Indoor Plants

The range of plants that can successfully be grown indoors is huge. You can grow them for lots of reasons, because they look good, because they can help purify air, or because they are edible herbs you use in the kitchen.

Whatever the reason, growing indoor plants can be as simple as bringing in a few potted plants for a week or so to brighten up a room, or as complicated creating a zone or attached conservatory where plants can be grown indoors year round.

Some of the best ‘Easy Care’ indoor plants

  • Ferns
 – The popular Maidenhair fern is just one of many. Also consider the hardy Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis exalta) and the Birds Nest Fern (Asplenium Nidus)
  • The Snake Plant –  (Sanseviera trifiscata) excellent for air quality and a very hardy easy care plant.
  • Dumb Cane – (Dieffenbachia)
  • ZZ Plant – (Zamioculcas)
  • Zygocacatus – (schlumbergia truncata)
  • Peace Lily –  (Spathiphyllum) One of the most popular flowering indoor plants, also has great foliage.

Calathea Medallion

Calathea Medallion syn. Calathea veitchiana

Regarded as one of the foliage plants for indoors Calathea Medallion has foliage that looks like feathers, also known as Calathea veitchiana it does require a little extra care, but well worth the effort. How to Grow Calathea Medallion This…

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Petrocosmea

Petrocosmea 'Yumibutei'

They naturally grow on the forest floor, usually at higher altitudes and often on mossy rocks. They require high humidity and are slow growing. How to Grow Petrocosmia Temperature and light are two important care factors. TemperatureBest at cooler temperatures…

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Episcia

Episcia Cleopatra

Episcia are related to African Violets, and with only around 10 species they are grown for the very attractive foliage. Originating in Central and South America they are a tropical plant and are grown as house plants. These are an…

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Anthurium

White Flowering Anthurium

You can grow Anthuriums outdoors in USDA Zones 10 and above, however they are more  widely grow as indoor or houseplants. They are easy care as an indoor plant, because they naturally grow in shade,  so place them in a…

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Dieffenbachia ‘Dumb Cane’

Dieffenbachia maculata - Dumb Cane

Although Dieffenbachia seguine is one of the most popular species, lots of others such as D. Maculata are also worth a considering, so lets take a closer look at Dieffenbachia in general. This very attractive indoor plant comes with a…

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Pilea peperomioides

Pancake Plant – Chinese Money Plant Widely grown as an indoor plant Pilea peperomioides is commonly called the ‘Chinese Money Plant’ amongst others. This common name comes from the rounded leaves that look like coins. It has been in cultivation…

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House Plants

If we look at a list of the most popular house plants in America a short list would read something like this Monstera deliciosa – However add Monstera adansonii to this and rising fast are the variegated forms. Pothos, commonly…

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Monstera adansonii

Monstera adansonii

With a real climbing habit, and very attractive leaves with trademark holes Monstera adansonii is sometimes called the Monkey Mask Plant, Swiss Cheese Plant or Swiss Cheese Vine. It is very different to in terms of care, and should not…

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Monstera deliciosa

Monstera deliciosa - Swiss Cheese Plant

The Swiss Cheese Plant In case you didn’t  know, the most popular houseplant in America is the Swiss Cheese Plant, large leaves with holes in them, and its name is Monstera deliciosa. M.adansonii has the same common name, however it…

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Dracaena fragrans Massangeana

Dracaena fragrans Massangeana

How can you resist a plant that is commonly called the ‘Happy Plant’ well Dracaena fragrans Massangeana is that plant, also known as the ‘Corn Plant’. This is a very popular indoor plant, easy care and brilliantly coloured foliage ensure…

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Dracaena goldieana

Dracaena goldieana

This is a species that grows in shaded areas, Dracaena goldieana comes from Nigeria, Cameroon and the Democratic Replicator’s of Congo. Not grown as commonly as Dracaena marginata, however a very attractive plant with a natural upright habit. Grown for…

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Dracaena draco

Dracaeana draco - Dragon Tree

This is the Canary Island Dragon Tree, and Dracaeana draco makes a unique indoor plant for larger spaces as well as a great landscaping plant for warmer climates. This is a slow growing succulent, spiky blue green foliage and a…

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Spathiphyllum floribundum

Commonly called the Peace Lily and sometimes the Snowflower, Spathiphyllum floribundum is a long flowering plant that grows well indoors. Very attractive white flowers and good glossy green foliage make this a favourite indoor plants for growing at home as…

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Venus Fly Traps

Sometimes sold as a novelty plant, other times promoted as educational, we think that Venus Fly Traps are just one example of the wonders of Mother Nature. Any plants that feed on insects, that will grow well indoors are always…

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Strepocarpus – The Cape Primrose

Streptocarpus 'Roulette Cherry'

Cape Primrose or Streptocarpus are commonly called False African Violet and are in fact related to African Violets. Mostly hybrids of Streptocarpus saxorum and S. caulescens, they are a colorful flowering plant with large textures leaves. Although many of the…

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Rex Begonias

At times regarded as the height of ‘plant fashion’ and at other times seemingly disregarded by the major growers Rex Begonias have always been popular with gardeners especially as house plants. And they are back in fashion again. Grown as…

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Mimosa pudica

Although this is a great plant for children it can tend to become a weed so be careful. Mimosa pudica or ‘Sensitive Plant’ gets its name from the fern like foliage which is ‘sensitive’ to touch. If touched gently the…

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Maranta leucoreura

The Prayer Plant Many householders are familiar with the prayer plant, and they are not difficult to grow. Given the right light, moisture and temperature they will thrive. Grown widely as a house plant, however also suited to outdoors in…

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Howea forsteriana

The Kentia Palm The Kentia palm ‘is Howea forsteriana’, an elegant palm with dark, lustrous arching fronds coming from a single trunk. This is a palm that naturally grows as an under story plant, which makes it excellent for growing…

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Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’

Sold as widely as an indoor potted plant Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’ has relatively narrow foliage with central white marking on each leaf. A few cultivars are around some with wider foliage and some with bolder stripes. These plants cope well…

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Coleus

Grown mainly as indoor foliage plants Coleus are indeed a colorful addition as a house plant. It is mainly the hybrids that we see for sale, and these are available in shades of red, yellow and purple, as well as…

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Chamaedorea microspadix

A cold tolerant clumping palm Chamaedorea microspadix is a fast growing tree that will grow well indoors or in a shaded position in the garden. It is most used widely as an indoor plant. In full sun these attractive palm…

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Calceolaria

Although a number of Calceolaria species can be found, it is usually the colorful hybrids that are grown. With interesting ‘slipper type’ flowers these plants are from South America and are also known as ‘Pocket Book Flowers’. Mostly grow from…

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Calathea zebrina

Marantaceae Calathea zebrina or Zebra plant is widely grown as an indoor plant. It is a native of Brazil where it naturally grows in shade and requires a warm climate to thrive. It is a good plant to grow as…

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How to Grow African Violets

One of the best plants for any indoor situation are the African Violets, easy care, they take up little space, great foliage and beautiful flowers. They grow naturally in the mountains of South Africa, in shaded areas along rocky ledges…

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Adiantum

Maidenhair ferns (adiantum species) are one of the most popular houseplants available for sale, with many maidenhair ferns also being suitable for use as garden plants. Maidenhair ferns are sought after for the attractive lacy foliage. All maidenhair ferns appreciate…

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Achimenes

Also known as ‘Hot Water Plant’, Achimenes are closely related to African Violets, and grow from a bulb or rhizome. These are long flowering plant and grow well in hanging baskets as well as containers. They came into cultivation in…

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