House plants brighten up any home. Intimidated by light restraints, many would-be indoor gardeners fear bringing plants inside. Few house plants produce flowers in low light conditions, but their beautiful foliage makes up for their lack of blooms. Buy plants with mature size in mind, as some grow quite tall. Dust leaves often to enjoy their full luster.
A common household plant, snake plant tolerates almost any condition, with the exceptions of freezing temperatures and over-watering. The most common variety has foliage resembling upright straps. Depending on the cultivar, plants grow to a size of 10 to 36 inches wide and 6 to 48 inches high. Some varieties flower, however this is rarely seen among plants in low light conditions.
Chinese evergreen thrives without direct sunlight. Plants require plenty of room to grow, reaching a size up to 30 inches tall by 30 inches wide. Varieties available have dark green or variegated foliage. Chinese evergreen will adapt well to almost any environment provided temperatures remain above 42 degrees F. If ingested, plants will burn the throat; keep away from children and pets.
Rubber plant is well-known for its size and dark green, rubbery foliage. Planted in large pots, this house plant can reach heights of 10 feet or taller. Plants grow in any light condition, but transition from one extreme light condition to another gradually to avoid foliage loss. Fertilize and water moderately. Sap irritates the skin and the stomach if ingested; wash hands after coming in contact with sap.
Boston fern is a popular house plant. Foliage consists of beautiful, frilly leaves and is a wonderful addition to any home. Less tolerant than other indoor plants, keep temperatures at 68 to 72 degrees F during the day and 55 degrees F at night. Plants need humidity to thrive. Avoid hanging near heat registers and keep soil moist.
Parlor palms produce elegant, graceful foliage. Small in size to start, it makes a beautiful desk plant before reaching a full size of up to 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Keep temperatures at a minimum of 60 degrees F. Plants prefer humidity, but will readily adapt to any air condition. Plants do well when moved outdoors during summer months if placed in indirect sunlight.