Do you have a dark corner at home where nothing seems to grow? Do you snub the idea of growing your plants as they are too time-consuming and require a lot of care? Are you tired of buying new plant pots every few weeks? If yes, then you should think about growing some houseplants. Not only will this save you money, but also it can be a great stress reliever for those who like their green surroundings. Why not give it a try?
You don’t know, maybe you’ll like it so much that it becomes part of your routine and soon enough, your plant cravings turn into plant addictions! Here are some unusual houseplants that are surprisingly easy to grow and can bring a smile to any home:
Be wary of the soil you use before growing houseplants
There can be so many reasons to choose soil as the only soil for growing your houseplants. You might have a big pot, or you might have very good drainage. You might also have good soil and a very particular plant in mind. The problem is that once you make that decision, you can’t go back. It’s really easy to get the soil wrong, and it’s really easy to damage your plants if you get it wrong. Here are the things you should be wary of.
- Not letting the soil dry out between waterings. This is one of the most important things when it comes to growing houseplants. The soil needs to be dry between waterings, otherwise, you run the risk of overwatering your plants. Overwatering can lead to root damage, and the plant’s roots need to be able to breathe.
- Choosing the wrong soil. While we are on the subject, if you are growing unusual houseplants, you might want to reconsider the soil you are using. Chances are, you are using indoor soil, which could be too heavy for the plants. Look for lightweight potting soil, or you can use soil that is specifically made for indoor plants. You can find these in gardening/plant shops.
- Using the wrong fertilizer. Most people make the mistake of applying fertilizers at the wrong time and in the wrong amounts. This is especially true with houseplants, as they are generally much less demanding than outdoor plants. When you are using indoor soil, you have to be much more careful when it comes to fertilizer usage. You should only use potting soil or soil specifically made for indoor plants. It’s not the right soil for growing vegetables and herbs!
These plants are botanically known as ‘Chlorophytum consumers and are best known for their spider-like appearance. They are also called Air plants, as they can absorb oxygen from the air and release it slowly into the surroundings which makes them great for offices and bedrooms where there is less oxygen. Unlike most other houseplants, spider plants are nutrient-poor, which means you don’t need to feed them often.
They usually grow slowly, but don’t worry, they are low-maintenance. As they are not heavy feeders, they can survive in pots with very porous soils. They are also very easy to grow and don’t have any specific requirements. You can grow them in pots with very porous soils, or you can even use a saucer as they can tolerate slightly acidic soils. Spider plants don’t require much light and can be grown indoors or outdoors.
These plants are botanically known as ‘Lonicera japonica’ and are great climbers. They can grow pretty high and are perfect for doorways, patios, and rooftops. They are best known for their tendency to spread ivy-like vines that creep and curl around electrical wires, posts, and anything else they can find a hold on.
They are also very easy to grow and don’t have any specific requirements. They can grow in almost any pot and don’t require much care. They are also very low-maintenance, which makes them a great choice for new gardeners and people who are busy and don’t have a lot of time to spend in the garden. They can be grown indoors or outdoors.
These plants are botanically known as ‘Epipremnum aureus and are best known for their beautiful variegated leaves. They are also called Devil’s Ivy and are common climbers. They are perfect for hanging baskets, indoor planters, and windowsills. These plants are also very easy to grow and don’t have any specific requirements.
They can be grown almost anywhere and don’t require much care. They are best grown in hanging baskets as they can tolerate somewhat acidic soils. Golden pothos is also very durable and forgiving, so even if you accidentally knock them out of the basket, they will grow back with little effort.
Ficus Benjamina (aka. weeping fig)
These plants are botanically known as ‘Ficus Benjamina and are best known for their weeping appearance. They are also called weeping figs, and they come in many different varieties and colours. They are perfect for hanging baskets, indoor planters, and window sills. These plants are also very easy to grow and don’t have any specific requirements.
They are best grown in hanging baskets or pots with slightly porous soils. They are also very forgiving and tolerant of a variety of conditions. They can tolerate somewhat low-water soils, and they are also very drought-tolerant.
These plants are botanically known as ‘Aloe vera’ and are best known for their healing properties. They are also called healing plants due to their ability to soothe pains and help with healing. These plants are also very easy to grow and don’t have any specific requirements.
They are best grown in pots with very porous soils. You can also grow them in a pot with a little water, or you can even grow them in a saucer or shade. They are very forgiving, and they can tolerate slightly acidic soils. They are also very easy to grow and don’t have any special requirements. You can grow them almost anywhere and they are great for humid environments.
Houseplants are a great way to expand your living space without having to expand your budget. These unusual houseplants can bring life and colour to any space and can also help purify the air in your home. Growing your houseplants can also be a great way to save money as well as a great stress reliever.
Most uncommon houseplants are easy to grow and can be a great addition to your home. Now that you know about some unusual houseplants, you can start thinking about which ones you want to try growing.