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Different Types of Houseplants to Liven Up Your Home

Madhura Pandit Nov 28, 2018
Decorating with plants is a great way to add liveliness to your home. Here are different types of house plants to consider.
Indoor or house plants are popularly used to decorate homes and offices these days. There are numerous varieties of plants, available in different varieties like flowering and non-flowering, herbs, cacti, etc.
Tropical or semi-tropical plants are mostly used as indoor plants. Here are some of the best types of house plants that will be suitable for indoor gardening.


As it flowers in many colors like white, pink, red, and yellow and also has attractive leaves, Begonia is commonly used as a house plant. These plants require warm conditions, and hence, avoid direct sunlight or complete darkness.
They are perennial, grown all year round in hanging pots, indoors and outdoors. Keep them in pebble trays, add fertilizer every month, re-pot them every year.

African Violets (Saintpaulia)

African violet, a herbaceous perennial plant is widely used as a houseplant for its long-lasting blooms of violet flowers. They grow well in sunshine (avoid direct rays) or even in artificial light.
This plant needs to be watered every two days. There are fertilizers available in the market specially made for African violets.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace Lily, or White Sails, has large dark green flowers and beautiful white flowers. They grow well in low amounts of sunlight as well as darkness. Plant care includes regular, adequate watering and maintaining a specific level of humidity.
They are evergreen perennial plants and survive even with little or no maintenance. They also serve the purpose of air-purifiers.

Amaryllis (Amaryllis belladonna)

Amaryllis, with its beautiful reddish flowers, is the best indoor house plant to sparkle and cheer up your room or office. It is advisable to plant only one amaryllis bulb in a single pot.
Amaryllis' thrive well in sunlight coupled with some fertilizer. These plants are available in a ready-to-grow variety in plant nurseries, and you can see them grow and bloom just by watering them regularly.

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

Many varieties of this plants are available, with leaves in different shades of green. These climbers can grow on rocks, windows or even horizontally when no support for trailing is available.
English ivy grows well in cool temperatures and in medium light (without direct sunlight). They are great plants to grow in hanging baskets or in greenhouses.

Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum)

The Spider plant is the most popular type of indoor house plant, because of its ability to grow in any condition and without daily care. You can grow them in hanging pots so that their shoots hang down.
They thrive in low or medium light, but avoid direct sunlight or cold conditions. Also avoid over-watering or using too much fertilizer. They are also said to be useful in keeping indoor air pollution in check.
Along with the mentioned ones, you can also check out these; Cacti, Aloe vera, Pothos, Scarlet star, indoor Bonsai, Dracaena, Azaleas, Basil, Parsley, Chrysanthemum, Dumb cane, etc. Citruses like lemon; and plants like rubber plants, palm, fern, purple heart, orchid, etc. can also be grown.
While growing house plants, one has to remember to water and fertilize the plants regularly. For some plants, changing the soil every year is also essential.
One needs to be patient about the plant's growth and flowering; or you can just get a ready-to-grow variety from a plant nursery. Remember that a beautiful houseplant will brighten and liven up your home as well as your office.