Houseplants can help with air purification, improve your concentration and make you happier. Taking care of indoor plants and watching them grow or bloom has the same rewarding feeling of gardening.
It's time to discover some fresh greenery beyond your typical annual holiday flora—we’ve picked out four unique indoor plants that will breathe new life into your home.
1. Jade plant
Sometimes given as wedding gifts in Asia, jade plants are thought to bring about good fortune and may sometimes be referred to as “lucky plants” or “money plants.” It’s said to be especially lucky to place a jade plant by the entrance to your home.
Jade plants are a specific variety of succulent, and they’re easy to keep alive. But they do need at least a few hours of sunlight each day. With proper care, they can last for the rest of your life and grow to be large. Like other succulents, the most common cause of death for a jade plant is overwatering.
2. Hawaiian umbrella tree
The name may sound like a lot for a houseplant, but it comes in a dwarf version and makes a beautiful bonsai tree. Also called a schefflera, it has glossy, green leaves that form a canopy—just like in the subtropical regions where it grows naturally.
This plant does thrive with ample sunlight, so put it near one of your brightest windows. You should try to water your Hawaiian umbrella tree as little as possible while ensuring the soil stays moist a couple inches down—perhaps once a week.
3. Maidenhair fern
This is the most delicate of the indoor plants on our list, but when healthy, it’s also one of the most rewarding with its bright green foliage. It can survive with just indirect sunlight, as ferns typically grow in forests where they’re covered by tree canopies. (Direct sunlight might scorch the leaves.) However, it does require enough water and misting to keep the soil consistently moist. Since it likes humidity, you could try keeping this fern in a bathroom so it can benefit from shower steam. If you don’t keep it near a shower, you should mist it regularly.
4. Christmas cactus
Similar to the maidenhair fern—and unlike the other house plants on this list—the Christmas cactus grows naturally in rainforests, so it requires more water than most succulents. If cared for properly, though, it will bloom around Christmas and produce beautiful pink or lilac flowers.
The Christmas cactus needs more indirect sunlight than the maidenhair fern, so place yours in a bright room. Give it a good watering whenever the top inch of soil feels dry, and be sure to water it well when it begins to flower.
Ready for a trip to your local garden center? Try one or all of these unique indoor plants to make your home feel a bit warmer this winter.
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