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How to get growing: tips for beginner indoor gardeners

Want to bring some greenery into your home but not sure where to start? At Skandium, we like to talk to those in the know who can help you to improve your home. This week we’ve spoken to Nelson de Coninck, lover of plants and stunning interiors, who shares his tips below for how to get started with your own indoor garden.

What are your top indoor plants and why?

It’s hard to pick favourites but for my top indoor plants, I’ll choose some of the more low maintenance ones. Three kinds of plants that I really like to have are monstera deliciosa, ficus elastica and pilea peperomioides. I find these easier to keep thriving than some other species and they don’t really mind if I forget to water them once in a while, and that happens sometimes when I have a busy week.

What are your top 3 tips for a super beginner who wants to try indoor planting?

First of all, I would tell them to not be too ambitious when they start caring for plants. Try to care for only a few plants at first and expand your collection over time if you manage to keep your plants alive. Secondly, it’s easier to keep track of which plants you’ve watered that week if you have a fixed plant care day. That way, you don’t water the same plant twice a week or forget to water a plant for weeks. Lastly, and probably most importantly: don’t get upset if things don’t work out the way you wanted. Plants can die for so many reasons, so don’t blame yourself if a plant dies that you tried very hard caring for -the cause of death may not even have anything to do with your skills. Also, yellowing leaves are a completely normal phenomenon, so don’t freak out when a leaf turns yellow once every while.

What’s worse: too much water or too little?

Too much water is definitely worse. When the soil is too wet, roots will start to rot and your plant will most definitely die. Underwatering will cause some leaf loss but your plant will recover from it after watering.

What are your top 3 ways to make a space cosy for the upcoming winter?

Using cute lights and candles are a quick and easy way to instantly make your place cosy! I also like to put loads of blankets and cushions on the couch to make it cosy. You can play around with different colours and patterns to achieve the cosy look you’re going for. Another tip that actually has nothing to do with styling or interior but makes me instantly have a cosy feeling is the smell of fresh coffee. For the ultimate cosy feeling I make a cup of coffee, snuggle up on the couch and enjoy the candles and lights around me.

Which items from Skandium would you recommend for any plant and interior design lover?

The String Pocket because they’re so pretty and perfect to put plants on!

Bar trolleys are perfect to hold your bottles of wine, vodka or gin but they’re really cool with lots of plants on them too. If you like both plants and a drink, it’s perfect to put your drinks on one plate and your plants on the other.

A beautiful plant pot is necessary if you want your plants to fully show off their beauty and these simple pots by Hay are perfect for that.

With these excellent ideas, we’re sure you’ll be starting your own indoor garden in no time! Find all these products and more on the Skandium website, and share your gorgeous green friends with us on Instagram.