10 Original Indoor Plants That Will Enliven Your Decor
Are rooms that are too dark or where the air is too dry keep you from becoming the indoor gardener you dream of being?
Especially when you live in an apartment with a limited selection of glass surfaces, these complications can prevent you from pursuing your dream of developing a true structure for growing plants.
And while it's true that, yes, there are some plants that really only thrive in near-perfect conditions - bright lighting, a soothing rainforest environment, and constant attention - there are also a number of other plants that will survive just about any combination of conditions, including the most difficult or marginal.
Original Indoor Plants
Here are some examples of indoor plants, and only original varieties! - that will really benefit your home, plants that you can choose to make your house or flat the paradise you always dreamed of.
1️⃣ Philodendron 'Jungle Boogie' (Philodendron 'Jungle Boogie')
With its smooth, long, narrow leaves with elegantly serrated margins, it is one of the most impressive original houseplants.
Like all philodendronsHolds almost everything you throw at it. Just make sure do not over water it, waiting for the soil to start to dry out a bit before giving it a drink.
As for the light, he likes the medium or indirect light, but tolerates both shade and sun.
2️⃣ Plant lipstick (Aeschynanthus pulcher, syn. Aeschynanthus lobbianus)
With its curious tubular flowers emerging from a case-shaped calyx, it is easy to see where the name of this plant comes from.
Do better bright indirect light, but it also responds well to diffuse light. Be sure to do not expose it excessively to direct sunlight During summer heat waves, they can burn its leaves and dry it out.
Keep the slightly damp earth, but never soaked. And for balanced growth, turn it a quarter in the same direction with each watering.
3️⃣ Hoya 'Krimson Princess' (Hoya carnosa 'Krimson Princess')
Also known as H. carnosa 'Rubra', this hoya with its charming tricolor leaves - pink, cream and green - is, like others of its kind, a charming pendant or climber, ideal for the window that receives bright but indirect light.
It thrives on neglect, so don't worry if you sometimes let the soil dry out between waterings.
Transplant it in spring or summer, when the roots begin to come out of the drainage hole. It is slow growing, but sure.
4️⃣Ficus elastica 'Burgundy' (Ficus elastica 'Burgundy')
Among the original indoor plants, without a doubt we must mention this one. Also called 'Black Prince', this ficus (Rubber Tree or Gomero) has the darkest leaves of all its species, which are very well accompanied by the new red buds.
It is less temperamental than its popular cousin, the “fiddle leaf fig” (F. lyrata), and if you have room for it to grow, can reach 7.5 m tall in the house, becoming a real tree.
Regarding your light needs, bright or indirect light it would be perfect, even in full sun in winter.
Keep the evenly moist soil during the summer growing season. In winter, let it dry more.
5️⃣ Aralia 'Fabian' (Polyscias scutellaria 'Fabian')
The Aralia 'Fabian' looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book!
Its beauty and strangeness come from its thick and robust trunk, its fine speckled petioles and its crepe-shaped foliage that has a dark green tone on the upper part and a purple tone on the reverse.
To take good care of it, place your plant in a pot with a drainage hole and water it thoroughly until the water begins to drain into the saucer below. Repeat the operation only when the top 5 cm of the soil is completely dry to the touch.
The species "Fabian" will appreciate a warm place with indirect light. If you can't offer as much light, diffuse light throughout the day would also give excellent results.
6️⃣ Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides)
This beloved plant has many other endearing nicknames, such as Chinese money plant, missionary plant, friendship plant and even UFO plant.
its love of humidity makes it a great option to add some color to your bathroom. Its curious flat and round leaves look like green coins! - would also add interest to any space with bright indirect light.
Let the soil dry out between waterings to avoid disease problems. When its leaves soften slightly, it is trying to tell you that it is thirsty.
7️⃣ Hoya Variegada (Hoya carnosa 'Variegata')
This pretty plant with fleshy white and green waxy leaves will do best in an area of your home that receives bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight in midsummer, as it can damage the plant.
Requires little care: just water it when the soil dries out enough.
It grows slowly but surely and one day it may surprise you with balls of fragrant pink flowers.
8️⃣ Variegated Singonio (Syngonium podophyllum 'Albo-Variegatum')
Like all variegated plants, this plant derives its striking beauty from its bicolor foliage, in this case, dark green heavily dotted with pure white.
Your soil must be kept evenly moist, so you should water it more often in spring and summer. And never let the soil dry out completely.
Although it does very well in dry air, it grows more vigorously in high humidity conditions. So put a humidifier on during the winter months, when the air in your home is usually dry: it's good for your singson… and good for your health!
Like most green plants, the syngonium likes bright indirect light, but it can also tolerate low light.
9️⃣ Ficus Ali or narrow-leaved fig (Ficus maclellandii 'Alii', syn. F. binnenbijkii)
With long, pointed green leaves that distinguish it from any other ficus, this plant stands out from the crowd.
It is also more durable and less prone to leaf loss than the better known Ficus benjamina)
Needs a indirect light from intense to medium And it can go a bit bald in low light conditions.
Keep the potting soil constantly a little wet, allowing only the top 2.5 cm to dry before watering.
🔟 Hawortia zebra (Haworthiopsis attenuata, syn. Haworthia attenuata)
Zebra haworthia is one of the simplest succulents to grow.
Its maximum height it is only 20 cm and tolerates much less light than other succulents: medium or very low light is right for her. It also requires minimal watering.
Zebra haworthia can go anywhere, from large open spaces like the living room to small and tight spaces like the bathroom.
Plus, the tiny succulent's sturdy, white-striped leaves are eye-catching and complement any décor perfectly.
And so far our list of ten original, beautiful, decorative and easy-to-grow indoor plants, why don't you think about decorating other areas of your house well?
For more information on all these plants, see our book "Indoor Plants"