Barb's Picks: Indoor Plants

Classic and unique plants... 

 

  Easy Care Perennials For Sun - Black Eyed Susan

 

AGLAONEMA (Chinese Evergreen)

Light: Low or medium light; even does well under fluorescent lights

Water: Low water needs

Colors: Green or silver variegated foliage... sometimes available with pink or red leaf colors

Why we like it: Very easy to grow. A good one for beginners!

 

Echinacea Raspberry Truffle

 

PHILODENDRON:

Look for the common Philodendron, as well as the more unique varieties such as 'Birkin' & 'Monstera (Swiss Cheese Plant.')

Birkin Philodendron:

Light: High light or medium light; even does well under fluorescent lights

Water: Medium water needs

Colors: Variegated foliage

Why we like it: Purifies the air. Super-easy to grow

 

Monstera Philodendron:

Light: Thrives in bright to medium indirect light. Not suited for intense, direct sun but can be acclimated to withstand it.

Water: Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. 'Monstera' likes filtered water or water left out overnight before using. 

Colors: Medium green foliage

Why we like it: Nicknamed the 'swiss cheese plant', the 'Monstera deliciosa' is famous for its quirky leaf holes. 

 

Easy Care Perennials For Sun - Asters

 

CROTON (Codiaeum variegatum): These exotic beauties have it all! Jaw-dropping foliage that erupts into an explosion of color. They can get up to 10 ft. tall outdoors in their native habitat, but indoors they make good houseplants... staying smaller when planted in containers.

Light: Crotons need bright, indirect light. They do not like unfiltered, direct sunlight, but thrive in dappled sunlight. Vibrant colors depend on bright light.

Water: Keep them evenly moist in the summer and reduce watering in the winter to biweekly. Mist frequently during the growth period.

Colors: Vibrant leaf colors depend on the quality of light. Don't shy away from providing lots of bright, shifting sunlight.

Why we like it: It's all about the super bright and colorful foliage and unlimited leaf shapes.

  

Sedum Brilliant

 

PALMS: The popular palm, 'Majesty' (Ravenea rivularis) is always graceful & sophisticated, but 'Adonidia' is a new favorite with its interesting patterned trunks.

Majesty Palm

Light: Bright light but no direct sunlight

Water: Keep the potting soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Don't let palm get too dry between watering or you'll start to lose lower leaves. If leaves are beginning to turn brown at the tips, the plant is probably not getting enough water. Leaves that turn yellow may indicate the plant is getting too much moisture.

Colors: Medium green

Why we like it: As a houseplant, it is said to resemble a Kentia palm when young and a royal palm when mature. This is high praise since these are two of the most attractive of all indoor palms.

 

Adonidia Palm

Light: This plant loves direct sunlight. Place it by a window or on a porch that gets direct, natural light for at least a portion of the day.

Water: Only water it when the soil dries out completely and be careful not to over-water.

Colors: Lovely, heart-shaped, dark green leaves with dramatic creamy-white 'pinstripes.'

Why we like it: This plant can go several weeks without water.