Monstera Obliqua Monkey Mask
Monstera Obliqua or Monstera Monkey Mask, this cute little plant has conquered our hearts with its iconic holey leaves.
It is originally from Central America (Mexico), belongs to the Araceae family.
Monstera Monkey Mask prefer a more humid environment, but it could do well in drier air without any problem. Best lighting for it is indirect sunlight, places that have less sunlight would not stop it from thriving.
It is a rewarding plant, easy to take care of; the most important thing to remember is to keep it moist, and fertilize a little once every two weeks.
Pitcher plants have the appearance of an exotic and rare plant, but they are native to parts of the United States. They grow in parts of Mississippi and Louisiana where soils are poor and nutrient levels must be purchased from other sources. The plants are carnivorous and have funnels or fleshy tubes, that act as traps for insects and small animals.
Growing pitcher plants is easy as long as you pay attention to some important items. The unusual shape and carnivorous habit of the carnivorous plant are the results of nutritional deficiencies in its native soil. The regions where they grow are deprived of nitrogen, so the plant captures insects to harvest their nitrogen.
The best temperature for pitcher plants that are grown indoors is between 60 degrees °F and 70 degrees °F. (16-21 C.). Indoor plants should be fertilized at the beginning of the growing season with a good orchid food and every month until fall.
Air plant is epiphyte, meaning that it grows without dirt. The air plants bind to rocks, trees, shrubs or soil with their roots and are native to the southern United States, Mexico, Central, and South America.
The key to the survival of air plants is constant air circulation, as the name implies. Water your plants once a week, some varieties can go two weeks without being watered.
To water, place them in the sink and lightly wash each plant. Leave the plants in the sink overnight to drain; put them back in their designated place in the morning.
If one of your plants is severely dry, remove the dry parts from the bottom and place the plant in a bowl of water for several hours. In winter, if your home’s heater is on, your air plants may look a little dry. Simply mix them with water (concentrating at the base of the plant) every few days to keep them fresh.
The golden rule for orchid success is to double the natural conditions of the plant as closely as possible.
In nature, most orchids are epiphytes, meaning that they grow on other objects, clinging to the rough bark or even stone. The showy orchids preferred by most people are usually hybrids of phalaenopsis (called moth orchids) or hybrids of dendrobium.
These plants thrive in bright light, but not in direct afternoon light (although dendrobiums can cope with more sun). They also need high humidity and turbulent airflow around the roots. They need regular periods of drying alternating with heavy watering (or torrential rain).
Orchids best at temperatures above 50 degrees °F, but below 85 degrees °F.
Orchid roots are highly specialized organs, designed to absorb water very quickly and breathe.
They do not extract nutrients from the soil.
The String Of Hearts
The string of heart, also known as Ceropegia woodii, is a cute plant to add to any living space. While for some, they may be difficult to take care of, however, once you get the hang of it, String of Hearts is one of the most tolerant houseplants.
String hearts like heat and bright light, but they do not tolerate direct sunlight. They can be placed inside the South or West facing a window with lots of light and if outdoors, they can be in the area of bright shade.
One of the easiest ways to see if you get enough light, is to see the color of the leaf and the gaps between the leaves: the strings of Hearts will be more distant and lighter in color, with less marbling if the plant needs more light.
The string of hearts need water is like other juicy ones, so be sure to give them a good sauce after the soil is completely dry from the last watering. In winter, plants need less water than summer.
The string of heart only needs infrequent fertilizers and semi-diluted fertilizers. They can be fed at most once a month during their active growth period in May-August. They do not need any fertilizer during the winter, their dormancy period.
Burro’s Tail (Sedum Morganianum)
Burro’s tail is a succulent with stems of fleshy leaves that hang in long braids over the edge of the pan, making it an excellent candidate for elevation. Also loves the warm, dry air that tends to accumulate near the ceiling, it belongs to the Hardy Sedum family, this plant is physically fragile and prone to dropping its leaves.
That being said, if you are a confident collector of domestic plants, I do not want to keep you from that juicy theatrical, with its luxurious, hanging stems covered with leaves that look like chunky rice grains.
The problem? Those fall on the burro’s tail very easily. Every time you pick it up, water it or even look at the plant directly in the eye as you pass, you will be punished. A lot of green rice will fall whenever the burro’s tail seems defensive.
Give it a place where it receives enough sun and be careful when watering, they can tolerate periods of drought and much humidity will rot the roots.
The String Of Pearls (Senecio Rowleyanus)
This tender perennial in the daisy family (Asteraceae), native to dry areas of the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
During growing seasons (spring, summer), watering should be regular, about once a week but controlled, to ensure that the roots do not drown.
In the fall, gradually reduce watering until winter, when monthly irrigation will suffice.
