Rustic Vibe 101: A Shabby Chic’s Guide to Getting a Green Thumb

The best part about country-style living is the closeness to nature that comes with it. Being surrounded by plants and flowers can have an instant affect on our mood and help us naturally de-stress and feel relaxed.

Plants survive off the carbon dioxide we breathe out and replace it with oxygen in the air around us. A study by NASA explained how indoor plants have the capacity to clean the air around us and remove up to 87% of air toxins in a day’s span!

Indoor plants help you clear your mental space. They also add an element of visual aesthetic and add a pop of color that gives your country-style home a rustic and shabby chic element.

Indoor Plants for the Beginner
So you’ve decided to add some indoor plants to your farmhouse-style home. What’s next?

Many plants can thrive indoors. Most indoor plants already come with a planter or in containers. There are only two reasons why you may need to change the containers; either your plant is outgrowing the container or if you’re growing bulbs indoors, you may need to plant them yourself.

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Taking Care of Your Indoor Plants
Indoor plants are usually low-maintenance. The amount of sunlight they require depends on the type of plant you are growing, so it’s best to do some research beforehand.

Plants like philodendron, Devil’s Ivy, Peace lily and Dracaena don’t need much sunlight.

The most important thing to do for indoor plants is to keep the potting soil moist and watered sufficiently. Ensure that the soil is not too wet or too dry. Ensure that the planter has drainage holes at the bottom and place the plant near a natural or artificial source of light.

How Long Do They Survive? 
Indoor plants typically survive an average of two to five years, depending on the species and how well they are cared for.

Choosing the Right Planter
Indoor plants can be placed in a variety of planters, including clay pots, metal pots or concrete pots. Each type of planter has its own benefits. Clay pots are porous and allow air to pass through them.

Concrete pots are more durable and aid in stabilizing the soil temperature. Metal pots come in a wide range, from zinc to aluminum containers and tend to not break or crack.

Looking For Indoor Plants For Your Home?
We, at The Grey Antler, have a variety of indoor plants, faux greenery, vases and planters, suitable for indoor spaces like kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms for that rustic, chic vibe! Our farmhouse style home decor accessories are designed to give your home a warm, vintage and southern-style feel.

What are you waiting for? Visit our website or contact us here and get your hands on our home decor antiques and accessories for your home!

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