Everyone loves potted indoor plants. There are so many kinds of plants that do well indoors but today we are going to talk specifically about tropicals. Potted tropical plants are pretty easy to grow indoors and require little attention. When you would love to bring a touch of paradise to your home then give these potted indoor tropicals a chance.
Of course it bears repeating that if you have small children or pets in your home you need to research or contact your poison control center to make sure that the plants you pot and place in your home are safe.
Palms: Palms are stunning when potted and placed in your home. They range from small pygmy size to large impressive sizes that can fill out a empty corner where color, size, and some life is required. Potting them up in colorful planters will add that tropical touch that you may desire. We like the Miami Vice look of using monochrome planters like white or black with palms to create a contemporary and modern look. Potted palms like warm air but not drafts. They like moist soil but not sitting in water. Don't over water and keep in sunny spot.
Bird of Paradise: Talk about impressive! These plants are easy to grow and don't require a lot of fuss but boy are they elegant. With or without the colorful bird shaped flowers these plants have large fan like palms. Flat, wide leaves bring you back to Cleopatra days where they were used to fan the queen. Perfect to adding a deep green to your homes interior and a tropical feel to the decor. Make sure they have lots of light and space. You will need to repot yearly if you have space because they grow rapidly. Use a poly resin planter if you prefer to replant every other year. They are flexible and have some give that will let you extend the potted life of the plant.
Philodendron: These are pretty common as a potted indoor plant. When the plant gets larger the leaves turn into a split leaf saucer shape that is balancing on the stem. Just stunning! Warm without drafts, moist but not sitting water and misting every couple of days will keep these high humidity plants happy. Wipe the saucer leaves with warm water to keep free of dust and mites. You will have to transplant every other year so make sure you have the room. Since these are dark green with huge flat leaves, try using terracotta or tuscany clay planters. The clay will breathe creating a healthier environment for this potted palms root system.
So don't let the fact that you don't live in a tropical climate stop you from creating your own indoor potted paradise. Do your research, find the perfect spot. Pick our amazing potted to act like the foundation of your palms and give it a go.
Potted tropical plants are elegant,amazingly beautiful, large and impressive and will always add a sense of luxury and drama to your home.
Listed below are a few types of houseplants that can do double duty by coming indoors for Winter and moving outdoors for Summer. We fondly refer to them as Indoor-Outdoor Plants!
These double duty potted plants add a lively touch to your indoors during the Winter months. Bring them in and place in a sunny window and they will add a green, pleasing touch to your interior decor. When summer rolls around it's time to move them outdoors. This will encourage new growth and help keep the plants healthy and happy.
Listed below are the plants that will do best in this type of dual environment and they are diverse in color and styles. A few points to remember is to take care when watering. Once outside the soil tends to dry out faster so you will need to water more. Once you move the potted plants back indoors be sure to wash each plants leaves to remove pests.
Here is the list:
Ficus - They like large plant containers so there is plenty of room. Use a good potting mix and let the soil dry out between watering. Fertilize in Summer. Sometimes they may drop their leaves from the shock of moving but they should come back in a few weeks time once stable.
Ferns - So lovely and many different types. Plant in lightweight potting mix, keep soil moist not soggy. Mist leaves regularly especially when indoors. They like a humid atmosphere. Fertilize in Spring or Summer
Palms - When potted these plants are fetching with graceful fronds and long branches. Young palms do best indoors to start, and when more mature they can tolerate being outdoors during warmer weather. Use a large pot or planter since they tend to take up space. Lightweight potting soil is best.
Philodendron - The office potted plant of champions. Don't you see these everywhere? Well they are tough and have nice big heart shaped leaves that are awesome. Plant in a large planter to make sure they have room to grow. Bring indoors in Autumn. It likes the warm house and bright indirect light. When outdoors potted philodendron like a sheltered location from wind and direct sunlight.
Well we hope this entry gave you something to think about. Why not decorate indoors and outdoors using the same plants and garden planters. It saves money & time!
