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The best indoor plants to turn your house green

February 11, 2020
Does your home let in lots of sunlight or is settled in the shade? Either way, it’s still possible to find an indoor plant that’s perfect for your home or office without being limited to the ever-popular succulents.

UFO plant (pilea peperomioides)

The UFO plant goes by many names; however, the one it’s most known for is the Chinese money plant. This plant is easy to pick out from the crowd; its leaves look like little green discs, or as some would say, pancakes. The UFO plant is slow-growing, so you might have better luck buying one online versus a local nursery, but it won’t hurt to look. Bright sunlight will scorch this plant’s leaves, so be sure to put it in indirect sunlight for the best results. Soil for this little plant needs to be well-drained, and allow it to dry out some before watering. However, in the warmer months, more watering may be necessary.

Cactus

Many varieties of cacti do well indoors, despite the general need for constant sunlight and dry heat. As succulents, they store water, so they won’t need constant watering. For many, it’s best to let the soil dry out before watering again. There’s a reason cacti can survive droughts, after all. Types of cactus that require moderate sunlight and roughly once-a-month watering include Christmas cactus, bunny ears cactus and moon cactus.

Ficus alli (ficus maclellandii)

The banana leaf fig, ficus alli, is an indoor tree that can grow up to ten feet tall. However, if you’d prefer a shorter tree, pruning it regularly will keep its growth under control. This plant prefers to be grown in a pot with drainage as it does not like to sit in water. Once the top layer of soil has dried, it’s ready to be watered again. Though the ficus alli can be grown in medium or bright sunlight, be sure to give it partial shade, keeping in mind that plants in low light will be slower to produce new growth.

Aralia fabian stump

You’ve likely seen an aralia fabian at your local nursery. Resembling tiny trees, aralia fabian stumps are tropical plants grown in containers that can reach up to four feet in a ten inch pot. Larger pots will grow taller plants and smaller containers will restrict the size of the stump as well. Keep your aralia fabian near the window for adequate sunlight and water roughly every three weeks, depending on how much light it gets throughout the day.

Monstera (monstera deliciosa)

Also called the “Swiss cheese plant”, Monstera boasts large green leaves with holes in them. Out in the wild, the leaves can grow up to two feet wide, but in the confines of your home, it will be a bit smaller but still requires a lot of space. If a full-sized monstera gets too big for you, the leaves can be cut and put into a vase of water. Monstera can’t have too much or too little sunlight, so it’s good to find a balance with some shade. It requires watering roughly once a week.

Haworthia

Also known as the zebra cactus for its identifiable stripes, haworthia is a succulent that needs high sunlight in the summer and low moisture in the winter. Care for haworthia is similar to aloe vera, so water after the soil dries out and be sure its pot has adequate drainage.

Fiddle-leaf fig (ficus lyrata)

A flowering plant with sizable leaves, the fiddle-leaf fig isn’t the easiest plant to care for, but it’s worth the work. It requires lots of bright sun due to its large green leaves, and it’s the leaves that will let you know if it’s getting enough light. If they start to droop, it needs more sun. Even indoors, it’s going to need to be in the part of your room or house with the most sunshine, or at the very least, bright indirect light.

Jade plant (crassula ovata)

The jade plant, or money tree, is a beautiful succulent that only requires indirect sunlight. Avoid direct bright light, as the leaves may get scorched. If the plant is too hot for a prolonged period of time, it may go dormant and leaves will fall off. Generally, it’s easy to care for the jade plant. Water it thoroughly, but do not overwater it. As with other succulents, it cannot thrive in wet soil, so allow the dirt (cactus mix preferred) to dry out before watering again and replace the soil every three years.