Indoor Plants in Kenya have not been very common. Many home owner don’t have efficient knowledge of the bests indoor plants. I remember how my house looked plain without flowers. I didn’t Know that, indoor plants brings a natural environment until i visited a friend whose house was decorated with indoor plants. I could not stop staring at the flowers planted in a white pot
guidelines on Indoor Plants in Kenya
Have planting Indoor Plants in Kenya been a challenge to you?
Then you have a course to smile, below are tips in indoor plants in Kenya that have been tested and proved to work.
Indoor plantation might be quite challenging since some factors necessary for plants growth might be inadequate.
However is this enough course to give up all the beauty found in indoor planting?
Boldly I say NO, this has been done by others and it has worked out perfectly.
There are just a few aspects that we need to understand to overcome this challenge.
Factors affecting growth of indoor plants in Kenya
All plants, either interior or exterior deserve equal and same factors necessary for growth.
A deficiency of one has a great negative impact to the growth of the plants.
Bearing in mind those different plants requires these aspects in different quantities, she most favorable plants for indoor plantation are chosen
These are the factors to consider:-
Have you seen indoor plants turning yellow, or to some extents weathering?
This is the effects of inadequate sunlight to a plant.
How can we tell that indoor plants are receiving in adequate sunlight?
- Retarded growth of the plant
- Premature drop of the leaves.
- The remaining leaves are smaller and weak.
- The leaves turn light green or yellow.
- The gape between the leaves [inter nodes]becomes longer as the plants grows upwards
- For some young plants they might grow bending towards the source of light like windows.
Of all the factors necessary for plants growth, this is the scarcest factor in indoor plantation.
As its well known artificial light cannot offer any solution to this matter thus an applicable way has to be invented for the plants to access sunlight more often in a day.
There are various types of plants that requires different light intensities and contact time.
Plants that require least light intensity and contact time are to be considered in indoor gardening.
They can also be positioned near the window where sun rays penetrate through.
Otherwise they can be manually carried outside at least once in a day.
This is a factor that we might ignore but it has a very great effect to the survival of a plant.
Plants are known to make their own food through photosynthesis, and as we know from the biological point of view, temperature is one of the essential aspects.
Plants must get adequate light to grow strong and healthy.
However, as it’s said that too much of something is poisonous, this concept applies highly to indoor plants in Kenya.
Too much temperature also causes excessive loss of water through transpiration.
This causes wilting to the plant if persistent for awhile.
Similar to temperatures, indoor plants require different temperatures thus differ in their location in the house.
do you know that the amount of moisture in your house environment varies with time?
This also a factor that is mostly overlooked when we come to indoor gardening in Kenya.
Factors to consider in choosing the right plant for your humidity.
- Where to get your plants.
Have you ever bought a plant and after giving it maximum attention it still weathered?
The difference between humidity of the two regions i.e. where you got it and your home, is one of the possible causes.
In high humidity, [when there is too much moisture in the environment] the plant adapts some features that allow quick transpiration rate.
When taken to a low humid region, they loose too much water than they can absorb thus they weather out.
- 2. Difference in seasons.
As seasons change the humidity in the environment varies.
The plants might weather before they adapt to the new environmental change.
The plants mostly affected are those that change from winter to summer.
They should be watered frequently to replace the lost water.
This is the most common aspect in plant maintenance but we have decided to do it without taking any caution.
There is much to be considered beyond just watering the plants. Some of these factors include:-
i Amount of water
Different plants need different quantities of water.
There are factors that are considered in watering the plants. They include:-
- Type of trees
Some trees like the aquatic plants require too much water while others like desert plants require just a little amount of water.
- Size of the plants
The larger the plant, the larger the capacity of water consumption.
Small plants can suffocate if irrigated with too much water that covers the leaves.
- Volume of the container
Plants that are planted in a container are limited to a certain amount of water that the container can accommodate.
The container should be large enough to contain enough water for the plant.
- Type of soil.
Some soils like clay soil and sand soil have a very poor capillarity.
Clay soil has very low drainage thus require low water volume to avoid flooding.
Sand soil has very high drainage thus require large volume of water.
Loam soil is the best for cultivation since it has moderate drainage thus economical in watering.
i Quality/type of water
There are two types of water that are commonly known, salty water and fresh water.
To majority of the plantations in our homes, they do well in fresh water than salty water.
Salty water is known to dehydrate the plants due to its high salt concentration that exceeds that of the plants.
Only a few plants that do well in salty water .this are those that dwell in salty waters.
Tips for shopping for indoor plants in Kenya
There are some specific qualities of plants that are considered in indoor plants in Kenya selection.
- The plants should not be those types that grow to too large heights and widths.
- The plants should be healthy. Green leaves that don’t have the unnatural yellow spots.
- Healthy roots that have grown beyond the soil ball used in nursing the plant.
- Ensure that there are no pests on the plants especially on the lower part of the leaves.
- Plants that seem to be infected by any disease should not be taken to avoid any diseases.
Concluding remarks on indoor plants in Kenya.
Having some green plantations in your house is an awesome treat to your garden that we ought to have.
This is a natural air freshener in our houses during the day for it absorbs the carbon dioxide and produce oxygen to the atmosphere.
At night they produce carbon dioxide and absorb oxygen but in small amounts that cannot cause any germ to the people.
In your indoor designing, have you incorporated indoor plants in Kenya?