Ten easy to grow Indoor Plants that can brighten up your space.
Indoor plants for freshness and beauty in your home
Indoor Plants bring in freshness and beauty to any home, they add to the character the living spaces. Having indoor plants is a welcome treat for those who do not have the space for a garden and city dwellers confined to the small spaces of an apartment. If you are good with plants it is an easy job to have a variety of house plants or indoor plants and keep changing them at regular intervals. It is for those who do not have the so called green thumb but love to have indoor plants that it is a difficult task. Do not despair yet, I have a few plants to recommend that are easy to handle and don’t need much fussing around. The colorful foliage and flowers of indoor plants can dramatically change and define your living spaces.
Indoor plants - getting started
Investing in some good looking indoor plant pots is the first step to having some great indoor plants, making sure that you have the right potting mixture and tools to handle the job.
Choosing the right plants is the next step for you. Here are some plants that are easy to grow even for any novice, as they do not need too much attention. You just need to find the right space and have some natural or artificial lighting, and they will thrive with the right amount of watering and care. With a little experience you can decide what works well for you over a period of time.
Ten easy to grow indoor plants - Pothos or Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
Pothos commonly called the devil's ivy, is the easiest of plants to handle. They just need pruning and need moderate sunlight. They make for one of the most excellent of indoor plants and look wonderful hanging from baskets or climbing up the moss sticks and winding around your trellis. Just get some stem cuttings and put them in some well drained pots. Over watering the plants can cause the leaves to become yellow and fall off, so make sure that the pot has enough drainage to allow drying between watering. There are so many varieties of pothos- the golden pothos, the marble queen (which is heavily marbled with white streaks), jade (which is solid green) and neon (which is a bright yellow-green). These plants can be grow in beautiful glass container with just some tap water and light, though they take time to grow they are an excellent addition on your coffee table or dining table.
10 easy to grow house plants - Dieffenbachia
These are the commonest of house plants and are very attractive. Take care, these are poisonous as their sap, if eaten, causes swelling of mouth and throat and sometimes loss of voice. It may also cause skin irritation. These can also be grown from stem cuttings and the pots need to be well-drained. These also need to be placed in a sunny spot, or at least where there is enough lighting. Too much water causes the leaves to wilt. If you cut the stems leaving a few leaves at the top, it will encourage the plant ot branch out, making it look interesting and beautiful. The mealy bug is a silent attacker, so watch the leaves and look for these pests on a regular basis.
Indoor plants - ten easy and best - Asparagus Fern (Asparagus setaceus/ Asparagus plumosus)
These beautiful asparagus emerald ferns (actually not a fern at all, it belongs to the Lilaceae family) have emerald green soft and delicate looking foliage. These are a joy to behold and are easy to grow. These are easily my favorites. These beautiful plants have a canopy of leaves and look amazing on your corner table or coffee table. The soil needs to be dry, so just spraying of water from time to time would be enough. These plants grow quite densely and you can use them for your flower arrangements as they are anyway the florist’s delight. Use a peat moss based pot mix for a healthy growth of asparagus Ferns. These plants again need good lighting and are easy to take care of. While you re-pot them you could divide the plants and put them in different pots, they make lovely gifts. The dry twigs add interest and accent to any flower arrangement.
The English ivy (Hedera helix) - Ten easy to grow house plants
These gorgeous indoor plants grow vigorously, without much fussing around. You don’t even need much light and they are versatile. They can be grown in hanging pots, in pots with moss sticks and on trellises, so if you are keeping them next to your furniture, make sure that you give them something to climb on. They thrive under fluorescent lighting and with good lighting, the leaves could even turn creamy and beautiful. The soil needs to be well drained and lightly moist. These can again be propagated from stem cuttings, and you could have these beauties all over your house for nothing. These are one of the most beautiful plants and the least fussy. Here again, you have different varieties to choose from. You have the itsy-bitsy (which is, as the name suggests, a very small variety), the gold child (splashed with yellow gold and white) and the glacier ivy (which has silvery grey-green leaves).
