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08/08/2012 at 19:11

Hi

I am thinking about planting an indoor display for my lounge it will need to go into a space which was once a fire place.  I am stuck with what to plant a display in meaning a plant pot because of drainage  and also what sort of plants would be suitable. Has anyone any ideas and also what sort of compose and drainage would be suitable. 

Thanks for any advice.

08/08/2012 at 19:34

It is going to be a place that wont get a lot of natural light-so you would need to go for leafy plants-I have a corner that has a cheeseplant and a rubber plant

Here are a few more ideas

http://www.houseofplants.co.uk/Plants_for_dark.htm

08/08/2012 at 19:43

I grow money plants indoors, 75%grit 25% compost, Mine are growing  happily in a glass dish with no drainage, I only water them once a month.

08/08/2012 at 19:45

The difficulty about growing plants in fireplaces is that the light levels are usually quite low.  Most ferns and mosses can cope with low light conditions and I think a large glass orb-type terrarium with mosses and ferns planted in it would look wonderful in a fireplace.

Once they are established they are quite easy to maintain and at least the plants don't get dusty leaves, you just have to clean the outside of the glass .

This site tells you how to plant and maintain a terrarium http://www.thegardenhelper.com/terrarium.html

08/08/2012 at 23:18

I would go for succulents, money plant or mother in laws tongue. They can cope with some low light and  neglect. You can always give it a boost by putting it the sun in the Summer, they can live outside in these months as well.

09/08/2012 at 07:09

In my experience Mother in Law's Tongue needs high light levels - if left out of a sunny spot for any length of time they grow very tall and then flop over.  

I would also question growing succulents successfully in shade - the reason they have developed those fleshy leaves is because they live in dry sunny spots.  They will survive in lower light levels for a while, e.g. if you have to bring them in to overwinter them, but they will become pale and etiolated if in the shade for any length of time.

Cissus antartica http://www.plants-in-buildings.com/documents/cissus-rhoicissus.pdf doesn't mind fairly low light levels,   The House of Plants website mentioned earlier also has some good suggestions.  And of course the aspidistra is well known for it's ability to tolerate shade. 

There are very few flowering plants that will live in the shade. 

 I'd still go for a terrarium planted with ferns and mosses. 

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