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Indoor Plants: Which Work Best for your Home?

Indoor Plants: Which Work Best for your Home?

There is actually no such thing as an indoor plant. When someone refers to indoor plants, it means a plant that is able to handle the added stress of growing indoors. Plants that are usually able to survive under indoors usually come from subtropical climates and are accustomed to growing in poor light conditions.

With this in mind, select indoor plants that are more likely to withstand fluctuating temperatures between night and day, season to season and also low light. The plants that you buy directly from a nursery have usually been nurtured in a temperature-controlled glasshouse with frequent water and fertilising. For the best results, ensure you gradually acclimatise your plants to your home’s individual conditions. Keep them watered and fertilised for the first few months then wean them off all the attention slowly to strengthen, although taking care not to neglect them too much.

Benefits of Indoor Plants

Plants create a natural sense of peace and belonging and growing plants indoors can help us to create a more relaxing, restful ambience in any room. Adding a few indoor plants to your home or workspace will filter out toxins from the air that are given off by carpet, furniture and paint. Indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air and just one plant per room can dramatically help to purify the air we breathe.


Before deciding on what plants you would like to add to your space, it is a good idea to select the pots first, keeping in mind the size, colours, materials, styles and even to mix patterns that will complement your home. A decent plant pot is not cheap, so stick to pots in neutral colours as strong colours can date quickly and neutral pots will work well within your interior no matter how many times you decide to change your home decor. Make sure you buy an appropriately sized plastic pot with added drainage holes to place inside your decorative pot. This will allow you to move your plants around and take them outside for rain and the sunshine without carrying around heavy pots. Avoid planting directly into ceramic and terracotta pots as the plants can get cold in the winter months and planting them in plastic pots will keep them insulated.


Popular Indoor Plants


This succulent has long pointed leaves has medicinal properties. They can grow three feet high for big impact indoors. You can purchase smaller varieties like the popular aloe vera, work great in small, sunny indoor spaces. Aloe is low maintenance and likes rooms temperatures around 70 degrees and a lot of sunlight. As the same as many other succulents, this indoor plants prefers dry soil, so avoid frequent watering for the best results.


This indoor plant has air-purifying qualities that can absorb and strip toxins like formaldehyde from household materials like carpets. It has trailing stems and works well in hanging basket or as a climbing plant onto a trellis or whatever object you like that will support it. If this plant produces stems that are too long you can cut them back when they get too long and your plant will continue to grow and look healthy. These plants can thrive in various lighting conditions and normal room temperatures but low lighting may diminish the leaves’ variegation. Allow the soil to dry somewhat in between watering.

Spider Plant

This unusual indoor plant adds visual interest to a room. Spider plants come in a number of varieties and can also work really well as hanging plants. Spider plants are maintained well with evenly moist soil and with bright or moderate lighting conditions. Room temperatures should be 60 to 75 degree to keep the plants thriving.

English Ivy

These plants hold a real timeless elegance and it trails down furniture well for an impressive effect. Ivy is super easy to start a new plant, by simply taking a cutting of the stem. English Ivy likes moist soil and cooler room temperature conditions ranging from the 55 to 70 degrees.


Jade Plant

For those looking for a succulent with very little care, the jade plant offer thick, green leaves and visually interesting branches. This succulent grows slowly and has a long life expectancy, it also looks great in pots paired with other succulent varieties. The jade plant does not require lots of water and prefers dry soil and bright light and ordinary room temperatures.

Rubber Tree

The rubber tree is an easy to grow indoor houseplant that will grow into an eight foot tall tree for a great injection of greenery in a room. If you prefer a smaller plant, you can always shape your tree into a shrub by pruning and long stems. It’s dark green leaves have an attractive shine to them. Allow the surface of the rubber tree’s soil to dry out in between watering. This plant will thrive in lighting conditions from moderate to bright and range between room temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees.

Peace Lily

This indoor plant is seen in many homes since it is extremely pretty with curving white blooms and dark leaves and it is super easy to grow. This particular house plants prefers low humidity and also low light, making it perfect for rooms with few windows. This plant prefers moist soil throughout the pot and can tolerate standard temperatures ranging to about 85 degrees.


For indoor plants or other interior design advice, speak to the experts at Mazzei Homes, custom home builders Melbourne based.

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