Best indoor plants for Florida

Moth Orchids

A wonderful thing about gardening in South Florida is that many of your favorite indoor plants from northern climes can be grown outdoors. While many of the tropicals require shade, some thrive in the South Florida sun.

These five super easy northern houseplants can be grown in your South Florida yard without a lot of trouble. They require very little extra care in our climate, and have few pest problems. Once established, these plants are so easy that you will have to try to kill them!

These plants grow best in USDA zones 9b and 10, and can easily be damaged or killed where temperatures regularly dip below freezing.

Pothos, or Devil's Ivy

Familiar to northern gardeners as an indoor hanging basket plant, Pothos is extremely easy to grow outdoors in a shady place. Its attractive variegated foliage adds interest to any garden. Pothos is found growing up trees in many South Florida gardens, and its leaves grow huge when it is planted in the ground. It roots easily, so if it gets too long, you can simply cut it back, and make more plants. Pothos also makes a wonderful ground cover for deep shade areas with lots of roots where nothing else will grow.


Philodendrons are native to tropical forests, so they are especially wonderful in low light. Heart leaf philodendron is one of the easiest philodendrons plants to grow, and like pothos, roots very easily. With 900 or more species, sizes and leaf shapes can vary greatly. Most philodendons are vining plants, but some, such as Philodendron selloum, are popular standalone plants that can develop large trunks.


Ficus tree leaves can take many shapes and forms, from those with long, thin leaves to the varieties with huge leaves. Ficus don't like to be moved, so they may drop leaves when you first bring them home, but they will recover quickly. Ficus love bright light, and are sometimes used to create large hedges in South Florida yards. They thrive in South Florida soils, and have very few special growing requirements or pests, in fact, they seem to thrive on neglect. One drawback to planting ficus is that its roots seek water, so they are not to be planted within 100 feet of a pool, septic tank, or sewer line. Roots of large Ficus trees, such as banyans, have been known to damage foundations when planted too close to a house.

Lucky bamboo ideas

2006-11-28 00:42:05 by twice_shy_nli

I have one, but for only about a year, so you're ahead of me. Mine is growing in a dish of water & healthy , here's what I do:
* Indoors on eastern exposure windowsill, medium bright, with no direct sunlight, only indirect.
* Mist it daily and position it near other plants to increase humidity.
* Indoor room temperatures.
* I take it over to the kitchen sink & empty & refill the dish with fresh water once a week.
* I put a single drop of that green fertilizer in the dish with the fresh water once a week.
If you are basically doing all of the above, & it is still looking ill, it may have a nutrient deficiency or have aphids or mites

First, start with easy types to grow

2006-11-24 21:21:42 by Twice_shy

The white phalanopsis -- sometimes called 'moth orchids' are an excellent choice for beginers, as are the lady slippers. Buy a small one, already in bloom, so you know from the start you'll like it & it is healthy. Small moth orchids can be purchased for less than $15, sometimes for as little as $5. Trader Joe's is a good place to buy orchids. Local flea markets sometimes offer better bargains.
No greenhouse or grow lights or any other special equipment are needed for these. They like the same indoor conditions you like: 65-75 degrees & moderately bright indirect light. Find a spot near a sunny windowsill that gets good indirect light

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