Plants and accessories to harmonize our most intimate space, home, garden and office.
Home Sweet Home. Nothing like being at home and feeling relaxed, outside the daily hustle and bustle, ready to feel released from the tension.
Plants are living beings capable of strengthening self-esteem and emotional balance, as well as providing us with its exquisite aroma and many other benefits. For these reasons, it is highly recommended to have one of them in our home, garden and office.
- ALOE VERA.
This miraculous plant has extensive healing properties, as it provides remarkable results in our health. It is very easy to care for and purifies the air of the space where we place it.
Its main properties are: Cicatrization. Analgesic. Demulcent (protection of the mucous membranes). Hypocholesterolemic. Scrubber. Antiseptic. Laxative.Purgative.
Aloe vera requires full sun exposure and is very resistant to pests, but is very sensitive to excess humidity and cold (less than 50F). The plant warns us if it needs water if it wrinkles the leaves, although in general it is an easy plant to grow that does not need constant care.
One of the main reasons to have a bonsai at home is to relax. Because if we have to choose a crop that provides peace of mind, we will undoubtedly choose to prune, trim and care for the bonsai. It is a precious moment to disconnect from the fast-paced world.
In Japanese culture, bonsai is synonymous with good fortune, spiritual balance, contemplation and relaxation through contact with nature. The tradition of growing trees in a tray was born in China and was later adopted in Japan, from where it spread to the rest of the world.
Bonsai are especially delicate when it comes to the amount of water they receive. To know if it is necessary to water it, you must look at the soil in your tray: if it is dry, it is time to water again, but if it stays wet, you will have to wait a little before the next watering. If you are not sure, insert a wooden stick about 5 centimeters into the ground: if the ground has a dusty appearance, it means that it is dry, but if the stick comes out with wet and dark soil, you should wait a little longer for the next irrigation. Take the risk with care not to stir the soil and with enough water so that all the roots of the tray receive a little. If your bonsai has moss, it is likely that the humidity is more concentrated and therefore, the waterings should be more spaced.
Unlike other species, in bonsai it is very necessary to make an annual fertilizer due to the compression of the roots in the tray to find more nutrients under the ground. The best months to do this are during spring and summer.
Pruning is the most important care of any bonsai, as it marks the path that it will follow during its growth, stimulates its development, strengthens and achieves a dense foliage even in the lowest branches.
Tradition dictates that most of these miniature trees must appear triangular in shape. Your task when adopting one is to keep it in the same pattern as you acquired it, trim the branches that grow in new directions and above all, limit the upward growth of the main branches to favor the smaller ones and encourage larger foliage.
The recommendation of the experts is to use rainwater or purified water with the intention of eliminating chlorine and other chemicals that can alter the composition of the pH of the plant. The quality of the water is one of the fundamental causes if you see that it dries on the tips of the leaves and you do not find any other reason.
To do the pruning, you must make sure that the bonsai is dry and have special scissors for it.
This plant should receive as much natural light as possible during the day, so that it keeps the small leaves alive and the branches grow according to the shape you want them to take after pruning.
Unless you live in a place where winters reach zero degrees, bonsai can be kept outdoors year-round without any problem. The vast majority of bonsai require the conditions and climate outside.
In addition to being a trend in decoration, cactus also benefit your health, as they purify the air and neutralize electromagnetic waves.
Cacti are very grateful, they need almost no watering. With watering every two months or a little more in summer if you see the substrate very dry. But excess water will always be worse - when in doubt, don't water it - so they must have good drainage. It withstands high temperatures very well so cacti are perfect for the summer season, they will not complain about the heat in summer. They also need a lot of light, which is why they love to be by the window, and they will not be affected by direct light as can be the case with other indoor plants. Finally, if you want them to look lustrous, you can fertilize them with a specific fertilizer for these types of plants during the spring months.
- CLIMBING PLANTS.
