Over the past decade, there has been a rise in the number of indoor gardeners. Not only in the US but throughout the world.
With more and more people moving into the fast-paced and small spaced city life, having an outdoor garden has become a luxury few can afford.
The good news, however, is that this has caused a surge in the number of people opting for indoor gardening. Indoor gardening is affordable, easy, time efficient, and helps you in staying healthy!
In this article, we’ll be looking at some of the best indoor plants you can get for your room, apartment, your office or any closed space.
Now without further ado, let’s begin.
1) Sansevieria (Mother in law’s tongue)
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Also known as a Snake Plant, this house plant is among the easiest ones to take care of. So much so that it’s one of the best sellers at King’s Garden.
This is mainly due to its ability to be grown in a variety of lighting conditions. This means that you really don’t have to worry about your apartment, room, or office getting a lot of sunlight. All you need is to make sure the soil and the air inside the room are dry. This allows the Sansevieria leaves to grow perfectly upright.
When it comes to the appearance of the plant, it has varieties of yellow and white edges. Other than that, you may end up seeing some small white flowers blooming on it. This, however, doesn’t happen very often.
The Sansevieria / Mother-in-law’s tongue helps in purifying the air and also improves the humidity level, making it the perfect plant for your home.
The only thing you need to make sure of is that the root ball stays a bit damp during the summers and a bit dryer in the winter. Don’t let the root ball stay damp for too long though.
Ferns are houseplants that can add a tropical look to your house. Ferns are the best choice for those who want a low-maintenance houseplant with an amazing look.
When going out to buy one, you might find yourself having to go through several types of Ferns. These include:
- Boston / sword / ladder fern
- Bird’s nest
- Button fern
- Maidenhair fern (Adiantum)
- Silver Brake
- Kangaroo paw
All Fern plants are suitable for growing indoors. You just need to make sure that you provide them with the right amounts of light and moisture. This is because Ferns originate from the tropical areas where humidity is high.
To give your fern the feeling of home we recommend that you put them on top of some pebbles. These can be inside a tray or a plastic container filled with water. This helps increase the moisture in the air around the fern.
If you find this somewhat complicated, you can always opt for misting your fern from time to time with water.
Just make sure the roots don’t get soaked.
We at King’s Garden Center have all of the mentioned Fern species, and more!
3) Fiddle Leaf Fig
This indoor plant is probably the most popular one out there. The Fiddle Leaf Fig took social media by the storm a few years back. So much so that it was on Twitter’s trending page. Even today, the hype of this tree like indoor plant lives on.
The beauty of the large, dark green leaves that stem from this plant has the ability to catch anyone’s eye.
Though it may give the impression of being a high maintenance plant, it actually isn’t.
To take care of the Fiddle Leaf Fig, all you need is to make sure that your room temperature stays between around 65 and 75 degrees. And that the plant gets some bright to medium light. You need to make sure that the soil should be dry, and that you only water it once a week.
So don’t forget to mark your calendar!
Also, make sure to trim it if you feel like it’s taking up a lot of space. This plant can grow up to 6 feet tall!
If you want to know whether the Fiddle Leaf Fig is the right fit for you, give us a visit over at King’s Garden Center. Join us over the weekend for a one on one consultation session.
This house plant is probably the easiest to care for. That is mainly because the Philodendron gives out signals. Keeping an eye out for these signals will let you know exactly what the plant needs. You can rest easy, even if you’ve never had a houseplant before.
You won’t have any trouble growing Philodendron plants, because they adapt easily to the conditions inside the house.
When visiting King’s Garden Center, you may find yourself facing a choice between the two main types of Philodendron houseplants. These are the vining and the non-climbing varieties.
Vining Philodendrons require a structure to support them so they can grow upwards. Examples include the Blushing Philodendrons and the Heartleaf Philodendrons.
The Lacy Tree Philodendrons and the Bird’s Nest Philodendrons on the other hand, are examples of the non-climbing Philodendrons. This type usually has an upright, spreading growth habit.
When deciding which one you want to keep indoors, make sure that you take into consideration that the width of the non-climbers can be twice as much as their height. This means they take up a lot of room in order to grow.
But worry not! The super helpful staff at King’s Garden Center are always there to help you make the right decision.
Taking care of Philodendron houseplants is extremely easy since they are able to thrive indoors year round without any problems. Just make sure the location you put your Philodendron in has access to bright, indirect sunlight. Also, make sure to keep a regular watering schedule.
5) Pothos (Devil’s ivy)
This popular houseplant is known by several names, such as Golden Pothos, Hunter’s Robe, Ivy Arum, Money Plant, and Taro Vine. The most common of these names is the Devil’s Ivy.
It probably gets this name because it’s nearly impossible to kill and stays alive even when kept in the dark.
Pathos is easy to grow and maintain in an indoor setting. All you need to do is to place it somewhere with bright, but indirect sunlight. You can keep it in low light as well.
When it comes to watering the plant, you need to make sure you dry out the soil, preventing the roots from getting wet. To make this easier, you can grow the plant in any well-draining potting soil.
