9 of the Best Indoor Plants
Collecting indoor plants is a trend that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and for good reason. They bring life to your home and purify the air around you.
If you’re in the process of choosing your first indoor plant or if you’re wanting to add to your already growing collection, these are your best options. We have compiled a list of low-maintenance, stylish plants that will thrive indoors and fill your house with life.
Monstera deliciosa or “Swiss cheese plant”
We just love the aka ‘Swiss Cheese Plant’ reference as its bang on. You have probably seen these all over Pinterest, Instagram and in your magazine. A plant that has holes which casts a beautiful shadow and can help lift any room appeal.
Please note the Monstera Deliciosa doesn’t like direct sunlight but prefers a warm climate. It will grow and looks its best if you regularly take care of it and clean it. Using a soft, damp cloth, wipe down the leaves. It’s quite a soothing process for both the plant and planter – well it relaxes me.
Watering tips; let the top 4cms of soil dry out between your watering as overwatering will lead to root rot and we don’t want that.
Sansevieria or Mother-in-law’s Tongue
We love this because it’s incredibly low maintenance, this doesn’t mean you can’t kill it because you can, so be sure to take care of this baby. For size, just know that if you take care of it, it can grow up to 2 meters high and is extremely hardy.
It should be placed in bright light with direct sun for several hours, so choose your best-sundrenched window and set the Mother-in-law’s Tongue there. If no sun, it can survive in a shady area, will just take longer to grow.
Water moderately but always be thinking, this plant prefers to be dry than too wet.
This is for the plant owner that has the time and patience to give some serious TLC. Whilst they don’t have to, we suggest this be used as a hanging plant as they can be quite the statement piece. They are a bit highly strung so for those new to this, take note;
Not too much light, but not too little. They prefer to be warm and not cold so a place with some humidity will help.
DIY a rainforest environment by placing a saucer filled with pebbles beneath the potted plant. Fill the saucer with water to just below the top of the pebbles and as the water evaporates, it creates a humid microclimate around the plant.
Ficus Elastica or Rubber Plant
One of the hipster favourites, the Rubber Plant is a beauty. How can you not love this plant? The leaves are beautiful shades of dark green and burgundy. The perfect fit, if you love plants more rich in colour.
Whether you’re wanting a medium- sized house plant or a statement piece in your home, if you’re patient, this little guy will grow to impressive heights in just a few short years. If you want to restrict their growth, leave them in a smaller pot.
Whilst they enjoy bright spaces, direct sunlight will cause their leaves to fall off, shielding them behind a sheer curtain allows them to get the light they need without too much heat resting on their leaves.
This plant should be kept moist during the warmer months, wiping the leaves with a wet cloth or misting them should do the trick. If your leaves become droopy, feed them more water. If they start to discolour it may be a case of overwatering.
Aphelandra squarrosa or Zebra Plant
The Zebra Plant is admired for it’s great foliage and showy flowers. Their large, pointed leaves and a glossy green with vibrant silvery veins, creating a stripe appearance (hence the name Zebra).
Whilst this little guy isn’t exactly low maintenance, with the right care, he will be an interesting specimen to have in your home for several months before he surrenders.
The Zebra Plant thrives on lots of moisture, warmth and regular feeding. Be sure to keep it out of direct sunlight and pour lukewarm water onto the soil to keep the temperature of the plant elevated.
If you’re wanting to turn your apartment into an urban oasis, look no further. Devils Ivy is a must have for your indoor plant collection. This beautiful plant is low-maintenance, strong, forgiving and will continue to thrive without any care for weeks.
This rapidly growing plant is a crowd favourite and it’s easy to see why. No matter where it’s displayed, it will thrive in almost any location, whether you want to leave it on a high shelf to trail downwards or hanging from a pot, you can easily train their vines to grow just about anywhere.
Devil’s Ivy thrives in a well lit space, only needing to be watered once a week in summer and once a month in winter.
Fiddle Leaf Figs
The Fiddle Leaf Fig, also known as one of today’s “it” plants. If you’re wanting to add a luxurious and stylish feel to your home, adding a Fiddle Leaf to your collection is a good place to start.
These plants can grow up to 6 feet or more if properly cared for, creating an impact on any space that you choose to place it, entertainment areas work really well for this.
Fiddle Leafs love to be exposed to lots of bright, filtered light. When it comes to watering your Fiddle Leaf, use lukewarm or room temperature water, as cold water can often send plants into shock. Ensure you give your Fiddle Leaf thorough waterings but don’t let it sit in too much water. Drain the water completely before setting the plant back onto a dry saucer.
If you’re starting to grow your green thumb through your love of plants and want to be apart of an environmentally conscious community, consider East Brunswick. Their actions in support of sustainable apartment living will help you to be more conscious of your carbon footprint and help to guide you with some simple tips and tricks that you can do from home.