Green Foliage Plant Care…..Part 3 of 3

In this last part, we will offer lists of many plants suitable for various light levels. 

Low Light Plant Varieties
• Aglaonema **………. Better known as Chinese Evergreens
• Aspedistra **…………Commonly called a cast iron plant
• Bromeliad **…………Surprise as a flowering plant
• Calathea …………….. harder to grow
• Most ivy plants ………Mystic, English, Varigated
• Draceanas …………….Janet Craig, Compacta, Massangeana
• Kentia Palm …………. Most palms are medium light
• Marantha …………….. Prayer Plant
• Philodendron **……… Very tough plants
• Platycerium ………….. Staghorn Fern…..Good Unusual plant
• Podocarpus ………….. Great for cut greens
• Pothos Vine ** ………. Very easy to grow
• Sanseveria ** ………… Snake Plant Very hard
• Spathylium ** ……….. Peace lily or white flag Handsome plant
•                                        With large white blooms
Plants marked ** are easy to grow and can be purchased at most florists and indoor garden centers.

Medium Light Plants
• Beaucarnea **………… PonyTail Palm
• Caryota ………………. Fishtail Palm
• Chinese Fan Palm
• Cycads ** ……………. Sago and others
• Dieffenbachia ** ……… Very easy to grow
• Darceana ** ………….. Marginata and Warnecki
• Fatsia Japonica
• Fiscus Alii
• Fiscus elastica ** ……. Rubber Plant
• Ficus …………………. Lyrata and Nitida
• Herea helis
• Hoya ** ……………… Very hardy blooming vine
• Majesty Palm ** ……… One of the best indoor palms
• Nephtytis ** …………..Hardy vine
• Phoenix roebelini
• Shefflera Arbicola ** … Great indoor plant easy care
• Yucca ** ……………… Good specimen plant
High Light Plants

• Lipstick Plant ** ……… Very attractive blooming hanger
• Aloe Vera ……………… The medicine plant
• Asparagus Fern ………… Not suitable for many
• Begonias ………………… Blooming plant
• Bougainvillea …………… Great blooming plant
• Cacti ……………………. Many varieties
• Spider Plant …………….. One of the easiest
• Jade Plant ** ……………. Slow growing succulent
• Kalanchoe ……………….. Attractive bloomer
• Croton ……………………. Colorful leaves, Likes to be dry
• Fiscus benjamina ………… Discussed above
• Hibiscus ………………….. Large attractive blossoms
• Hoya ……………………… Unusual blooming vine
 Shefflera ………………….. Prefers cool temperatures
• Wandering Jew ……………Very tough hanging plant

Planters 

planter.jpgThis is a new category that has grown in popularity over the last few years. Planters are simply a mixture of plants very often in a wicker basket or ceramic dish. Some are all green plants and others include a flowering plant such as kalanchoes and african violets. These are put together in a pleasing shape involving size, shape, texture, color and height. They are sometimes a challenge to water as there may be a variety of plants with diffferent needs. Still, planters are very atractive to look at and will easily last from a few weeks to a few months. It is a good idea to plan on removing plants as they grow and transfer to a separate container.
 

Summary

The best way is to buy from a source with knowledge based staff. Consult plant books and web sites. Many of the above plants are hard to find but there are others not listed that may be available to you.

Your questions and comments are welcome.