House Plants Growing Guide

Image Plant Name Botanical Name Light Watering Description
AIR PLANT AIR PLANT Tillandsia spp. Bright filtered light Mist frequently with distilled water Brightly coloured, long lived flowers; leaves absorb moisture from misting
Aloe Plant ALOE Aloe spp. Bright direct light Allow soil to dry completely before watering Succulent plants with fleshy leaves, many varieties
ARALIA - BALFOUR ARALIA - BALFOUR Polyscias balfouriana Bright indirect light, warm Allow soil to dry slightly before watering Grown for it's attractive round variegated leaves
ARALIA - FALSE ARALIA - FALSE Dizygotheca elegantissima Bright indirect light, warm Allow soil to dry slightly before watering Delicate compound leaves with a palm-like shape and unique colour
ARALIA - JAPANESE ARALIA - JAPANESE Fatsia japonica Bright indirect light, cool Keep soil moist in summer, less so in winter Bright lobed, fan-like leaves, dark green
ARALIA - MING ARALIA - MING Polyscias fruticosa 'Elegans' Bright indirect light Allow soil to dry out slightly before watering Grown for its twisted stems and delicate foliage
BEGONIA - REX BEGONIA - REX Begonia rex hybrids Bright indirect light, cool Allow soil to dry somewhat before watering Heart shaped leaves with rich colours and attractive patterns; small pink flowers in spring
BIRD OF PARADISE BIRD OF PARADISE Strelitzia reginae Bright direct light Allow soil to dry before watering Large leaves on long stalks; large, colourful, orange and blue flowers, in spring
BOUGAINVILLEA BOUGAINVILLEA Bougainvillea buttiana Direct light Allow soil to dry out before watering Climbing plant with woody stems, tiny flowers surrounded by colorful, papery bracts
BROMELIAD BROMELIAD various spp. Bright filtered light Add water to cup at center of plant once/week, water soil every three weeks Colourful long lasting flowers and variegated leaves
BUNYA - BUNYA BUNYA - BUNYA Araucaria bidwillii Bright indirect light Allow soil to dry slightly before watering Evergreen plant with small, sharp-needled shiny foliage
CACTUS CACTUS various spp. Bright direct sunlight Allow soil to dry completely before watering Huge family of succulent plants with sharp needles, variously colored flowers possible on some species
CALADIUM CALADIUM Caladium x hybrids Bright indirect light Keep soil moist; stop watering in fall Thin heart-shaped, various coloured leaves, plant dies back in the fall; bulb can be saved over winter
CALATHEA CALATHEA Calathea hybrids Filtered or indirect light Keep moist in the summer, reducing in winter Colourful, intricately patterned leaves
CAST IRON PLANT CAST IRON PLANT Aspidistra elatior Filtered light, cool temperature Allow soil to dry before watering Long, leathery, dark green leaves; low light plant
CHINA DOLL CHINA DOLL Radermachera sinca Bright indirect light Keep soil moist Delicate glossy green leaves on slender stems
CHINESE EVERGREEN CHINESE EVERGREEN Aglaonema commutatum Filtered or indirect light Allow soil to dry before watering Clusters of variegated, lance-shaped leaves
CITRUS CITRUS Citrus spp. Bright direct sunlight Allow soil to dry almost completely before watering Glossy green leaves with fragrant spring flowers; small fruit. Water a little less during the winter
CROTON CROTON Codiaeum variegatum pictum Bright indirect light Keep soil moist Long variegated leaves in various colours and shapes
DIEFFENBACHIA DIEFFENBACHIA Dieffenbachia spp. Filtered or indirect light Allow soil to dry before watering Variegated leaves with an oblong shape, quilted texture; sap is toxic
DRACAENA DRACAENA Dracaena hybrids Indirect light, warm Allow soil to dry before watering Long lance-shaped leaves on either shrub or tree form plants
boston fern FERN spp. and hybrids Filtered light Keep soil moist Many varieties of shade tolerant, moisture loving plants with a delicate foliage
