it has drainage holes.We recommend using a pot that has drainage holes. If the pot you want to use doesn’t have drainage holes, be careful to know how much water your plant needs and give it the correct amount, so it is not over watered.
When it gets too hot, don’t use your spray bottle on you more than your plants! Some plants prefer a little extra humidity, which is where spray bottles come in. To add humidity to houseplants, HGTV recommends, “Add moisture by grouping plants together, or putting them on top of pebbles in trays or saucers filled with a little water (don’t let the pots touch the water, so the roots don’t stay constantly wet). You can also mist your plants or even add a humidifier.”
Including sculptures and figurines is a wonderful way to personalize your area to match your preferences and taste. Do you love garden gnomes or cats and butterflies? Whatever you prefer, add it to your indoor summer sanctuary for a fun and pleasing environment.
Best Interior Plants for Summer
Succulents are perfect for your summer retreat because they require little water. You should only give them a drink when the soil is completely dry and ensure that you do not over water them. Better, there are many fun things that you can do with succulents.
Chinese Money Houseplant
Are you obsessed with the Chinese Money houseplant on Instagram? This popular plant is gorgeous and can add a fun flair to your space. Chinese Money houseplants are commonly available in 4” and 6” sizes.
Houseplants that Cool Your Home
Along with your AC unit, the plants you have in your retreat area can cool your home. Here’s a list of interior plantsthan will keep you and your house cool:
- Pothos: Also known as the Money Plant, Pothos removes formaldehyde in the air and is hard to kill. It is a great choice for gardening beginners.
- Aloe Vera: Along with being a great aid in treating sunburns, this plant purifies the air and emits oxygen, which helps to cool the indoor temperature of the air.
- Spider Plant: Another traditional houseplant, this one purifies the air, and cools it at the same time.
- Boston Fern: This plant is a natural air humidifier and purifier, which is great for keeping air quality high.
- Ficus: This classic houseplant increases oxygen levels in the air, which cools the temperature in your home.
- Snake Plant: This plant helps you sleep at night because it emits oxygen at night and it cools the air while you sleep.
- Areca Palm Tree: This houseplant is an all-star at purifying air, keeping your home’s air clean, cool and humid
- Rubber Plant: No matter the size of your home, a rubber plant makes a significant difference in air quality. According to PopSugar, “It releases high levels of oxygen, helping to cool the ambient air temperature, and excels at purifying toxins such as formaldehyde from the air.”
Interior Plants to Help You Sleep
Many of us have some trouble sleeping when it is hot.It’s nearly impossible to get comfortable when you’re too hot and tossing and turning. Fortunately, installing these plants will boost your sleep.
Aloe vera makes its way in this post twice! If you’re sensitive to chemicals from cleaning products, this plant purifies the air, leading to a peaceful sleep.
Lavender is famous for helping people to relax and reduce stress and anxiety; it can also induce sleep. Don’t forget, it has a calming smell, too.
As Simple Most notes, “German researchers found that the scent of jasmine is as effective as Valium and similar drugs for relieving anxiety and promoting sleep.”
Don’t let the heat or even mold stop you from getting a good night’s sleep. English Ivy helps remove the mold in the air, which can lead to better sleep.