Indoor plants add warmth, color, and life to our homes. Where space is tight look for hanging plants to spill over the edge of shelves, benches, or even drip from hanging baskets suspended from the ceiling.
The only requirement for good growth for most indoor plants is that the plant receives bright light for most of the day but is out of direct sunlight and cold air. Water when the potting mix begins to dry out and let water drain. Keep leaves free of dust.
If possible rest plants outdoors from time to time in a brightly lit but sheltered spot to allow them to regenerate. This is the best time to fertilize indoor plants to encourage new growth. From time to time, repot into fresh potting mix. These five indoor plants are ideal choices to drape in your home.
Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
This is one of the easiest of all indoor plants to grow and one that drapes beautifully. Devil’s ivy (also called pothos) has small but tough heart-shaped green leaves that are patterned with yellow. These plants have trailing stems and are easy to grow from cuttings to increase your collection.
Chain of Hearts (Ceropegia Woodii)
This plant grows long, elegant chains of tiny mottled grey-green heart-shaped leaves. It’s a plant that not only drapes from a bookshelf but can be trained to grow around the room or drip elegantly from a hanging basket. It needs little care other than an occasional watering.
Philodendron (Philodendron Scandens)
Climbing philodendrons are often sold growing on a support but grow hanging down as happily as climbing up. For a larger leaf, look for the tree philodendron (bipinnatifidum), which has very large green and deeply divided leaves. It is similar in appearance to Swiss cheese plant, Monstera deliciosa, which is a large leafed climbing or trailing plant that can also be grown indoors.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
As the strappy leafed spider plant grows it produces plantlets that hang down from the mother plant much like spiders dangling from a web. Enjoy the cascade of growth or detach a few of the small satellite plants to grow more plants. The variegated spider plant has white leaves striped with green and is very attractive and easy to grow.
String of Pearls (Senecio Rowleyanus)
The aptly named string of pearls plant is an unusual looking succulent that will add a lot of visual interest to your home. It is a fast-growing plant that is easy to propagate and will thrive in brightly lit rooms. If you notice the beads of the plant starting to shrivel this is likely a due to watering issues — string of pearls don’t require much water, but too much or too little can cause the beads to shrivel, with the latter being the most common cause. Water your plant once every two weeks.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First For Women.