Saturday, November 15, 2014

6 Easy-Care Tropical Houseplants

Decorate, enliven, and freshen up your home with tropical plants that thrive under minimal care.

Aloe - a succulent, oft-used as an ingredient in products for personal care, the aloe plant has smaller varieties (ie. the Aloe vera), perfect for teacup-sized pots to place on a sunny windowsill in your home. Keep under bright light.










Anthurium - distinguished by their heart-shaped leaves and red, heart-shaped blossoms (which also come in pink, lavender, white and green), the anthurium is a tropical plant favored for their longevity, even as cut flowers. Place under medium to bright light, but with no direct sun. Note that the flowers contain toxic sap, so keep out of reach of children and pets.










Dieffenbachia - colloquially known as the "dumb cane," the plant's large leaves grow out of a cane-like stem. Best matched with a cream-colored pot to bring out the marbled, off-white markings on its leaves. Place under low to medium light. The leaves and stems contain toxic sap – keep out of reach of children and pets.









Palms - a tree known for its variety, indoor palms have just the foliage you need to deck a spacious corner with. Place under medium to bright light.







Peace lily - Dark, glossy leaves, long, graceful stems, and spoon-shaped white blooms make the peace lily a cornerstone in attractive but understated elegance. Place under low to bright light. The lilies bloom in the summer, but may also make appearances throughout the year. 









Snake plant - a succulent known for its tough, leathery, sword-like leaves, marked by a mottled green color and outlined in yellow or white. A hardy species, the snake plant survives neglect. Place under low to bright light.


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