Tips on how to care for your indoor plants

  • Your plants need water, light and warmth to survive. So when you're off on holiday, don't forget about your green friends. If you are away for more than a week you will need someone to visit them to keep the blinds open and to let fresh air in the room;

  • Filtered light works best for indoor plants, keep them in a light area of the home close to a window, some plants like ferns, hoya and ivy can survive in areas with less light;

  • Regularly prune your plants to stop them becoming 'leggy'. Once they've lost the foliage on their lower branches, it's very difficult to get it to return.

  • Try not to keep your plants in the direct line of dry air from a heater or air conditioner, if the leaves start going crispy this can be due to dry indoor air from these devices. Pop them outside for a week or so to give them a break if they are showing signs of dryness;

  • One of the most common causes of plant death is over-watering. If in doubt, use your finger to test the dryness of the soil - you will be able to tell whether it needs a drink or not. Use Seasol or a liquid fertiliser once a month if you can - plants love it!

  • Variegated plants often need more light than other varieties. Keep them nearer to a window so that they can get all the light that they need;

  • Plants adapt slowly to different surroundings by changing their leaf orientation and structure. If you can, try not to move them around, as they may not adapt as easily as you think.

Fiddle Leaf Figs actually love sunlight and don't need too much water - I keep mine in the bathroom as it gets the best filtered light in there, if your Fiddle's leaves start wilting or turning brown you need to move your plant to a brighter area, also check the soil wetness to see if over watering might also be an issue.