Spider plants feature long, arching green leaves with yellow or white stripes down the middle. Whether hanging or perched on a counter or shelf, they make an attractive addition to any space. These hardy plants thrive in rooms with medium to bright light, temperatures of 15 to 25 degrees Celsius, and moist soil.
People who like trailing plants can purchase English ivy, a beautiful vine featuring deep green or variegated leaves. One simple way to start a new plant is by cutting a section of an existing plant, rooting it in water, and planting it in soil. English ivy thrives in cooler temperatures around 15 to 20 degrees Celsius. Caretakers can help prevent spider mite infestation by rinsing the ivy periodically in the sink or shower with lukewarm water.
A low-maintenance plant with long trailing stems, pothos looks beautiful trickling down the edge of a shelf or placed in a hanging pot. For a full, healthy display, people should trim plants when needed and allow soil to dry before re-watering. Pothos thrives in any normal room temperature and light, but low lighting sometimes reduces variegation.
With a height up to 180 cm and long variegated leaves, dieffenbachia brings a touch of the tropics to interior decor. This lovely plant flourishes in normal indoor temperatures of 18 degrees Celsius or warmer, moist soil, and low to medium lighting. Due to poisonous leaves, people with small children or pets may want to opt for a different plant.
With long, variegated leaves that grow straight up from its pot like a sword, the snake plant makes a striking statement in modern or contemporary homes. This succulent - a plant with thick, fleshy leaves for retaining water - does best in somewhat dry soil and weather conditions, and thrives in low to bright light.
Delicate overhanging branches of the ficus plant display masses of shiny green leaves, and people often buy three plants with trunks braided together for an interesting topiary effect. Ranging from trees to shrubs, ficus thrive in medium to bright light and in normal temperatures. Caretakers should allow the soil to dry before re-watering.
A beautiful vine plant with pretty pointed leaves, a philodendron works well climbing a moss pole or spilling over the side of a bookshelf. These plants flourish in low to bright light, temperatures of 15 to 25 degrees Celsius, and soil that dries on the surface between watering. With all parts being poisonous, people with small children and pets may want to look elsewhere.
With shoots of lacy fronds, Boston ferns make a lovely display in a hanging basket or perched on the end of a counter. While it looks delicate, this plant lasts for many years in conditions with moist soil, humid temperatures, and moderate light. A Boston fern adds visual interest to any space, but it particularly suits traditional, cottage, or country decor.
One of the toughest house plants available, the cast-iron plant withstands a wide array of temperatures and low lighting. Featuring long pointed leaves, the plant grows slowly up to 60 cm tall. It should be kept moist during active growth, and slightly moist in the fall and winter.
Because it loves direct sunlight, the aloe plant works well in a sunny window and should be watered only when dry. Featuring thick leaves that flow out from the centre, the aloe belongs to the succulent family of plants. The gel of the aloe plant offers a number of healing benefits, making it a unique blend of form and function.