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House plant inspiration for every single room

Thursday, 9th November, 2017 9:15am

By Margaret Griffin 

Bring the outdoors in with these easy-care species that will both help clean the air and add some green life to your space.

Boston ferns

Their natural habitat of dappled shade means that Boston ferns do best with lots of indirect light.

They prefer standard room temperature, although they do best on the lower end of that range, meaning that you should try to keep yours in the coolest spot in your home. Boston ferns love humidity, that is why keeping your fern in a steamy bathroom is ideal.


All computers emit radiation or electromagnetic fields (EMFs) on many different frequencies. Having a cacti plant, with its high water content and because its leaves are thicker than many other plants, it should help absorb some of this radiation.

Aloe vera

Grow an aloe vera plant on your kitchen windowsill. When you burn yourself, snap a bit off and squeeze the juice on the burn. The leaves hold a gooey translucent gel, extremely bitter, and known all over the world for its unbelievable healing properties.

Given the proper aloe vera plant care, these amazing plants can live for many years. Consistent overwatering is the number one killer of aloe vera plants! Stick your finger one inch into the soil to make sure it’s dry before you water the plant.

When it’s time to water, give your aloe vera plant a good drink, allowing all of the excess water to run out the bottom of the pot. Never leave an aloe plant sitting in water though.

Conservatory or sunny window sill:

Crassula ovata (common names: jade plant, lucky plant, friendship tree) is a succulent originating in southern Africa.

One of the easiest houseplants to care for, jade plants are commonly used as a beginner level bonsai because of their resilience in dry conditions and supply new growth that is perfect for wire training.

Its tree-like woody branches are covered with shiny, plump, spoon-shaped green leaves that are sometimes tinged in crimson.

Plants that are several years old may produce clusters of white, star-shaped flowers if given enough sun. They just get more beautiful with age. Put a large jade in a decorative container; its branching growth habit makes it a stunning, tree-like accent for a sunny room.


Anthurium is one of the best houseplants to have in your home, because it tops NASA's air purifying plants list. Combined with the glossy high quality coloured pots, it truly creates an amazing environment in your house.

Anthurium’s bright blooms and shiny, deep green leaves bring colour and life to cramped rooms. Anthuriums are relatively easy to grow, have attractive foliage and under the proper environment, produce long lasting flowers year round. If you decide to grow this houseplant, be sure you give it plenty of indirect light.

The blooms love to soak in the rays, and you’ll be rewarded with their beauty. The important part about this houseplant is that it prefers high-humidity environments, so make sure you mist it on regular basis.

The peace lily

For a peaceful coexistence with a bedroom houseplant, choose peace lily. This easy-to-grow gem lends a tropical feel to the room. Its glossy green pointed leaves grow with little care. Groom by removing any browned leaves or leaf tips.

Depending on the size of your plant, you can grow it as a floor plant or on a table top.


One way to make your living room more attractive and inviting is to decorate it with Phalaenopsis orchids.

When they are in full bloom, these fabulous orchids will brighten up your living room with their radiant colors and create an exotic and tranquil atmosphere. Orchids love sunlight, and the living room tends to get the most sunlight in your home. Indirect sunlight is best for orchids.


• Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 11am, join Margaret Griffin and her complimentary Christmas demonstrations to create a wow effect in your home this festive season. • Cork's most famous granny is celebrating her birthday on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November. To celebrate, there will be free food tasting of her famous scone and deserts throughout the weekend. Happy birthday Granny Griffin! For more information visit Griffins in Dripsey who won Garden Centre of the Year the Cork Business Awards 2017.

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