What Are Good House Plants?

Growing plants indoors provides a number of benefits. Plants release oxygen and help filter the air. They are also attractive and require comparatively little care. However, many people believe they don't have the knack for taking care of plants, or that they don't have the right amount of time or indoor light to grow houseplants successfully. In reality, several kinds of houseplants are simple to care for and don't require a large amount of light to thrive.

Golden Pothos Vine

Golden pothos vine (Epipremnum pinnatum), also colorfully called "Devils Ivy," have a long reputation as one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. Golden pothos have rich, deep green leaves. They do not not like full sun and grow well in little light. As long as they are not sitting in total darkness, the Devil's Ivy will live. Golden pothos do not require special, filtered water and only need it when the soil has dried about 1/2 inch down from the surface, which happens roughly once per week. The Devil's Ivy are not picky about humidity and are not bothered by pests. They can be trimmed anywhere and are easily grown from cuttings by placing them into water or vermiculite until they root.

Peace Lily

Peace lillies (Spathiphyllum) are attractive plants that have wide green leaves and long white flowers when they are in bloom. They are another kind of plant which grows well in low light and does not appreciate exposure to hot sun, which can burn their leaves or turn them brown or yellow. Peace lillies like to remain moist, but over watering can cause them to droop. Peace lillies are also known for their air-purifying qualities, and can help clean the environment of benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, often used in paint, varnish and adhesives.

African Violet

African violets (Saintpaulia) are one of the best indoor blooming houseplants, especially for beginners. They bloom in rich colors of purple, white, blue, lavender, pink and red and can even have multicolored blossoms. African violets do need light to grow, but don't like direct sunlight; indoor lights such as fluorescents work fine as long as they are left on for most of the day. African violets require well-drained soil, but you can plant them in almost any kind of pot as long as it allows water to pass through. Water them from either the top or the bottom; the important thing is that the soil does not dry out.

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema) are hearty plants which have long green and white or light green leaves. They come in different varieties but generally grow well in low light. They do, however, require warmth. Chinese evergreen leaves discolor if the plant is left in temperatures under 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The plants do not need constant watering or moisture and prefer that their soil is slightly dry.

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