Successful Indoor Plants
Although many plants can be grown successfully indoors, there are certain groups that, because of their attractiveness and relative ease of maintenance, are generally considered the best houseplants.
These include the aroids, bromeliads, succulents (including cacti), ferns, begonias, and palms, all of which have long been favorites.
Somewhat more demanding are those that are grown primarily for their flowers. These include African violets, camellias, gardenias, geraniums (Pelargonium species) and orchids.
There are thousands of tropical and subtropical plants that can adapt to growing indoors. Although some fancy exotic species do well only in a humid conservatory or a glass-enclosed terrarium, a great many species have been introduced that endure the adverse conditions of dry heat and low light intensity that prevail in many houses. A selection of the more widely favoured houseplants follows, under six sections: foliage plants (some of which also bear interesting flowers), succulents, trees, ferns, climbers and trailers and flowering plants, species kept primarily for their flowers.
Click the button above to learn all about plant propagation, growing from seed, which plants are easy to grow and which ones are hard (unless you know how). As well as which ones can be poisonous!
Foliage House Plants
Also called the Swiss cheese plant (for the unusual holes in the leaves) or the fruit salad plant (for the taste of its edible fruit) Monstera deliciosa has been a favourite with interior decorators for years.
Its huge, glossy green leaves epitomise the lush tropical aesthetic, and its unusual variegated versions can fetch high prices online. They can get big quite quickly but are easy to prune and propagate.
Native to Central America rainforests, they like to be kept humid, and prefer bright, indirect light.
Plants to Improve Air Quality
Aloe is an excellent low maintenance plant for sunny locations.
It’s great at removing chemicals from paints and chemical cleaning products, and the gel inside the succulent spiked leaves can be used to relieve cuts and burns.
Aloe is a slow grower, but it can get quite large.
The recommended rule of thumb is one potted houseplant every 100 square feet, but you really can’t have too many houseplants for good air quality. Display plants in groups to maximize their filtering power and create a lovely aesthetic. And then…breathe easy!