Indoor plants give the gardener the chance to grow plants that are not hardy outdoors in their area. The choices are many, from evergreens to flowers, potted plants to plants for hanging baskets. Just replicate their natural environment as closely as possible and give them a little attention and they will provide years of pleasure.
There are thousands of different varieties of African violets. African violets do well in low light, where other indoor plants will not, but they prefer medium or bright filtered light. Light will make them bloom more and longer. If there is very little natural light, you can use fluorescent grow-lights placed 8 to 10 inches above the plants for 14 to 16 hours a day. The leaves are soft and fuzzy and the flowers can be purple, pink, white, rose or lavender. The petals can be either single or double, ruffled or trimmed with a different color. The soil needs to be kept moist; but do not get water on the leaves, it will cause them to develop brown spots. African violets will grow to a height of 2 to 8 inches and a width of 3 to 16 inches.
Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise is a tropical plant that produces flowers of orange and white. It needs plenty of sun, at least 5 to 6 hours a day, and well drained soil. If it does not get enough light, sun or artificial, the leaves will curl and it will not bloom as frequently as it should. The plant can be taken outside during the hottest part of the summer. The bird of paradise needs to be repotted in a larger container every 2 or 3 years to prevent it from becoming root bound. It can grow to a height of 30 feet and a width of 15 feet, depending on the specific variety.
The asparagus fern is a relative of the asparagus and is used in hanging baskets. The plant is not a true fern, it is an angiosperm. True ferns do not produce flowers and berries like this one does. It needs medium to bright light and a soil that is kept moist. The berries are poisonous, so keep them away from children and pets. The flowers are pink and white, but very small. An asparagus fern grows from 18 inches to 3 feet in height and about the same in width.