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In the digital age of Zoom meetings and interviews, webinars, and social media posts related to working from home scenarios, indoor houseplants have started to see a spike in interest as decor items. Numerous articles online can be found devoted to just the topic.
They’re beautiful, add color and depth to a room, and best of all, they’re good for us: Studies have shown that indoor houseplants aid in removing harmful chemicals from the air known as volatile organic compounds.
So whether you’re new to indoor gardening or have been doing it for years, this cost-effective way of adding variety to your work or living space is not going away. But what are the best ones, you might ask?
The next time you watch the news, you’re very likely to see the guest interviewee with a background that includes a bookshelf, tasteful artwork, and a houseplant. It tells the viewer I care for nature, living things, and I’m well educated. That aside, why else have people always collected houseplants?
Therefore, let’s explore some of the 25 more popular and trending indoor houseplants you can find and their attributes. Please read on to learn more, and let’s have some fun together along the way:
Starting off the list is a plant capable of thriving in almost every situation. Bar, you are getting a bit too overzealous with the H20; it’s a plant similar to Die Hard’s John McCane; it’s hard to kill. Its blade-like leaves come in a variety of patterns and colors. Additionally, its hardy character is perfect for those who prefer the minimum fuss approach to sustaining life.
The Zebra Haworthia is another plant that doesn’t require much watering or attention. It has fleshy upright leaves and, similar to its animal namesake, has a white stripe pattern. Like a sun-starved Brit on holiday, this pointy sweet succulent prefers sunshine or brightly lit interiors. However, you need to reduce the UV light exposure if the leaf tips start going brown.
Like a sullen teenager who wants to be left alone, the ZZ plant (real name = Zamioculcas Zamiifolia) shows similar trends. This no-fuss houseplant prefers low light conditions. Its dark green and thick leaves only grow up, and for those with small living spaces, it makes it ideal for not taking up much space.
Conversely, this plant needs some space to stretch its legs as it prefers to trail along the edges of balconies or spillover ledges. It grows best with light waterings and bright indirect lighting. To encourage thicker growth on the top, give the sides a quick trim to reduce how much space it takes up.
If you’re looking for a fun and interactive plant that is in tune with day/night cycles, you might consider getting this one. It enjoys bright, indirect sunlight during the day and then “goes to sleep” at night. Its dark-colored leaflets resemble little butterflies which open and fold depending on the time of day.
Take care, though, in giving it too much sunlight, and just before spring, give it a trim to encourage new growth.
This plant compliments white containers, as the green strappy leaves love to spill over edges, making for beautiful contrasting colors. If you’re looking for a tough hanging plant, then this is a great choice. They prefer indirect sunlight, so place them in the shade and water sparingly. You can also use the roots to grow new plants, as they’re easily transferable to new containers.
Little light? No problem with this adaptable plant. Its green leaves are in the shape of hearts and come in colorful yellow and white pattern schemes. They’re also good air-purifiers, making them ideal for living or workspaces where natural light is unavailable. Water once a day, making sure the soil is dried first.
Otherwise known as the Swiss cheese plant for its leaf holes, this trendy indoor houseplant is all the rage at the moment—particularly for its relatively large and green tropical-looking leaves.
It’s a great space filler and looks well-positioned in the corner of a room. Likewise, it looks good on top of a bookshelf. It too prefers bright and indirect sunshine and benefits from the occasional watering.
Known for its strength and durability, Lucky Bamboo can survive almost all conditions and grows in either dry soil or water. Nurseries tend to sell them with the stalks either curled or braided together, making them ideal gifts. Ideally, it prefers bright sunlight to thrive, and yellowing leaves could signify it needs more light.
This flowering plant originates from central Africa, in case you think there are Asian connotations. It’s from the Dracaena sanderiana species, and Lucky Bamboo is just a marketing name.
Another excellent space filler can grow between 12-15 m tall (39-50 feet) and has huge green flowering leaves. It’s perfect next to stairways or spaces with large ceilings.
It originates from western Africa and is tropical, requiring regular watering, provided the soil is dry. May sure to keep it away from drafts or air-condition systems, which prohibit its growth and cause damage.
On the smaller side, this colorful indoor houseplant loves to sparkle, especially in the mornings, when it catches the first rays of the rising sun. Therefore, place it on a windowsill that faces east if possible. Its textured leaves have distinct green and, in some cases, white markings.
Known as radiator plants and originating from South and Central America, there are more than 1500 species records.
As the name might hint at (found in northern Europe mainly), this plant is more comfortable in cooler, low light, and damp conditions. It prefers temperatures around 15-20 degrees Celsius (45-65 Fahrenheit) and moist soil.
It makes for a great hanging plant if it has the space and will quickly climb upwards. Cuttings from the root can be planted elsewhere and will soon grow too.
Considered an invasive species in many parts of the world, this doesn’t stop making for an excellent indoor houseplant. Its medicinal and skincare applications are well documented, due to many factors, including its fleshy leaves’ ability to store water internally for long periods.
For this reason, it makes it the ideal lock up and goes summer house-only plant as it requires minimal upkeep. It prefers dry conditions and plenty of sunshine, so it would benefit from being placed on a window sill or balcony. Water occasionally when at home, but it can go for long periods without H20.
