Easy Houseplants to Grow
Indoor gardening may be simple and easy to do. The wonder is in choosing the right durable, easy-to-grow plants. Plants do wonders for a room: they add color, texture, and life to a space in a way that no other decorative item can. More than just improving a room’s look, houseplants actually improve the air quality as well by removing certain indoor pollutants like benzene and formaldehyde.
These tropical perennials are grown for their ornamental foliage. They are mostly natives of tropical America. They usually do not exceed 12” in height. They are compact and small and can vary considerably in appearance. The leaves are smooth and fleshy and may be oval with the leafstalk at or near the center of the leaf blade, or they may be heart-shaped. Some have threadlike, trailing stems and some have fleshy, stout stems. Their color may vary, it can be green or striped, marbled or bordered with pale green, red or gray and the petioles of some kind are red.
These plants may grow in pans, pots, or hanging baskets indoors in cool climates or outdoors in mild. The container where they grow should have a good drainage. The old crocks and as much of the old soil as possible should be removed without damaging the roots. They should then be set in slightly larger pots, just large enough to hold the roots without cramping them. No water should be given until the soil is almost dry, and then it is thoroughly saturated. They can be separated and removed into smaller pieces that have a few roots attached.
Its waxy, colorful foliage adds a splash of color in any room, without taking up a lot of space.
The Chinese evergreen makes it the ideal house plant for those looking for something very easy to grow. Its leaves are pointed, dark green, leathery leaves that are three to five inches wide and up to one foot long. The leaves often have heavily silvery marbling. Its thick stems can be cut and re-rooted when they grow too tall. The Chinese evergreen is a staple indoor plant, widely used in interior decorating because of its ability to withstand poor conditions. This plant has great foliage, making Chinese evergreen an attractive choice to brighten low-light areas of your home. It is extra tough and has attractive leaves that brighten low light spots.
Norfolk Island Pine
Norfolk Iseland Pine
Norfolk Island pine is a tropical evergreen tree that is adaptable to indoor conditions. It is a long lasting houseplant that grows three to six inches annually. Small trees grown indoors are uniform in appearance and have branches that are parallel to the ground. Grown outdoors it can grow up to 220 feet tall with a trunk as large as 10 feet across.
They grow well in indirect sunlight. Norfolk Island pines do not require as much water as other common houseplants. You can apply enough water to allow some to drain out of the bottom of the container, and then discard the excess water. During the warm months of the year, you can move them outdoors and place them in partial sunlight.
To keep Norfolk Island pine in a healthy condition is to give it ample light and humidity. The tree is perfect for decorating for Christmas or giving as a holiday gift. Outside the holidays, its soft texture adds a cozy feeling to any room.
Grape Ivy is an evergreen, vigorous vine with handsome, glossy compound leaves, each bearing three leaflets. Young leaves are fuzzy, giving them a silvery sheen. It is extremely adaptable to indoor conditions and makes an easy house plant. Its sturdy vines will scramble up any support, climbing and clinging with its curling tendrils. It is a vine with tendrils that readily cling to a trellis or stake. It offers shiny, deep green leaves that create a very nice texture. The plant’ size can be controlled by pruning it every spring. Always cut at a 45 degree angle above a leaf node (the place where a leaf attaches to the stem).
Dracaena is grown for its dramatic foliage and carefree nature. It can grow up to six feet tall with long, strap-like leaves, often with red and yellow variegation. It tolerates lowlight and low humidity and it will forgive the occasional missed watering. This beautiful houseplant offers variegated leaves and a single upright stem, so it resembles a decorative corn stalk without the ears. You may want to plant several together in a large container for a fuller appearance.