Plant Suggestions to Create an Attractive Indoor Garden
Indoor Gardens That Spark Conversation
If you love novelty plants, you can try some with built-in buds or unique growth characteristics for your indoor garden. There are bulbs that flower without soil, but they do better, naturally, when potted in a soil mixture like equal parts garden loam, peat moss, and vermiculite. For instance, the colchicums, bulbous plants that bears purple or yellow cupped flowers, which are usually advertised as "wonder plants" because during autumn, the bulbs, in or out of soil, will flower at the appointed time. Be warned though, as this is a poisonous plant, so keep it out of reach of children and pets.
Amorphophallus rivieri, a giant aroid known by mysterious names like "Voodoo Lily," sends out a big dark-reddish-brown "flower" (the spathe) having a slender, dark-red spadix or column rising from the center. This plant is really unique and will be a conversation piece, but it has a most unpleasant odor. They can grow from 4 to 6 feet tall. Hence you would have to devise some method of raising the fluorescent fixture, or lowering the amorphophallus. Four or five hours of artificial light per day will hold the scape sturdy and straight. You should plant outdoors in the summer in a rich, well-drained soil. Choose a site that is secure from midday sun and strong winds. The palm-like foliage will contribute a touch of the tropics to any setting. Dig and take inside before the frost in autumn.
A dry, gray-green ball is what the resurrection plant (Selaginella lepidophylla) typically looks. If placed in a saucer of water or a pot of moist soil, it expands into a flat green rosette. It can be alternately dried off and resurrected by letting it become dry, then giving it moisture. Children of all ages are captivated by this unusual plant.
Lily-of-the-valley pips that you order by mail during autumn arrive already precooled and ready to grow. They're typically potted in light soil or sphagnum moss. Put them under any of your light setups and you'll soon get the fragrance of spring in your winter garden.
The air plant, bryophyllum, lives on for a while on air alone; for instance, when it is pinned to a curtain. Nevertheless, it grows into a great plant when potted in soil. Tiny plantlets form on edges of the leaves, drop down the soil, and grow. If you have a tray of moist pebbles or vermiculite on which you place the containers of your fluorescent-lighted garden, these airborne plantlets could form a small forest in a surprisingly short time.
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