If your home isn’t blessed with tons of square footage, that doesn’t mean you can’t flex your green thumb. All of these indoor plants take up minimal space and many even require less sunlight, which sounds great when you only have a few windows to work with. Most of these plants are fairly easy to keep alive. Your indoor garden paradise dreams are about to become a reality.
But before we start off with the list, lets answer a very important question: What are indoor/house plants?
It’s funny how so-called experts pass off sun guzzlers as indoor plants. It’s funny how Instagrammers bring in sun guzzlers for their indoor pictures. The traveller’s palm for instance is so often placed in decor shoots with no window in sight. Please remember even if it is brought in as a decor prop and will not survive in an area that has no natural light or good ventilation.
Indoor or outdoor doesn’t matter, it is important to remember that all plants need sunlight. It’s just that house plants require less light compared to outdoor plants. Indoor plants are those that need filtered sunlight and good indoor ventilation to survive. Placing them in far corners where there is zero sunlight for a picture is one thing. But if you keep them there forever, they are sure to die on you.
To elaborate further, your indoor plants
- Should not be kept in an AC environment
- Needs good ventilation and sunlight, so indoor means you still need to have access to good air passage and filtered sun rays.
- Should not be water them every day
- Absolutely must have a day in the sun, or days in the sun according to their leaf density.
- Must have a tray below them and when the tray is full, you need to put it back to the plant. If the tray is empty, water the plant.
- Need the right amount of water. When watering, remember that less water can dry the soil and the plants, and too much water can rot the roots.
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Here is the list of best indoor plants:
A small arabica coffee plant won’t be able to cover your coffee habit, but coffee plants are beautiful and simple to take care of, and you might just obtain enough beans every once in a while to roast and brew your own cup. If they get too dry, they’ll let you know—you’ll see the leaves get super droopy, but they’ll go back to normal once you give them a good water. Coffee plants also like medium indirect light.
Sturdy and elegant, and reminiscent of the sugarcane plant, the Kentia Palm is tolerant of a range of temperatures and flourishes indoors with access to filtered sunshine, and very good ventilation. Make sure the soil is moist. Kentia needs to be watered only when the top 1 to 2 inches of the soil is dry. Makes sure the plant is potted professionally, so that the drainage is right. Mist the leaves often. The key to maintaining a Kentia palm tree is to manage the shoots perfectly. You could pot two or more plants in a single pot – to ensure a varying level of palm leaves, for a beautiful tropical foliage look. And be kind, and only bring this palm home if you have adequate ceiling height – as these plants are known to grow really tall!
Known for its waxy, heart-shaped flowers with a prominent stamen in the center, this plant needs to be watered every one to two with occasional fertilizing, so they’re not low maintenance, but not high maintenance, either.
Snake plants are evergreen perennials can grow really tall, so they are ideal for spaces with tall ceilings, provided you transplant them to bigger plants as they grow. Snake plants are hardy plants and won’t die on you very quickly, so it is definitely low maintenance, and can survive weeks of neglect. However, we request you not to test this, because all plants require daily love and care. Even if you don’t water them, make sure you give them daily attention. Snake Plants are not sunlight or water guzzlers and they rarely suffer from insect infestations. Add the fact that they purify the air by absorbing deadly household toxins such as formaldehyde, and they are in a houseplant category.
Yucca Cane Plant
Yucca plants do best in bright, indirect light—too direct, and their leaves might burn—and will still grow in low light, just at a much slower pace. It doesn’t require a lot of water, and you’ll know it’s thirsty by checking if the top half of the soil is dry.
Indirect light is best and you should also give them plenty of water, being careful not to over-saturate the soil. Hang the pot from a modern macrame holder or plant it in a woven basket for a boho feel.
PRO TIPS on indoor plant care
• Mist your indoor plants often. You will see the difference in the colour and texture of the foliage.
• All your indoor plants need to be outdoors – some need 1 day of outdoor time, while others need 4 to 5 days minimum ever week. If you are lucky to have an outdoor area for gardening too, buy two of everything you have indoors, and rotate them so that your home need never look bare when a plant is getting its outdoor time!
• Another reason to cluster is that there are certain areas of your home that are ideal for plants – windows and sunlight facing glass doors for instance
• When you keep them indoors, buy attractive planters in natural material – ceramics, cement, bamboo etc or traditional ones like brass or wood, lend a great deal of style to your indoor greens.
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