House Plants

July 18, 2018

House Plants

House plants, varied group of plants grown indoors and requiring no special care. They are usually grown singly in pots, but can also be grouped and planted together in dish gardens and terrariums.

Some are cultivated for their flowers, such as geraniums and African violets, while others, such as philodendron and sansevieria (snake plant), are grown for their decorative foliage.

Growing house plantssuccessfully can be greatly facilitated in many cases by maintaining a cool temperature and raising the atmospheric moisture either by the use of humidifiers or simply by placing evaporating pans on radiators.

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List of easiest indoor houseplants (that won't die on you)

Don't let anyone fool you — growing indoor plantsis easy, low-maintenance and just as fun as having an outdoor garden.

Indoor plants not only help clean the environment around them, but they act as a quick decorating tool.

We found the best indoor house plants that anyone can keep alive and thriving. (Check out Indoor House Plants for more information)

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Pothos

Why you want it:

First of all, this indoor planthas an air-purifying quality that can absorb and strip toxins like formaldehyde from materials in the home like carpet.

How neat is that? It has trailing stems and works well in a hanging basket or as a climbing plant with some training onto a trellis or whatever object you like that will support it.

How to care for it:

This indoor house plant can produce stems that trail 8 feet or longer, so just cut them back when they get too long and your plant will continue to look full and healthy.

It can thrive in an array of lighting conditions, but low light may diminish the leaves' variegation. Allow soil to dry somewhat between watering. Pothos does well in an array of normal room temperatures.

Aloe

Why you want it:

This succulent with long pointed leaves has medicinal properties you probably well know from product labels.

It can grow three feet high for big impact indoors. Smaller varieties like the popular aloe vera, work great in small, sunny indoor spaces.

How to care for it:

Aloe likes room temperatures around 70 degrees and a lot of sunlight. As you might expect for a succulent, this indoor house plantprefers dry soil, so avoid frequent watering for the best result.

Spider Plant

Why you want it:

These unusual-looking indoor plants add visual interest to a room, and they haven't fallen out of fashion after years of popularity in the home. 

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How to care for it:

Spider plants do well with evenly moist soil and bright or medium lighting conditions.

Room temperatures of 60 to 75 degrees keep them thriving.

English Ivy

Why you want it:

There's a real timeless elegance to ivy, and it trails down furniture for a pretty effect.

Plus, it's super easy to start a new plant for yourself or a friend by cutting a section of the stem.

Instant hostess gift! (OK, not completely instant. It takes about two weeks or so.)

How to care for it:

English Ivy likes moist soil and cooler room temperature conditions, ranging from the mid-50s to about 70.

Jade Plant 

Why you want it:

For those who love the look of a succulent — not to mention, the ease of care — a jade plant offers thick, lush leaves and visually interesting branches.

It grows slowly and has the potential to live from your kids' birth until their high school graduations — at least!

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How to care for it:

Jade plant does not require a lot of water, so keep soil somewhat dry. It prefers bright lightand ordinary room temperatures.

Rubber Tree

Why you want it:

This easy-to-grow indoor house plantwill grow into an 8-foot-tall tree for a major pop of greenery in a room.

If you prefer a smaller plant, just make your rubber tree into a shrub shape by pruning any long stems.

The dark green leaves have an attractive shine to them.

How to care for it:

Allow the surface of the rubber tree's soil to dry out in between watering. It thrives in lighting conditions from medium to bright, and a range of room temperatures between about 60 and 80.

Diffenbachia

Why you want it:

The leaves of this pretty indoor plantcan grow up to a foot long, and provide a tropical-looking accent to home decor.

The whole plant can grow six feet high for a cheery room focal point.

How to care for it:

Diffenbachia thrives in normal room temperature not colder than the mid-60s.

Keep the soil evenly moist, and provide medium or low lighting conditions for the best result.

Peace Lily

Why you want it:

Surely you've seen this indoor house plantin many homes, since it has such pretty, curving white blooms and dark leaves — and it's super easy to grow.

How to care for it:

This house plant favors low humidity and also low light, making it great for rooms with few windows.

It prefers moist soil throughout the pot and tolerates standard temperatures ranging to about 85 degrees.

Snake Plant

Why you want it:

It doesn't get much easier than this indoor house plant—also sometimes known as mother-in-law's tongue!

It has variegated leaves that grow upright, and some varieties' leaves have yellow or white edges. It has small white flowers that bloom only rarely.

How to care for it:

This indoor plant grows well in a whole range of lighting conditions.

The air should be somewhat dry, as should the soil. Any normal room temperature should suit it just fine. KIM

Ficus

Why you want it:

This indoor tree has shiny leaves to add cheer to any indoor space.

