There are countless reasons to grow plants in your home. Not only do they look great and help your rooms to feel more natural and colourful, but they’re also very relaxing to tend, and great for the environment. If you want to give your room more ‘life’ and improve your health and the quality of your air at the same time, then there are few better ways to do so than growing plants. And they make great gifts too!
But while growing plants is always a rewarding and pleasant experience, some plants are certainly easier to grow and will look better than others. If you want to give a gift that isn’t going to die in ten minutes or take over your Mum’s wall, then you need to choose the right plant to nurture. Here then are the top 10 plants to grow at home or in your garden.
Why grow cacti? Well, not only are they incredibly easy to look after (it doesn’t matter if you forget to water them for weeks) but they also look interesting and come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Of course they come with a bite, so make sure that you keep them away from kids.
9. Angel Ivy Ring Topiary
This is a lush vine that will grow rapidly and makes the perfect ‘frame’ for you to hang other flowers and bulbs from.
8. Chamaedorea Palm
If you want to make your home feel a bit more light and warm then one of the top 10 plants for you is the Chamaedorea Palm which will almost be like having your own palm tree.
Also known as the ‘yellow Goddess’ thanks to its bright trumpet-shaped flowers, this is another great way to liven up your home that shouldn’t provide too much of a challenge.
6. Venus Fly Trap
Venus Fly Traps aren’t particularly easy to grow at home and they are a lot of work, but at the same time they’re also very fascinating and interesting to watch. If you want something unique to grow that will impress guests, then this is your plant.
5 Areca Palm
This is one of the top ten plants to grow thanks to its potentially impressive height – they grow up to 10-12 foot and have a distinctive ‘vase’ like shape. They require pruning and do thrive better in humid environments.
4. Rubber Plant
A common denizen of the’ top 10 plants to grow’ lists you’ll find online. This one makes the cut partly because it’s so easy to grow indoors – being a fan of filtered lighting.
3. Bonsai Tree
Okay so they’re technically trees rather than plants per say, but for all intents and purposes they serve the same purpose so they make the list of top 10 plants to grow. Bonsai trees though are great fun to look after and to tend to, and some people will even create little scenes for them. Come with the added benefit of feeling like Mr Miyagi…
2. Ficus Alii
Not only does the Ficus Alii grow easily indoors, but it’s also highly resistant to pests and again enjoys a lower level lighting. Avoid keeping it too near to your air conditioning or vents, and otherwise just keep the soil moist.
1. Peace Lily
If you’ve seen Hot Fuzz then you’ll be familiar with the Peace Lily which is again perfectly suited to growing indoors and can stand up to neglect and punishment. Great for beginners and a very attractive lush green plant.