Indoor planting is one of the most popular ways to garden, especially if you are without much yard space. The gamut of plant varieties available makes indoor gardening an easy choice for many. Some of the most common indoor plants are ones that you may already be familiar with.
Indoor ivy is an adaptable houseplant that can be grown in a variety of locations and containers, including pots and hanging baskets. Ivy can be trained to climb and can be formed into a topiary. These ornamental plants grow in a wide variety of colors and sizes, with foliage that ranges in color from green to gray, and even white. Some types of ivy are larger, while some have only dime-sized leaves. According to the Clemson University Extension, most types of ivy grow best in bright but not direct sunlight. A versatile plant, ivy can also be grown under artificial light. Water thoroughly and fertilize once each month. Problems with ivy are minimal and include over- or underwatering and insect pests.
Orchids are common indoor plants. They grow in a variety of colors and, if kept and maintained sufficiently, can be abundant bloomers. They grow best in bright light and breathable potting media. They are not typically grown in dirt, but in a bark mixture that allows for good airflow. The most important part of growing a potted orchid is the amount of water it receives. According to the American Orchid Society, these plants should be watered just as they dry out. There are several methods for checking if your orchid is in need of water; one is inserting a skewer into the potting mix. If it comes out almost dry, the orchid is due a good drink. Problems with orchids are most often the product of incorrect watering and fertilization. Water as needed and fertilize with a product made for orchids. Checking your orchid regularly for visual signs of its health is the best method of prevention.
Of the more than 250 species of aloe, aloe vera is one of the most commonly grown indoor varieties. Although it is not typical, some aloe plants bloom with bright coral flowers. Most varieties of aloe have medicinal or other valuable properties, and aloe vera is no exception. It can be used to make skin lotions, gels, drinks, and other popular products. When growing an aloe vera indoors, place it in a sunny spot. This plant grows best in sunlight and may also benefit from being outdoors during the summer. Aloe plants are not frost hardy, and therefore should not be left outside if there is a chance of frost. Aloe vera is a succulent plant, meaning that it stores water. Even so, water your aloe when the soil becomes completely dry, and then wait until it is completely dry before watering again. Problems with aloe include insect pests, which rarely cause a real problem, and poorly drained soil.