Ivy is one of the most widely used climbing plants for centuries. This climbing plant has a purifying, relaxing and aesthetic effect. It is ambivalent, it can be used to decorate country and city houses. Accentuate a romantic, fresh, natural and rustic style. Ivy was widely used by the Celts to cover their houses, as they attributed a magical power to it.
Ivy in houses removes moisture from the wall. These plants absorb moisture from the area to which they are attached and return it to the environment, so they not only prevent moisture accumulation on walls and ceilings, but also do so by cooling the rooms they cover.
Contrary to popular belief, it does not form mold. Ivy coatings reduce temperature losses. For a house to be 100% efficient, it must avoid temperature leaks inside and be insulated from the outside, a function that ivy fulfills perfectly.
In winter it reduces the loss of temperature by acting as a screen against direct wind. It also protects materials by reducing the impact of frost and hail.
Thermal insulation increases by creating an air chamber if the plant is climbed on racks, leaving a few centimeters between it and the wall.
You will have also a phytotherapeutic kit at hand, since this climber acts as an expectorant, antispasmodic, vasoconstrictor, healing, antibiotic and analgesic. The poultices of its leaves are highly valued.
You can cut stems to decorate the interior of the house, making centers and crowns, or plant them in hanging pots.
The Dracena is known for its ability to absorb carbon dioxide, emit oxygen, increasing our capacity for concentration and productivity. In addition, the plant is able to control humidity in a closed environment, thus avoiding numerous diseases.
They also remove xylene, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichlorethylene from the air. Substances that cause asthma, dizziness, drowsiness, increased frequency, tremors, and skin irritations.
It is easy to care. They require moderate watering and warm temperatures. See if the soil is dry, then moisten it generously and wait until it dries again. It is a "terminator" plant, it resists drought very well. If you spray the leaves, do it with warm water, and if you see that it loses the lower leaves, do not worry: it is normal when they grow.
- ENGLISH IVY.
Some of the many benefits of English ivy were mentioned earlier. It stands out among the suggestive climbing plants for our home. You can also have it indoors. You can cut stems to decorate the interior of the house, making centers and crowns, or plant them in hanging pots.
These healing properties are attached to it:
-Protects our skin.
-Purifies our body.
-It has anticancer properties.
-Relieves nasal congestion.
-They provide antibacterial properties.
Its care is very simple, moderate watering and indirect light. If you expose it directly to the sun that is not more than 3 hours of solar exposure. It does not tolerate dry environments such as those caused by heating, rather it requires cool environments above 77F. It is advisable to have them in a clay pot that is wide in diameter and not very deep.
This generous plant purifies the environment where it is found and provides healing properties.
Helps combat menstrual discomfort. They have expectorant properties that relieve airway congestion and cough. They relax the arteries and help fight hypertension. They have a hypotensive effect, ideal for treating muscle aches and fighting tension. They work as a good diuretic that facilitates urinary transit. The slimy part of its petiole (which joins the leaf with the stem) helps to relieve burns. Its crushed leaves can be used as a natural insecticide. Helps reduce and prevent diarrhea.
The cares that are suggested for this plant are basically:
Place it in a humid place with indirect light. Direct sunlight can quickly dry them out. They need a large space to expand. Prune whole leaves when they dry. Try to transplant it every year. Make sure your soil is always moist, water it with a little water every day or at least every two days, but without drowning it. Spray your leaves with a little water, but not directly.
In addition to their ornamental value, they purify and improve the quality of the air we breathe.
We can enjoy its flowers all year long, as long as the care is the best. To be able to enjoy its flowers 365 days, we must pay frequently with potassium-rich fertilizers and take care that there is no lack of water for long periods.
Although we often find these plants forming part of outdoor gardens, they can be grown in pots. If we grow Gerberas in pots, it is very important not to expose them directly to the sun because the substrate can dry out very easily and can cause water stress to the plant.
It is essential to place them in places with good lighting to be able to promote flowering. It is recommended if we grow it indoors, place the pots near the window.