Everyone who has ever keep indoorpotted houseplants knows that many times they will attract bugs and it can become an constant battle. So much so that you just want to toss them out and start over every Spring. We'll here are a few tips that make the process of keeping your potted houseplants bug free from season to season.
Potted houseplant go into a dormancy period during Winter which means during this time they are more likely to pick up a pest. They are weaker and more vulnerable. So use caution during this time of year and be extra aware.
We recommend starting with clean flowerpots and new potting soil. Don't skimp on this initial stage it can make a big difference on your success later. Make sure your plants didn't bring home any bugs from the nursery or landscape center where purchased. Look on the underside of all leaves.
Make sure to keep checking them occasionally so you can catch any issues early. If you do find an issue, then isolate the pot for a week or so till you make sure it's deal with. If you do find a pest issue then there are many things you can do from rinsing them off and then washing the leaves to purchasing a product at your local nursery and landscape center. The main thing to take away from this is to catch any issues early.
Having lush potted houseplants indoors especially during the Winter months is easy to do if you apply a few of the suggestions above.
As the days stay dark longer and the wind blows colder outside, it's time to take stock of what is happening inside. Do you need some life or color indoors? How about warming up the place with some life?
Now is the time we suggest focusing on your houseplants & indoor gardening needs. Below are some suggestions for easy to grow indoor plants that will add everything that is currently missing.
You may remember this houseplant because it's been around for years and is still very popular. Spider Plant - with it's legs shooting up and out and thin petals. They come in different varieties from dark green to light with cream or white stripes.
They are great for planting in a bright colorful flowerpot or hanging in an empty corner of a room where some color & life is needed. Super easy to care for this one is a good one to pot up inside with great success. We love the brightly colored high gloss planter. Its boldness compliments the plants muted colors.
Have you ever heard of the houseplant Peperomia? Well we hadn't till we saw this on the Better Homes & Garden Website. They are a diverse group of small houseplants with waxy and often highly textured leaves. Red edge (pictured) has a narrow band of read surrounding a wide creamy leaf margins.
This potted houseplant is colorful, waxy leaves add color and they don't take up much room. Not good around dogs or cats because it's poisonous. We love this houseplant in a brightly colored pot where the top has a large opening so the broad leaves can burst out.
Probably our favorite suggestion for a potted indoor plant is this English Ivy. Commonly grown outdoors and used as ground cover this plant makes a perfect houseplant. Set it up high on a mantle where it's stems can trail down or train the stems onto a topiary form to create a more formal, English style effect. It's really easy to use cuttings off of.
Snip a 5" long piece of the stem, remove the bottom leaves and pot it up in moist soil. Keep it moist and in a couple of weeks it should root. AWESOME! PottingEnglish Ivy up for indoors is fun and creative. Using a garden urn like the photo is really unique and lovely. But, ivy grows great in most pots, just be sure to place the planters where the ivy can trail.
Green Dracaena - offer solid green leaves or multi colored foliage. All form compact rosettes when young but will eventually open up and become lovely. They tolerate low light but produce better color in medium to bright light. These look fantastic in brightly colored garden planters or pots with a pattern on them.
When it cold outside it's hard to think about garden pottery & what to plant. So, we found a few suggestions at BHG that we would like to pass along. It's all about the top 3 ferns to grow as houseplants.
Starting with Lemon Button Ferns - these make perfect indoor houseplants with their cute, golden green fronds and rounded edges that give it a button like appearance. It's easy and fun to grown a potted fern for indoors that fits in well with a lot of decorating styles. Med to bright light, high humidity, 3 feet tall, 4 feet wide.
Maidenhair Fern - among the most loved ferns, maidenhairs offer a fine-textured frond on black stalks. The arching fronds emerge light green and darken a bit with age.
Med to bright light and high humidity, 2 feet wide & tall.
