Growing Indoor Plants
It has been surveyed that growing indoor plants can help in lifting moods, enabling productivity, reducing fatigue and stress, and even cure mild symptoms when you fall ill. Additionally, there is also the benefit of adding a pop of color into what would be a duller home or home office. Houseplants are also manageable to grow and if you have been looking to get an idea on where or what type to start with, look no further than these 15 different kinds.
Types of Indoor Plants
The easiest houseplant to grow and upkeep that is also good for a first attempt would be the Geranium, also known as Pelargonium spp. These plants are commonly kept and grown as indoor houseplants; the common garden and ivy geranium will produce large, fancy flowers with extremely low-level effort needed.
The next simplest houseplant you can start with is the African violet, also known as Saintpaulia ionantha. This plant is recognized to bloom a couple of times throughout the year with low maintenance and come in a plethora of types ranging from multicolored foliage to blooms with white-edged tinges. Blooms can be observed constantly if the plant is placed under a window with consistent sunlight and it is also enjoyable to collect their different array of flower forms and colors.
The plant closely related to the African violet, the Lipstick plant, also known as Aeschynanthus radicans, is seemingly named after its showy red flowers that make you think of small tubes of lipstick. Featuring purple tube-like paired flowers enclosed among red flowers, these plants will look particularly appealing in a suspended basket as the flowers will hang from the branch tips of stems that arch out. They also normally bloom the most in fall, but can also flourish infrequently throughout the year.
Another relative of the African violet, the Guppy Plant, also known as Nematanthus spp, is monikered after almost perfectly imitating how a goldfish looks. Although it flourishes the most in summer, it can consistently flower throughout the year if there is sufficient light. Other similar species will bear their flowers on long stems that will hang just like a fishing line and this plant is especially useful in piquing the interest of children towards houseplants.
Well known for its attractive and charming clover-like leaves, the Oxalis, also known as Oxalis triangularis, features purple shamrock shape leaves which fold downwards during the night, or in low light conditions. It almost always displays pastel pink or white flowers above the foliage and comes in many different varieties as well. Due to the leaves’ shape, this plant is typically given as a fun gift on St. Patrick’s Day too!
Jasmines, also known as Jasminum spp, can come in many different kinds and types. The two kinds that can be grown effortlessly would be the Flowered jasmine, and the Arabian jasmine, whereby they will flourish sweet-scented blooms that range from pink to white just by receiving plenty of sunlight and moisture. These beautiful blooms are undoubtedly one of the most perfumed you may find among any houseplants.
As a houseplant, the Clivia, also known as Clivia miniata, usually thrive in the colder seasons such as winter, bearing up to 20 red-orange or yellow tube-shaped flowers. Clivia only blooms when they have been introduced to cool and parched conditions. Hence, to ensure that they bloom, they should be kept in a dry, lower surrounding temperature environment during the winter. A point to note about this plant is that although it requires minimum effort to grow and brings color to the otherwise dull January months, the plant is said to be poisonous and can cause sickness if chewed or eaten.
The crossbreed of a mandarin orange and a kumquat would be the Calamondin Orange, also known as x Citrofortunella microcarpa; this plant will bring forth pleasant smelling white blooms during the late winter or spring season, and can typically mature into orange fruits that are 1-inch in diameter on a shrub-like plant. The fruits can hang on the plant for many weeks, although it is best harvested after they have fully ripened. The born fruits can subsequently be used as lemons, kumquats, or even made into marmalade.
The plant aptly named Brazilian Fireworks, also known as Porphyrocoma pohliana ‘Maracas‘, received its name from two main sources. Firstly, during the late spring and summer, the plant will bear a small cluster of deep red flowers, which will then bring forth lavender flowers, giving it a gorgeous burst of color. Secondly, as the flowers gradually washes out, it will sprout black seeds which can be used to continue growing the plant. This plant remains stunningly beautiful all year round, so there is practically no need to worry about how it looks.
Although it has many thorns and can cause children or even pets to develop illnesses or irritation in the skin if the milky sap is eaten or chewed; the Crown-Of-Thorns, also known as Euphorbia milii, is a plant that can survive well on its own, as long as it receives a strong amount of light and kept dry. It features thick, spindly, grayish-brown stems that are scantily branched.
The enormous bell-like flowers of a Gloxinia, also known as Sinningia speciosa, typically prosper during the late winter or early spring season, where it will produce bell-like blooms in full and rich colors that are 3-inches wide. These flowers are often tinged with conflicting bands or a fleck of white. It is important to ensure that the plant goes stagnant by not watering it after the blooms have washed out and only resume when new growth is about to start.
The eye-catching shrimp lookalike flowers of the Shrimp Plant, also known as Justicia brandegeeana, is a compact, quick maturing shrub-like plant. The blooms of this particular plant typically grow abundantly, producing spikes of flowers throughout the year. Most of such plants bear clusters of pink bracts with tube-shaped white flowers, while other kinds can produce lasting yellow or pale green clusters.
The Ixora, also known as Ixora coccinea, is commonly seen and recognized as the “Flame of the woods”, whereby it comes in a cluster of colors ranging from red, pink, orange and even almost glowing yellow flowers. Minimum pruning will also ensure that the plant is kept small and densely packed together, especially if the stems become too long.
Last but not least, there are three types of Begonias; the Angel-Wing, Rieger, and Wax Begonia. The angel-wing species typically grow upright and require cutting back the tall stems to ensure plants are kept bushy and in the shorter range. These species will freely blossom with a bunch of red, white or pink flowers and are said to be pretty all year round. Rieger begonias on the other hand, blooms only in the winter and will produce a collection of colorful rose-like flowers in warm tones of yellow to red. The wax begonia is commonly grown as an outdoor plant, but can also thrive as well indoors as long as there is an adequate amount of light. This plant blooms easily and bears vibrant red, white and pink blooms.
With this wondrous array of houseplants to explore growing, you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice! Of course, this is a less than exhaustive list so if you can’t find what you like here, a simple Google search on other types of houseplants will suffice for you to find the best flower suited to your wants and needs!