Large indoor plants Dallas

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One of my favorite and most challenging ways to decorate is to bring the outdoors inside with plants. In my first apartment, I spent a lot of time planting, watering and eventually killing a lot of plants.

My current home has spots with lots of direct light (the living room) and low light (the master bath) in addition to random corners that just need something green. Here are some indoor plants I’ve had the most success with:

Tillandsia (air plants): I was first introduced to air plants while in San Francisco. I was blown away by the fact that these dirt-free plants could be set in bottles or bowls or hung on the wall.

There are many species to choose from. They come in a wide variety of shapes, and many look like sea creatures.

They are really easy to care for — you just need to soak them in water about twice a week, then expose them to light to dry them out within four hours.

Sansevieria trifasciata (snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue): This is an evergreen perennial plant that likes low light and little water. They thrive on neglect! In fact, you have to be careful not to over-care for them because they will rot easily. Trust me, I know. My plant lives in a bare corner that needed something beautiful with height. And I just found out this plant is known to be a great air cleaner.

Pachira aquatica (money tree bonsai): This plant is traditionally known for good luck and fortune and is very adaptable. There are many tales told about its name, all leading to the moral of the story: to become rich, you must work hard. (No kidding!)

Euphorbia tirucalli (pencil cactus): I had never seen a pencil cactus until a few years ago at a photo shoot. I immediately went to North Haven Gardens to pick one up. These plants grow extremely fast and can live indoors or outdoors. Mine got so big, I had to give it away to someone with a larger home. They can be propagated from cuttings, but the sap can be messy when cut.

Shay Ometz is an East Dallas designer and a mom to two young boys. She and husband Jeff Barfoot are the co-founders of Bee Things, which sells fun art prints and things for the home. Follow her at shayometz.blogspot.com.

Dirt: This little gem of a store in Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District is perfect if you want something unique and ready to go. They have a great selection of succulents. 417 N. Bishop Ave., 214-242-9533. dirtflowers.com.

North Haven Gardens: This is by far my favorite nursery in Dallas. They have an amazing selection of indoor and outdoor plants, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I’ve bought most of my cacti, succulents and air plants here. 7700 Northaven Road, 214-363-5316. nhg.com.

Sunshine Miniature Trees: This is the largest bonsai nursery in North Texas. They have a helpful staff and tons of bonsai trees and exotic plants to choose from. You can even build your own. 7118 Greenville Ave. 214-691-0127. sunshinebonsai.com.

Ikea: I know it is an unlikely place to find plants, but it carries some beautiful, easy-to-care-for plants such as the money tree bonsai. And the price is right. 7171 Ikea Drive, Frisco, 1-888-888-4532. ikea.com.


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2006-09-23 06:52:34 by acooper48

From the Home depo. You're talking of indoor gardening for the winter. That's cool. But do consider this, if you decide to move it outdoors next spring...
I too, live in north tex (dallas). I figured I'd take the "lazy" way with gardening this year by creating a very large container garden. The time savings caused by not having to weed the garden was far outweighed by having to water EVERY day to keep the plants alive during the peak of hell..er..uh...summer. It's been kind of a bummer having to wake up a whole hour earlier every day so far this season, just to keep things going. I'm actually quite looking forward to winter this year for the first time ever! It means I'll get to sleep a little longer


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