I've never kept ornamental house plants. Or any house plants for that matter. My parents always had tons. The garden is going well outdoors and now the indoors needs some greening as well. I'm not at all interested in going to the nursery and buying random plants that look nice, but I have no idea where to start. I'd really appreciate a thread where everyone could post about the plants that they keep indoors, whether they be edible, medicinal, or just for show. Personally, I'm primarily interested in the type of plants that I couldn't or wouldn't grow outdoors. I plan to keep quite a few medicinal plants around, so I'd love to hear about those, but I'm also interested in plants you might keep simply because they look nice or you like them. Include any important growing and care information that you can, and a picture would be nice!
I'll get the ball rolling:
My favorite house plant from childhood was what was called a fig tree by my parents, but it was a ficus. it stood about 5ft tall and lived in front of various south facing windows. It had a name that I can't remember, and it was one of the first things my parents bought when they first moved in together. It was a very resilient plant and lived for upwards of 20 years.
Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
posted 5 years ago
I don't have houseplants now, but I went through a bit of an insectivorous plant phase.
I find their mechanics and metabolism really interesting.
And I've never seen kids more interested in plants,
although convincing them not to 'feed' the pitcher-plant can be challenging
Mother of thousands aka Mexican hat plant is a good one. It's highly poisonous, and very invasive, but not in cold climates. It will end up in your other house plants, forcing you to embrace polyculture.
I also have begonias... Very durable and beautiful.
Citrus trees are nice. One of our pots has a pea plant, a grapefruit tree, two carrots flowering tall, mother of thousands, and a geranium. We did not plan it that way, but have become fearless with polyculture, and we get excited.
Don't forget about philodendron for a very easy air filter plant.
Ask around, a lot of these plants propagate easily, so some of your friends and neighbors might give them to you. If you happened to be in my neighborhood, I would hook ya up! If you sent me a self addressed stamped padded envelope, I could send you a bunch of mother of thousands plants.
Location: Burton, WA (USDA zone 8, Sunset zone 5) - old hippie heaven
posted 5 years ago
I don't think you can have too many houseplants, although people I've lived with tend to disagree!
The ones I'd never be without -
Aloe vera - my current one is over three years old, and pretty large. Grow it in a small pot for its size, keep it on the dry side, and it doesn't need as much light as you'd think - it will sunburn if you keep it in a very sunny window.
Ficus benjamina - fig tree - I have the variegated one, it really lights up a light corner, easy to keep at the size most convenient for you - just don't move it to a bigger pot!
Spider plant - variegated, best color when it's not in direct light, it loves to be shared, good air cleaner.
Sansieveria - mother-in-law plant - I have the tall one, very architectural, does well away from windows.
Thanksgiving/Christmas cactus - when the days start getting short, keep it on the dry side and in a cool window, and it will set flowers with abandon.
Jade plant - another one that's easy to keep the size you want.
All my house plants spend the summer outside on the north side of the house - no direct sun at all. Does them a world of good.
Echeverias- of various types, I just think they're awesome, and I can't grow them outside here. And they survive (even flower!) on my neglect
Maidenhair Fern- the echeverias don't survive in my bathroom as it gets too damp for them, but the fern seems to like it
Location: Arkansas Ozarks zone 7 alluvial,black,deep loam/clay with few rocks, wonderful creek bottom!
posted 5 years ago
I only have a few, a peace lily, one begonia. a night blooming cerius, a spider plant.... they all go out for the summer....my favorite that I don't send outside is my jade plant. For the longest time i tried to get it to grow upright and finally realized it was not that type of jade pant. I even dusted it for the photo
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I've got a jade and a couple of little bushy succulents.
My problem is that in my solar heated residence, the only windows face precisely south so the plants on the windowsill get no direct sun at all from May through July or so, when the sun is high. Last summer I kept the jade outside but it seemed stressed with too much direct sun: the leaves were reddish with shriveled sections.
I'd love to have rosemary and aloe indoors but haven't managed to bring them here and keep them alive. Or they and their pots disappeared while I was away.
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I love houseplants! I only have a few now, but they are aloe vera, maidenhair fern, umbrella plant (Schefflera arboricola I think), and a couple African violets. I have kept phaelenopsis orchids in the past. Oh, and I have a pineapple plant growing from a pineapple top I planted.
Reading the above posts makes me interested in polycultured houseplants now