We adore a little greenery here at the Emily and Fin studio (have you checked out the glorious foliage of Botanical Parakeets, yet?). Not only do they look great, it’s proven that having plants in your home or office is good for your health.
We have lots of plants around the studio, but the most special is a polka dot begonia, passed down from Emily’s great-grandmother. It’s an Emily and Fin tradition for staff to take cuttings too, so this beautiful little plant is spreading its roots throughout London and the UK.
Unfortunately though, we’re not always so good at caring for our beautiful houseplants (is it just us?!).
Luckily for us, Alice Vincent - author of How to Grow Stuff and Rootbound - really knows her sempervivum from her spider plant. Here’s how to keep your houseplants healthy, lush and Insta-worthy all year round.
Alice suggests getting started with succulents. Place them “Somewhere bright with access to natural daylight. A windowsill is good, especially if it’s not too hot - if you find that your succulent leaves start to turn brown, this may be because they are getting scorched by the sun.”
Next up (and next on your grid): Pothos and philodendron. “Varieties include devil’s ivy and marble queen (both pothos), heart-leaf philodendron and pink princess - a philodendron that is as fabulously Instagrammable as it sounds.”
Alice says “it is a genuine challenge to kill them” - Sounds good to us.
How to style your houseplants:
“Personally, I think plants look better-placed closer together. As an example from my own home, I have an ugly bathroom that is humid with a light at one end. I’m therefore going to get a shelf under the window and I’m going to fill it with trailing plants and different types of ferns – both of which will be happy oxidising in this environment and will make a great bathroom feature!
Alternatively, if you’ve got a bare and brightly-lit corner you should try supersizing the plant! Trends are moving towards having large statement plants rather than having lots of little ones at the moment. For big house plants, I’d recommend going for one large ficus plant, a kentia palm or fiddle leaf fig tree.” says Alice.
Of course, you could always go for the ultimate in low maintenance houseplants and invest in some cacti - we love Prick and their gorgeous range of pots to match.