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Green house

india Updated: Feb 23, 2009 19:37 IST
Jigna Padhiar
Jigna Padhiar
Hindustan Times
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He who plants a garden, plants happiness, goes a famous dictum. With little time and space for gardens in the city, plants in homes and offices are the best option.

The colour green is positively attributed to spreading freshness, serenity and bringing in harmony. These can be brought inside our homes through décorative plants like bonsais, cacti, terrariums and some of the regular medium-sized garden plants.

Space crunch
Megha Suneja, a gardening enthusiast, says, “Plants often make a room look spacious. I have plants on the dinning table, in the bathroom, at the entrance to welcome guests and on window ledges so I wake up to freshness every morning.”

For really small spaces, Sameera Mahajan suggests terrariums. “Terrariums are easy maintenance and cleaner because they are bottled. Chlorophytum and alocasia are suitable plants for interiors.”

Plants also have scientific benefits like freshening the air, thereby increasing productivity besides enhancing homes or a work place. Changing the position of plants helps in giving the interior a new look and fillling up empty spaces, as
suggested by interior designer Sandeep Maru.

Garden busy
Urvashi Thacker does bonsai because it is therapeutic and keeps her busy obesides beautifying her terrace garden. “Bonsias are a way to bring big plants like peepal, mango and neem inside homes,” she says. Experimenting with the pots and plants, her hobby, benefits her entire family.

Sandeep Maru feels that having plants breaks the monotony of the colour scheme of any room or office, and with a variety of coloured interior plants like Begoniacece, one has the option to choose the colours.

Plant pick
* Chlorophytum or spider plant: This one has a number of platelets hanging from a stem, making it look like the legs of a spider.
* Alocasia: An evergreen plant, it spreads its stems and big leaves around the pot, a good filler for a corner space.
* Jasmine: This one fills the room with it’s fragrance and keeps the atmosphere pleasant. A bonsai of the plant fits well.
* Moneyplant: The most common home plants that can be grown in water or mud. It is considered to bring financial good luck.

Tips on maintaining indoor plants:
* Mist the plants by sprinkling water. This can be done using a small water spray bottle. (like the ones used in salons.)
* Regular dusting and cleaning of the plants is a must. Only when the plants are kept well, will they spread positive energy.
* Use organic manure, like cow dung. Avoid chemical manure.
* Watering and keeping the plants in sunlight should be done everyday, at least once. Add manure at regular intervals, depending on the need of the plant.
* Keep removing the leaves and stems that have dried and are fading.