Its stems can be braided for a tidy topiary effect we love.

How to care for it:

This tree likes full sun, or at least bright filtered light. Most varieties (there are about 800!) prefer several days of dry soil in between thorough watering.

Room temperatures between 65 to 75 degrees work best.

Heart-Leaf Philodendron

Why you want it:

This is a trailing indoor house plantthat loves to make its way down from mantles or bookshelves.

Its perky, dark green leaves come to a heart shape where they meet the stems.

How to care for it:

This may be the quintessentially easy indoor plant. It thrives in a range of lighting conditions, from low to sunny, preferring indirect light.

It does well anywhere close to standard room temperature. Let the surface of the soil dry between watering; it should not be constantly wet.

Peperomia

Why you want it:

A whole array of small indoor house plants with textured, shiny, often colorful leaves fit into this category.

Some popular and attractive — and easy-to-manage — indoor varieties include watermelon, red-edge and ripple peperomias.

How to care for it:

Peperomias favor indoor temps from about 60 to 75 degrees and medium or low lighting conditions. The surface of the soil should dry out between watering.

Shamrock Plant

Why you want it:

This jaunty indoor house planthas bright green leaves that look like shamrocks, plus sweet white flowers on tall stems.

How to care for it:

This house plant loves bright but indirect or filtered light.

Allow the soil to dry out a bit between watering thoroughly about once per week.

Areca Palm 

Why you want it:

This pretty indoor house palm is a great inspiration if you're dreaming of tropical climates— or just trying to conjure the look in your home decor. Don’t forget to visit here: gardensonata.com.au

It can grow to about 7 feet for a dramatic touch in a room, but a smaller pot will keep it contained if you'd like it to stay smaller

How to care for it:

The areca palm does well in indirect light. Keep the soil somewhat dry, only watering on alternate weeks or so.

House Plant Tips

Avoid annoying little flies by being careful not to tip tea and coffee into plant containers.

The sugars left in the compost make it an ideal breeding ground for sciarid flies.

Use trough planters as natural screens. They reduce noise and are useful as barriers to separate walkways etc.
One of the most common causes of plant death is over-watering. If in doubt, leave it to Ambius, the experts!
Your plants need water, light and warmth to survive. So when you're off on holiday, don't forget about your green friends.
Make sure that someone else knows to keep the blinds open and the thermostat up.
Peat free compost is suitable for all your indoor plants.
Variegated plants (featuring leaves with white edges or white flecks) often need more light than their green cousins.
Keep them nearer to a window so that they can get all the light that they need.Plants acclimatize slowly to different surroundings by changing their leaf orientation and structure.
If you can, try not to move them around, as they may not adapt as easily as you think. Plants reduce stress.
You can still have plants where space is at a premium.
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Regularly prune your plants to stop them becoming 'leggy'. Once they've lost the foliage on their lower branches, it's very difficult to get it to return.

Benefits of Houseplants

When you embellish interior spaces with houseplants, you’re not just adding greenery. These living organisms interact with your body, mind and home in ways that enhance the quality of life. Learn more here: Benefits of Succulents Indoors.

Breathing Easier

When you breathe, your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen.

This opposite pattern of gas use makes plants and people natural partners. Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels.

At night, photosynthesis ceases, and plants typically respire like humans, absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide.

A few plants – orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads – do just the opposite, taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Place these plants in bedrooms to refresh air during the night.

Releasing Water

As part of the photosynthetic and respiratory processes, plants release moisture vapor, which increases humidity of the air around them.

Plants release roughly 97 percent of the water they take in.

Place several plants together, and you can increase the humidity of a room, which helps keeps respiratory distresses at bay.

Studies at the Agricultural University of Norway document that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.

Purifying Air

Plants remove toxins from air – up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, according to NASA research.

VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (both found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint).

Benzene is commonly found in high concentrations in study settings, where books and printed papers abound.

Modern climate-controlled, air-tight buildings trap VOCs inside. The NASA research discovered that plants purify that trapped air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert VOCs into food for the plant.

Improving Health

Adding plants to hospital rooms speeds recovery rates of surgical patients, according to researchers at Kansas State University.

Compared to patients in rooms without plants, patients in rooms with plants request less pain medication, have lower heart rates and blood pressure, experience less fatigue and anxiety, and are released from the hospital sooner.

The Dutch Product Board for Horticulture commissioned a workplace study that discovered that adding plants to office settings decreases fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats and flu-like symptoms. 

In another study by the Agricultural University of Norway, sickness rates fell by more than 60 percent in offices with plants.

Remember:

That for the best success with any houseplant, you need to match the right plant to the right growing conditions.