The Best Tropical Plants You Can Grow Indoors

Over time, there has been a reduction in the space available to people. This change has seen people move their plants to the indoors in a bid to keep up with the emerging trends. In so doing, they can regulate the conditions in which the plants grow. Plus, they enhance the look of their homes and purify the air. Log houses are some of the places where people have laid emphasis on indoor planting. There is something about the beauty of wood merging with that of plants. It creates a perfect setting which is at one with nature. To get the most out of indoor planting, you need to get unique plants that will up the aesthetic feel of your home. Also, you should consider the ease of growing said plants and whether you are up to the task. If growing plants indoors is something you would like to do, here are some ideal choices:

Fairy Duster

These plants are suitable for any level of gardener. They are easy to grow, and they give life to beautiful flowers that are sure to brighten up your home. With these plants growing indoors, you can look forward to playing host to butterflies and hummingbirds. Caring for these plants should not be hard as they do well in dry and hot conditions. All you need to do is to place them where they can get tons of sunshine. For people living in the north, a south-facing window would be ideal. The reverse also holds.

The soil should be well-draining. Also, ensure that you keep it damp as opposed to wet. Failure to do this encourages the rotting of roots. Thus, you should only water the plants when the soil feels dry to the touch. The pH range also matters, and it should be anywhere between 6 and 7. If the range lies lower or higher than this, endeavor to amend the level by working compost or peat moss to the soil.

Pruning is not a necessary practice when dealing with these plants. As such, you will not incur much work regarding aftercare practices. However, where you feel that the growth is too dense for your liking, trimming is advisable. Be sure to use clean tools in this process to avoid spreading diseases.

Kaffir Lily

This plant also goes by the name Clivia. One of its most outstanding features is its leaves which have a strap-like appearance. They also give life to colourful flowers which make for quite the conversation piece. It is important to note that these plants are poisonous to pets and children. If you do have young children and animals living with you, it is best to keep the plants in hard to reach places. Alternatively, you could select another plant from this list.

Clivia does well with adequate exposure to sunlight. If you live in a hot area, indirect sunlight will aid in the plant’s growth. For cold regions, direct exposure to the sun is necessary. With this plant, humidity is a crucial factor. While most plants do well in humid areas, this plant does not. It requires medium to low humidity, and you should thus have it in a well-ventilated area. The potting mix should also be airy and loose such that it does not hold on to moisture. Adding peat moss and sand should help with this. When watering, dig an inch into the soil to check for dampness. Where the soil feels damp to the touch, you can hold off on the watering and check the next day. You can tell when you are giving the plant more water than is necessary by checking the state of the leaves. If they have a healthy green hue, they are okay. Where they look pale, the roots are probably getting more water than they need.

The pH of the soil should be in the range between 5.5 and 7. Amendments to the soil should take place before planting, where necessary. When the plant matures, ensure that you keep up with care practices to enable it to thrive. You are likely to come across bugs on the plant. Where this happens, you can use cotton dipped in alcohol to get rid of them.

Pruning is not a necessary practice, and you can do away with it, as preferred. However, where you see dead leaves and flowers on the plants, you should trim them off immediately. Enriching the soil will depend on the state of the soil. It is not a necessary practice, though.

Oxalis

This is another plant which you can grow indoors with ease. It is perennial and is unique owing to its striking triangular leaves. These leaves remain shut during the night, and they open when the day breaks. Oxalis plants do well in most regions as long as you make changes to suit them. If you live in a hot area, aim to provide them with indirect access to sunlight. In this way, they will not wither. Where you live in a cold place, allow them access to a lot of direct sunlight. The beauty of log houses is that you can alter the exposure to the sun as needed by moving the plants around.

Oxalis plants look best when they have dense growth, and you should provide adequate nutrients for the same. For one, the soil in which you plant them should be nutrient-rich. If you feel that it lacks the major nutrients, you will need to fertilize it before using it. Alternatively, you could skip using the soil in your garden and get potting mix. Also, the soil should be well-draining to ensure that the roots do not sit in water for long periods. Watering should take place regularly while ensuring that the soil remains moist but not wet.

Once the blooming season ends, these plants become dormant for a while. During this period, you should lay back on watering and pruning procedures. The same goes for enriching the soil. Once it starts growing again, you can go back to the regular schedule.

Any of these plants will enable you to experience indoor planting in a new light. Plus, they look good in the house and will be sure to be the center of attention. Good luck!

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