When some branches do not look good or are very old, you can prune them, preferably in the spring, after flowering. The best method is to cut, breaking the rods gently by hand. Be sure to keep 3 to 5 leaves on each branch as this can weaken it too much.
Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium Nidus)
Bird-nest ferns are one of the two Asplenium species found in cultivation. These ferns are naturally epiphytic, meaning that they grow on the surface of other plants.
In their houses in the forest, they can be found growing in the trees. They grow in a series of upright, spoon-shaped and apple-colored leaves that rise from a central rosette. Healthy plants may have leaves up to three feet, but this is rare in most indoor situations.
These are beautiful plants that require a little bit of babying to reach their maximum potential. These are true jungle plants. Keep your compost moist and provide as much moisture as possible. Do not let the plant become soggy.
Also, avoid wetting right into the “nest” which encourages mildew and rot. Water the soil instead of the plant.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
Spider plants are obvious for hanging baskets. The long, thin leaves naturally fall around the sides of the plant to a cascade effect, that can be annoying if the plant is placed on the window.
And if you are adopting your first-floor plan, you will not be able to choose an easier specimen. Spider plants are like the goldfish of the plant world, an easy to take care of pet and cool to look at, and it does not need much attention.
Hang it in a place where there is a little sun and give it a little water once or twice a week and you are ready to go.
English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
English Ivy is the creeping vine you see covering brick walls on the campuses of historic colleges. It is not a good idea to plant English ivy outside because it is virtually impossible to be stopped after it is established and can become invasive, but it is a great option for an outstanding hanging plant.
You will find dozens of leafy cultivars in all shades of green, as well as varied choices with cream, yellow and dark purple.
Plant English ivy on well-drained soil, making sure the soil is dry to the touch before wetting and hang it in a sunny window, which is key to prevent it from getting heavy.
Arrowhead Plant (Nephthytis)
Arrowhead plant has large, heart-shaped textured leaves that do not go unnoticed. Like many plants that do well in hanging planters, the arrowhead plant is a climbing vine that will comes out of the edge of the pot.
You might even try wrapping the wandering rods along the edge of a bookcase or at the top of the window to create an inner jungle. It likes moisture, so mix it daily or hang it in the bathroom, making sure to keep it away from direct sunlight.
Pothos is the easiest of all indoor plants to grow, even if you forget to water your plants. While the pothos likes bright and indirect light, it can develop in areas that do not receive much sunlight or just fluorescent lighting.
It is an excellent plant for places such as offices and dormitories. One advantage of pothos cultivation is that they are at the top of the list of plants that can help purify the internal air of chemicals such as formaldehyde, trichloroethene, toluene, xylene, and benzene.
Staghorn Fern (Platycerium)
Staghorn Fern is also often mentioned as “staghorn fern” and “elkhorn fern”, although those with finer leaves are often called elkhorn ferns.
This staghorn fern has 2 types of fronds. Those at the base of the plant are flat, round and light green, turning brown as they age.
Epiphytes in their native habitats, staghorn ferns cling to tree trunks, absorbing nutrients from fallen leaves and other debris that get trapped behind those slightly curved leaves.
For the mounted ferns, soak the root portion in the water at room temperature for 15 minutes and then drain.
The philodendrons in heart leaves are often grown in hanging baskets that allow the fine stems and heart-shaped leaves to leave their container beautifully.
They can also be trained to climb a canvas, trellis, pole or a bark board. The heart-shaped leaf philodendron is best known for its dark green heart-shaped leaves. They are easy to grow foliage hanging plants that prefer indirect sunlight, they will do just fine in low light conditions.
Radiator Plant (Peperomia)
The peperomia plant is a smart choice for the beginner houseplant enthusiast. Not only do they forgive plants that tolerate some benign neglect, but the spectacular variety of colors and textures between species means that you can accumulate an interesting collection of plants for each style and space, which require the same care.
Peperomia plants can live for years in a relatively small container. They enjoy a limited existence, and this combined with their low growth rate means you can leave them unless you see roots coming out of the drainage holes. Repot in a slightly larger container with an acidic mixture or orchid peel.
Inner ivy, such as Algerian ivy (Hedera canariensis) and Persian ivy (Hedera colchica), are typically planted in hanging baskets. Ivy growing indoors is easy as long as you provide what the plant needs. The important thing for indoor ivy plant care is light.
Without enough light, the plants inside ivy will be wrinkled and look unhealthy. They will also be more prone to pests.
When watering the ivy, always check the soil before adding water.
Let the soil dry a bit (dry to the touch on top) before watering your ivy plant again. Also, make sure your plant has excellent drainage since ivy does not like standing in water or excessively moist soil.