Interior Trees: Are They a Good Idea?
In recent years, so many people have been bringing trees inside the walls of their homes. You’ve probably seen at least one fiddle leaf fig in the home of a friend or family member. Trees can be a really great way to incorporate plants into your home’s landscape design. However, trees aren’t always cut out for being planted indoors. If you’re wondering whether or not you should add an indoor tree to your home, read this article for tips and cautions!
The Benefits of Interior Trees
The first things you should know about having a tree indoors are all of the ways it will benefit you.
#1 They Enhance Interior Design
Trees make a wonderful addition to a home because they bring in a new element to your design theme or ambiance. If you want a good, relaxing vibe, trees are your best friends. They enhance any design theme from modern, to farmhouse, to cozy, to pretty much anything else.
#2 They Clean the Air
Trees naturally take in CO2 and release O2 making them a natural filter for your air. If you’re worried about air pollution or what kinds of things your children are breathing in, a tree can be a great way to get a little more peace of mind. They won’t completely filter every air particle, but they’re a really great place to start.
#3 They Make a Space More inviting
There are many reasons that trees make a space more inviting, but here are just a few. Trees are a great way to round out corners and make ceilings feel less far away. A lot of floor plans have big open spaces with high ceilings. These are great, but they can create an echo and feel pretty intimidating. Including a tree in the corner will reduce noise, make the edges seem less sharp, and make the space feel more accessible.
The Difficulties of Interior Trees
While there are many benefits of having a tree in your home, they do come with a handful of difficulties.
#1 Trees are Large
Trees aren’t just like any other houseplant. They require a different level of care. The first problem people tend to have with their trees is that they will often outgrow the pots they came in, or they’re just too big for them in the first place. Trees, if cared for properly, will continue to grow their roots and can become root bound if they’re too small. To overcome this difficulty, just make sure that your pot is big enough, and that it has proper drainage to avoid root rot in the bottom. Repotting a large tree might require the help of a professional.
If you decide to introduce a tree into your home, you should know some signs of interior pests and what to do if you spot one. If you start to see a film developing on the leaves, or see small critters crawling around, you should act quickly so it doesn’t spread or kill the tree
. Keep some pest products on hand or consult a plant specialist for help to solve the problem as quickly as possible.
#3 Nutrient Deficiencies
Trees will often start dropping leaves or will start yellowing in areas if they have a nutrient deficiency. When people see this, they often think that they just need to water more and the problem will go away. Unfortunately, this can lead to overwatering and can even make the problem worse. You should be familiar with signs of nutrient deficiencies when purchasing a tree and should fertilize a few times a year to ensure your tree is getting the elements it needs.
At the end of the day, the work required to maintain an indoor tree is worth it for the beauty and feel that it will bring to your home. If you have additional questions, send us an email or give our professionals a call today.