Best no light houseplants

5 Overlooked Plants That Can

Adding a new houseplant or two after the holidays may help the winter pass by a bit faster. Flowering plants are nice because they add color at a time when we really need it. If you are looking for something different, try a Bromeliad — it is sort of a cross between a foliage plant and a flowering plant. They not only have unusual flowers, but they also have attractive glossy or patterned strap-like leaves.

Bromeliads are relatives of the pineapple and come from tropical and subtropical regions of South America. They are very popular in Europe but have not received the attention they deserve here in the United States. They are attractive, easy to care for, and relatively pest-free. Their flowers last for months with modest light requirements, and because they are slow growing, they won’t grow out of their container or location.

There are two major categories of bromeliads, depending on where they are found in their native habitat. Terrestrials grow directly in the ground, which is no different than most plants. Pineapples and Earth Stars are examples of terrestrial bromeliads. As houseplants, they perform best in bright sunlight and warm temperatures that fall no lower than 60 degrees at night.

The other category is the epiphytic bromeliads, which are very unusual in that they are tree dwellers in nature, perching on branches and hanging on by means of roots that cling to the bark. They wrap their roots around the tree for support rather than nourishment. Instead, they trap rainfall, insects and plant debris in a vase or reservoir created by their rosette of overlapping leathery leaves. Any organic matter trapped in the water-filled reservoir gradually decomposes, providing nutrients that are directly absorbed by the leaves. They also have small scales on the leaves to absorb moisture from rainfall, fog, and high humidity.


Houseplant help!

2004-11-08 13:40:24 by brown_thumb_inside

I've been learning-through-doing on my houseplants, but I could use some experienced advice (books just are not helping!). Some of my plants have done great, some have lingered in a half-life for years and some just die on me.
First, how can I keep my ivy alive?!? I've tried all kinds of lighting situations, from low, indirect light to full sun and they always die! I've tried watering less, watering more. The leaves just turn brown and drop, no matter what. What kind of light is best? How/when to water? Do they need a particular temp or humidity condition to thrive??
Also, my coleus never seem to do well


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