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Best indoor green plants for home
Here you will find best indoor green plants for home green plant ideas, by current home owners and designers, for design lovers, with tips on finding the right plant for your environment. Indoor plants have had a fascinating history and with the current changes in health and climate these are becoming more and more important as a part of a house.
You can choose from climbing roses, herbaceous types, succulents, ornamental vegetables, herbs and foliage plants. Now more than ever plants and flower design is a vital part of the interior design process. We look at three contemporary ways of incorporating green plants in home design.
What are the different types of indoor green plants?
There are many different kinds of indoor green plants for home. Some you see in shops, some in your own garden and some we only see in design magazines or catalogues. Here is a description of the main types.
Top ten indoor plants to put in your home
Grow wild, or trained, but mostly just for show, climbers are one of the most popular indoor plants. They are easy to buy, great for children and grown in pots as well as in hanging baskets, giving the homeowner a wide selection. Think climbing roses, clematis and clematis.
With long stems, big soft leaves, slow-growing, low maintenance and easy to look after, herbs are another classic indoor plant. Expect to see herbs such as basil, mint, thyme, marjoram, salvia, rosemary, sage, geraniums, chives and more.
Like herbs, these easy to grow succulents are low maintenance and grow slowly. They are best as small pots and they can be grown in shaded areas. Expect to see succulents such as cacti, aloes, euphorbias, helebias, agaves, aloes and many more.
Flexible and grow in whatever containers they are placed in. They come in many shapes, sizes and colours. A bit like vegetables, but much more interesting to look at. Our choice would be pole beans, beets and chard.
Soft and beautiful, herbs are easy to grow and keep, grow in pots and are great to have around. Look out for herbs such as sage, basil, mint, oregano, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, lavender, bay, tarragon, borage and chives.
Try to avoid plants with leaves that are shiny, slippery or abrasive. Instead choose those that are soft to touch and light in weight. Popular indoor foliage plants include philodendrons, spider plant, peace lilies and hanging moss.
More like a cactus than a plant, Chantrelle are a fantastic form of tropical, evergreen plant. A large pillar of flower, their colours change through the seasons and they look great as house plants.
Easy to grow and look beautiful in hanging baskets or pots. You will find many varieties of indoor ferns, including portulaca, ostrich fern, pachysandra, hairgrass, pothos and many more.
Soft and beautiful. Can be picked from their pots when they are small and they will grow in any direction. Small pots and hanging baskets are perfect for these soft, elegant and easy-to-look-after flowers.
A potted plant or an indoor succulent. They have compact growth, are easy to care for and flower a bright shade of green.
How to care for indoor plants
Look out for plant diseases and pests
A good pest check is essential. The first thing you should look for is an over-abundance of water, a dirty pot or dirty water.
If you see the above symptoms, then the plant needs cleaning, and the pots and soil needs a good clean. This is easy to do and it’s a good time to go into the house, look out for white spots on the stems and leaves. These are just fungal spots and they are not harmful.
Hard water can also cause problems with indoor plants. The best way to tell if a plant is hard water loving or not is to test the soil. Plant some dried beans or peas in it and if it is good then it should retain the beans or peas. If it is no good then the plant will let go of the beans or peas after a few days. A good indicator is a cloudy looking pot.
Keep them shaded
The most important thing when you are growing a plant indoors is to make sure it is in a dark spot, or at least a well