Looking for some really nice indoor plants for
the home or office but don't have a green thumb? Don't worry. There's
a whole bunch of easy-care indoor plants for even the brownest thumb.
Next to fake plants, the following indoor plants are nearly
foolproof. Click on a plant name to order it from Pernell Gerver's
is a very decorative, easy-care house plant. It looks especially nice
in a hanging basket. Its thin, strap-like foliage arches out from the
center of the plant. Most varieties are variegated, having a green
outer edge with a creamy-yellow center. It produces long, pale
yellow, trailing stems which bear small white flowers followed by
baby spider plants that can be used to start new plants. Spider
plant grows best in bright, filtered light from spring to
fall, and in direct sunlight during winter. Average room temperature
is ideal and it benefits from increased humidity. Let the soil become
slightly dry between watering and fertilize with liquid fertilizer
every two weeks during summer.
plant also called mother-of-thousands, is a unique house
plant with an unusual growing habit. Each leaf produces plantlets
where the leaf meets the stem. It has heart-shaped, fuzzy, light
green leaves. New growth comes from the center of the plant,
providing a full, bushy appearance. It's a low-growing plant with a
spreading habit and can be grown in a hanging basket, where its stems
will trail over the edge. It should be grown in an east or north
window, but not in direct sunlight. Average-to-cool room temperature
is ideal. It doesn't like to dry out, but will recover well if
accidentally allowed to become dry. It should be fertilized once
every two months while it is actively growing in summer.
ivy is an easy-to-grow house plant that has been misnamed.
It is not Swedish, nor is it an ivy. It is native to Australia and is
actually related to coleus. It is called Swedish
ivy because it was first grown as a house plant in Sweden.
It has crinkly, small, round green leaves on long, trailing stems.
It's a rapid grower, quickly forming a handsome specimen. For a
bushier plant, pinch the growing tips. It produces small white
flowers that are slightly fragrant. It does best in bright, indirect
light with average room temperature. The color of its leaves are a
telltale sign of over or underwatering. Dark-colored leaves mean too
much water; red-colored leaves mean too little water. The soil should
be barely moist. Fertilize Swedish ivy every
also called peace lily, is an
elegant, easy-care house plant. It has long, dark green, glossy
leaves with pure white, slightly-fragrant flowers that resemble calla
lilies. It grows to 18 inches tall and flowers in summer, although
some varieties will flower intermittently throughout the year. Spathiphyllum
tolerates low light conditions and actually requires shade during
summer. In winter, grow it in curtain-filtered light. It thrives in
average room temperatures and can tolerate getting quite dry between
waterings, although it should be kept moist. Fertilize every two
weeks from spring to fall. Withhold fertilizer and reduce water
during winter. Provide extra humidity by setting the pot on a tray of
plant is so named because of its unusual plant habit at
night - the leaves fold together, resembling hands folded in prayer.
The oval leaves of prayer plant
have distinct reddish-pink veins on the upper surface with a dark
purple underside. It's a low-growing, spreading plant with small,
white flowers. It does best in medium light, although it should be
moved to bright filtered light during winter. If grown in too much
light, the leaves will be faded with brown edges. Normal to warm room
temperatures are ideal. Allow the soil to dry moderately between
watering, especially during winter, but don't let it dry out
completely. Fertilize every two weeks while it's actively growing in summer.
and succulents are also easy indoor plants. They tolerate dry air
and soil and do well even with neglect. Kalanchoe
pumila is a succulent with attractive foliage and flowers.
It has thick, silvery-white leaves on trailing stems. It bears
clusters of silvery-pink flowers that are carried on thin stems that
rise above the foliage. The flowers appear in mid winter and bloom