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If you are wondering whether to plant them inside or outdoors, the answer may surprise you. Indoor and outdoor plants can thrive in different environments but have certain needs that can't be met indoors. Here is more information on the best and best-suited plants for indoor and outdoor use.
Choosing Your Indoor Plants
Indoor plant species can thrive in a number of settings. There are two main types of indoor plants you will want to consider — potted plants and flowering houseplants. The two types often grow in different ways, which makes choosing the right type of plant for your particular living space important. Potted plants need a light, humid environment with lots of warmth and frequent feeding, while houseplants get the exact opposite treatment, including low light, little water and no feeding.
Types of Potted Plants
The best indoor plants will have a medium- to full-size root system. Choose plants that are sturdy and won't wilt when you water. A good potted plant will be able to tolerate light levels of 10 to 15 percent. You also want to make sure the pot you choose has drainage holes.
There are a number of different styles of indoor potted plants that grow in both pots and hanging planters. You can find potted plants and containers of all shapes and sizes, including teardrop-shaped ones and big planters that have lids. The size of your plant will depend on your potting size. As you move toward larger plants, you may want to increase the size of the pot. If you want a plant that is medium to large, such as an African violet, find a pot that's about three-fourths to two-thirds the size of your plant's root system.
TIP: The best potted plants have long, thin roots. Don't select pot sizes that are too large.
Here are some potted plants and their growth characteristics:
Acrea caespitosa or Aglaonema: An air plant with upright stems that grow in both pots and hanging planters, this is the ideal indoor plant to have in your living room. It's a good choice if you have a window or porch with a view of green grass or trees.
African violets, such as Saint Augustine and variegated: These plants are known for their wide range of colors and are great if you're trying to fill a room with a variety of color. Look for dwarf varieties that can be found in both pots and hanging planters.
Anthuriums: Plant anthuriums in hanging planters to have a bright, tropical look that looks good all year long. You can purchase anthuriums in a variety of sizes. For a smaller plant, buy anthuriums in sizes one-quarter to one-half of your plants' size.
Begonia, such as: B. bicolor 'Chocolate' and B. caudata 'Chocolate': These plants come in a variety of sizes, and one-half to one-third the size of your plant's root system is ideal. They do well in hanging planters.
Brazilian verbena: Verbena has very wide foliage, so they're good plants for rooms with large, open spaces. They are easy to grow and will give your living room a soft, delicate fragrance. Look for the plants in both pots and hanging planters.
Busy Lizzies, such as: B. mollis 'Busy Lizzie' and B. 'Crazy Lizzie': These plants have a very bushy shape with broad, light green leaves. They're perfect for a living room with more area in it than plants take up.
Chamomile (also called pot marigold), such as: C. recutita 'Plena': This is a perfect plant for a living room where you don't want to leave any gaps between plants. Chamomile is often used as a tea, so it gives your room a clean, calm feeling.
Ferns and ferny foliage, such as: Pteris vittata, P. vittata 'Hornbeam', P. ensiformis 'Pendula', P. aquilina, P. amoena, P. albida, P. capensis, P. cretica, and P. cretica 'Aurea': Ferns are a great focal point in living rooms. Not only are they beautiful, but they'll add a touch of greenery in rooms with limited space. Choose plants that look good in hanging planters.
Coneflower: There are many types of coneflowers available, just make sure you select one that will do well in your area. Don't be fooled by their common name: They have a tendency to self-seed quite well. Coneflowers are a perennial, so plan to put in new plants each year.
Dendrobium: Commonly known as Christmas orchids, Dendrobiums are a great addition to any room because they are so attractive, but they also last up to four months. Choose ones that are appropriate for the room and the climate in which they will be planted. Some good choices include: D. chrysotoxum, D. coronatum, D. formosum, and D. sinense.
Lily: Any of the different kinds of lilies will do well in a living room. They are wonderful plants because they are very easy to care for and do well in sunny areas.
Lantana: There are many varieties of lantana available. The only problem with some of them is that they tend to spread. Lantana is a relatively easy plant to grow from seed, and it reseeds itself quickly. Choose lantana varieties that are appropriate for your area, and don't neglect to remove them if they're spreading out of control.