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«Flowers have a favorable effect on the home: they inspire feelings and help to let off steam»

«Flowers have a favorable effect on the home»
The ins and outs of house planting, as well as its’ benefits are discussed in this conversation with Maria Gilmore, a florist from Farnborough.

Maria, there is a wide variety of flower pots and planters on the market. What criteria was the most important when you chose the LECHUZA self-watering planter and preferred it to any other?

Maria Gilmore: Lightness and durability. Their planters are of various designs and assorted sizes, and can be used in any interior.

What plants do you grow at home, including those for which you use LECHUZA?

M.G.: Exotic and tropical plants – Spathiphyllum, Zamioculcas, Dieffenbachia, Clivia, Orchid, Schefflera, Anthurium, Dracaena marginata, Yucca.

How long have you been planting? Do you have any favorite plant species?

M.G.: From a young age my mother got me used to the lovely process of planting.

Have you been confronted with any difficulties while handling plants? How do you overcome these difficulties?

M.G.: The main factor is that plants require a controlled particular ecoclimate. When I have questions or issues with plants, I always have recourse to my own experience or a florists’ advice.

How does LECHUZA help with the process of handling plants?

M.G.: It’s easy to carry LECHUZA pots for flowers to wash the leaves of the plants. If you know exactly the origin of a plant and know the conditions of growing, then you can arrive at conclusions about the amount of water needed for plant. LECHUZA planters provide sufficient amounts of water for all my plants.

Do you notice a difference in plant growth between LECHUZA and other pots?

M.G.: Each plant requires individual attention, so as to provide optimal conditions.

Modern-day flowerpots should be functional and stylish at the same time, so they and their plants take an active part in creating interior design. What is more important to you – functionality or how the planter matches the design?

M.G.: Good-looking live plants that you take care of with love can purify the air from dust and germs, as well as humidify the air and enrich it with oxygen. LECHUZA planters combine both functionality and an ability to create decorative effect on an interior’s appearance.

Where is the zest in planting for you?

M.G.: Flowers and greens have a favorable effect on the home: their beauty and diversity of forms and colors inspire feelings and help to let off steam, to relax and relieve emotional stress.

Do you subscribe to the opinion that plants and flowers should be in every house? What is the role of greens in your home?

M.G.: The more people pass time indoors at home, the more they need to decorate their living space with plants.

Do you place plants on the balcony during the spring-autumn period?

M.G.: I haven’t yet had any experience setting plants on the balcony during the spring-autumn period.

Do you use tips and recommendations from florists or the internet or just go with your gut and trust your own feelings?

M.G.: Yes, I use florists’ advice taken from the internet, and I also trust my own experience and feelings.

Where do you prefer to buy new plants?

M.G.: In specialized stores. All the information about a plant is given in such places, as well as which growing mediums and fertilizers can be bought.

What suggestions can you give to readers if they want to grow their own plants at home?

M.G.: Before buying a plant get all the information about planting given by sales managers of a specialized store.

What advice can you give to readers thinking of buying a LECHUZA planter?

M.G.: Each plant requires individual attention and optimal conditions for growing, watering and placing within an interior. LECHUZA self-watering planters surely can help with taking care of plants.

Column written by:
Lily Flowers
I'm a Content Editor and a Brand Contributor with a focus on the gardens and lifestyle. I write articles for where I cover flower pots, plants and other subjects.

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