Favourite indoor plants
Favorites, though not by any means exhausted.
They are favorites because they are not only beautiful, they also have unique visual attributes such as shape and color.
Secondly, they are quite easy to care for, by even the novice and most reluctant gardener, (or one with not much time to spare poor silent plants).
They are not demanding and will thrive with minimal attention. Here they are:
Epipremnum aureum: POTHOS, Devil’s Ivy (family: Araceae).
An all time favorite for its versatility as it can grows well in water, as in soil, in containers and directly in the ground.
It will thrive both in direct sunlight or shade.
It’s a vine that will creep or cascade down or hanging basket or table vase.
It will equally climb, but with support, it makes no fuss at all at all, delighting with its vibrant light green tender stems and heart shaped leaves highly variegated in white, yellow and light green.
It’s easy to overwater, let the soil dry out slightly between each watering.
ANTHURIUMS:(family Araceae).These are exotic colorful looking plants with colorful blossoms in different colors, the most popular being pink, red and white.
The white spathes gradually change to green with age. They need to be positioned in indirect sunlight, otherwise the leaves will scorch.
Spathiphyllum spp. (S. candicans, S. cannform, S. dechardii S. ‘Domino’ ) Peace lily, Spatheflower, Spathe leaf, White sails are the popular nicknames for one of the most popular indoor plants for good reason.
Very few indoor plants that bloom so beautifully that are as easy to grow. And it’s not just a flowering plant.
Thanks to its attractive leaves, it makes a stunning foliage plant as well. It’s also offered as an excellent plant for air purification.
The plant forms a rosette of attractively veined, dark green pointed leaves arching outwards usually quickly surrounded by offsets, and is stemless at first.
However, overtime, as new leaves appear from the top of the rosette and lower ones are removed, a short stem will appear.
Its botanical name means “leave spathe”, referring to the pristine white leaflike bracts (spathes) held on erect long stalks above a bed of rosette dark green leaves that protects the true flowers.
The flowers are found on a columnar white to yellow structure called a spadix in front of the spathe.
They are very tiny- just little white bumps on the spadix –and scarsely noticeable, although you’’ll find them shedding a bit of white pollen occasionally.
Often too, the flower is faintly scented at night.
The inflorescence can last for well over a month , slowly turning greenish. It’s an aroid, that is, a member of the Araceae or philodendron family, a group that includes other popular low light foliage plants like pothos, monsteras, syngoniums and also a few flowering plants, like anthuriums.
Most spathiphyllum you see today are hybrids and some, ‘Domino’ for example, has variegated leaves. Spathiphyllum spp. will survive in lowlight but won’t bloom much.
If you want flowers they’re going to need at least moderate light and yes, possibly some direct sun. Ideally you set them in a well- lit room, but back from the window.
When compared to the Anthurium, they are smaller in size and so are ideal for surface such table tops, desktops and indoors.
They do well in office settings where most of the light comes from overhead fluorescent lamps, but will bloom better if you set them on top of filing cabinets, nearer the source of light, than on the floor. How often you have to water?
Here’s the real truth like all aroids: moist soil= happy Spathiphyllum. It’s that simple!
PALMS: ARECA, Bamboo, Cat Palms
These are varied in size and shapes but the most popular and will make the choice palms for indoor settings.
They are perfect for adding a bold tropical touch to your indoor space.
These varieties of beautiful palm trees thrive as indoor plants in bright room.
It’s easy to decorate with these plants: Use palms to break up a section of blank wall, fill an empty corner, to soften the edges of windows or furniture, or act as a piece of living sculpture at the end of a side table.
A row of indoor palms can make for a lovely living screen or room divider, too.
Nothing connotes the pictures of tropical beaches, holiday picnic s and better than palm trees, even indoors! An easy way to dress up any palm is to grow it in an attractive container.
Look for plants that match your décor style or color scheme. Tall, narrow pots are especially fun because they accent the trees’ elegant, upright shapes.
As with any indoor plants, grow indoor palms in containers that have drainage holes so excess water can escape.
Most palms don’t like wet feet and can suffer from root rot if too much water builds up at the bottom of the pot.
Water when the top inch or two of the potting soil starts to dry out.
If palms suffer from dry soil too long, they’ll start to lose the tips of their leaves.
CACTI AND SUCCULENTS
A collection of these as a small indoor garden in small containers on a surface like a tabletop, bookshelf, windowsill will always be a focal point of interest to bring relief to the most tired head, melancholic heart and disturbed mind.
They are always fascinating for being sculptural in shape and for their distinctive characteristics and nature.
A giant old man cactus in the open ground can be tamed into a little fairy drastically reduced to growing just a few inches over decades in a small container.
Being arid region or desert plants, they need very little watering, their only requirement some hours of sunlight daily.
CALADIUM (ANGEL WINGS)
They are such lovely plants, the heart shaped foliage with appearance like angel-wings hence the nickname.
Not just that, they must be one species with the most beautiful painterly leaves. They thrive best in shade or partial shade.
DIEFFENBACHIA (FALSE CANE)
Is an all time favorite for the ease of its growth and large shaped variegated exotic foliage.
Doesn’t like to be over watered, just be sure to give regular watering, once a week is okay.
So with these plants you certainly have a varied, interesting and unique indoor garden growing well with no trouble at all! If asked to give a choice of favorite indoor plants.
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