Indoor plants are very popular these days, and they can help to create a nice ambience and provide a way to grow your own food and flowers. Indoor plants don’t ‘clean the air’. This is a myth based on 30-year old NASA research that’s way out-of-date. To do this, you would literally have to cover a place in so many plants, you wouldn’t be able to move! Also read how to grow your own organic herbs.
Many plants (including ferns, sago palm, Swiss cheese and all bulbs) are not safe, for if you or the recipient shares space with animals. Learn how to make gardens safe for pets (includes indoor plants to avoid – even brushing a tail can harm). Avoid facing indoor foliage to gardens, to help stop birds flying into windows.
My Tiny Kitchen Garden looks at how to grow over 20 plants, if you lack outdoor space. This includes handy herbs for the kitchen or a relaxing indoor oasis. Covers the basis of micro-gardening.
Hungry Plants organic houseplant feed is sold in a glass bottle with a metal lid. Containing the perfect NPK formula (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassum) it contains sustainably-harvested Irish seaweed, in a slow-release formula. 1 bottle makes 20 litres.
houseplants grown by women prisoners
The Glasshouse is a social enterprise that offers second chances to women in UK prisons, by training them up to become qualified in horticulture. This means that on release, the company helps with finding accommodation and jobs (with a 100% success rate) for far less chance of offending (lack of a job and home are the two main official reasons why women return to prison). This company lists which plants are pet-safe or not (most stores don’t bother).
The plant pots and baskets are made ethically by artisans, usually with matching grey terracotta trays. Read the care advice on product pages to know how to look after your houseplants. The posts are delivered in appropriate-sized pots with a matching tray, and should not require repotting for 1 to 2 years after purchase.
zero waste plant pots
Ocean Plastic Pots produces beautiful plant pots, made from fishing waste recovered from the oceans. The founder is a deep-sea diver who saw firsthand the damage caused by ocean plastic, and once worked on a recovery not far from where a dead whale had washed up on a Scottish beach, due to plastic ingestion. These pots last for a lifetime and are a wonderful way to use up ghost fishing waste.
These eco twist plant pots are made from cotton cord, in a beautiful neutral design. Available in a set of two, biodegrade at end of use. FabRE is a plant pot made from recycled fabric, which means it can be posted as it will fit through the letterbox. Made in Cambridgeshire in many styles and designs, proceeds from sales help educate children about recycling. And surprisingly waterproof!
This paper pot plant maker is made from sustainable beech wood with an oiled finish. Made in England, just fold used newspapers into strips then roll around the press. Tuck in and align with the base, push down and crimp, then slide the ‘paper pot’ off the press.
eco mini watering cans
The Langley Watering Can is dinky but sturdy to water delicate houseplants and seedlings, or for budding child gardeners. In six colours (black is made from recycled plastic), it features a removable fine spray hose and is made in England.
Rain Can is made from recycled plastic. It has an easy-fill design with 7 litres to catch rain, and includes a little ladder for frogs and other creatures to escape! In light green or purple.
Earthy watering cans are made from blended agricultural waste with resin, to make frostproof cans in three sizes, in pretty colours.