Are the plants in your house not growing? Tips to keep the indoor flora alive
American journalist and author Michael Pollan once asked himself while planting rows, “Did I decide to plant these potatoes, or did the potato make me do it?”
If you have read his’The botany of desire‘ you would know what follows. But in case you haven’t, he goes on to state that both statements are true. Pollan calls humans “bumblebees” – manipulated by plants to transport their pollen from flower to flower.
This manipulation could come in the form of a pleasant scent, the ability to purify air, medicinal properties, edible fruits, etc.
What is remarkable here is how human interaction with plants has evolved over time. Lush green lawns with tall trees, shrubs and a wide range of plants outside houses have now been replaced by small or medium-sized indoor flora.
However, the pandemic saw larger numbers of human bumblebees sowing seeds. From coping with boredom to creating newly created home offices to being influenced by the green trends of social media, people had different reasons for doing so.
However, despite purchasing quality plants, watching hours of YouTube tutorials, and investing in tools and equipment, many failed to maintain their green houseplants. Where did they go wrong, especially when it wasn’t a lack of effort?
The plant you like in an Instagram post from a friend who stays miles away may not be an ideal fit for your indoor green space.
To check if a plant is right for your region, pay attention to its temperature tolerance and the ecosystem it belongs to, says Swami Prem Parivartan, founder of Give Me Trees Trust, one of the largest tree-planting communities in India and obtain.
For example, Ficus benjamina, Areca palm, Sansevieria and certain hardy plants do well indoors in Delhi-NCR. In cities like Bengaluru and Chennai, where humidity is high, a completely different vegetation grows well.
Give Me Trees Trust has facilitated the planting and conservation of over 20 million trees over the last 44 years, with more than 16,000 volunteers working across India.
The popular belief that houseplants don’t need air or sunlight isn’t true. They too need air and light and cannot thrive in a claustrophobic environment, Parivartan insists.
The carpeted area of the room, the light source, and ventilation all need to be considered when purchasing a houseplant, he adds.
Popularly known as Peepal BabaParivartan has planted more than 12.5 million peepal trees in India and also works with the United States Forest Service.
Large trees with large leaves such as Peepal, Banyan, Jamun (Java Plum), Gular (Cluster Fig), Pilkhan (White Fig), Gulmohar (Royal Poinciana), Neem, Amaltas (Laburnum Tree) and Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna) are excellent purifiers, he recommends, hence most suitable for the high pollution region in Delhi-NCR.