FIG FIDDLE LEAF FIG - FIDDLE LEAF Ficus lyrata Filtered or indirect light Allow soil to dry somewhat before watering Tree or shrub form with large lobed, fiddle-shaped leaves
FIG - WEEPING FIG - WEEPING Ficus benjamina Filtered or indirect light Allow soil to dry half way down pot before watering Evergreen plant with slender, wavy green foliage; some leaf drop periodically is normal
FLAMINGO FLOWER FLAMINGO FLOWER Anthurium spp. Bright filtered light Keep soil moist Oval-shaped leathery leaves with long lasting pink or red bracts
HOMALOMENA HOMALOMENA Homalomena wallisii Filtered or indirect light Allow soil to dry completely before watering Large heart-shaped, waxy green leaves on long stems
JADE PLANT JADE PLANT Crassula argentea Bright direct light Allow soil to dry completely before watering Succulent plant with thick branching stems
KAFFIR LILY KAFFIR LILY Clivia miniata Bright filtered light Keep soil moist in summer; winter dry, cool Narrow glossy leaves, orange flowers from April to June
LAUREL-INDIAN LAUREL-INDIAN Ficus microcarpa nitida Filtered or indirect light Allow soil to dry before watering Upright growth habit with long, smooth oval-shaped leaves
MONSTERA MONSTERA Monstera deliciosa Indirect or filtered light Allow soil to dry before watering Large tropical vine with large, splitting, heart-shaped leaves. This plant is no longer classified as philodendron
OLEANDER OLEANDER Nerium oleander Bright direct light Keep soil moist in spring and summer Slender leathery leaves, fragrant flowers in many colors; POISONOUS
PALM PALM Palm spp. Bright indirect light Soil moisture depends on species Many varieties of tree-form plants with feathery leaves
peace lily PEACE LILY Spathiphyllum 'Mauna Loa' Indirect light Allow soil to dry somewhat before watering White spathe forms from long stem with lance-shaped leaves
PEPEROMIA PEPEROMIA Peperomia spp. Bright indirect light Allow soil to dry before watering Several varieties of succulent plants with attractive foliage and trailing or compact growth habits
PHILODENDRON Philodendron spp. Indirect or filtered light Allow soil to dry before watering Heart shaped leaves in either tree or vine form
PINE BUDDHIST PINE - BUDDHIST Podocarpus macrophyllus Bright filtered light Keep soil moist Evergreen plant with dense, dark green needle-like foliage
PINE FERN PINE - FERN Podocarpus gracilior Bright filtered light Keep soil moist Evergreen plant with fine drooping foliage
PINE NORFOLK ISLAND PINE - NORFOLK ISLAND Araucaria heterophylla Bright indirect light, cool Keep soil moist Evergreen plant with soft, over lapping, tiered foliage
POLKA DOT PLANT POLKA DOT PLANT Hypoestes phyllostachya Bright filtered light Keep soil moist Soft, bright green foliage with red or white speckles
RUBBER PLANT RUBBER PLANT Ficus elastica Low-direct light Allow soil to dry before watering Large glossy green or burgundy leaves with ivory ribbing
SCHEFFLERA SCHEFFLERA Schefflera spp. Bright indirect light Allow soil to dry before watering Tree or shrub form with long stems supporting 6-8 large glossy leaves
SENSITIVE PLANT SENSITIVE PLANT Mimosa pudica Bright direct light Keep soil moist Compound lacy leaves that close when touched. Do not touch constantly, as it stresses the plant
SNAKE PLANT SNAKE PLANT Sansevieria trifasciata Indirect light Hardy, durable plant with sword-shaped, leathery dark green leaves, some with yellow or cream edges x
TI PLANT TI PLANT Cordyline terminalis Filtered/indirect light Allow soil to dry before watering Sword-shaped leaves with red variegation
VENUS FLY TRAP VENUS FLY TRAP Dionaea muscipula Bright indirect light Keep moss moist with distilled water Carnivorous plant that feeds on insects; attractive foliage and red traps
YUCCA YUCCA Yucca elephantipes Bright direct sunlight Allow soil to dry completely before watering Sword-shaped leaves; very durable plant


 

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