Foliage Plants for People Without the Green Thumb

by Keith Markensen

If you are plan to grow more than just one or two plants at a time, the odds are, most of them will fall under the heading of foliage plants. Although this type of plant is less showy and ornate than other varieties, it is easy to grow and will acclimate itself to most any surrounding with ease.

The choices a home gardener has when it comes to size, shape, color, leaf size, leave form, etc, is almost endless. Foliage plants can be growing in most any part of the country and in most any climate. They will thrive in nearly every setting. The beauty of this type of plant is that a novice can find success with them easily. It doesn’t take a master gardener to grow a lush foliage plant.

Dumb Cane, part of the Arum family, gets its name because it houses a white sap that causes speechlessness and pain when consumed by mouth. These effects are temporary, but are very dramatic. There are quite a few species with spotted or splotched leaves. These splotches are typically white or yellow. They grow to be several feet tall and have leaves that can grow up to a foot long. Very seldom are there more than a few leaves on any plant. These plants work well with African Violets since both varieties demand high humidity and an invariable temperature of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit or more during their growing season. Stem cuttings can propagate them quite well.

English Ivy is a widely grown houseplant in the United States. People who do not typically keep plants and have no other plants in their house will often have a pot of ivy. This plant is popular for several reasons. Its extreme versatility is one of the most obvious reasons and it can be trained to clime and to trail with great ease. It is an easy to care for plant and will survive in even the most adverse conditions. Ideally, most of the varieties of Hedera helix or English Ivy like a moist, cool and shady atmosphere.

Usually, taking care of English Ivy is simple,they live at normal room temperature quite happily, especially if you spray them frequently to increase the moisture and you clean off any insects or pests that may have reached them. Leaf and stem cuttings will propagate Ivy easily.

The varieties of English Ivy are so many that it is impossible to list them all. Besides the familiar five-pointed leaved trailing or climbing variety, there are those which grow in shrub-like form, some whose leaves are bordered with white, other midget varieties, etc. If you were interested, you would profit from visiting your local florist or nursery to look at the various ivies in stock or ask for other indoor plant like the majesty palm and be amazed by different indoor plants.

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