Houseplant List

"Houseplant" is the common term for plants grown indoors, even though all species come from outdoor habitats. Houseplants make beautiful accessories to your indoor decor, and most are not difficult to grow. Gardening expert Grahame Clarke suggests that sometimes moving your plant to a new location if it seems to be doing poorly is all it takes to have a healthy houseplant.

Aglaonema

This foliage indoor plant is native to the tropical forest floors of Asia. In outdoor gardens, it is a shade-loving perennial. Different varieties have different leave colors. Golden evergreen has mid-green leaves mottled with yellow and pale green, while the Silver King variety has leaves that are predominately silver-gray. Your aglaonema should be placed in bright indirect sunlight or shade. The soil should be kept moist, and the plant should be fed twice during summer months. The plant produces small white flowers, which can be plucked to encourage foliage growth. You should repot the plant every other year in spring and clean the leaves occasionally.

Ficus

The ficus or fig tree family has several species that make good indoor plants. When outdoors, some ficus trees can grow to 100 feet in height, but in a pot, the plant can grow to be 8 feet tall. A ficus should be placed in bright sunlight, but avoid direct summer sun. The ficus is fussy and can shed leaves when moved, so you should place the plant in one spot and try not to move it around. The soil should get fairly dry between watering, and you should feed your ficus monthly from spring to late summer.

Philodendron

Philodendron belongs to a large family of evergreen shrubs and climbers that is native to the rainforest in temperate climates. Most varieties have large dark-green leaves with pale veins. Philodendron likes humidity, so you should mist it regularly. It tolerates low-light and shade. Keep the plant soil moist, and clean the leaves regularly.

Begonia

Begonia varieties have fleshy green or bronze leaves and flowers in many colors. They should be planted in well-drained soil and placed in indirect sunlight or low light. The plants grow from 8 to 10 inches tall and grow well indoors. Begonias should be watered regularly during the growing season. Flowers will bloom from early spring to late fall.

Keywords: ficus or fig, indoor plant, shade-loving

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Carmel Perez Snyder is a freelance writer living in Florida. She attended the University of Missouri and has been a journalist for more than 12 years. Her work has appeared in the AARP Bulletin, the Oklahoma Gazette, the Amarillo Globe-News, and eHow.