Huniford Design Studio, Getaway to the 2013 Holiday House HamptonsContemporary Living Room, New York
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2. Provide plenty of light. Succulents are a great choice for bright, sunny locations. They ideally need at least six hours of direct sunlight daily to thrive, although some, such as a mother-in-law’s-tongue, can get by with less light. An east- or south-facing window is ideal, but they can also do well in west-facing windows.
Light needs. The amount of water and humidity sun-loving houseplants may want varies, but the amount of sunlight they crave doesn’t. For most of them, five hours is the minimum amount of light they want, and up to 12 hours is ideal. If your plant is not growing and thriving, it may not be getting enough light, especially if the light coming in is filtered by buildings and trees. If so, move the plant closer to the window to increase the amount of light it receives.
2. Be water wise. If anything were likely to be killed with kindness, it would be an indoor plant. Knowing how much and how often to water is the key to not only keeping plants alive but helping them thrive. A great indicator that a plant needs watering is when its leaves start to droop. Oddly, this is also an indication that a plant has been overwatered. Once a plant has root rot from overwatering, it can be very difficult for it to recover. For most plants, the soil should be kept moist but not saturated — use your finger as a guide; if it feels dry an inch or so down, give it a drink.Where and how your plants grow in the wild are great indicators of how much water they need. The pots shown here are good examples, as the dry-, hot-climate plants on the left are grouped together and need much less water than the rain forest tree fern on the right.
Tropical wonders … in New England? Er, sort of. If living through another cold winter (wherever you are) is giving you the chills just thinking about it, consider adding a few lush warm-weather plants to your home. Sculptural succulents, delicate ferns and fragrant potted citrus trees in the house can almost make you forget it’s winter outside your door. Once the weather warms in the spring, you can move some of your plants outdoors to boost growth during the growing season.
The palette is inspired by the huge succulent arrangement and the custom copper sculpture over the fireplace. The space is dedicated to the designer's mother, who is a breast cancer survivor.Plant stand: Russ Steele Antiques; rug: Sacco Carpet