Houseplants add a touch of color and warmth to the inside of any home. While many plants thrive in the outdoors, there are many species that happily flourish in an indoor environment. The most common houseplants typically grow quickly and easily, requiring minimal care. Houseplants tend to do well with lower indoor lighting conditions, and they typically favor the warmer, regulated indoor temperatures.
Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) is one of the most popular houseplants due to its easy maintenance requirements. Boston fern prefers indirect sunlight with continually moist soil. An inside location within 5 to 7 feet of a window is ideal. In the colder months, Boston fern should be watered when the soil feels a little dry. The Boston fern thrives with humidity, so a temperatures between 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit is optimal, according to the Plant-Care website. Mist with water several times a week. Boston ferns should be protected from cold air and drafts.
Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum floribundum) grow well in almost any type of moist, well-drained. Consistent moisture is necessary, as very dry soil causes the leaves to turn yellow. When watering, it is best to water from the bottom and avoid wetting the leaves of the plant. Peace lilies do well in bright light, but they also tolerate lower indoor lighting conditions very well. The more light the plant receives, the more prolifically it will bloom. Peace lilies flourish in warmer temperatures. Ideally, the daytime climate should be kept between 68 to 85 degrees F., according to The Garden Helper website. This plant should be protected from drafts, and temperatures below 40 degrees should always be avoided.
The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is aptly named for the small plantlets, which resemble spider's legs, produced at the end of the leaves. Known for its slender white and green leaves, spider plants flourish in bright, indirect sunlight, as well as warmer temperatures. Direct sunlight should be avoided because it causes the leaves to burn. The indoor climate should be kept between 65 to 80 degrees F., with adequate protection from drafts and cold breezes, according to the Colorado State University Extension website. This plant prefers consistently moist soil, but excessive watering should be avoided. Generally, the spider plant needs water when the soil is almost dry to the touch. The spider plant looks particularly attractive in an indoor hanging basket.
The weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) is a familiar houseplant and well-known for its fast growth. This plant is more vulnerable to the elements than some of its fellow houseplants, so an adequate amount of care is required. The weeping fig does well in normal indoor temperatures, according to the Colorado State University Extension website. A sensitivity to temperature changes requires that the weeping fig to be protected from both cold and hot drafts. Weeping fig does best when placed in direct sunlight, although it will tolerate lower lighting conditions if necessary. Soil should be kept evenly moist at all times, and the weeping fig should not sit in water for an extended period of time. If it receives an adequate amount of light and proper watering, the weeping fig can grow to 6 feet in height.