Common Indoor Plants

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There are so many in the list of indoor plants that fit this criteria, but we will just choose a few of the common ones.

What greater way to wake up than seeing and smelling the greenery, color and fragrance of blossoming plants in the rooms of a house, greeting you with cheer and sunshine.

There is an endless supply of indoor house plants that you can purchase at almost any home and garden store. Here are some of them:

Usually indoor plants are chosen for their ability to tolerate particular indoor conditions such as low light, high temperature, and low humidity. Plants that are very tolerant of these relatively adverse indoor environmental conditions make good indoor plants. If plants other than these rugged types are to be grown indoors, the environment must be altered to meet their needs or they must be put in a microclimate that is suited to their requirements. Light and humidity are commonly the limiting factors. A large number of indoor plants can be found in a few plant families. By learning about a few members of each of these plant families, one knows a good deal about other family members.

Tall or trailing...broad leaves or feathery fronds...the contrasts look spectacular when brought together in a room. Here are some common indoor plants:

1) Boston Fern is a classic. This is the most popular of the fern species that originated in Central America and became a fast favorite in parlors and porches in North America during the Victorian era.
Today, there are numerous new cultivars that are getting attention, including 'Fluffy Ruffles' with curly fronds and a dwarf variety 'Timii' that makes an elegant table accent.

2)The glossy, deeply-veined leaves of the Peace Lily(shown at right) make it a beautiful foliage plant year-round.
It tolerates low light levels. But, give it bright light, and it will dependably produce long-lasting white spathes, each surrounding a spadix covered densely with its tiny, true flowers.
There are many hybrids to choose from. 'Domino' has beautiful marbled leaves. 'Mauna Loa' is a popular variety, treasured for its big, showy leaves and blooms.

3)Whether you call it Mother-in-Law's Tongue or Snake Plant, those common names don't give sansevieria the respect it deserves.
It's tall, sword-shaped leaves make stunning vertical accents among a group of leafy, bushy plants.
And, because of its ability to tolerate low light levels and low humidity, sansevieria is an extremely adaptable house plant.
This hardy succulent originated in Africa and remains a favorite all over the world. You'll find it in homes, shopping malls and offices everywhere.

4)Spider Plant has slender, arching leaves with creamy white and green stripes. It has a trailing habit, making it ideal for a hanging basket.
Its spidery appearance comes from the small plantlets that grow on the ends of narrow, wiry stems, called runners.
These plantlets -- or "babies" -- are easily propagated, making this a plant that keeps on giving.
Several common house plants called ficus come from the Moraceae family.

5)The elegant Weeping Fig is the most popular of all the ficus species from this clan.
Although slow-growers, you can expect the tree to reach up to 10 ft (3 m). Dwarf cultivars will grow to only 3 ft (90 cm) tall.

Weeping figs adapt best when placed in bright, indirect light and left there. It is known to drop its leaves when moved around. However, with good care it will grow new leaves in spring and summer.
Small, waxy leaves densely cover its drooping branches, giving it graceful elegance. Growers sometimes braid its trunks, adding to its charm.

Plants are believed to help bring peace and ambiance to any space by keeping you in touch with nature. This alone is a good reason to surround yourself with a little of the outdoors. Since plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen; the direct opposite of what humans do; they actually clean the air.

Beautifying the home with common indoor plants is certainly an enjoyable and entertaining experience. Indoor house plants not only add beauty but can also help improve the air quality in your home. And the fact that house plants help fight indoor pollution is an extra plus which can assist in keeping us all healthier.

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