Are you debating jumping on the indoor gardening revolution bandwagon? For beginners, the good news is that the best indoor plants are often surprisingly easy to care for.
Considering that many of us are spending more time at home than ever before, it comes as no surprise that many of us are trying to bring the outdoors in. While indoor plants at home or in the office are of course a great way to brighten up any room, keeping plants indoors can do more for you than just look good.
In fact, just a handful of the proven health benefits include the removal of air pollution, toxins and allergens, stress reduction, a boost to productivity and creativity, and assistance in balancing humidity levels. Needless to say, it’s no surprise that indoor plants are having their moment in the spotlight.
Ten Best Indoor Plants For Budding Green Thumbs
While some are considered to be much more hardy than others, there are many reasons as to why your house plant could be looking a little sad. Apart from water deprivation, lack of sunlight, poor drainage, and pest control, many budding plant enthusiasts tend to forget that your leafy friends need to be fed too. Understanding your climate and what plants will grow well indoors in your region will give you the best success, as some of our beautiful flora grows better in different parts of the country. Asking your local nursery is a great place to start.
However, even if you do manage to get the balance just right, there are many varieties that are far more temperamental than others – so what are the best indoor plants to opt for if you’re just starting your journey as a plant parent?
Snake Plant – Also known as “Mother In Law’s Tongue”, there are no stems on the snake plant – just tough, thick, upright leaves. Because there are no branches, its slender profile makes it an ideal floor plant, especially if you have a small space. It’s regarded as one of the toughest indoor plant varieties, and is extremely drought tolerant.
Monstera Deliciosa – Native to Central and South America, in its natural habitat, Montsera plants can grow up to twenty metres tall. Usually growing as an understorey plant in rainforests, Monstera attaches itself to trees by aerial roots as it scrambles through the canopy. However, in homes around Australia, the “swiss cheese plant” grows at a much slower scale.
Peace Lily – Although it’s long been a staple on office desks around the country, the peace lily has a well deserved reputation for being one of the best indoor plants to care for – not only brighten up a living space, but are also excellent at cleaning the air of the room they are in. Avoid overwatering them, and be sure to wipe down their leaves regularly to manage dust.
Spider Plant – Regarded as super easy to grow, tolerant of all levels of light, and not too fussed if you miss the scheduled weekly watering, it comes as no surprise that spider plants are popular for plant lovers who are time poor. It’s best grown in a pot on a table, bench, or in a hanging basket, so that its arching flower stems don’t touch the ground.
Fiddle Leaf Fig – Arguably the “star of the show” when it comes to the indoor plant boom we’ve seen in the past year, fiddle leaf figs are an easily identifiable plant that are known for making visual statements. In the great outdoors, they can actually grow as tall as thirty metres high, but thankfully most forms we see indoors are now dwarf versions.
Arrowhead Plant – While common names include arrowhead vine, arrowhead philodendron, goosefoot, nephthytis and even five fingers, once established, the arrowhead plant can rapidly grow into a vine variety as opposed to a standard pot plant. Keep them happy with regular watering, but avoid letting them sit in too much moisture.
Chinese Money Plant – Originally sourced in China and with flat round coin shaped leaves, it should come as no surprise that this variety is also referred to as the “pancake plant”. Although virtually non-existent until 2017 and the rise of social media, they will happily grow all over the home providing that you avoid over watering and too much time in the shade.
Pothos – Also known as “Devil’s Ivy”, the fast growing vine is one of the best indoor plants for beginners as it’s all but impossible to kill. Available in a wide variety of subspecies, pothos vines are also super easy to propagate, and can be grown either directly in the soil or just in a bottle of water. They grow at their best out of direct sunlight, so be sure to provide them some shade.
ZZ Plant – The Zanzibar Gem, or ZZ Plant, is arguably one of the best indoor plants for those chasing a variety that is both visually striking and easy to care for. Originating in drought-prone Africa, it’s waxy and smooth leaves reflect sunlight, making it a relatively tolerant species to introduce to your home or office.
Anthurium Flamingo Flower – Native to Colombia and Ecuador, it comes as no surprise that this colourful, flowering plant species is also known as “Painter’s Palette”. The thing to know about Flamingo Flowers is that they are like their humidity with medium moisture exposure. Aim to dry out a little between watering, but not standing them directly in water or soggy soil.
Caring For Your Indoor Plants Chemical Free
While there is a wide range of solutions available on the market for outdoor plants and gardens, our indoor varieties can suffer due to poor soil health that stems from living in a confined space. As a unique liquid soil conditioner, Indoor Plant Booster is a plant food that’s perfect to keep your indoor and potted plants in tip top shape, including those that reside in pots, hanging baskets, and even those nestled on the verandah.
An organic, chemical free product like Indoor Plant Booster has the unique ability to increase your soils cation exchange capacity (CEC). This is what we refer to as the soil’s ability to hold on to the nutrients that are vital for your plant’s growth and overall health. Indoor Plant Booster is able to kickstart your plant’s CEC, as it’s packed full of nutrients like humic acids, fulvic acids and seaweed extract.
If you’re ready to give Indoor Plant Booster a try and introduce it to the flora that you share your home with, be sure to water your plants thoroughly beforehand to assist with absorption. For best results, simply pour the recommended amount directly onto the soil, ideally around the base of the plant.
At Bioweed, we specialise in organic solutions to ensure that your garden reaches its full potential the natural way. Our range of products, such as Indoor Plant Booster, are all chemical free, and are providing Australians with safer products to use both in their gardens and in their homes. Based on the Sunshine Coast, our range has been embraced by people from all walks of life, and are backed with twenty years of research and industry knowledge.