For many of us, saying goodbye to the summer may seem like a farewell to outdoor gardens and plants. But growing plants indoors isn’t as difficult as it may sound. If you select the right varieties, you don’t even have to worry about having a perfect sunny spot. And for those in apartments and condos, fall is a perfect time to set up an indoor garden.
In general, select tropical plants that are grown to be houseplants. Once established, you will be able to put them outside on a patio or balcony next summer, and bring them in again in the fall.
Just as location matters outside, you do need to pay attention to where you place your plants indoors. Indoor plants have tags that tell you how much direct or indirect light they need each day, how much water each week, and general care instructions.
Here are a few indoor plants that are definitely the easiest to grow indoors:
The indoor house palm starts out small but over time, can actually reach 6 or 7 feet if you keep moving it to a larger pot as it grows! It does well in indirect sunlight and only needs watering every other week! Plus, it reminds you of the tropics – what’s not to like about that!
The pretty Peperomia loves to climb so you can use it to decorate shelves, or even climb up a trellis. If you’re lucky, it will even bloom for you! This plant likes indoor temps about 15-20 degrees, and is fine with medium and low lighting conditions. The surface of the soil should dry out between watering.
The Diffenbachia is a showy plant, available in different varieties, all with lovely two-tone leaves in greens and white. On larger plants, the leaves can grow to a foot long. This plant doesn’t like to get too cold at night, and don’t over water. They prefer bright light in the summer but during fall and winter, are fine with medium lighting conditions.
The Snake plant, as it’s commonly known, a very easy care house plant – some call it indestructible. It definitely adds a decorator vibe to a room with its sharp, clean vertical lines. Line up 3 on a ledge or book case for big statement. It likes bright light but low humidity, making it very good for many indoor locations that can become quite dry in the winter.
Jade plants are one of the easiest to care for. Its thick, succulent leaves and interesting branches definitely add to any décor. The worst thing you can do is over water it, so take care. It also likes bright light so don’t put it in a dark corner. Jade plants start small, and grow slowly, but will last many years.
The spider plant is great fun, especially if you have kids. Before long, it produces “mini” spider plants at the ends of long steps, which can be potted and grown into spider plant children! Spider plants like medium light but are tolerant of most conditions. They do well as a hanging plant. They also are one of the best for purifying the air of toxins.