A List of House Plants

A houseplant makes an attractive addition to nearly any room in your home. Some of the more common houseplants are not difficult to maintain and brighten your residence with their flowers and leaves. Among these plants are species which come in multiple cultivars designed to give you a choice of colors, size and hardiness.

Geraniums

One attractive feature of geraniums is that you have species from which to choose, with different colored flowers available. Geraniums can grow in rooms with moderate amounts of light but can also withstand exposure to full sun. By keeping the temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and no lower than 55 degrees at night, you will sustain your geraniums easily. Among the types of geraniums best suited for indoors are the scented-leaved geraniums and the Martha Washington geranium. The latter will grow poorly if the room is too warm.

Baby Rubber Plant

Houseplantgrowing.com states that a baby rubber plant, in addition to its other charms, actually helps to remove any impurities from the air. These plants have waxy leaves that attach to a sturdy stem. The flowers are white and bloom during the spring and summer. Baby rubber plants only grow as high as a foot. They do not need to have frequent watering, require only medium exposure to light and will thrive if you mix some organic material into the potting soil.

Coleus

The leaves of the coleus are this houseplant's major attraction. The coleus is an outdoor plant as well as a houseplant, but outdoors it will perish after the first exposure to frost. Coleus hybrids, such as the "Dipt in Wine" variety, have multicolored leaves that make the plant attractive, especially since they remain on it year round. The coleus is not hard to grow, requiring only a warm room where it receives plenty of sun. Good drainage in its pot is necessary to avoid problems such as root rot. The coleus that flowers and goes to seed will perish after completing its life cycle; to help yours avoid this fate you can simply remove the flower buds when they develop.

Others

Other types of houseplants include devil's ivy, which needs very little light and only weekly watering. Snake plant, a plant that can be 5 feet tall, has the colorful nickname of "Mother-in-law's tongue." It needs little water, and you can grow it in direct sun or in places where the light filters into a room. The spider plant is a common houseplant that you can display in a hanging basket. The African violet needs a little more care than most houseplants; water it every two days and avoid placing it in the direct sun. Begonias, amaryllis and many types of cacti also make fine houseplants.

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