Varieties of Indoor Plants

Indoor plants add color and scents to your indoor space. They brighten up dull, cloudy days during the winter. Indoor plants need to be shade tolerant and thrive in containers. Good choices are drought-tolerant and can tolerate low humidity indoors especially in the winter. The environment in the house has a year-round warm temperature that affects the plants that you can grow.


Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) grows into 12-inch-tall clumps of heart-shaped leaves with silver markings. Butterfly-like blossoms appear from October to April. Cyclamen require high levels of indirect light. Keep the soil moist while the plant is in bloom and feed twice a month during this period. Cyclamen need a cool, dry rest period in the summer so the plant can bloom again in the fall.

Wax Vine

Wax vine (Hoya carnosa) produce succulent 3-inch long green, shiny leaves. This vine produces long stems that reach 20 feet. Clusters of small pink flowers with red centers drape from the stem during the summer. The wax vine requires bright light. Avoid direct, midday sunlight. Let the soil dry between waterings. Reduce the watering schedule in winter and do not use cold water. The wax vine will not bloom until it has reached 3 feet long.

African Violets

African violets (Saintpaulia hybrids) have velvety, green or variegated, thick leaves. Flowers are single or double blooms that reach 2 inches wide. They appear throughout the year in shades of blue, purple, pink, red, white and green. Some varieties have multicolored blossoms and other types are marked with a white edge or star. African violets require medium to high indirect light. Let the soil dry slightly between waterings. Avoid getting the leaves wet since it will cause spots on the leaves. The lack of flowers is caused by not enough light, temperatures too high or arid soil.

Asparagus Fern

Asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus) produces delicate, feathery green plumes that arch and drape. Stems grow 3 feet long and produce tiny pink blossoms. Blooms are followed by small white berries that turn green to red to black. This house fern needs high, indirect light. Keep the soil moist, but not water logged. Feed the soil 4 times a year and re-pot whenever the fern's roots creep out of the bottom of the plant pot. Brittle stems and dropping leaves indicate that the asparagus fern needs to be replanted in a larger container.

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