Indoor plants are a wonderful botanical family that owes its name to the lack of flowers, and to the prominence of green in its colour. A regular companions in homes and offices, for two powerful reasons. On the one hand, for its incredible ease of cultivation and that the care of green plants is manageable, even for those who are new to the world of gardening.
No plant can live without minimal care, water and light fundamentally, but it is true that some plants need much less care than others. Covered those minimal needs, these 21 maintenance-free indoor plants will hardly need us at all. We can grow them in our house without having to be on them or worry about them in weeks.
21 TYPES OF PLANTS THAT CAN BE GROWN INDOOR
1.- The lucky bamboo:
The Lucky Bamboo which is actually a Dracaena, only needs water and light, the latter is satisfied with a little, even if indirectly. The Lucky Bamboo is very common in most of the homes as it is believed to bring luck, so it makes to the list of indoor plants very easily.
2.- The Jade tree, Crassula ovata:
The Jade tree can reach the size of a small shrub and is very easy to grow indoors. Tolerates poor soils very well and is satisfied with partial or indirect light. The beauty of this plant makes it find its name in our list of very beautiful indoor plants.
3.- The leg of the elephant, Nolina or Bocarnea:
The leg of elephant, which it is usually known as has the appearance of a palm tree. In fact, many people believe that it is, but in reality, it is a succulent of the Liliaceae family. It grows slowly and tolerates dry environments very well like most of other indoor plants.
4.- Variegated Liriope:
Variegated Liriope need luminous environments but without the direct light that would lose that characteristic colour. Tolerate drought as well as humidity, but do not overdo it.
5.- The Sansevieria:
The Sansevieria aka mother-in-law’s tongue is an easy plant to grow. Very resistant to drought allows us a long margin at the time of remembering to water it.
6.- The Zamioculca:
Zamioculca is a tropical plant native to East Asia. It needs little light and can grow anywhere. Its leaves, thick and bright, are very decorative and makes an ideal plant for home decor.
7.- The Spider Plant/Chlorophytum Comosum:
The Chlorophytum Comosum has a lot of names, it is popularly known as Spider Plant, it’s also known as airplane plant, ribbon plant, St. Bernard’s lily, spider ivy, and hen and chickens. It is a species of perennial flowering plant. It’s tremendously easy to grow which makes it an addition to our best indoor plants. It can adapt to any situation and is very easy to reproduce.
8.- The chef, Schefflera actinophylla:
Schefflera actinophylla goes with the name Umbrella tree. It is a tree in the Araliaceae family and is very common in offices and homes. The Umbrella-tree is a very decorative and large plant, it needs light and usually grows very tall upto 49ft in outdoors. A dwarf variety (Schefflera arboricola) is a much smaller and bushier plant which can be kept indoors.
9.- The Aloe Vera:
The Aloe Vera is a very common indoor plant which is seen in most of the homes. One of the main reason for its popularity is that it has many potential health benefits. An indoor Aloe is non-demanding and easy to grow. It does not need practically anything, light, although it can also grow in the shade and a little water from time to time.
10.- The Espatifilo:
Espatifilo is one of the most elegant and beautiful indoor plants in the plant world native to tropical America. The deep dark green leaves alone are so pretty, the white flowers that rise above are the icing on the cake. Being a perennial, it blooms all year round. It does not need much light and the humid atmospheres go, a good plant to decorate any room in your home and also in the office. It makes a perfect indoor plant.
Diefembaquia is a perennial herbaceous plant, native to Mexico and also the West Indies. It has a straight stem, simple leaves containing white spots and flecks, making it attractive as indoor foliage. It goes very well with homes with low light. The soil and environment have to be kept humid and at a moderate avg temperature.
12.- The Ficus lira:
The Ficus Lira, commonly known as the Fiddle-leaf fig is a resistant tree that grows indoor due to its height. The Ficus-Lira needs bright environments but not direct sun. It is a species of flowering plant in fig family Moraceae. It is native to western Africa, where it grows in lowland tropical rainforest.