Rabbit-foot Fern - is a slow growing fern that offers dark green, fine textured fronds and fuzzy stems that creep down over the pot. These stems are what gives this potted fern it's delightful name. Med to bright light, high humidity, 2 feet tall & wide.
Staghorn Fern - among the most spectacular of ferns, staghorns don't need to be grown in soil so you often see them mounted and grown on walls & posts. Green, antlerlike fronds that make a statement in your home. Med to bright light, high humidity, 6 feet tall & wide.
Just a few great ideas that you can easily grow this time of year. Pick out a colorful container or go with a more traditional clay flowerpot. Either way you will add life, color, & earthy decoration to your home.
Creative arrangements using garden pots and beautiful flowers and plants bring all the charm of the garden indoors to your dining room and breakfast table.
Any dining room can overflow with beauty when you bring the outside in with terracotta planters and garden flowers & grasses. Make sure you use appropriate sized containers and that their style and design adds to the feel of the room.
Use grasses, potted topiaries, flowers for fragrance and vines for depth. Fill a bowl with fruit for a burst of color, add bright sunflowers for large blooms that add tons of charm and color and mix containers for a good variety.
Using a breakfast or dining room table as a blank canvas you can create a lovely landscape with garden inspired planters. A centerpiece of dried or fresh flowers is always a classic. Small nursery planters with mosses and grasses can be tucked into your theme.
Top the planters with colorful gravel, cut glass or pot shards. Small flat river rocks give a very distinctive look that is decorative. Always continue the look further with the dishes and linens you use. Finish with candles and you have a wonderful tablescape.
Bright Folk Art pieces from the garden bring fresh, lively style to a simple white room. Read a few of the tips below and you can create a look like this with a few items found around the house, a couple of clear vases and a pile of sunflowers.
Against a back drop of clean lines and simple furnishings, a collection of folk art pieces and flowers give this living room a fresh, country garden feel. Focusing on a few decorative birdhouses, apples, and sunflowers, keeps this lighthearted look unified and uncluttered.
The mantel over the fireplace is filled with clear glass vases that hold single stems of fresh or silk sunflowers. A few green apples and a birdhouse area tucked between the vases to break up the look. None of these vases are expensive.
You can use glass jars, or even a piece of clay pottery without a lot of fuss. The same floral theme is in the added to a side table behind the couch and the coffee table in front of the couch. Simple yet stunning!
A tabletop garden style display features birdhouses, antique display items like a candle holder and a shelf unit. A small vase of flowers sits between these to add bright splashes of sunflower yellows. The picket fence bearing a harvest of green apples recalls Grandmother cottage.
The little vignettes with favorite object make decorating fun and you can change them as often as you like, seasonally or just on a whim. Use a water can to hold more flowers and sit a bowl of lemons underneath. The color accents the sunflowers and the smell is heavenly.
Simple, colorful & easy to do. Give it a go and tell us how it worked for you.
Many gardeners know that heartbreaking feeling that comes when the cooler weather approaches. They feel the must say good-bye to the lush potted plants that they nurtured all spring and summer. But, we want you to know that you can move many of them, still in their pots, indoors with good success. Turning a annual potted plant into a houseplant is not that difficult if you follow a few easy steps.
The first thing to consider when your are ready to make the move, is where you are moving the potted plant to. Typically most plants need as much sunlight as possible since the season has more dark than light hours. Find a window where they will get the most sunlight. If you have a enclosed patio or sun room they are ideal.
Make sure they aren't located on a heat vent. Since indoor air tends to be drying, it's best to find a location farthest from the heat source. You will also need to water the soil more than it when it was located outdoors. If it is possible, turn down the thermostat a degree or two to help keep the air cooler. You don't want to burn up a lush plant because of lack of moisture in the potted soil.
Check the soil in the planter and undersides of the leaves for pests. The last thing you want to do is move in a family of bugs. If you are really worried about this issue you can set the pots up in the garage and then spray them for pest. It never hurts to error on the side of caution!
