If you're an impatient gardener who just can't wait for your indoor plants to become full, green and lush, there are a number of fast-growing plants for you. As an added bonus, most fast-growing plants are sturdy and durable. Many are not fussy and will thrive with minimal care.
Dieffenbachia is an attractive tropical plant with a sturdy, upright stem and large leaves that will have either white or yellow stripes. There are several species of the plant. At maturity, dieffenbachia can grow as tall as six feet. Dieffenbachia isn't difficult to grow and requires moderate sunlight and fairly dry soil. Avoid planting dieffenbachia around small children, as the leaves will cause a tingling, unpleasant sensation in the mouth if the leaves are chewed. For this reason, the plant is also called dumbcane.
Velvet plant (Gynura aurantiaca) is a colorful, interesting indoor plant with fuzzy purple leaves that have a velvety appearance. A fast grower, velvet plant will look best if the stem tips are pinched to provide a bushy appearance. Velvet plant does best in full sunlight. Although the plant isn't difficult to grow, it can be fussy about water, and won't tolerate either soggy soil or excessive dryness.
When planted in a hanging container, ivy (Hedera) will quickly send graceful, fast-growing tendrils over the sides of the pot. Ivy isn't demanding and will thrive in moderate light, average humidity and regular potting soil, making it an ideal plant for novice gardeners. Ivy varieties include English, grape and Swedish ivy. The plant may have solid colored, bright-green leaves, or variegated leaves in shades of green, white, silver and gold, depending upon the variety.
The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is a popular indoor plant with long, grassy leaves that grow from a center point. Spider plant does best in a hanging container that will allow the long runners and tiny plantlets to fountain over the pot. Although spider plant is so durable it can thrive in near-neglect, adequate bright light will help star-shaped blooms to develop along the runners. To start a new plant, simply remove a small plantlet, and plant it in a container filled with moist potting soil.
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