Interesting Houseplants and Their Care

Interesting Houseplants and Their Care

Everett Keahey, Dedicated Writer

 

From Monsteras to Fiddle Leaf Figs, and from Golden Pothos to Aloe Veras, there are thousands of different houseplants, yet many of us only appreciate a small select few. Hopefully this article will help you discover some new types of plants that are largely unappreciated by the public.

 

Bromeliad Guzmania                                                                                                                                                                     Easy

These amazing plants have leaves that grow out in a beautiful green tuft. Eventually they will make a flower in the center that lasts 3 to 6 months, although the plant only flowers once. After the flower withers away, the mother plant will create pups that can be propagated to form new plants. Bromeliad Guzmanias are also quite easy to take care of, as they require bright, indirect light, but they can handle less light than other bromeliads, and if they are watered when the top 50-75% of the soil is dry, then they will produce steady growth, and eventually reward you with a brilliant flower. The last thing to keep in mind when caring for bromeliads is that you will need to replace the water in the bromeliads central cup every 3-4 days.

 

Echeveria Dionysos                                                                                                                                                                       Easy

I personally have one of these succulents, and they are amazing. I love the beautiful colors of their leaves, and the general shape they have being an echeveria. These plants only require water when the soil has almost completely dried out, and they need bright, indirect light. The only problem when it comes to these plants is that they are quite rare, and it would be hard to find one at a plant store. Although, if you do discover one of these plants, it will be well worthwhile to bring it home, as if they receive proper care they will create beautiful red and orange flowers from an offshoot.

 

Triostar Stromanthe                                                                                                                                                            Medium

The Triostar Stromanthe is and has been a wishlist plant of mine for a long time. Their beautiful pink leaves with beauty unmatched by any other type of plant are just so eye-catching. These plants require a humid environment, so having a humidifier or humidity tray is necessary. You also could regularly mist the plant, or bring it into the shower and leave it there overnight so it can have a regular humidity boost. Although, be careful when misting because if there are excess drops of water on the leaves, your plant could develop a fungal or bacterial disease. When watering the plant, be careful to keep the soil moist but not soggy, so water when the top 25-30% of soil is dry. If you buy a Triostar Stromanthe, place it in an area that gets bright, indirect light, such as a north facing window, or a few feet away from an east or west facing window. If the plant has dry brown spots on the leaves then that means your plant has too much light, so move it to a shadier spot, and if it has brown edges, then it needs more humidity. Finally, if your Triostar Stromanthe has its needs met, then it will be putting out new leaves with beautiful variegation in no time!

 

Even though you might be wanting that Golden Pothos for its easy care, or a Peace Lily for its modern blooms, there are thousands more plants out there, and hopefully you discovered a few more of them today.