5 House Plants that are dominating our homes, instagram and pinterest right now.
Not only do house plants make your home look and feel fresh but they are also great air purifiers and will do wonders for your health. Many require very little maintenance or commitment but can help mental fatigue, boost morality and productivity as well as keep air temperatures down, reduce carbon dioxide levels, dust and air pollutants. Plus, we just think they’re pretty cool!
Chinese money Plant (Pilea peperomioides)
Becoming a frequent feature in many Scandinavian interiors, The Chinese Money Plant has boomed in popularity over the past few years. It has many names including missionary plant, lefse plant, pancake plant, UFO plant, or just pilea. Originally from South West of China, the Chinese Money Plant was spread amongst friends and family after a Norwegian missionary bought a cutting back to Norway in the 1940s. It has now spread across the world and they say the best way to acquire one of these plants is by a cutting from a friend. It's fresh green pancake-shaped leaves provides a burst of colour in any environment.
The best way to care for your Pilea is to water it once a week, don’t let them dry out but don’t let them swim in water either. This little plant is a fast grower so make sure to turn the pot regularly so that each side sees the sun and grows evenly.
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String of Beads (Senecio rowleyanus)
This cute evergreen perennial is part of the daisy family (Asteraceae) its native to dry areas of the eastern cape of South Africa and is very easy to keep. Its pea shaped leaves make it a desirable ornamental plant. In its natural environment these plants will grow under bushes and in-between rocks. The spherical shape of the leaves allow the plant to better keep in water due to its reduced surface area but also combats the effectiveness of photosynthesis. Luckily this succulent is well adapted like many others. The darker green stripe on the peas is actually an 'epidermal window' (a translucent strip of tissue) that allows more light available light to be used during photosynthesis.
In the summer String of Pearls blooms, producing fragrant white daisy like flowers with red stamens and yellow anthers. It can be grown flat like it would in the wild or hanging in baskets, which has been popular when grown indoors. It requires very little maintenance, just a bright spot, well drainable pot and soil and infrequent watering. The roots grow near the surface of the pot and most common cause of demise is root rotting from over watering. When the Pearls start to look a little shrivelled this is the best time to water it.
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Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
This tropical plant is native to Central American Rainforests from Southern Mexico to Panama and now a very common houseplant across the world. It was introduced in to the UK in 1752! Fun fact... This plant actually grows fruit and is the only ornamental aroid grown for its produce. In the rainforest this plant is a natural climbing epiphytic vine (grows on another plant), its roots are ariel, rotting if they touch the ground of the rainforest and often grow beyond 70 foot into the rainforests canopy.
The cheese plants botanical name Monstera Deliciosa means Monstrous Delicious referring to the monstrous size these plants can grow to become and the deliciousness of the fruit they bear and it is commonly referred to as the fruit salad tree. The plant contains toxic substances apart from in the fruit. Unripened fruit still contains glass-like calcium crystals that will harm your throat if eaten.
As a house plant it grows best in temperatures between 20-30 degrees, will cease to grow at temperatures below 10 degrees and frost will kill it. It likes a little humidity and a bright spot in the summer and in direct sunlight in the winter. It is highly unlikely to flower and bear fruit as an indoor plant.
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Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
I LOVE Rubber Plants! They are just the touch or tropical elegance that can spice up any interior, but needs to be well placed to fulfil maximum impact.
Originating from India, Nepal, Myanmar, China and Malaysia the Rubber Plant can grow over 30 meters tall in its natural environment, as a house plant it is a much more manageable height growing up to 3 meters (10ft). At 1-2ft tall this looks great on a window sill, shelf or table and as it matures and grows into a tree it suits a position on the floor next to a fire place or doorway. There are variegated choices of the plant, most common being the Ficus Elastica Decora which has leather like leaves and grows to only a foot tall. Ficus Elastica Robusta has larger leaves and the Ficus Elastica black prince had deep red almost black leaves. Each has textured leaves like rubber which is what gives it its nickname.
This plant loves natural light and the more you give it the quicker it will grow. Rotate the plant weekly to allow every bit of the plant to get some light. Let yellow leaves drop naturally, there is no need to cut the off.
(photo source: via Pinterest/Abigail Brown.)
Burro's Tail (Donkey Tail Plant) (Sedum morganianum)
What a handsome Succulent, am I right? Only recently has the mystery of this plants origin been solved by two Mexican Botanists, who found it hanging on the side of a cliff in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. However, this did not keep it from being widely cultivated across the world mainly due to how easy it is to propergate. A new plant will grow from only one deposited leaf in soil. To produce a overflowing pot of Burro's Tail its best to leave a few leaves in the pot.
In arid tropical countries this plant can be seen growing outside in hanging pots everywhere. In cooler countries it is kept inside as house plants and will do best in a bright spot with direct sunlight. This hardy plant will survive even if neglected, but its leaves will drop at the slightest touch so its best not to move it around too much and keep it away from doors or anywhere it might easily get knocked.
It’s attractive pointed colourful blue-green leaves covered in a silver, white wax grow tightly together to form a spiral effect and braided appearance. Its pointed leaves become plump after a good water and will also tell you when they are parched as they will dry out. However, it is a succulent, so allow the soil to dry out in-between waterings and don’t ever let it sit in water. Depending on the conditions, this plant might only need a water once a month in the winter and a little more frequently in the summer. It can grow 3/4 feet in length making it the center of attention in any room.
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I just had to add this one as its one of my favourites!
Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)
Native to warm, swampy and moist tropical climates, prayer plants grow as perennials in these hot countries. In colder regions, they can be kept as house plants and are becoming increasingly popular in the home due to their variegated large oval shaped leaf, bright pink veins and tropical green stripes. In its natural environment the plant will produce small spike like flowers that tend to be white and pale purple, however as a houseplant they will rarely bloom. The leaves of a Maranta Leuconeura open in the morning and fold together in the evening like hands in prayer. Hence it’s nickname the prayer plant.
Keeping your prayer plants alive…..
The Maranta prefers a bright spot with indirect sun, moist soil and feeding with an all-purpose fertiliser every few weeks. This plant likes humid environments, so spraying it with a light mist every few days will benefit the plant hugely.
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