Indoor Foliage Plants
All year long, you'll find the largest selection of indoor foliage plants. Truckloads arrive monthly, bringing the newest and best varieties on the market. The selection varies from every shipment, so there is ALWAYS something new! Indoor plants not only add warmth and life to your home, they make a great hobby!
Dracaena family includes : Janet Craig, Corn Plant, Marginata, Warnecki, Ribbon Dracaena to name a few. They don't require much natural sunlight, but caution should be added when watering. Let the soil become dry, then water. But don't let the water sit too long- they can't stay in a saucer of stagnant water. Used as low light office plants, they are a good easy care plant- as long as you let them dry out, water the rootball totally, then let it get enough air to dry out again.
Comes in various forms and leaf patterns. The less variegation the leaves have, the lower light it can handle. Nearly indestructible.
As most tropical plants, there are so many different varieties. The more variegation in the leaves, the more light it may need. a popular plant in low light offices, shopping malls, and corner areas of homes. Try putting it in a large wicker basket (with liner). Raise the pot up with a brick- it makes a fabulous specimen plant.
Perhaps you will purchase this plant while it's blooming, don't be discouraged if the blooms die off and you're left with a beautiful full green leafed plant. Peace Lilies will bloom (when they want to) when the conditions are right for them inside your home. It could be once a year. Think of how excited you will be when that time comes! Keep their soil moist, they'll let you know when they need a drink. Don't let them sit in a saucer of stagnant water.
Here's a mouth full: Zamioculas Zamiifolia. However, as hard as it is to say it's botanical name, it's easier to take care of this plant. Little care, little light, little effort. It's almost like a fresh green statue that could care less if you look after it - or not.
Chamadorea Elegans, a fairly inexpensive palm tree that grows only about 3' tall and wide. Does not like strong sun, and is a perfect choice for filtered or lower light interiors. Be warned that you need to mist this plant with a mild insecticidal soap to keep insects away, or simply wash it under the hose monthly. It's a wonderful palm, just keep an eye on it.
Philodendron come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Not all Philodendrons can survive in the deep shade of your home or office. Selloum, Swiss Cheese and larger leaf varieties do better with brighter yet indirect light. Pothos (a distant relative of Philodendron) needs more light- or the variegation color will fade. Marble Queen (white and green) needs the most. Cousin Nepthytis (Arrowhead Vine) will do nicely, but trim it to keep it maintained. Let soil dry between waterings.
This elegant palm is perfect for a side of a window that gets only strong morning sun for about an hour, then normal indirect light the rest of the day. It's soil doesn't like to be too dry, so water it thoroughly (run water on the root ball for about 3 minutes) and let it drain. Then put it back where you had it. If this is not possible, then make sure it is kept on the dry side of damp at all times. Cut off any dead small fronds that may appear at bottom.
One of the most misunderstood plants, they are usually sold in a little vase of water. They grow in water, in soil, in the sun, in the dark. Pretty much indestructable. They can be trained to bend shape and grow any way you want them- the more intricate the shape is, the more valuable they become. Try one today- they don't cost all that much- usually under $5 for a couple of stalks, plain. They're fun to play with!
Ficus is a family of many. Benjamina and Rubber tree (it's common name) are very popular in home interiors. Nitida, creeping fig, Fiddle leaf fig, and "autograph" fig are other examples of this vast family. They all have one thing in common. They have to have very bright light inside- in front of a sunny window. Check the soil often for water. Too much water, and the leaves drop off. Not enough water and the leaves wilt and drop off. They are, however, adaptable to their schedule.
There is no way that this photo does this plant justice. Graceful (almost thin parsley type leaves) drape over a woody stem. Other varieties include Parsley, Balfour, variegated, etc. Keep them in bright light. The leaves will fall off, which makes the stalk grow thicker. It soon becomes an "almost Asian" type of feel- like a bonsai. Bright light. I promise you will like this plant- if you can get used to it's fronds falling (they are supposed to) Stalks are easily trainable to shape.
Easy care, this little tree is best suited for a slightly bright window. Easy care- just add water when it feels dry.
Not exactly a "classified Tropical" but it IS a houseplant. African Violets do best in morning sun or late afternoon sun- filtered light throughout the day. Water from the bottom and keep them away from any paint or chemical fumes.
An old time favorite, Dieffenbachia will grow in a slightly sunny window with some care. Be careful not to overwater it (this means letting it stay too wet between drying out) It doesn't like direct sun, as the strong sun can burn the water filled leaves. Just keep it in a bright window, it will be so happy.
Although some people say "you can't kill a cactus" yes, you can. They are so easy to grow, but they still come from the desert- and they like lots of sun, and little water. When it does (ever) rain in the desert, it's fast and furious- then it dries out. Succulents and cactus will tell you when they need water. The leaves will turn a softer grey color- and get rubbery to the touch. Water it- then forget it.
What? Okay, so it's not a tropical plant. It's a shrub or whatever they've used in the process. Bonsai isn't a plant, it's the process of removing the main "tap" root out of a plant or shrub, thus dwarfing it. It can live in a very tiny pot for a very long time. But it still needs sunlight, and a lot of moisture.
Aka: Dwarf Schefflera (or dwarf Umbrella Tree) grows as a native shrub that is pruned regularly in warm tropical climates. So, inside your home, they can stand bright windows, a little shade (not much) and would like some pruning now and then to keep their shape. Stems you prune can be rooted in a clear glass of water. They are related to their long lost relatives Schefflera- who has all but lost popularity because of it's attraction to indoor pests. Arboricola is much more pest resistant.
This section wouldn't be complete without a mention of a blooming foliage plant. Sun, water often while blooming. Clip back elongated stems you don't want, to promote more stem growth.
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