Types of Houseplants
The variety of houseplants is varied and broad. There are flowering types
or non-flowering types. You can grow Cactus, small shrubs and flower bulbs.
You can even grow many varieties of herbs.
We commonly think of only a limited number of plants as candidates for an
indoor garden. In actuality this includes hundreds, if not thousands, of
varieties of plants. One could say there is an endless variety of houseplants.
Imagine the possibilities: To grow any plant as a houseplant, the
plant needs to be adaptable to a different, indoor environment. The indoor
environment is usually, cooler and drier, with much less available sunlight.
If a plant can exist in these conditions, it can become a houseplant.
The most common varieties of houseplants include:
Aloe Vera Plants this medicinal herb plant is
a great houseplant.
Forced Bulbs - most varieties of flowering bulbs grow
Impatiens A great shade lover with
glossy leaves and showy flowers.
Pineapple Are you up to the challenge!?
Spider Plants - everybody has one or two of these,
Herbs as Houseplants:
Many varieties of herbs can be grown indoors as a houseplant. Good examples
of these are Chives, Basil and Parsley which can survive in the more limited
light conditions of your home.
If you are going to transplant them from your summer garden, plan to bring
these plants indoors just before the first frost. Transplant them from your
garden into a pot with fresh potting soil. If you miss the first frost, some
plants, like chives, will go dormant. Once brought inside, they re-awaken.
If you want to start new plants, sow seeds in an indoor container in late
summer or early fall. Allow enough time for them to get a good start on their
growth while ample sunlight and warmth is still around.
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