Every passionate florist dreams of replenishing the collection, especially when it comes to exotic indoor plants. Unusual specimens are looked for in nurseries and greenhouses, brought from hot countries, exchanged, and sold on forums. Every collector of domestic flora representatives must have their own wishlist of rare plants. What kind of indoor plants most often become the object of desire of flower growers? Let's find out.
Easy to grow, pleasantly looking, beautifully blooming — do plant lovers need more? Adenium or Desert Rose is the East African and Arabian native, feeling wonderful in warm climate conditions. All you need to care for Adenium is a full sun location and well-drained soil — thus, you’ll mimic the plant’s native regional conditions.
Aloe Vera is one of the most popular houseplants. The term ‘aloe’ is commonly applied to a group of over 500 (!) species of shrubs native to Africa, Madagascar, and the Arabian Peninsula. Any kind of this popular succulent improves the air quality and makes us sleep better. Aloe has the rare property of removing harmful carbon dioxide from the room air, releasing oxygen at the same time. This plant requires a bright, sunny spot and does not need frequent watering.
Or rather, one of its species (Cracked Ariocarpus) is a cactus devoid of thorns. And this is his first singularity. The second is very slow growth. It takes a cactus about fifty years to reach a decimeter in diameter. Well, the third is a thick fleshy root, tightly intertwined with each other. All this allowed the exotic succulent to grow in places where other representatives of the flora are rarely found — in the crevices of rocky rocks and cliffs.
Yes, you can grow bananas indoors. And what is surprising here, in fact, a banana is grass, but very high. There are even several types of indoor bananas — decorative and edible. Ornamental ones are distinguished by large beautiful leaves, and edible ones, as the name implies, have tasty fruits that are indistinguishable from store-bought ones.
A whimsical beauty from the rainforest stands out for its luxurious leaves, oval or elongated. And the main decoration of the leaves is unusual multicolored patterns: silver paired stripes on a dark green background near the calathea ornata, light green spots and green veins near the wonderful calathea, the velvety surface and the dark red color of the leaf plate near the Calathea.
The lovely plant Moraea tortilis or Spiral Grass is a bulbous plant known for its very unusual and ornamental twisting and curly leaves that resemble a corkscrew.
Even though this grass looks like someone took scissors to it to give it that spiral shape, it grows that way naturally. Since it tends to spread easily when planted in the ground, a pot is a way to go with this stuff.
This plant has bright green leaves with vivid reddish pink edges, which form dense rosettes. Each of its leaves is tipped with a small spine. Echeveria blooms in spring and is perfect in rock gardens or mixed succulent planting. One more comfortable thing is that it is a frost-tender evergreen. Hint: the more sun this plant gets, the redder its tips become.
The thornless Euphorbia Obesa resembles a ball, which is precisely why it's commonly referred to as a "Baseball Plant." It can grow from six to 15 centimeters wide and holds water in a reservoir for drought protection.
Fittonia got its nickname ‘Nerve plant’ due to its bright leaf veins. Their coloring and extraordinary patterns resemble the human nervous system — a perfect choice to transform the boring spots in your apartment. High humidity is a perfect environment for Nerve plants. They do well in terrariums, hanging baskets, or dish gardens. Place it in a warm area and avoid drafts.
Even though it might look like a bunch of bubbles settled on it, it's actually those clumps of small rosettes made out of fleshy green leaves that make it so unique.
Lemon, kumquat, tangerine, lime, and their hybrids. It is not at all easy to grow a citrus tree at home: the plants are often naughty, get sick, do not bloom, and do not bear fruit. And they are also very fond of various parasites, especially spider mites. But still, picking a lemon or orange grown with your own hands is quite real. You just need to take care of indoor citrus as carefully as possible, listening to the advice of experienced people.
A tiny heart-shaped succulent with thick fleshy leaves. It can tolerate as little as two waterings per month — nevertheless, make sure it is planted in a pot with a drainage hole. Without a doubt, the most romantic succulent you’ve ever seen. In most cases, it is sold as clippings of single leaves, but you can also find a full plant covered with green hearts.
This Lifesaver cactus blooms with 5-pointed, star-resembling flowers, zebra stripes, and a thick center that resembles a root beer. If you grow them in low light, they are deep green. In full sun, they attain a reddish tinge. Does this plant look like a chocolate-glazed donut or a lifesaver candy? Up to you.
A tree-like shrub growing in southern countries with a dry climate has taken root on our windowsills. Not so long ago, breeders received varieties that are miniature in size and, at the same time, are quite capable of bearing fruit. Although the main advantage of indoor pomegranate is magnificent flowers, with a little bit of effort, the florist will be able to feast on fruits that are not inferior in taste to the purchased ones.
The pineapple grown in the apartment is no worse than the purchased one. A little "witchcraft" (for flowering and fruiting indoor pineapple, it is recommended to fumigate it with smoke) and the exotic fruit will ripen right in your living room. And the planting material can be taken by cutting off the leaf rosette from the eaten fruit.
If you want to grow greenery on the side of your wall, this is the way to do it. Known as a "Staghorn Fern," this variety gets its name for its uniquely-shaped leaves that look like, well, animal horns.
Unopened flowers resemble hot-air balloons — that’s why they are named Balloon Flowers. When blooming, these flowers have cup-like star-shaped blossoms. These are attractive, easy-to-grow, pest-free shrubs. In Korea, the balloon flower root is used fresh or dried in salads! Worldwide, balloon flowers symbolize unchanging love, honesty, and obedience.
If you can see a plant with bright pink stems and deep red-tipped leaves — be sure it’s not photoshopped. This might be Red Aglaonema — an easy-to-care houseplant that needs bright indirect sunlight to make its colors even more pronounced.
Technically, these plants are called Greenovia Dodrentalis, but they earned their nickname because they look just like the iconic red flowers you get on Valentine's Day. However, these succulents are much easier to keep alive than roses — all you need to do is water the top of the soil when it's dry!
Commonly known as "Donkey Tail," the Sedum Morganianum produces stems that can grow up to 24 inches long and produces blue-green leaves. It's also native to southern Mexico and Honduras.
An orchid-related flower that can be grown indoors or outdoors. In any case, its all-black appearance is pretty striking. It is relatively rare; although, if you grow it inside, it will endow you with extraordinary deep purple blooming, resembling a bat in flight. Originally, Taccas grew in the damp shadows of the Asian tropical jungles. They need warm, humid shade to thrive.
Here are just a few exotic houseplants. In fact, there are many more of them because the richness of natural colors and forms is incalculable. What exotic houseplants live in your home?