Anthurium are an easy care, flowering houseplant with air purifying qualities. Their flowers can come in a range of different colours. Anthurium enjoy a warm room with plenty of bright, filtered natural light. Try to avoid direct sunlight as this will burn the foliage. Check your plant weekly for watering - less in Winter and more in Summer. You can allow the soil to dry out slightly in between watering's. Allow to drain well - does not like to sit in water. You can fertilize over the warmer months with an indoor plant food.
Calathea are a popular houseplant, with air purifying qualities. They're also known as 'Prayer Plants', as they turn their leaves up at night. As they're originally from the tropics of Africa, they prefer a warm, humid environment with plenty of filtered natural light. Some varieties can be more sensitive to the cold than others. If you have a particularly dry house, you may need to lightly mist the foliage or use a humidifier or diffuser to help increase humidity. You will know if humidity is lacking as the edges of the foliage will become 'crispy'. Monitor your watering weekly. Calathea prefer slightly moist soil. You can drop back the watering over Winter. Some Calathea varieties do go dormant over Winter but will bounce back come Summer.
A collection of cool climbing or trailing houseplants, coming in a range of different coloured and patterned foliage. Both are fairly robust plant varieties. Keep them in a medium lit room - not full sun. They love humidity so thrive in a kitchen or bathroom. Water often - check moisture levels weekly over the warmer months and drop back over watering - they are fttyorgiving if you underwater on occasion.
Some Ferns can be more pedantic than others. If you're looking for an easy care fern - varieties such as the Boston, Blue Star, Pteris and Birds Nest are all relatively simple and forgiving types. Ferns are also air purifiers so a great plant to have around the home. Their leaves pretty and delicate to look at. Ideal environment for your fern is in a warm, humid room such as kitchen or bathroom. They like medium filtered light. They like the soil to remain slightly damp so monitor your watering weekly. In saying that, these varieties mentioned above are also forgiving if the soil dries out too much on occasion. When watering, lift the foliage up to water straight onto the soil and try not to wet the leaves (don't water over the centre part of the plant, they don't like it and the leaves will go brown if wet for too long).
If you're wanting to add some height to your indoor jungle - the Ficus indoor tree family are a great choice! One that's been around for years and is still a favourite - the Ficus Lyrata, also know as 'Fiddle Leaf Fig'. there are also smaller, more shrub like varieties. Their leaves are unique and always a showstopper! Relatively easy care, the key with these guys is consistency - water little, but often. Monitor watering weekly over Summer, and drop back the volume of water over Winter. During winter it is ok to let the soil to dry out between waterings. During summer try to keep the soil slightly moist, but dont ever let them sit in water as they will start to drop their leaves. Keep them in a well lit room - just avoid direct/full sun as to not burn the foliage. Cutting the top of your Ficus tree once at preferred height can help stunt/slow further growth.
Fittonia - also known as the 'Nerve plant', are a cute compact houseplant with striking foliage. Their leaves normally are two-tone with contrasting colours. They are a tropical plant and love a high humidity environment. Kitchen or bathroom are normally ideal - or they also love a Terrarium. A light misting can also help create a humid environment. Fittonia love moist, well draining soil, but will sulk if soil becomes too wet. It's a good idea to let them dry out slightly in between waterings. Keep them a bright but filtered light area of the room. If they're kept in a closed terrarium they will virtually look after themselves. If there is moisture on the glass then no need to add water. Normally only need to check water in a closed terrarium every few months and water very sparingly, if any needed at all.
Monstera have been around for years, and wowed us with their massive, sliced leaves. Monstera thrive in a warm, naturally well lit room of your house. Keep away from direct sun. A great houseplant to fill a dull corner in your living room. Monstera will get big, you may find it may need support to stand upright - adding a moss or coir pole to the pot will help this. Monstera are fairly easy care, keep the soil slightly damp but don't allow to sit in water. If you're finding the leaves are curling slightly or looking dehydrated this could be due to lack of humidity - give the foliage a light misting to help.
- See Calathea Care, these are also a type of Prayer Plant
A great starter plant for the new plant parent! Relatively easy care and air purifying. A smaller plant variety, with gorgeous shaped and/or patterned leaves. They like a well lit room, avoiding direct sun. Make sure they're in a warm room, they can't tolerate cool temperatures. Keep the soil moist, and well draining. They are forgiving if you let them dry out occasionally too much in between waterings.
Phildodendron are an easy care plant variety with air purifying qualities. As they originate come from the tropics they love a warm, humid environment. They enjoy low to moderate filtered, natural light. Philodendron prefer the soil to be slightly moist so check for water on a weekly basis. Water moderately over the warmer months. The soil can be left slightly drier over the winter months. Make sure plants drain well - they do not like to sit in water. Some varieties such as the Heart Leaf and Brasil, can really thrive in a low lit position.
Though Phalaenopsis may look like a challenging houseplant to care for, Phalaenopsis are actually one of the easiest Orchid varieties to look after. The 'Moth Orchid' come in a range of different colours and varieties. Orchid Flowers will look beautiful for months when properly cared for. Keep them in a warm room, with plenty of natural light. Don't put them in direct sun as this will burn the plant. Water approx. once a month over Summer and fortnightly over Winter. Let the plant drain well - do not let it sit in water as this will cause root rot. Once the flowers have finished, you can cut the stem back to the first 'node' at the base of the plant - or some people prefer to leave the stem and cut where the first bud was. It normally takes approx. 6 months (give or take) to reflower.
Peace Lily are a lush air purifying houseplant with white cobra-shaped flowers. Some varieties have a subtle, sweet flower scent. You can also get pollen-free varieties. Peace Lily prefer low to medium filtered light placement. Avoid full sun as this will burn the foliage. Keep in mind if your plant is in a low lit area, it will flower less frequently. Peace Lily prefer the soil to be slightly moist. Monitor your watering weekly. They are very good at telling you when they are thirsty, they will droop and look sad. An hour after watering you will notice they perk up and are happy again!
Syngonium - also known as the 'Arrowhead Plant' with it's pointy-shaped leaves. A great beginners plant! Not fussy with placement it will thrive in a bright, filtered room but will also tolerate a low light area too. they are a tropical plant so just keep in mind they will not like the cold or draughty places. The soil should be kept moist over the warmer months, but you can allow the soil to dry out in between waterings over the cooler months. This plant can creep, trail down, or even climb a coir or moss pole.
THE BEST plant if you're wanting a plant that's super easy and hardy. Ideal for busy people, offices, or first time plant parents! Gorgeous glossy foliage - available in the original green and NZ new - black! ZZ are an unusual plant in that they will tolerate almost anywhere in your house - key thing just avoid full direct sun. The best part - they only need a water once a month! When watering, allow them to drain well, they don't like to sit in water. Over summer, give them a decent, deep watering - less over winter. ZZ love to feel rootbound, so do not repot until plant almost bursting from the pot. Only go 1-2 pot sizes up.