The Ficus (Ficus benjamina) - easy to grow large indoor plants
The ficus commonly known as the weeping fig is a beautiful indoor plant. It can reach up to 30 feet in height, so you really need to prune and trim it regularly. This indoor plant is elegant and its velvety luxuriant foliage makes enhances any space you put it in. It does well in light, but can also take a lot of shade. It needs a bit of watering and it is sensitive to cold. It is very sensitive to change and drops off its leaves in new surroundings. It is a very effective air filter and is pretty hardy and easy to grow. This plant needs humidity and a little misting would do it some good. For indoor use, make sure that you do not over-fertilise your plant. They become the centre of attraction if trimmed and kept in shape. Good lighting could turn their tips creamy yellow, making them absolute stunners in your house.
House plants for accents -The Madagascar Dragon tree (Dracaena marginata)
This plant with a thick tuft of spiky leaves with red edges can grow up to four feet in height. These are excellent indoor plants and can tolerate dry winter air. A well drained pot with good potting mix is what is needed. These are almost pest resistant and very adaptable. You have different varieties: Tricolour (which has green and cream stripes on it, with red margins) and Colorama (which is called the rainbow plant, prominently red). These are exotic plants and can brighten up any dull space. Keeping the plant clean would be something that would need a little attention from you.
Indoor house plants that are easy to grow-Foxtail fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers’)
These decorative ferns are easy to grow and take care of. These delicate and gorgeous looking plants are pretty aggressive growers in their natural warm temperature settings. You can divide them and put them in separate containers in spring to encourage dense growth. While potting, you need to take care to leave at least an inch of space between the rim of the pot and the potting mixture. Any good potting mixture would do. These gorgeous asparagus ferns (not ferns really) are very decorative and drought resistant (don’t worry, I’m not wondering if you’ll have a drought in your house!!). They are also called the ponytail and bottle brush fern. These can do well without direct sunlight and with a little misting. Avoid the foxtail ferns for those with children because these ferns tend to have thorns or little spikes that can hurt your child’s tender hands. A little care would go a long way in making this plant enjoyable for all members of the family.
Flowering Indoor plants -Begonia
These colourful plants are absolutely fabulous in hanging baskets and containers. They prefer partial shade but need plenty of light and air. Just a small cutting is enough to start your begonia garden. The wide variety of begonias can be combined to make your garden as colourful as possible without too much difficulty. The Rex Begonia is stunning with its colourful and textured foliage. These need high humidity and could become dormant in winter. Providing high humidity under a transparent plastic container or bag for a little while could keep your plants healthy. The Wax begonias, the fibrous begonias and the ever blooming begonias are easy to grow from their rhizomes. Their foliage and flowers are a treat on any given day.
The money tree plant (Pachira aquatica) - large indoor plants
This is another plant that is easy to care for and looks gorgeous. The money tree plant needs good light, though not direct sunlight. Keeping them in small containers and pruning them regularly will keep them to a manageable size and shape. These plants with bright green leaves, each leaf having five bright leaflets, are a delight to grow because of their luxuriant foliage. This is one plant which you can have for many years. It needs well drained, sandy, pot mix and little watering. The stems are often braided to get the bonsai effect. It is considered to be a very lucky plant and a good luck gift by those believing in feng-shui.
Common indoor plants -The Parlour Palm (Neanthe bella palm)
One of the most popular palms, it is elegant and delicate to behold and the fact that it is easy to care for, have made it a great home and office plant. This plant needs humidity and a little bit of misting would do much good. These are grown from seedlings and grown best in filtered light - either natural or artificial. These plants are not heavy feeders and don’t need much fertilising, though you need to do it at least once a month. The mealy bug and spider-mites are a constant danger to this plant. They easily brighten up dark corners or stairwells and make it look interesting.
Bring outdoors indoors with the top ten indoor plants
While taking care of indoor plants, you need to keep a constant watch over them. Just watching the changes in the appearance of the leaves will tell you whether they are healthy or not. Adjust the lighting, water and drainage and you’ll quickly learn how to take care of your plants and have that luxurious foliage brightening your life. I hope you have been inspired by these ten indoor plants to bring out doors indoors and nature into your closed spaces.