13.- The rubber tree, Hevea Brasiliensis:
Hevea Brasiliensis, most commonly knows as the rubber tree or rubber plant is a fantastic indoor plant very easy to grow. It only requires pruning once in a while and transplanting it from pot every several years.
The aspidistra needs very little light to grow, it can also live in dry environments and of very varied temperatures. The beauty of Aspidistra lies in its dark green stripes and shining leaves which it displays proudly. Its origin is from the forests of China and Japan.
The philodendron readily accepts and adapts to any indoor environment. Even inexperienced owners will have no trouble in caring for this plant. It does not need much light to live either. Water sparingly, even letting the soil dry between waterings. On the other hand, wet environments work well.
The aglaonema tolerates the lack of light very well, should never receive direct sun. It must be raised in humid environments and needs deep waterings in summer. The Aglaonema is one of the easiest and also one of the stylish of all houseplants to grow. Its dark green leaves elegantly flushed with bright red or pink colours makes it find a place on desks or tabletops. It also is a common plant to find in the living rooms and bedrooms.
Although ivy is a typical outdoor crop it is also possible to raise it indoors. It is easy to maintain indoors, as it needs indirect light. Growing Ivy is easy as long as you know how to keep the plant happy.
Ivy plants adapt well to the slightly dry soil. So, while watering your Ivy always check the soil and make sure the soil is dry before you water your Ivy again. One thing to keep in mind is that the plant should have an excellent drainage as Ivy does not like growing in overly wet soil.
18.- Porcelain flower, Hoya carnosa:
The porcelain flower, Hoya carnosa, stands out for its fleshy and cerulean leaves as well as for its fragrant flowers. It needs little watering and a somewhat elevated environment.
19.- The tradescantia:
The Tradescantia is an indoor plant with a flower that has creeping growth which makes it ideal for hanging baskets and pots. It can grow in low light but will lose the beautiful colour of its variegated leaves.
The columnea is another tropical plant that we can grow indoors. It is a very original plant, vine that we can place almost anywhere. We will know what are the requirements of irrigation, pruning and other characteristics for what is easy to grow and flourish at home.
21.- Fox Tail:
The tropical fox tail is a good option for home decor, if we want to decorate our home with indoor plants. It is a very colourful flower that imitates, as its name says to the tail of a fox. It has white flowers that bear red fruits. That we will have to be careful of what we plant in a warm place, and what is more important, we do not have pets at home, it can be dangerous.
Benefits of indoor plants at home
Despite its aesthetic function, there are many benefits of indoor plants in our house. They clean the environment, help to relax and are an ideal activity for children to begin to take responsibility for things that depend on their care while having fun. Let’s see what are those benefits we are talking about.
What are the benefits of indoor plants?
- They bring peace and tranquillity. The green colour of most of the species for the interior help to create and achieve the necessary harmony so that an atmosphere of peace and relaxation reigns producing tranquillizing sensations in all the members of the home.
- These indoor plants have the quality to clean carbon dioxide from the air during the day. Providing clean air by expelling oxygen. During the night, they do the reverse process, so you never have to put large plants in the bedroom and in those common places like the living room or hallways where you will live most of the day.
- The oxygenation of the environment during the day is beneficial for the performance of human beings. Therefore, in those offices where there are indoor plants, it is understood that production is greater.
- The natural indoor plants help in a healthy way to eliminate an interesting percentage of the dust that is in the air. There is the talk of the reduction of up to 20% of the dust.
- Helps to increase the humidity of the environment avoiding that the air of the interior is vitiated or it overheats too much.
- Indoor plants also help to reduce some of the harmful gases we live with, such as nitrogen dioxide.
- The care of the plants will be an example for the kids. From a very young age, they can begin to care for and take responsibility for it by doing what they do will help their growth and also to what they are healthy. It is a very interesting and fun task that children can perform at very young. You can start by growing small plants and cactus, with small showers, for example. We will expand this point.
In short, having indoor plants inside the common areas of our homes will help all these points that we have mentioned and will undoubtedly improve our quality of life.