Choosing indoor plants for your home or office is actually a matter of taste as much as any other criteria. There are any number of varieties to choose from. Caring for indoor plants can take methods that are a little different than their outdoor counterparts.
Although every type of plant needs sunlight, some need more than others. If the sunlight does not shine directly into the space selected, choose a type that does well in shade or that does not require direct sun.
Many plants that do not require direct sun still do better in a bright room or near a window that gets bright sun for several hours. They will often begin to tilt toward the sun or grow fuller on the side that faces the sun. Rotating indoor plants by turning the pot will help keep the entire plant growing at the same rate and in a straighter direction.
The best way to start in growing indoor plants is to purchase the appropriate type meant for indoor use. When purchasing indoor plants, please make sure that you select only those that are free of insects or any other pests.
You can ensure that the plant is free from any pests by checking the undersides of the foliage and leaves for any possible signs of disease or insect. Make sure to select plants that look clean, well-potted, and with healthy foliage.
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You must avoid plants that have yellowish leaves, wilted foliage, brownish leaf margins, and those that bear spots and blotches.
You must make sure that you do not purchase plants with leaves that are torn or have been polished with leaf shines. Try to look for plants that have new flowers and leaf buds because they are usually of high quality.
Caring for indoor plants means paying attention to how they are doing. Noticing when the soil is drying or the growth has slowed.
It means paying attention to the amount of sun that reaches different spots in your home and experimenting with the placement when it is needed.
Aside from that, you must be aware of the two seasons within the year that may damage the plant: the hot summer and the cold winter months.
After purchasing indoor plants, it would be better if you transport it in your space personally. This will ensure that you can take care of the plant because you now own it.
There are many different varieties of indoor plants to choose from and it’s all about preferences. If you are a beginner then looking for something that is hardy and easy to care for based on your own routines. Succulents such as Cactus and Aloe Vera require very little maintenance other than good lighting and are very forgiving while you are settling into a new routine of plant care.
If you want a flowering plant, African Violets are another easy alternative that are available in almost any colour; however they do they require a bit more consistent care. They can grow both in natural and artificial light and prefer to stay put in the same location once placed.
Philodendrons are a favorite with both large and small leaf varieties and can be placed or hung in corners that do not have as much direct light. English Ivy love a quiet corner out of the sun,they grows quickly and as with most vines, are easy to transplant.
Shamrocks are great indoor plants which have pretty while blossoms and are one of the easiest house plants to care for if you have a nice sunny spot for them to enjoy.
The Peace lily is also an eye catcher, quite sturdy and is comfortable in either sun or indirect sun.
Aside from being beautiful, plants are natural air-purifiers. Areca Palms, Spider plants and many Ferns are all beneficially to our environment by cleaning our air from many pollutants such paints, gases and pesticides that we are exposed to daily.
Pothos Plant: Epipremnum aureum is an overwhelmingly popular houseplant for good reason. Supposedly, its other nickname of “devil’s ivy” comes from its hardiness and the perception that it is nearly impossible to kill. The vines can grow almost impossibly long, making them a great choice for suspension from tall ceilings. Consider this plant if you need something for low or indirect light conditions. Water when dry.
Hawaiian Umbrella Tree Bonsai: Bonsai enthusiasts will love this versatile and attractive tree, officially known as Schefflera arboricola. Even better, they stand up wonderfully to a variety of lighting conditions and watering routines. Let your umbrella tree grow naturally or trim it into a distinctive shape. Let it grow tall, or restrict to a small pot as a desk decoration.
Areca Palm: Dypsis lutescens, commonly known as golden cane palm or areca palm, makes a lovely focal point with its height and playful fronds. These plants enjoy indirect sunlight or partial shade, preferably in a well-drained planter filled with loamy soil.
Giant White Bird Of Paradise: Now this is a statement piece! Strelitzia nicolai, or the giant white bird of paradise, grows up to 20 feet tall in ideal conditions and certainly tall enough to make an impression in any interior or atrium. While many plants are sensitive to full sun, this plant welcomes it. Keep the soil moist and remember to fertilize monthly to get the best results.
Dragon Tree: When it comes to tree-like houseplants, it’s hard to find low-maintenance options, but Dracaena marginata is the exception to the rule. You can often wait until the soil is dry to water it, so it’s great for offices and far-off corners of the house that might not get much attention from caregivers. Bright indirect light and constant temperature will help this plant grow its strongest.
Lemon Button Fern: Native to Australia, Asia, and Hawaii, the Nephrolepis cordifolia fern is a close relative of the Nephrolepis exaltata outlined above and shares many of the same maintenance requirements.
Chinese Water Bamboo: Dracaena sanderiana grow without the need for soil – simply place in water like a cut flower would be. You can even add your favorite river rocks or decorative shells to match your decor! The bundled arrangement pictured above ensures they grow strong and tall.
Chinese Money Plant: Pilea peperomioides, commonly known as the Chinese money plant, has such a distinctive look with its round coin-like leaves and straight stems – they look gorgeous in short pots like the one pictured.
