How to Grow Luscious, Healthy Indoor Plants

Healthy Violet Indoor Plant Cropped

Successful Indoor Plants

Secrets to Healthy Plants Medium

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

Monstera Deliciosa

Delicious Monster

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 Vera for 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!

Some Plants Are Toxic to Pets

Mother-in-Law's Tongue

Mother-in-Law's Tongue

You'd think pets would keep away from this scary-looking houseplant but, you just never know. Also referred to as Sansevieria, when ingested by pets, it can result in gastrointestinal signs like drooling, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Jill Falls

While professionally Jill is a qualified interior designer, her passion is growing and cooking herbs. She owns a small hydroponic farm and grows salad greens and all the most common culinary herbs, selling them at the local farmer's markets and educating her customers about what they are buying and how to use them. Jill says "I love the subtle taste combinations that you can get from using the right herb or spice with whatever you're cooking and, of course fresh from your own garden tastes just so much better."

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