Best Types of Indoor Plants

When selecting a plant for growing inside your home, it is important to be an informed and savvy shopper. Check plants thoroughly for mites and bugs as well as to see that the foliage is clean and shows no signs of wilting. Flowering plants should have small and tight buds. The best types of houseplants to purchase should have at least two of the following qualities: low maintenance, aggressive growing, the ability to survive despite neglect and shade tolerance.

Philodendron

A tropical plant, the philodendron requires some sun but little else by way of care and can survive in adverse conditions. Soil should remain evenly moist but the plant can go for several days without watering. Fertilization is best in the spring and again in mid-summer. Optimal temperatures are between 75 and 85 degrees in the day and 60 at night. While they grow well in average humidity, the plant will thrive in high humidity. Mist philodendrons often. The plant's durability and ease to grow make it one of th best choices for an indoor plant.

Spider Plant

The spider plant is probably one of the most common of all houseplants. This is due to its ease to grow and its handsome plantlets that resemble spiders. A perennial plant from South Africa, the spider plant grows 12 to 15 inches tall with thick roots with store water. Needing only medium sunlight, the plant does well with medium to cool average temperatures. Soil should dry between plantings and fertilization is only needed every three to four months. A hardy plant, the spider one of the best indoor plants due to its aggressive and attractive growth.

Jade Plant

An eye-catching plant, the jade plant is easy and productive but it does require that you follow some basic care. Jade plants need sunlight and low humidity. If the plant is currently in low or medium light, move it to the direct sun in stages as it could sunburn with a quick move. Keep the soil moist in spring and summer and give the plant a good thorough soaking at least once a week. Jades tend to bloom in December. A popular plant, the jade is one of the best houseplants due to its attractive blooms.

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese evergreen is a durable, low-light plant that comes in many varieties. The leaves are silver and green and tend to grow thick and verdant. The plant will thrive in temperatures above 55 degrees and will show brown spotting if allowed to chill too long. Pruning is recommended to keep the plant leafy. The best way to prune is to remove center growth allowing the outside leaves to benefit. The Chinese Evergreen is considered on the best plants to grow indoors due to its ability to thrive with poor lighting.

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Tom Nari teaches screenwriting and journalism in Southern California. With a degree in creative writing from Loyola University, Nari has worked as a consultant to the motion picture industry as well as several non-profit organizations dedicated to the betterment of children through aquatics. Nari has written extensively for GolfLink, Trails and eHow.