If the plant you want to try to save, by moving it indoors, is planted in the soil you will need to purchase a planter to re-pot it in before you dig it up. We have many sizes and styles available that will all work great indoors. Just make sure you have a sealed saucer so that you won't damage the surface you place the pot on. Remember to use potting soil not garden soil. Garden soil doesn't have the right mix of mulch etc to keep a potted plant healthy.
Once indoors, water them completely and keep them moist. Don't let them dry out. Since their growth season is over they will not require as much water but you don't want the soil to dry out either. Think of this time indoors as a rest period and don't fertilize.
Growing plants out of food pits, that are potted in a simple container, are easy and fun to do. You won't have to even purchase any items if you choose, therefore making this a very inexpensive and easy project. Because of the simplicity of growing these kitchen scraps in pots, it makes a child friendly and creative project.
Most fruits and vegetables have some part that can be potted and grown. Just save the pit from a avocado, the top of a pineapple and a whole uncooked sweet potato and you are ready to get started. These are the most common and well known kitchen foods but don't forget to dig a bit deeper.
Try popcorn kernels, garlic cloves, squash seeds like pumpkin or acorn, melon seeds, beans, lentils and even lemon & orange seeds. All can be potted and grown with ease.
Don't be concerned if your first attempt isn't successful. It could be the condition of the pit or seeds and not your handling of them. Since they are easy and inexpensive to work with just keep it up and you will achieve great success.
AVOCADO PIT: The next trip to the store, purchase a avocado and keep the pit. Dry it out for a few days and poke 3 or 4 toothpicks around the middle. This helps to support the base of the pit above the water level while trying to grow roots. If the pit is tough or very hard, poke the holes first with a small nail, then place the toothpicks. Take a glass jar or water glass and fill with fresh water. Suspend the pit over the water making sure that the bottom of the seed is covered with water.
Make sure to keep the water level filled and the pit covered. After a few weeks you should see white roots sprouting from the base. The the top of the pit should split and a green stem will sprout. Wait till that stem is approx. 6 to 8" tall and then plant the pit in a container filled potting soil. Do not use garden soil. You can choose one as decorative as you desire or a simple clay pot works fine. Set the pot in a sunny spot, keep the soil moist and you will soon have a plant starting.
Growing a sweet potato vine is easy but you must make sure that the uncooked potato is fresh and doesn't look like it's been stored for months. Stick the toothpicks around the body of the potato and suspend in water just like the avocado above. Try to make sure that a at least half of the potato is below the water level.
Watch for similar white roots to sprout on the bottom and a green stem out the top. Once this happens, place the potato in a suitable container of your choices, in potting soil and keep soil moist. These are slow growing so be patient!
Lastly, the pineapple plant. If you save the spiky green top from a fresh pineapple, and plant it in a clay pot filled with potting soil, you should grow a lovely plant. A few tips: cut the top off about 1" below the leaves. Let it dry for a couple of days with the cut end up. Stick the top in the soil like the photo at top.
Place the pot in a sunny window and the soil moist. Give it a few weeks and then look for new roots and green leaves coming from the top. This one is really slow to grow and takes approx a year so be patient. It eventually may grow a flower or even a tiny pineapple.
Simply placing potted plants around your bedroom could rid it of sleep robbing air pollution - both from smog outside your home and from items giving off pollutants inside. All of this according to new research out of Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health.
The link? Irritants in the air can affect upper airways, causing difficulty breathing as you sleep, says lead study author Antonella Zanobetti, P.h.D
For best results, use a combination of potted snake plants, spider plants or golden pothos (plants proven to eliminate smog, traffic and other pollutants from outside your home) and orchids, red ivy, English ivy or asparagus fern (proven to remove harmful compounds released from furniture, rugs electronics and other household items).
Place potted plants in your entry hall to combat stuffy air. Fill small clay pot with herbs and the fragrance will flow through-out the kitchen area. Place plants on a balcony outside a bedroom window and open it at night.