The jungle look with Urban Tropicana
By now, it’s likely that you’ve packed up all the Christmas decor and things may be looking a little bare. Fear not, we’ve a great way for you to fill your space thanks to the lovely lot at Urban Tropicana. And right now, we couldn’t need houseplants more. Did you know that they have psychological benefits that could all go some way to helping us all through a grey and locked down January? Amongst them are improved mood, increased worker productivity, improved attention span, reduced stress levels and increased speed of reaction in a computer task. We asked the team to give us a rundown of houseplants for kids that can be looked after by your budding gardeners.
PLUS read on for our exclusive discount code.
- Succulents are one of the easiest houseplants to look after – and they’re a pretty cool too.
- Succulents do best in a sunny spot in very well-drained soil. Their chunky leaves are designed to store water, so they’re able to cope with periods of drought.
- It is best to allow the soil to dry out between watering.
- When you do decide to water, it is best to soak them, this will replicate a torrential down pour.
- They need a lot less water over winter.
- Urban Tropicana have put together a supercool box containing three baby succulents. Succulents will be selected at random – but we’ll make sure the trio is as varied as possible.
Shop Baby Box Succulents here
Pot Size: 5.5cm. Non-toxic
2. Christmas Cactus
These cacti will bloom just in time for Christmas (hence their name), and they’re pretty stunning too. The hanging branches, which are made up of flat, glossy green segments, can grow to up to 3 feet long.
Flowers in red, white, yellow, pink, or purple appear at the tips of these branches and measure up to 3 inches long with several tiers of petals. This variety has white flowers.
In order to keep these plants looking beautiful, you need to follow all
the steps involved with proper Christmas cactus care.
Shop Christmas Cactus here
Pot size: 12cm. Non-toxic
3. Snake Plants
- The Moonshine is an absolute stunner and one of our personal favourite snake plants. The foliage is the most delicious shade of silvery green. Easy to care for and looks amazing. What else could you ask for?
- If you’re one of those people with a history of killing houseplants (we see you at the back) then the ‘Snake Plant aka Mother-in-laws tongue is for you. It doesn’t need much attention at all so if you forget you own it for a week or two – it will forgive you. They’re pretty indestructible – so totally safe for the ‘plant assassins’ amongst you.
- They are also one of the best plants for removing harmful toxins from the air. Winner winner.
- While it tolerates low light, snake plants will grow fastest in bright conditions.
- Take care not to overwater. We water ours every 2 weeks or when the soil is totally dry.
Pot Size: 12cm. Mildly toxic if ingested.
4. The String of Hearts
- The String of Hearts has gorgeous, mini, heart-shaped leaves. They grow pretty quick given the right conditions so you’ll have a stunning display in no time.
- Keep your string of hearts in bright light, with some direct sun (but not all day) for the best colour and plenty of leaves.
- If you notice large spaces between leaves, the chances are the plant is not getting enough light.
- The string of hearts is a semi-succulent plant, which means it is more tolerant of dry soil than wet soil and is prone to rotting in wet soil – allow the soil to dry out completely between watering.
Hanging Pot Size: 11cm. Non-toxic
5. Spanish Moss
- This is one for those of you looking for a plant with maximun impact for not much effort. Spanish moss doesn’t need soil to survive, just keep it in a bright spot and mist or soak once a week. That’s it.
- It’s native to Mexico, Central America, South America, the U.S., and the Caribbean. In the U.S. it grows from Texas to Virginia, staying in the moister areas of the South. Its preferred habitat is a healthy tree in tropical swampland.
- Spanish moss grows on trees but it doesn’t put down roots in the tree it grows on, nor does it take nutrients from it. The plant thrives on rain and fog, sunlight, and airborne or waterborne dust and debris.
Approx length: 60cm. Non-toxic
Urban Tropicana launched in the midst of lockdown and their mission is to fill homes with plants, whatever your budget, do show them some love by following them on Instagram and by picking out a plant or three. They’ve kindly offered us an exclusive 15% discount. Simply use the code: CityKids15 at the checkout. You’re welcome!
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