Indoor plants and flowers are an important part of creating a beautiful indoor environment. They add color and interest to a room, and many of them are actually easier to care for than their outdoor counterparts. The best indoor plants are those that have very specific requirements. Most indoor plants enjoy a sunny, warm place by a window, but sometimes we have included some that don’t like a little less light or would be happy living either in a shaded bathroom or even outdoors. If you’re thinking of having indoor plants or flowers in your home this year, read on for some tips to help make the choice easier.
Dracaena (dracaena rubra) is one plant that has proven itself time and again as one of the best indoor plants around. Some might say it’s a good idea to grow a lot of dracaena, since it will spread easily, and it is highly recommended that you prune it often. However, the thing you want to remember when growing dracaena indoors is to keep the branches trimmed since it spreads like wildfire when placed in the wrong conditions. Keep in mind that while it is an excellent plant to have and it will serve as a great accent item in your home, it can become a real pest if you let it take over, and that’s why it’s best to trim it regularly.
Columbines, tulips, gerberas, and violets
There are other indoor plants that grow well when kept in low light, such as Columbines, tulips, gerberas, and violets. All of these plants prefer light to moderate, and they do best in a potting medium that is less dense, such as gravel. These plants will grow quite well in most homes with a sufficient amount of light, though there is always a risk that they’ll attract more moths and attract a host of unwanted visitors if they have overly-bristled, multicolored petals. It’s always best to remove any blooms that are not pollinated, and only keep the male flowers in the potting mix for the time they need to mate.
Orchid and the spider plant
The two most common types of houseplants that tend to be eaten by insects are the orchid and the spider plant. The orchid, due to its likeness to a bride walking down the aisle, is a favorite insect target, so they prefer a lower light environment that offers indirect light. Spider plants prefer full sunlight, and they like the scent of the marigold in the soil, which is what they actually smell in the deeper levels of the soil. Both of these types of plants are easily grown in small containers indoors. Just remember that both of these varieties prefer a warmer climate than what is typically found in North American climates.
Think of the insects
If you choose to grow a houseplant that doesn’t require too much care, you should consider what types of insects you would most like to attract to your home. Some insects, such as ladybugs, will kill plants quickly, so it is best to choose something that does not feed on the plant. Ladybugs, however, love the scent of citrus fruits, so if you have a plant such as this in your home, placing an orange or lemon-scented candle nearby on occasion will help deter them from visiting your home. Other insects that are easy to deter are flies and spiders. Spiders will probably eat any other houseplant, but a fly caught in the leaf or stem of a plant may be difficult for them to eat, so placing repellent around your house is one way to keep them away.
Many indoor plants will enjoy being sprayed with a mixture of water and vinegar, which is another great method of insect control. This can be used by itself, in a spray bottle, or placed in a spray tray attached to your faucet. Vassilkioti is another great insect controller that can be purchased at many stores. This is a wonderful solution for keeping aphids away from your indoor plant selections.
Other considerations to keep in mind when it comes to choosing to grow plants that attract insects are the type of hostas that are available, as well as the variety of colors that they prefer. If you want to attract the bedding spider mite, you will need to grow species of chrysanthemums that produce a powder that they lay on the undersides of the leaves. Alternatively, you can grow hostas that are native to your area that do not produce anytime or self-invading mites. Some of the most popular species of insects that attract your plants include whiteflies, grubs, ground beetles, carpet beetles, ants, and woodworms. The best way to attract these species is through planting hostas that are bred in your area and then providing them with a source of moisture, either through moist soil or a water spray.
If you are considering starting an indoor herb garden, be sure to consider a few other important considerations. First, the herbs generally do best in large pots rather than in grow beds. A potting mix that is rich in soil or medium fertilizer will help hold the weight of your plants and keep them healthy. Herbs such as basil, mint, chives, and tarragon do well in container gardening, but it is best to follow a system of hydroponic planting in order to ensure that they get the best of both worlds – the soil that they love and the plant food that nourish them.