Running out of space for plants on your shelves and sills? Look up! Just imagine all the available real estate for future hanging jungles. Indoor plants are really having a moment right now and there’s no reason to stop collecting your dream list just because you’ve used up your counter space. No matter what your lighting situation, we have a recommendation for you in our list of top ten!
Aeschynanthus radicans, “Lipstick Plant”
The lipstick plant is a beautiful trailer with dark green waxy leaves and a most interesting flower. As the bloom opens, it resembles a tube of lipstick! This plant needs bright light for at least part of the day to bloom its fullest and moderate water (avoid root rot!).
Begonia x coccinea, “Angel Wing Begonia”
This arching plant is known as a cane begonia or angel wing begonia. It’s great for filling an area where a wide hanging plant would be better than a long thin, trailing one. Go for bright indirect light with this begonia unless you are growing it for the attractive foliage instead of the little blooms, in which case a lower light situation will do. Water regularly but avoid soggy soil.
Cissus discolor, “Rex Begonia Vine”
Resembling the leaves of a rex begonia, this vigorously growing cissus is a great choice to run along a bookshelf or trail dramatically around a window. Not a fan of hot sun, an East facing window will suit him just fine! Keep the soil moist to the touch slightly, but do not overwater. During winter cut down watering and allow the top soil to become dry to the touch before watering again.
Epipremnum aureum, “Pothos Plant”
Coming in a wide array of collectible colors, this trailing vine with heart-shaped leaves tolerates low light beautifully. While also able to thrive in medium light, try to avoid high light situations where the leaf edges will begin to crisp. This is a good plant for erratic waterers as it can tolerate dry spells.
Gibasis geniculata, “Tahitian Bridal Veil”
This gorgeous cascading plant’s foliage in dotted with tiny white blossoms. The delicate but abundant leaves are dark green on top and purple underneath. A dramatic focal point for your room! This plant does well in medium light. Water regularly but wait for the top of the soil to feel dry first.
Monstera adansonii, “Swiss Cheese Plant”
This highly desirable houseplant gets its common name from its large, heart-shaped leaves, which as it ages, become covered with holes that resemble Swiss cheese. Native to jungles, they grow wild under the cover of tree canopies. Therefore, the plants grow best in filtered bright light. Let the top inch of soil dry before watering but don’t let the soil dry out entirely.
Peperomia Ruby Cascade
Ruby Cascade is a trailing peperomia with ruby-red-backed green leaves and lovely red stems. Very large North windows will be sufficient for these plants but unobstructed Eastern exposure windows that get morning sun would be ideal. Darker areas will keep the soil moister longer and this plant is highly susceptible to root rot. It needs very little water and overwatering increases the risk of root rot.
Senecio peregrinus, “String of Dolphins”
Each arched leaf grows two small points which make this plant look like a pod of leaping dolphins! This succulent loves bright, indirect light and lots of it! However, the plant becomes sunburned with too much direct sun so cool morning sun is better than hot afternoon sun. Allow the soil to dry well between waterings.
Senecio rowleyanus, “String of Pearls”
The string of pearls resembles a beaded necklace strand with its small green, pea-like foliage on delicate, slender stems. The long tendrils can produce tiny white flowers that smell of cinnamon. A true succulent, this plant needs bright light and very little water to thrive.
Tradescantia, “Spiderwort or Inch Plant”
Spiderworts have green leaves with purple stripes and a silvery sheen to them. Depending on variety, the leaves can be solid or variegated. The sweet flowers are small with three petals and can be purple or white. These plants do best in bright, indirect sun. Without enough light, the variegation of the leaves begins to fade. Too much sun, though, can cause the leaves to burn and crisp. These plants are happy as long as they’re not kept soggy or allowed to be completely dry too long. Keeping the soil evenly moist is the best.