I love house plants and while I’m waiting to get in the garden I thought I would share with you some of my favorite house plants. I love plants and grow them inside and out without a lot of difficulty. The only plants I have trouble growing are aloe, violets and beautiful orchids.
One of my favorite house plants is the prayer plant which is native to Brazil. I’ve grown them for years and their easy to grow, keep alive and propagate.
During the winter months I keep it upstairs in front of a west-facing window. It’s watered every 7-10 days. In the spring and late fall it gets a tablespoon of Epsom Salt. It never stops growing and when it overflows the pot I pinch off good stems and start them in a glass of water over my kitchen sink in the window. This plant gets its name from the petals folding up like hands in prayer at dusk.
I take this plant outside every spring after any danger of frost is gone as I do most of my house plants and they live under our maple tree on this table all summer. They seem to dry out faster outside in the summer so I water at least once a week.
My next favorite house plant is the pothos, which is really hard to kill and the one I have is over twenty years old. Several of my friends have starts from it.
This plant takes less care than the Prayer Plant BUT while pothos plants are an easy to care for houseplant, you do need to be aware that they are poisonous. Though rarely fatal, the plant can cause irritation and vomiting if ingested due to the fact that it contains calcium oxalates. Even the sap from the plant may cause highly sensitive people to break out in a rash. It is considered toxic to cats, dogs and children, but as mentioned, it normally will make them very sick but will not kill them. I personally have not had any problems with it but I do not keep it where children can get to it or my pets. It’s a beautiful shade of green and if you forget to water it you may see a leaf turn yellow. Pull off the leaf and dispose of and water the plant. It gets the exact same care that my Prayer plant gets.