This pot plant communicates with you if you’re overwatering it by giving off bright orange and yellow spots on its green leaves. This flowering plant comes from native southern Africa, so it prefers bright and indirect light, with occasional waterings.
As temperatures begin to cool, it flowers bright orange and yellow petals amongst its green strap-like leaves. It’s ideal for homes for gardens that receive regular drafts, and the leaves remain evergreen year-round.
As the name suggests, its often sold at grocery stores around the holidays. Its main drawcard is the flowering of white, pink, yellow, red, or purple petals.
This blooming will last for several days or weeks, and during this time, it prefers to be placed in direct sunshine until the flowers fade and die or the weather dips below 20 degrees Celsius (55 Fahrenheit). Exposure to shade and lower temperatures will then trigger another flowering.
Originating from Brazil, it needs regular watering, provided the soil is dry.
No, this isn’t some flower-child houseplant, harking back to the ’60s and hippies. Originating from tropical regions across South America, Central Africa, and areas of Asia, it is linked in name to a pig’s ear in certain areas due to the shape of its flowers.
It prefers low humidity and minimal bright light to thrive—just enough for its exquisite white flowers to bloom.
It also requires regular watering; otherwise, the leaves will start to brown. Its contrasting green and white colors make for great room additions to offset neutral colors when in bloom.
Jade is known for its longevity and can probably even outlive your pet if adequately looked after. Being succulent, it retains water inside its shiny green leaves. For this reason, it’s the perfect low-maintenance, minimalist tree. It’s small and looks great in a container offset by white pebbles.
It often sprouts small white or pink flowers and originates from southern Africa.
Commonly referred to as the lucky plant or money tree, it is Chinese folklore that owning it will bestow good fortune and wealth. Avoid overwatering and ensure it gets adequate light.
Like the rising and bowing practice during prayer and worship, the Maranta leuconeura (aka Payer Plant) rises and falls during the day. It comes to a final upright position in the evening during this process, showing off its strikingly marked evergreen oval leaves. Make sure to position the plant in indirect light and keep the soil consistently moist, never allowing it to dry out.
If you spot brown tips on the ends of leaves, this is a sign that the plant is receiving too much sunlight. Its leaves with red markings, offset by a light green center, are visually stunning.
Otherwise known as the purple heart, its leaves shimmer in the sunlight with a silvery-purple color that enhances the quality of lance-shaped leaves. They look great as a color additive in an otherwise green garden due to their heavy and impactful presence. They also make for a lovely hanging basket plant or trailing along a ledge or balcony. They prefer bright but indirect light to optimize the leaf color; keep the soil evenly moist too.
With the species name of Ficus elastica, it’s not hard to see how the name for the Rubber Plant originated. Here’s another excellent space filler option that can grow up to 2.4 m (8 feet) tall, start life on a desk, and transition to filling in corner space.
Ensure you give the plant a bright spot out of direct sunlight and watch it grow. Likewise, make sure you keep the soil moist in the growing season (summertime) and water once or twice a month once the plant has gone dormant in the fall.
This plant is undoubtedly no dunce sitting in the corner. Instead, with low-hanging flowering plants, it gives off a tropical feeling. These variegated white center, green outer leaves can reach up to 30 cm (one foot) long. More interestingly, the display patterns can vary with attractive speckles and stripes. Please place it in indirect sunlight for optimal growth conditions and water two to three times a week.
This indoor houseplant needs a little bit more TLC to reach its maximum potential. You need to water and mist it almost daily, meaning it’s probably not the best choice for someone who travels a lot. The reason for this is because of the plant’s humid origins and preference for being wet.
It doesn’t mind being indoors during low light conditions but will quickly die if not properly looked after—this is a plant that loves water, so keep its soil damp. This plant is ideal for someone who enjoys putting in the effort to reap the green rewards.
The Chinese Evergreen leaves can have pink, white, red, or silver drops of color in them, particularly around the edges. This plant’s ability to thrive equally well in a brightly lit room or on a desk beneath fluorescent lights makes this plant unique. Furthermore, allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
Another plant that enjoys sunrises and would prefer if you positioned it at an east-facing window. Here, you, the owner, take control of the growth and the plant’s shape. It will be compact and upright in its first few months, but it will eventually develop long. With careful shaping and trimming, you can train them to climb up supports. Alternatively, cut them back in length to maintain a bushier form.
A relative of the garden begonia, Rex has some stunning color patterns to delight its owner. The leaves show off a paintbrush on canvas effect of swirls and splotches. The colors on display include dazzling reds and bright oranges.
Other colors include silver, purple, pink, and even gold stripes. Please give it a well-lighted room out of direct sunlight, and keep the soil consistently damp but not soggy. It’s another indoor houseplant that enjoys its water.
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Conclusion on 25 houseplants for every indoor gardener
You now have access to information on 25 of the most common houseplants. So which one best suits you? Are you after bright and colorful, or perhaps something that requires low maintenance? As you can see, you have plenty of choices—it’s all down to individual tastes and preferences.
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