My First Indoor House Plant – Spider Plant
Most people know what a Spider plant or airplane plant is, but did you know it’s real name – Chlorophytum Comosum?
There are quite a few different species of this plant.
Chlorophytum Comosum, often called the spider plant, airplane plant or hen-and-chickens
The spider plant was one of the first indoor plants that I bought after starting my own home, actually, I have still got some alive, from that one I first had some fifty years ago.
Young plants duplicate from the parent, they form at the ends of long stems emerging out from the parent plant, just remove one and plant it in new soil and it will be growing in no time.
They like bright light, plentiful watering, they have roots adapted to water storage and prefer to dry out between waterings, so it is a plant that you can go away in the summer holidays and not worry about it getting too dry, as long as you don’t have it in the hot sun all day.
Just one point about watering don’t use water that has fluoride, all other chemicals in it, catch some rainwater, it is one of the main reasons, that kills indoor plants.
It is one plant that I have never had a need to worry about pests and disease, quite a healthy plant.
It is not a plant that I feed very often, just repot every year, but if it is going a little off color, just give it little liquid fertilizers in the water when watering, it will respond very quickly with new growth.
Spider plants make fine hanging baskets, which look very attractive when the new baby plants hang over the sides.
The Maidenhair Fern above is a new one I’m growing from a seed taken from under the fern leaves. It is in a shelter area beside bricks which surround the fireplace.
Ferns are attraction plants for the indoor environment, by nature they are shade lovers and are suited for rooms with a low light intensity, a bathroom is a place that’s perfect for them, in years gone-by it would have been unthinkable to add them to the toilet, but it’s a perfect place and the foliage adds calmness to the room perfect for relaxing and taking care of nature.
As I said at the beginning of this article indoor house plants have become very fashionable, to have plant displayed throughout the house, this fern is one perfect example.
Never let the Maidenhair fern dry out as it will die, water at regular intervals, but don’t saturate the soil, let it drain, don’t leave it sitting on a saucer containing water.
They require a moisture retentive yet porous potting mixture which allows air to reach the roots
They don’t like draughts so it’s better not to set them by an open window.
Just remember Maidenhair ferns are not so hardy but are most attractive with a little loving care they will last.
If it does dry out and the foliage dies, cut it all off with a pair of shears, water again as I said above and put it in a shady corner, it will regrow again and look as good as before.
To sum it all up ferns like cool containers, muted light and relatively high humidity and bathrooms are perfect.
Keeping Indoor House Plants Healthy
- It is not always easy to grow healthy house plants, it can be very disappointing watching ones healthy shop brought plants, decline and die, they just give-up. (Very sad).
To be a successful indoor gardener, you will need to become fully conversant with the conditions that growing indoor plants need to be healthy.
- Every house plant is different, so you need to take note and follow directions on plants that you buy, always make sure they are looking their best and no bugs on them before purchasing.
Light, temperature, humidity, and watering are all important key factors.
- Certain plants are of course, more likely to make successful house plants than others.
Few plants grown mainly for their flowers will put up with room conditions for too long so most permanent house plants are evergreens for their foliage.
Containers for House Plants
Containers come in all shapes and sizes, there’s no strict rule about what you use.
Here are a few helpful hints.
- Always use a container with drainage holes to grow healthy plants.
- Select a container big enough for the plant when it has matured.
- Good idea to buy a drip saucer when you buy the container.
- Clay pots are generally better than plastic pots because they are porous and absorb moisture and allow air to circulate.
- Provide a thin layer of stones and pebbles below the potting mix to improve drainage.
- Never stand the container in water or the potting mix will become too wet, most plants don’t like it and will die or fail to grow.
Pest and disease
- Pest and disease can be a problem with indoor house plants.
- The atmosphere in the house is often quite dry and this can encourage certain pests to multiply rapidly and cause sudden damage.
- Aphids, thrips, mealybug, and scale can all be troublesome.
- The modern approach is to use a house plant spray marketed in an aerosol can always read the directions on the can before spraying as all spray are not suitable for some plants and can damage them or even kill them.
- Check for hazards especially on some spray cans, are not all friendly and can be dangerous to humans if absorbed through the skin, also for domestic animals.
Chrysanthemums as House Plants
In the past years, I have received many indoor plants for Mother’s Day, Birthdays, and Christmas.
I enjoy the peaceful attractive environment, the addition of indoor plants as a gift is appreciated, as they last year after year, giving me many memories of the gift giver and the Chrysanthemum is one of my top flowers for beauty.
Chrysanthemums are a nice indoor plant, they have been shown to reduce indoor air pollution by the NASA Clean Air Study
In New Zealand and Australia, traditionally the chrysanthemum is given to mothers for mother’s day gifts as the flower is naturally in season during autumn, they are beautiful reminder that autumn has arrived, making an excellence mothers day gift.
- The Peace Lily is an evergreen herbaceous perennial plant.
- The plant does not need excessive light or water to survive it cleans indoor air of many environmental contaminants, including benzene, formaldehyde, and other pollutants, therefore making it a perfect indoor plant.
- They let you know quickly when they are dry by a noticeable droop in the foliage.
- They’ll bounce back quickly once watered.
- The proper time to water them is when the leaves start to droop, just a little.
- They are one of the best low light house plants you can have, I have always had these of indoor plants, I just love looking at the flower it’s beauty is perfect.
Go Green With House Plants
This video it tells you what plants are best for going green in your home, yes the Peace Lily is one of them.