December 20 2018
Growing indoor plants is easy and just as fun as having an outdoor garden – plus it give that extra-cosy vibe to your home this Christmas.
Indoor plants not only act as a quick decorating tool, they also help clean the environment and air around them. But if you're worried you have a black thumb, fret not! We’ve found the best 5 indoor houseplants that anyone can keep alive and thriving.
Why you want it: There's a real timeless elegance to ivy, and it trails down furniture for a pretty effect. Plus, it's easy to start a new plant for yourself or a friend by cutting off a section of the stem. Think instant hostess gift! (OK, not completely instant. It takes about two weeks or so to start growing.)
How to care for it: English ivy likes moist soil and cooler room temperature conditions, ranging from the mid-10s to about 20 degrees.
Why you want it: This succulent with long, pointed leaves has medicinal properties, as you probably well know. It can also grow 3-feet high to make a big impact indoors. Smaller varieties, like the popular aloe vera, work great in small, sunny indoor spaces.
How to care for it: Aloe likes room temperatures around 20+ degrees and a lot of sunlight. As you might expect for a succulent, this indoor houseplant prefers dry soil, so avoid frequent watering for the best results.
Why you want it: These unusual-looking indoor plants add visual interest to a room, and they haven't fallen out of fashion after years of popularity. Spider plants come in a number of varieties and work well as hanging plants.
How to care for it: Spider plants do well with evenly moist soil and bright or medium lighting conditions. Room temperatures of 15-25 degrees keep them thriving.
Why you want it: Surely, you've seen this indoor houseplant in many homes, since it has such pretty, curving white blooms and dark leaves and it's easy to grow.
How to care for it: This houseplant favours low humidity and also low light, making it great for rooms with few windows. It prefers moist soil throughout the pot and tolerates standard temperatures to about 30 degrees.
Why you want it: This pretty indoor house palm is a great inspiration if you're dreaming of tropical climates — or just trying to conjure the look in your home decor. It can grow to about 7-feet tall for a dramatic touch in a room, but a smaller pot will keep it contained if you'd like it to stay smaller
How to care for it: The areca palm does well in indirect light. Keep the soil somewhat dry, only watering on alternate weeks or so.