Gardening 101: What Are the Common Houseplants?

The best houseplants, whether placed inside a residential or office space, can help lift both areas to look more vibrant than usual. There are common houseplants that naturally exude their beauty through their aroma, color, shape, and size variations, which are actually helpful when it comes to giving a certain spot to look more inviting when viewed.

Common houseplants also require specific needs (even if they help beautify an area, their needs aren’t all the same) such as conditions pertaining to watering and lighting requirements. But in order to give these plants what they need, it’s best to start by identifying which houseplant will be used. Other than that, also take note that all houseplants are grown indoors (some plant examples are English Ivy, Boston Fern, and Areca Palm).

Keeping houseplants indoors also helps keep the air clean (other than supplying more oxygen). Keeping several of these plants at home is actually a health benefit since these help separate out the toxins in the air (toxins such carbon monoxide and ammonia). They also help keep humans from contracting potential diseases since healthy houseplants help ease the rise of moisture and dust particles (the healthier the plant, the better).

One more advantage to keeping these plants is their capacity to grow amidst low-lighted areas (thus the term low light houseplants). But don’t keep them contained in spaces where there are no light sources at all. These plants will still need a bit of sunshine directed on them, and will still require different light intensity’s (as not all houseplants are of the same level).

Now, also be acquainted with the different types of houseplants. There are non-flowering houseplants, as there are also an abundance of flowering houseplants (such as chrysanthemumsand gardenias that require enough amounts of sunlight on them). The ones that bear no flowers will usually require less maintenance compared to those that do bloom (plants that flower might also require some re-potting later on). Some examples of plants that bloom are that of tulips and begonias.

If you’re looking to find common houseplants that you can use for your home or office decoration, you can go for the following that can be simply raised indoors: Cactus (requires little maintenance), Philodendron, African Violet, Croton, Jade, Aloe Vera, Poinsettia, Corn Plant, Spider Plant, Ivy, Palm, Peace Lily, Rooted Begonia, Star Jasmine, Primrose, Jerusalem Cherry, Geranium, Fuchsia, Flowering Maple, Ferns, Chinese Evergreen, and Azalea (just to name a few).

Citron, Orange and Other Citrus Are Our Favorite Houseplants

Fruits look so good that are irresistible. Further their leaves shine in the sun and the flowers radiate a sweet and seducing scent. The citric are one of the most ornamental and fascinating houseplants. The citrons, oranges and other citric grow well even on sunny terrace, beautifying and flavoring it. If well placed and correctly attended, the citric become splendid houseplants.
Orange (Citrus sinensis) needs a lot of space. Different orange species are easily to care.

Variedated Calamondin Orange (Calamondin variegata) is a citric species whose leaves are creamy spotted and young fruits have a decorative streaky face.
Orange – Calamondin (Citrus mitis), widely known as calamondin or miniature orange: small evergreen trees with beautiful shape, many orange fruits and easy to care. Speaking about soil, the calamondin needs a well-drained and fertile ground, dislikes alkaline soil. What a pity, its fruits are too sour to eat.
Grapefruit tree (Citrus paradisi) grows quickly. Grapefruit houseplant loves the sunny terraces and the hothouses too. The giant fruits need a lot of warmth.

Tangelo (Citrus reticulate x Citrus paradisi) is a hybrid citric from grapefruit and tangerine and it’s not exigent at all. In summer, place it in warmth and in winter in light and coolness.
Buddha’ hand, Buddha’s hand citron or fingered citron (Citrus medica Digitata) grows on a shrub or small tree and is a fragrant citrus fruit. It loves warmth and wants to leave in a temperate glass house. Its fruits smell very good.

Citron (Citrus lemon) is a modest houseplant: it grows even in cool summer, making tasteful fruits. Don’t forget to prune it.

Chinotto (Citrus myrtifolia). You can recognize it for its small and sharp leaves and many sour fruits. Of Citrus myrtifolia fruits can produce a juice, a non-alcoholic drink called Chinotto. Its appearance is similar to that of Coca-Cola, but Chinotto’s taste has more of a dry flavor. One of its unique attributes is that it tastes bitter and sweet at the same time.

