The RHS call on the public to go green this Halloween by switching single-use plastic decorations for spooky houseplants

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) are calling on members of the public to go green this Halloween by sharing the 8 spookiest houseplants that could be used instead of plastic decorations.

As well as being both bold and beautiful, the use of houseplants as part of your autumn décor is a great way to cut down on the single-use plastics found in many seasonal decorations. As Britain’s leading gardening charity, the RHS recognises its unique position to empower the general public to make a meaningful contribution towards climate change targets, and the actions of each and every one of Britain’s 30 million gardeners (whether on a windowsill or in a garden) can create positive change.

From venus flytraps and spider plants, to mother-in-law’s tongue and devil’s ivy, the RHS offers a huge range of Halloween houseplants to add a touch of horror to your home, and though looking after houseplants may seem scary, it doesn’t have to be. RHS horticulturist Alex Young gives some tips on how to look after the 8 spookiest houseplants this autumn below.

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The 8 spookiest Halloween houseplants and how to care for them

1. Sarracenia purpurea 'Dracula' / fly killing pitcher plant
In order to keep their colour, pitchers need direct sunlight. Rain or distilled water is also best, as they prefer low nutrient, bog-like soil, having evolved to gain most of their nutrients from their prey.

2. Spider star orchid
Spider orchids like bright, indirect light, plenty of water and a fortnightly feed during active growing season.


3. Devil's ivy
RHS award of garden merit.This popular houseplant can tolerate most light intensity, but avoid full direct sun. It also likes its roots to be moist so make sure to water every 1-2 weeks.


4. Mother-in-law's tongue
Also known as a ‘snake plant’, Mother-in-law’s tongue can handle any type of light intensity and is very drought tolerant, so simply water when the pot dries out.


5. Venus flytrap
Venus flytraps require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, and similar to other pitcher plants prefer rain or distilled water.


6. Spider plant.
RHS award of garden meritSpider plants like most light conditions but grows best in bright, indirect sunlight. During growing season water regularly, but in the winter keep drier. Mist the leaves every so often to increase humidity.


7. Dragon tree
Drought tolerant and happiest in indirect light, simply water this easy-going plant when the top of the soil feels dry.


8. Jellyfish air plantAir plants are incredibly easy to care for. Give them lots of light, spray with water once a day and dunk them in a bucket of water once a week.



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About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.