By Sonia Bavistock
Forget cushions and throw rugs. These days? Indoor plants are the must-have accessory for your home.
That’s right, the humble house plant is now the hottest interiors trend, and as the cold sets in there’s no better time to trial a homegrown garden in your space.
With that in mind, we caught up with Kirrily Hurst, owner of Suci Potted Plants based in Goodwood, to find out how easy it really is being green…
Brand SA News: Where did your love of plants stem from?
Kirrily Hurst: My father is a horticulturist, so I’ve been surrounded by plants all my life. He owned a nursery when we were children and I loved spending my weekends there.
Fast forward to adulthood, I felt a need to work for myself and to have a creative outlet. So, I took that lifelong love for plants and started Suci Potted Plants.
Indoor plants have experienced a massive revival in popularity – why do you think that is?
There’s nothing better than having plants in a room and watching them grow. They also have health benefits including cleaning and filtering the air.
Which plants are the most popular right now?
Leafy plants such as Ficus Lyrata (Fiddle Leaf Fig) and Monstera. Also, Ficus Elastica (Rubber Plant) and Zamioculcas Zamifolia (ZZ Plant) because they’re so easy to look after, and for larger plant lovers, the Strelitzia Nicolai (Giant White Bird of Paradise).
For the total “black thumbs” out there, which plant would you recommend they start with and why?
Definitely the ZZ Plant. They can handle low light and don’t need a lot of water.
What should you take into consideration when selecting indoor plants?
There are a number of things including light, air conditioning, accessibility and foot traffic near the plants. This is why I love talking to people about their home, office and lifestyle – it enables me to help them select the perfect plant.
Kirrily’s top 5 tips for taking care of indoor plants:
1. Water just enough (many of us over-water plants).
2. Keep dust off leaves by wiping with a damp cloth.
3. Don’t place the plant near an air conditioning vent.
4. Make sure it’s getting the right amount of light.
5. Size up the pot if the plant is outgrowing it.
Suci Potted Plants is located at Shop 4, 89 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood.
Sonia Bavistock is a fashion and lifestyle blogger and also has her own social media management and copywriting business. Sonia is passionate about all things South Australia and can often be seen dining out with a glass of wine in hand.
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