(Closed) What is a good indoor plant?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1999

I would get a rubber plant. I got one from Ikea when I went to uni (2001) and it was like £3.00. I have replanted him several times. If they get too tall all you do is chop the first foot or so off (it will ‘bleed’ like white sticky stuff but don’t worry!) and root it off in a jam jar (basically fill a jar with water, let the stump rest in it and roots will form. When they have formed, carefully plant the cut-off in soft soil and prop it up with a stick so it’s roots get a chance to grow big and that’s it). But to buy one it should be really cheap and they dont need much attention. I forget towater mine for weeks at a time. They periodically produce babies – offshoots- that you chop off and root off like mentioned above. My gran has one that is about 50 years old (or is the result of one plant which she rooted-off ages ago, again and again). They are green, leaft and pretty. Mine got to over 6 foot tall before I chopped him. Ficus elastica is it’s latin name. Wiki page here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus_elastica

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mother-In-Law’s Tongue (aka Snake Plant)

It grows tall and slim and requires minimal care. I had one in my bedroom as a teenager (my mom still has it!) and I would go weeks without watering it. It flowered twice during the 3 years I had it. It was in a 18 or 20″ pot and grew to about 4′ tall. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We have a christmas cactus that is unbeleivable, it’s way over 40 years old , It was passed down to his from his parents, who got it from his great aunt. We have pictures of it on slides when it was a “baby” in like the 1960s. It requires virtually NO water, and a nice warm climate.  It flowers fuschia flowers every december.

 

I do not have a green thumb so any succulent plant works for me, jade is another one that is good for minimal care.

 

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Miss Mauverick:  This is true. My Father-In-Law left us one of those when he moved overseas and it was HUGE. It had gotten too big. So I decided to put it outside, wait for it to die, and then steal its container. I did that in July. It was FEBRUARY before it died.

The only indoor plant I’ve managed to keep alive is my aloe plant. It’s also the only one my cat hasn’t tried to eat, but I really want an indoor herb garden.

Also, fiddle leaf plants are so pretty!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Mrs.Camera:  aloe is another succulent:) Can’t go wrong with them:)

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Khalessi3:  I think it survives because I never remember to water it. Which succulents like. Most of my other plants needed water;)

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

^ yes exactly. I have killed more plants than I care to admit, but succulents, seem to like me. Becuase I leave them alone, and then one day I remember they need water and it all works out.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1999

I second mother-in-laws toungue, or what about a good old spiderplant. Not so tall, but super easy to grow. I got my rubber plant from Ikea for like £3.00 and it’s been chopped in half twice for rehoming (going in a van to move home meant it needed to be chopped) and it’s produced a good few babies too. I love it!

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Orchids! Love em.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@pengoala:  Ha. My cat EATS my flowers. Which is stupid, because most of them are poisonous and then she throws up. Sometimes she’s a little dumb. However, she leaves my food alone, so at least she’s not up on the counter licking the frosting off my cake (my childhood cat did this).

 

@Khalessi3:  Okay, I’m only buying succulents now!

@Stranger516:  My Mother-In-Law bought me an orchid. It barely lived a week πŸ™

Post # 16
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Busy bee

@Mrs.Camera:  True I heard orchids need a west window lighting. I saw one that lives off three ice cubes a week in the store that was pretty cool. I wanna get one but they’re not cheap and I’m afraid i’ll kill it immediately!

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