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Easy to Grow Foliage Plants and Their Care

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Easiest to Grow Plants

 Grow Foliage House Plants and Their Care

Looking for simple to grow houseplants that will grow almost anywhere in your home with the least amount of care? Here are twelve of the hardiest, most adaptable, foolproof plants.

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exalta).

Boston Fern

Any good light from filtered sun to partial shade. If leaves turn yellow, light is too bright. Keep evenly moist. Spray-mist often. Ferns need high humidity. Cut back some on watering during winter months. Loose soil is necessary for fine roots to penetrate. Equal parts humus, perlite, topsoil, peat moss with some leaf mold added. Propagate by root division at repotting time.

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema species).

Chinese Evergreen
Any light at all. For watering, soak; allow to dry, resoak. Spray-mist often. Sponge leaves to remove dust. Pot in ordinary topsoil. To propagate; plant 3 inch stem cuttings 1-1/2 inch deep in soil, sand or water.

Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane).

Needs a few hours of sun daily. To water; soak; allow to dry, resoak. Needs high humidity and temperatures above 65 degrees. Grows well in equal parts of topsoil, perlite and peat moss. To propagate; In spring, cut a 4 inch piece of stem and plant it about 2 inches deep in sand.

Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans massangeana and other members of the dracaena family).

Corn Plant
Any light at all. But needs to be kept evenly moist. Planted in equal parts topsoil, perlite, peat moss. To propagate; in spring, cut a 4 inch piece of the stem and plant 2 inches deep in sand.

Fiddle-leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata and many others of the fig family).

Fiddle-leaf Fig
Grows in sun to shade. For water, soak; allow to dry, then resoak. Spray-mist often. Sponge leaves regularly. Pot in topsoil. To propagate; Plant a leaf cutting in soil and keep warm until well established.

Grape Ivy (Cissus).

Grape Ivy
Grow in sun to part shade. Keep evenly moist, but allow to become dry every two weeks or so. To propagate; Plant cuttings in sand or soil.

Kentia Palm (Howea belmoreana and many other palms).

Kentia Palm
Needs filtered sunlight or bright shade. To thrive, periodically palms need some sun. Keep this plant evenly moist. To propagate; Remove the offsets that grow at the base and plant them in sand.

Philodendron (All philodrendrons, climbers and self-heading varieties).

Any light at all. Keep barely moist. Spray-mist often. Sponge the leaves. For soil, mix equal parts of topsoil, perlite and peat moss. For propagating; Climbers; plant stem cuttings, for self headers; plant offsets.

Schefflers (Umbrella tree)

Full sun to bright shade. Soak, and allow to dry, resoak. Sponge leaves regularly. Plant in equal parts topsoil, perlite and peat moss. Propagation; Plant cuttings of young stems and offsets.

Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)

Grow in part sun to part shade, keeping evenly moist and spray-mist often. Plant in equal parts topsoil. perlite, peat moss and leaf mold. To propagate; do root division in the springtime.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum).

Spider Plant
Needs full sun to bright shade. Keep evenly moist and pot in equal parts topsoil, perlite and peat moss. To propagate; pin a plantlet in a pot of soil and roots have grown, cut away from parent plant. Or cut and plant when aerial roots are 1/2 inch long.

Wandering Jew (Tradescantia).

Wandering Jew
Full sun, filtered sun or very bright shade. Keep evenly moist and plant in equal parts topsoil, perlite and peat moss. Propagating: Plant cuttings at any time of the year.


Mar 10, 2011 6:28am
The only houseplant that I've managed to keep alive in the last 10 years is a PeaceLily. Great and Tough plant. The more you abuse the little devil the more flowers that it throws out. Gus
Mar 10, 2011 6:29am
Dang it cut off the end of my comment. LOL Oh well it was probably TMI anyways.
Mar 10, 2011 1:24pm
Incredibly helpful article for me. I have many houseplants with problems and had no answers, until now. I'm printing this out and tweeting!
Mar 10, 2011 3:49pm
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Mar 11, 2011 8:42am
Thank you for this article. I lost all my houseplants (not that I was great at it) during Hurricane Katrina and have never replaced them. This is the year that I hope to! Much needed information.
Apr 3, 2011 6:52pm
Great information. I have had several of these plants over the years, and think they all make great houseplants. Well written, and very informative.
May 15, 2011 10:29pm
Beautiful plants! I seem to do better growing plants outdoors. My dogs might be the problem since they knock them down. Great article and thanks for sharing.
Jun 12, 2011 7:24pm
Great article and nice to have an image of each plant. Thanks for an informative article.
Sep 4, 2011 2:20pm
I was browsing around Redgage and came across your link linked to this article. I thought you looked familiar. Good article, +1 it and thumbs up.
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