Citrus reticulate, Mandarin orange or Mandarin (Mandarine) is a small beautiful shaped citrus tree with fruits similar to the orange. The mandarin is easy to care, but tender in the same time, with delicious fruits, fruits without seeds.

Limequat (Citrus aurantifolia x Fortunella marginata) is a hybrid citrus tree, the result of a cross between the lime (limette) and the kumquat. It’s a rarity, an easily grown indoors with sour and flavored fruits.

As a beginner, choose citric houseplants that are easier to grow as Calamondin, Kumquat or Chinotto. All of these three evergreen plants decorate themselves with a lot of fruits, have a bushy solid shape and you can enjoy them all year if put in full light. Dissimilar of sour fruits of Calamondin and Chinotto that are just decorative fruits, Kumquat’s fruits are eaten with sweet hull despite.

Summer care

The summer care of citric houseplants means just watering and fertilizing. It the leaves are going pale, but the veins remain green, it means that there isn’t enough iron. Atomize on the leaves liquid iron content fertilizer. Feed citron by watering the soil with soft water and weekly adding citric fertilizer.

Fall care

Since September, prepare citric houseplants for resting period: less watering, no more fertilizer. Citric rests on less than 12 degrees, with less water. The gold rule: the warmer, the lighter should be the place. Place the citric pot on an isolating base, then the roots don’t get cold and the plant keeps up its vigor.

Growing citron, orange and other citrus

The better site for citric houseplant: sunny, warm and draught protected.

Watering: use purified water or rain water as at African Violet or Azalea. Don’t water again than when the soil is dry. The worst thing for citrus plant health is continuous humidity.

Fertilizer: add special citrus fertilizer weekly since April until begin of September.

Pot removing: the young plants are potted once in two years, and older citrus once in three or for years. The citric needs a well-drained and fertile ground, with one third of rubble at least.

Citrus pruning: give a shape to your citrus houseplant by pruning every year, in late winter, before budding

How to Keep Your Houseplants Looking Alive

Spring cleaning is a great time of the year because it is all about renewal. The beautiful spring weather gives you a chance to open up curtains and windows to let in some fresh air. It is also a good time to consider giving your houseplants a fresh start as well. Many houseplants may only need a quick wipe down with a damp cloth, but every now and then you should consider doing a thorough makeover to keep your houseplants looking their best.

Here are some tips on getting your houseplants ready for spring:

* Clear out dead leaves
If you haven’t taken a close look at your houseplants lately, now is the perfect time to do so. If there are dead leaves or even dying leaves that you notice on your plants, then carefully pull them off and put them in your compost pile. Dead leaves really weigh on a plant’s energy. Once the dead and dying leaves are removed from the plant, it will be able to use its energy to grow new, healthier leaves and keep its current leaves in good shape. So do not feel about removing the dead and dying leaves because you are simply giving your plants a chance to renew their energy towards good health; not to mention that the plants will look better overall.

* Wipe down plant leaves
With a damp cloth, gently wipe down the healthy leaves of your plants. By carefully wiping down the leaves of your plants, you will remove any dust that has settled of their surfaces over winter and give them a nice shine. You will notice that their color becomes more vibrant without the layer of dust. This is also a good time to wipe down the leaves of your rubber houseplants as well. For silk houseplants, you should follow your manufacturer’s instructions because some real 100% silk houseplants cannot be cleaned with water because it would ruin the silk material. If you are unsure, test a small area of the plant to ensure that you can clean it with water without ruining it.

* Re-pot growing plants and flowers
If your plants and flowers look as though they are outgrowing their pot, then it may be time to give them a new home. Repotting a growing plant or flower will give its roots more room to grow and expand, thus allowing the plant to reach a greater potential in size and health. If repotting, check out the tip below to ensure that you are adding more nutrient rich soil to the pot prior to moving the plant in.

* Add compost or new dirt
If the dirt in your potted plants or flowers look nutrient poor, then it may be time to add new compost or dirt to the pot. To do so, carefully take the plant out of its pot and remove the loose dirt around its roots; the dirt around the roots will likely be nutrient poor. In the pot, add new and nutrient rich compost or dirt before carefully putting the plant back. Re-potting and/or adding more compost to your plants is a task best completed outside, so that you do not spill dirt onto your carpet or hardwood floors.