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15 Popular Houseplants for Your Arizona Home


Dracaena

These striking plants sport beautifully striped leaves and are able to withstand a little neglect if you aren’t the best at remembering to water your plants. It will happily thrive in a pot indoors, or on your patio in a partially shaded area. Avoid direct sunlight if you don’t want to scorch your plant’s leaves. Mist them lightly with water, but do not allow the soil to become soggy. These plants are also sensitive to fluoride, which is found in most tap waters, so using filtered water is recommended.


Hoya

As a houseplant, Hoya are low-maintenance, long-lasting and durable. What’s not to love? They make the perfect indoor plant for a tabletop or bookshelf, but can make an attractive hanging plant as well. Place them in a location with eastern exposure to ensure they get enough sun, but try to keep them out of the hotter afternoon light. Hoya prefer to keep their roots dry, so wait until the soil is dry to the touch before watering.






Monstera Deliciosa

Monstera are a beautiful statement plant that require indirect sun and a lot of space – they will be unhappy if set in a corner or on a side table. In the wild these plants will climb up trees and other plants, producing leaves as large as two feet wide. Your houseplant won’t get quite so large, but it would benefit from a trellis or pole to climb. Water your monstera moderately, about once a week, and wait until the soil is nearly dry to the touch. To curb excessive growth, avoid repotting too often and prune by pinching off new growth.


Kimberly Queen Fern (Nephrolepis)

Also known as a sword fern, this frilly fern is beautiful in a pot or hanging basket, and is one of the easiest ferns to maintain. Inside it prefers medium light and plenty of humidity, so consider placing it in a close group with other plants or placing a small humidifier near it. Keep the soil moist, but make sure it has good drainage and fertilize twice a year.






Philodendron

Philodendron love being indoor plants, but they do appreciate the occasional trip outdoors to a shady spot. Indoors, the plant prefers bright but indirect sunlight to prevent the leaves from scorching and turning yellow. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between watering and fertilize monthly in spring and summer, reducing to once every six weeks in the fall and winter.






Chinese Money Plant

Also known as Pilea peperomioides, this quick-growing plant is very popular, and does well near a bright window for plenty of indirect sunlight. Try to rotate it once or twice a week to prevent all the stems from growing in the same direction. They prefer sandy soil that dries out between watering, and fertilizer twice a year.


Pothos

Pothos plants will do well in just about any environment. They prefer nutrient rich soil, but won’t hesitate to grow in poorer conditions. They also enjoy indirect sunlight, but tolerate low-light conditions well enough that they are a popular addition to bathrooms and offices. Fertilize your Pothos every three months; it should be watered once the top inch of soil has dried out.



Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

Snake Plants are one of the toughest houseplants out there, and will take just about anything you throw at them. Their leaves are tall, strong and bold, and are known for filtering certain toxins out of the air. Water your plant once every two to six weeks and make sure the soil dries out almost completely between watering. Keep them out of direct sunlight to avoid scorching the leaves.



Spider Plant

This is another tough plant that will tolerate a lot of abuse. Provide them with well drained soil and bright, indirect light and they will happily grow. Water them well, but allow the soil to dry out between waterings. This plant is beautiful both sitting on a tabletop or hanging.





ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolis)

The “ZZ” plant has beautiful dark green leaves whose waxy surface reflects the light and helps brighten any room. They are drought tolerant and accept low-light conditions without problems, which makes them ideal for darker bedrooms and offices. The plant grows slowly, reaching a mature height between two and three feet. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings and fertilize monthly. Be aware, all parts of the ZZ plant are poisonous, so keep it away from curious children or plant-nibbling pets.








Aloe Vera

Known for their ability to heal cuts and burns, Aloe Vera is one of the best houseplants due to their air purifying qualities and easy care. Make sure your pot has drain holes as these plants do best in dry conditions.




Calathea

These plants feature large leaves with vibrant shades of dark green, light green and purple. Signals AZ explains that they grow well in bright light, but because the leaves can be sensitive to the sun you should try to avoid direct sunlight. Make sure you let the soil dry out a bit before watering, too.





Croton

These houseplants are sure to provide natural beauty to any room as their multiple varieties feature large leaves with exotic color combinations such as yellow, green and red. Want yours to show off more color? Signals AZ reports that, although they can survive in both low and bright light, the more light you give them, the more color you’ll see in the leaves. Make sure you water yours regularly as they like consistent moisture.



Maidenhair Fern

Although they may look delicate, these indoor plants are actually quite durable. They thrive in medium to high light as well as humidity, making them perfect for kitchens and restrooms. Or, if you want to put yours in a drier room of the house, Signals AZ recommends placing them on a tray of pebbles and continually filling the tray with water.







Peace Lily

When it comes to indoor plants, these are one of the most common varieties. In addition to being easy to care for, they regularly bloom stunning white flowers year-round. They can also thrive in areas with less light. Water regularly as they prefer consistently moist soil.



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Posted on: Wednesday, December 23, 2020



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