Just make sure the pot is placed somewhere where it can grow. A Pathos can grow to about six to 10 feet over time. If you don’t want it to take over all of your space, make sure to give it a trim every few months.
Pro tip: Since Pathos helps clean out toxins from the air, make sure to place them in your office and/or living rooms. This enables them to remove carbon monoxide from a large space.
Consider repotting your Pathos if the roots have consumed the pot. Choose a container a size larger than what you are taking it out of, and add fresh potting soil.
All this and more is available at King’s Garden Center, under a single roof.
Commonly known as Cathedral/Peacock/Zebra/Rattlesnake/Prayer plants, the Calathea plant is mostly used for indoor office or home decoration purposes. This makes it one of the best sellers at King’s Garden Center.
The popularity of the plant is mainly down to it requiring a very small amount of indirect lighting to grow. Making it perfect for indoors.
Calathea plants are not only easy to take care of, but they are really good looking as well. The bright green leaves of this plant bring life to any place.
When looking for a Calathea plant, you might end up finding a variety of species. These include
- Calathea lancifolia
- Calathea ornata
- Calathea roseopicta
- Calathea rufibarba
- Calathea makoyana
- Calathea orbifolia
Visit King’s Garden Center over the weekend if you want help choosing the best fit for you.
When it comes to taking care of the Calathea plant, you need to ensure that it gets plenty of bright and indirect light. These plants don’t like the cold and are best suited for places with a temperature between 65 to 80 degrees. If you see the leaves of your plant curling, this is a sign that the temperature needs to be changed.
You don’t have to worry about having a very strict watering schedule either. Calathea requires a limited amount of water, most of which is absorbed by the leaves.
When watering a Calathea plant, do not water it so much that the plant ends up sitting in standing water. This could lead the roots to rot.
7) Monstera Philodendron
The Monstera Philodendron, or better known as the Split Leaf Philodendron is an immensely popular plant at King’s Garden Center. Mainly due to its big size and low maintenance.
The Monstera Philodendron is also known as the Windowleaf Plant, Ceriman, and the Mexican Breadfruit Plant.
Even though this plant is large in size, it only requires medium to bright intensity of indirect sunlight to grow. If kept in the right conditions, you might see your Monstera Philodendron bloom flowers.
Unlike most indoor plants, a Monstera Philodendron prefers a large pot, due to its fast-growing speed.
When taking care of this plant, you need to provide it with a rich soil that contains a good amount of peat moss. You can get rich soil, and other essentials at King’s Garden Center of course.
Other than that, make sure to water it well. Always make sure the top 25-30% of the soil is dry before you water the plant. Though it is advisable to keep the soil damp, make sure it doesn’t get soggy.
Also ensure that the temperature in the room does not fall below 50°F. It may cause the plant to wither.
8) Peace Lily
Another air purifying plant on our list, the Peace Lily is a beautiful indoor plant. It has what the majority of houseplants lack. Blooming flowers! This makes the Peace Lily delightful to look at.
To take care of this majestic indoor plant, all you need is to put it in a place with light partial shade. This houseplant is so low maintenance that there have been instances of it thriving in rooms with no windows at all.
Another great advantage of keeping a peace lily is that it sends out signals if it isn’t getting the required nutrients. For example, when in need of water, it sags down a bit. And if the leaves start yellowing, this means the light is too strong for it. These signs make it easier even for first-time plant owners to develop a green thumb.
And if, for some reason, you still miss all the signs and find your Peace Lily completely depleted, just give it some water and sunlight. You will be surprised at how quickly the Peace Lily revives.
However, if your Peace Lily ends up withering due to unfavorable temperatures (above 85 F or below 45F), you might need to put in a lot of elbow grease to bring it back to life.
Want to know more about the Peace Lily? Pay us a visit over the weekend!
9) ZANZIBAR GEM
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Known for being ‘almost indestructible’, this amazingly stunning plant is perfect for those who tend to forget their plants.
The Zanzibar Gem, also known as ZZ is a drought-resistant plant native to Africa. The deep and green glossy leaves may give it the look of a high water consuming plant. The reality however, is quite the opposite. These bad boys can survive an extremely long period of time without water.
To let this plant thrive, make sure to water it no more than once a month.
When it comes to its main source of food, sunlight, make sure it gets a moderate or medium amount of it indirectly. While Zanzibar Gems can live in extremely low light, it isn’t advisable since low light means little new growth & stretchy stems.
The Zanzibar Gem is your friend. If the temperature in your home feels comfortable to you, then it’ll comfortable for this houseplant too. Just make sure to keep your ZZ Plants away from air conditioning or heating vents.
And there you have it! Your guide to some of the best indoor plants that you can keep.
Whether you’re a veteran indoor gardener or someone with a new found passion, these plants will treat all of you as equals. How? By requiring the minimum amount of effort to grow.
If you feel we left something out, you can always pay us a visit and ask us questions to your heart’s content.