Potted houseplants provide colour, freshness and warmth to any room. They also create a positive impact on both mental and physical health as many of them purify the air. House plants come in all shapes, sizes and colours. There are house plants for almost every occasion and every home gardener.
When deciding which indoor plants to grow in your home, work out the conditions under which they will grow. There’s no point in buying sun-loving cactus plants if you have only dark rooms and north-facing windows to offer. Similarly, humidity-loving plants are best grown in a bathroom and don’t thrive in drier areas of the home. Do a bit of research – if you fall in love with a plant, find out how to grow it before taking it home, so you can give it the best chance possible of survival .
Here is a list of the 12 best house plants to grow.
1. Spider Plants
Spider plants (Chlorophytum) are easy to grow and look good too. These plants are easy to propagate. They look good in any corner, the centre of your table, hanging in a container in your balcony. Grow out of direct sunlight, and water and feed regularly while in active growth.
2. Snake Plant
Snake plant is a perfect plant for beginners and one of the easiest to grow. It can be grown in low light and needs occasional watering. Snake plant also removes toxins from the air.
3. Heartleaf Philodendron
Philodendron is one of the most popular houseplants and extremely easy to grow. It is perfect for beginners. The plant needs a moderate amount of water and light. and prefers the soil to dry out between watering spells.
4. Peace Lily
This good looking plant is perfect for indoors. It is happy in indirect sunlight and needs only moderate watering. Its dark green curving leaves and white flowers make it a conversation stopper.
5. Jade Plant
Jade plant is a succulent and is probably one of the best houseplants for beginners. When grown indoors, a jade plant can grow up to a size of a small shrub. Keep the plant in a spot that receives partial or indirect sunlight from having a healthy specimen.
6. ZZ Plant
This super-tough plant prefers bright to moderate indirect light and well-drained soil.
7. Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)
Pothos is easy to grow and is a great houseplants for beginners. This attractive and durable plant prefers bright indirect light and moist soil.
Plants of the Dracaena genus are hardy and among the most popular and easy to grow plants. This beautiful houseplant needs occasional pruning and regular watering, though not over watering and indirect sunlight.
One of the most popular house plants, monstera rewards the grower with broad leaves for very little effort. Grow in a bright spot out of direct sunlight and water regularly while in active growth.
10. Philodendron Xanadu
Philodendron Xanadu is a clump-forming house plant. Its lobed leaves ensure its popularity as a house plant. It enjoys growing in a shady location. Mist it regularly to provide it with the humidity it enjoys.
Grow this plant in bright light out of direct sunlight, water well when in active growth and give it a good mist regularly. With masses of upright, divided leaves, this elegant plant is bound to make a statement.
Rhipsalis, is technically a cactus, but with a beautiful trailing habit. It is perfect for making indoor hanging displays. Grow in bright light and water sparingly.