Anthurium: This cultivar of anthurium is especially popular for its persistent, constant blooms and eye-catching waxy red flowers. Avoid direct sunlight and allow the soil to dry slightly between each watering.
Oxalis: Oxalis triangularis, or false shamrock, is a houseplant native to Brazil, known for its bold and vibrant coloration that can range from violet to crimson. These look great in a light colored pot.
Snake Plant: What most people know as the snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue, but officially known as Sansevieria Laurentii, is an exceptionally hardy and distinctive plant with high-contrast banding that is impossible to ignore. These plants grow rather tall and make a great statement piece for low tables.
String Of Pearls: What a unique houseplant! Guests are sure to comment on the grace of your beautiful Senecio rowleyanus as its delicate tendrils of round beads overflow its planter. These are great for hanging or draping over a pedestal, preferably in a location just out of the reach of direct sunlight. Plant in loose cactus soil and be careful to avoid overwatering for best results.
Tillandsia: Succulents from the Tillandsia family are some of the easiest to care for – outside of an occasional misting, they’ll take all the water they need right from the humidity in the air. Another benefit is the lack of root system, making it easy to create fascinating arrangements like the cool sea urchin shell planters above.
Swiss Cheese Plant: The scientific name Monstera deliciosa refers, in part, to the edible pineapple-like fruit this rainforest plant can provide – just make sure to read about how to ripen the fruits properly to avoid irritation upon consuming.
ZZ Plant: Zamioculcas zamiifolia grow tall and substantial to make a brilliant impression in any room. They’re easy to care for, preferring bright indirect light and small amounts of plant food.
Boston Fern: Nephrolepis exaltata is a topical fern that just bursts with energy and volume. These Boston ferns prefer damp high-nutrient soil and bright filtered light. They look spectacular as a hanging plant, on a pedestal, or even on an ordinary side table. It’s hard to go wrong with a fern as gorgeous and hardy as this one.
Fiddle Leaf Fig: Ficus lyrata, or the Fiddle Leaf Fig, is a hardy tree that can grow up to 50 feet tall in its native tropical rainforest environment, but makes a lovely indoor tree for home decorating purposes.
Grafted Ficus Bonsai: Are you looking for a small desk plant sure to spark conversation? Ficus microcarpa “Ginseng” definitely has a very distinctive look to it.
Ivy (Hedera): Ivy looks wonderful in a variety of planter types, from pedestals to hanging planters and even large concrete bowls and other decorative pieces.
Rubber Plant: Rubber plants love bright indirect sunlight, moist soil, and high humidity. The waxy leaves really catch the light for a beautiful presentation.
Prayer Plant: Just look at that amazing color! Maranta leuconeura plants are certainly a work of art. The red veins make them an effective accent for interiors that need a little color. The leaves actually raise and contract based on the day-night cycle, quite interesting to watch as the day progresses.
Jade Plant: Jade plants (Crassula ovata) are an especially interesting succulent due to its unique bush-like structure that makes it suitable to trim as a bonsai. And under the right conditions, you might even see pink flower blossoms.
Aloe Vera: Besides being a popular ingredient in skincare products, Aloe plants are also extremely easy for even the most novice green thumb to keep alive. Plant these hardy ornamentals in cactus soil and place in a bright area for best results.
Peace Lily: Sometimes flowering plants prove the most challenging to keep healthy, but certain lilies in the Spathiphyllum genus (the peace lily family) are on the more easygoing side. Peace lilies are forgiving plants but seem to do best in indirect sunlight with access to shade. Wait to water the plant until you notice a bit of drooping in the leaves for best results.
Heartleaf Philodendron: Here’s another houseplant beloved for its true hardiness. Philodendron hederaceum works well as a hanging plant or you can add a trellis and enjoy its potential as a climber. Avoid full sun and keep soil very lightly moistened to see it thrive.
Elephant Ears Plant: Colocasia gigantean is another big-leafed plant for interiors that need a big dose of the outdoors. In some countries, including Japan and parts of Vietnam, the stalk is a popular ingredient in meals after careful preparation.
Bunny Ear Cactus: Iconic for their flat branching shape and deceptively fuzzy-looking but irritating barbs, Opuntia microdasys looks beautiful but deserves caution during handling. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance cactus to enhance a desert-themed interior, it’s hard to go wrong with this one
Calathea Orbifolia: Smooth streaks of white stand out against the vivid green leaves of the Calathea orbifolia, like a living painting. These plants are a little tricky to care for compared to some of the others on the list, but the key is to stay calm and make adjustments slowly.
Silver Dollar Plant: If you’re looking for drought-tolerant plants, succulents like the Xerosicyos danguyi are fantastic, but it helps to get a container with good drainage like these ceramic and bamboo planters. Xerosicyos are actually a climbing succulent so be prepared to leave a little headroom wherever you display them! A space with direct sunlight is best.