It’s February, and we are still many months away from being able to go outside and start planting our gardens. It may be too cold outside to start your outdoor projects, but the inside of your Louisville area home is the perfect environment for a number of easy-to-care-for houseplants. If you love plants, then take a look at this list of our favorite indoor house plants.
Holiday Cacti are a group of plants named because they bloom around the holidays. Despite their name, holiday cacti are not true cacti. They are succulents native to the rainforests of Brazil. In their natural habitat, they grow on the branches of trees, where they enjoy dappled sunshine, high humidity, and warm temperatures. If cared for properly, holiday cacti can live over ahundred years and be passed down from generation to generation. Place holiday cacti indoors in a cool, bright location where daytime temperatures are 65-70° F and evening temperatures are 55-65° F. Allow soil to dry out between watering.
The Jade Plant
Jade is a very interesting-looking succulent that will draw anyone’s attention. Its thick, waxy leaves and ability to fit any container make it a great plant for the home or office. Jade can live for many, many years if taken care of properly. When watering, make sure that the soil never completely dries out. Do not water your jade plants every day because, like most succulents, they are extremely drought tolerant. They prefer partial sunlight and are one of the easiest plants to maintain.
English ivy is a perennial that fits perfectly in a hanging basket or flower pot. Planted outside in Louisville, English ivy can be used as a ground cover for outdoor landscaping or climbing vine. English ivy is an aggressive grower and can get out of control fast so be sure to trim it when necessary. These beautiful plants look great draped over the mantle, a bookshelf, or a bathroom counter. Let the soil dry out before watering and place it where it can get plenty of bright sunlight.
Here is a very exotic-looking succulent that will have all your guests asking what it is. Burro’s tail gets its name because of its long drooping “tails” which can grow up to two feet long. Place this plant on a high bookshelf, a mantel, or a hanging basket for the best effect. Burro’s tail requires a little more care than other plants and must be fertilized at least once a year using a 10:10:10 fertilizer or any cactus fertilizer. Water only when the soil is dry.
The zebra plant has long green leaves covered in light-colored horizontal stripes. Zebra plants are small and can adapt well to any small space with moderate light. For best results, allow the soil to dry out between watering and repot every one to two years.
The spider plant can grow in a wide range of light conditions. The spider plant grows long green frond-like strands that dangle down from the mother plant like spider legs. The spider plant is a good choice for people who are not good at taking care of plants. Spider plants thrive on neglect. Just place it in a spot that will receive indirect light and let the soil dry out before watering.
The Peace Lily
The peace lily is a common house plant in the United States and Louisville. It has large green leaves that help the white cupped flowers stand out. Peace lily can do well in a wide range of light conditions, from full, indirect, to practical darkness. Peace lily only needs to be watered occasionally to keep it from drying out too much.
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