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The Right Indoor Plant Will Complete Your Home

The secret to growing a beautiful and lush indoor garden is to select the right plants and nurture them over the years. A well-treated plant garden can easily withstand the vagaries of indoor life. There are many informational articles that encourage people to grow outdoor and tropical plants indoors. While an experienced gardener may grow such plants, it is advisable not to take this route. The following plants can be great for indoors. They can be grown by anyone, anywhere without much effort and for a very long time. Some of these plant varieties are more adaptable to indoor environments than others. That being said, with organic treatment in place, they will flourish. If you’re looking to improve the looks of your home, try out these indoor plants to add some natural effects. 

1 - Croton

Croton have beautiful, colorful and vibrant leaves that they can be matched to any decor. Where other foliage can be difficult to contain, these are confined to pots and stand out very well in a corner or beside a decorative element. They come in various patterned leaves in green, yellow, white, and sometimes red and pink. Some croton leaves can get longer than a foot; others are compact and have a cork-screw effect. Although easy to grow, and being a native of Pacific islands, some things need to be kept in mind if you want to add croton to your indoor plant family. The soil must be evenly moist, which means crotons thrive when they are well-watered. They also need humidity. This equates to growing in a humid area of the house and grouping with other plants. It's important to make sure that the temperature indoor is not dropping below 60F. Bright light or high light is where crotons do their best. A good three to four hours of bright light is enough for the plants to get the needed sunlight exposure.

2 - Pothos

Pothos are climbing houseplants that can be a great addition for a minimum-maintenance indoor garden. Only a few other vines can climb readily and as far as pothos. They can be trained to grow in a certain direction with twines or hooks. They can be let to spill from bookcases, entertainment centers, staircases, high wall or window ledges as well. A little care can go a long way when it comes to pothos. These plants can survive for weeks without a single drop of water and can be grown just about anywhere and in any lighting situation. However, they should not be over-watered. Let them approach dryness before watering. Fertilizing may be needed occasionally. Even without fertilizers, they do just fine. In case you want them to grow more vigorously, feed with a dilute mix of natural fertilizer, once or twice a year.

3 - Philodendron

Also called Swiss cheese plants, the leaves of philodendron are split and perforated. The heart shaped leaves and vigorous nature of these climbers make them an eye-catching addition to your indoor garden. They can also be easily grown indoors to reach ten to fifteen feet high. In fact, in Central American jungles, they tend to grow up into canopy, climbing as high as seventy feet and attaching to trunks of other trees they come across. The cone-like fruit of philodendron matures in about a year and tastes like a blend of mango, banana and pineapple. As for the caring part, provide them with medium or bright light for maximum growth. With lower light, the leaves are usually smaller and branches have a stunted look. Watering and fertilizing is absolutely necessary when it comes to philodendron. They thrive in low humidity and love misting every now and then.

4 - African Violet

African violet is one of the most popular flowering plants for indoor areas. Give them the right care, and you will find yourself in the middle of a happy bloom that lasts an entire year. The flowers come in a variety of colors, such as pink, purple, lavender, white, coral and blue. Leaves are oval-shaped and often variegated. The secret to growing African violet is to create the right condition for their growth. For example, they thrive with an indoor temperature of 75F and humidity of around 65 percent. They like bright and indirect light. They should be kept moist but not wet and fertilized once or twice a year.