A new app backed by celebrity gardener Jamie Durie will help aspiring green thumbs pick the perfect indoor plants for their home.
The"Plant Life Balance" app is developed by Melbourne researchers and aims to help people choose the right type and amount of plants to improve air quality and wellbeing.
"This app offers a creative solution to help people add plants into their home and make it a much, much healthier environment," celebrity lanscaper Jamie Durie told AAP.
"It's a brilliant initiative and I absolutely love it," he said of the app.
People spent thousands of dollars on fancy gadgets and humidifiers when a pot plant could be cheaper and simpler solution, he said.
"They also look beautiful in a home, no matter what someone's style is, whether they prefer more architectural plants or lovely scented plants like lavender, and they have this amazing health benefit," Durie said.
The app was developed with research from a team at RMIT and University of Melbourne researchers to showcase the health benefits of plants.
Five pot plants in a living room has the potential to increase air quality by 75 per cent, University of Melbourne researcher Dr Dominique Hes said.
The researcher helped develop the app and collate the data from different studies and projects.
"Part of the benefits of indoor plants is the look and the benefit you get from the plants is improved when they look good and are healthy," Dr Hes said.
The app was simple to use and helped people calculate the right amount of plants for a room as well as what plants suited particular styles, she said.
"It allows you to design a room full of plants and tells you how much each plant will benefit in terms of air quality and other aspects," the researcher said.
The app will be available to download from Monday.
JAMIE'S INDOOR PLANT TIPS:
* Rainforest plants such as fiddle leaf fig or philodendrons do best as indoor plants because they are able to deal with low light conditions
* Don't overwater, make sure soil is moist not wet and always keep a saucer underneath a pot for drainage
* Always rotate plants by a third every two weeks to make sure foliage grows evenly