Indoor houseplants are ideal for anyone seeking a rewarding hobby or an addition to their home décor. Some plants require a lot of attention and care, so choosing the best one is important. There are plants for beginners and experts. Some plants require little maintenance, while others need careful grooming. Whichever indoor plant you choose, it will add warmth to your home or office.
The spider plant is ideal for an indoor hanging basket in a home or greenhouse. This plant has many thin green leaves about 10 to 12 inches long. The spider plant is suitable for indoors because the leaves have no fragrance and they grow with little care. This plant grows well when placed in bright direct sunlight; however, room temperature should remain between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the soil moist with occasional warm water misting. Indoor maintenance is also low because the spider plant only requires a weekly feeding with any water-soluble fertilizer. This plant should grow to about 6 to 12 inches with proper care.
Pothos vines are among the top indoor plants, according to plantcare.com. Jade, Golden, and Marble Queen are among the varieties of this easy to care for houseplant. Pothos vines are ideal for offices and other indoor rooms because they can live off indirect light. Even fluorescent light will help the pothos plant to grow. Distilled, filtered or rainwater work best for watering this plant. Because pothos plants originated in Malaysia, they require room temperature between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit for strong growth. With proper care, the pothos plant can grow indoors all year.
There are many varieties of this African plant. The most common indoor variation of the aloe is the aloe vera because it is easy to care for in a home. The aloe plant requires full sunlight, but it will survive in the shade. Water this plant thoroughly, but let it dry completely before watering again. The aloe grows best with fertilization once a month. There are benefits to growing an aloe plant indoors. Lotions and juices have the plant's naturally produced sap. You can collect the sap from your indoor aloe plant to treat burns, rashes, and poison ivy. The sap is also edible and great for use in teas and others beverages. However, be careful to research your specific plant before digesting the aloe because some varieties can be poisonous.
The Chinese evergreen plant (Aglaonema) is native to China and Thailand. It is among the best indoor plants because it lives off low light, and is strong and durable. A healthy Chinese evergreen has silvery green leaves with a little dark green. The plant can survive in room temperatures above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The leaves turn brown if they become too cold. It is important to maintain a fit temperature for this plant because once damage to the leaves occurs it is permanent. Proper watering is also important because Chinese evergreens thrive in slightly dry soil. According to aglaonema.com, Chinese people believe good luck comes from growing an aglaonema plant in your home.
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