Decorating With House Plants
Seven ideas for gorgeous displays and the secrets for keeping your indoor greenery growing strong. By Danielle Claro
Expert advice to smooth the way, from San Francisco interior designer Kimberly Ayres and New York City wallpaper master Al Hoxha.
Take Advantage of a Steamy Spot With a Humidity-Hungry Orchid
Think of a phalaenopsis orchid as a long-lasting bouquet: It’s magnificent for a month or so, and then the blooms are gone.
Phalaenopsis are fans of light and humidity, so they do well in a sunny bathroom. Because they come potted in a fast-draining
medium (a mix of peat, charcoal, and bark), they can be a challenge to keep hydrated—water seeps out the bottom quickly. To
trap moisture, set the pot on gravel in a low glass cylinder; as water evaporates, it will be caught by the glass and reabsorbed
by the orchid. Choose a plant with bright, shiny, firm (not droopy) foliage and only a few of the lowest flowers open.
Care: Direct morning light. Protect from bright afternoon sun. Allow the top half-inch of medium to dry out before watering again.
Glass cylinder (similar to shown), $12, jamaligarden.com.