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How to Care for Air Plants

My first introduction to air plants took place some 15 years ago when someone passed me an air plant before flying overseas. In the midst of all the goodbyes, I barely had a chance to ask him how to care for air plants. I wrongly assumed that air plants simply live on air and nothing else! Needless to say, my air plant didn’t live long.

Since then, I have made an effort to learn a thing or two about how to care for air plants . Here’s what I now know, and it turned out to be really easy!

Air plants do not like soil

Air plants (or Tillandsias) absorb water and nutrients through their trichomes, which are the hair-like substance on their leaves. Trichomes bascially act as sponges which absorb water, just like roots. Never plant your air plants in soil as this will cause your air plant to rot and die.

Air plants love humidity

Since air plants absorb moisture from the air, kitchens and bathrooms are the best places to have them in your home. They also like good circulation around them. However, do not place them near heating or cooling vents.

Water your air plant

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In their natural habitat, air plants absorb moisture from rain, dew and decaying leaves around them. Since this is not available in a home environment, we need to take steps to ensure that our air plants have sufficient water.

If your air plant lives in a dry environment, it is a good idea to water it regularly. Although an air plant can live without water for some time, it will only be surviving, not thriving. Lightly misting your air plant every 2 to 3 days will do the trick.

Air plants prefer warmer temperatures

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Air plants are native in deserts, forests and mountain regions of Central and South America. As such, they prefer a temperature range of 50 to 90 degrees F (or 10 to 32 degrees C). Air plants do not like frost and prolonged exposure to low temperatures, which will result in leaf damage.

Air plant need nutrients

Air plants are able to absorb nutrients in their natural environment from decaying leaves. Since this source of nutrients is not readily available in a home environment, it will be a good idea to use a water-soluble fertilizer formulated specifically for air plants, and mist your plants with them once a month. 

Now that you know how easy it is to care for air plants, here’s an assorted pack of 8 air plants to get you started!

Or if you prefer surprises, you could consider the monthly air plant gift subscription box!

And finally, consider getting cholla wood on which to place your air plant.

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or even geometric hanging metal pots.

Useful Links:

Air Plants Care Guide
How to save underwatered and overwatered air plants
Watering air plant 101
How to multiply your air plant collection fast and free

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Clear Succulents: A Fascinating New Trendy Plant

Succulents are a must-have plant due to their low maintenance care and a vast array of shapes, colours and textures. Clear succulents are undoubtedly a great way to level up your plant collection.

Clear or see-through succulents are Haworthia succulents which are native to South Africa. They are classified as a rare succulent and grow in clusters with fleshy leaves which are translucent. They are an unusual succulent that comes in an unexpected lack of colour, making them a prized plant in many’s collections.

In addition, like the majority of succulents, Haworthias are low maintenance. The biggest killer of succulents is overwatering.

In short, there are a variety of haworthias which you can purchase from the links provided to get succulents delivered to your door!

1. Window Haworthia Succulent

Window Haworthia Succulent
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Firstly is the Window Haworthia.

Characteristics: Also known as the Cathedral Window Haworthia, this succulent is drought-tolerant and evergreen. It has rosettes up to 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches in height. The Window Haworthia has fleshy tender leaves with dark stripes and translucent tips.

Flowers: This succulent produces white or light pink flowers that grow on stems 8 inches in length.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

2. Haworthia Cooperi Succulent

Haworthia Cooperi Succulent
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Secondly, and most notably, the Haworthia Cooperi.

Characteristics: The Haworthia Cooperi has small rosette clumps of fleshy, light-green leaves.

Flowers: It flowers in spring and summer, producing white flowers.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

3. Haworthia Cuspidata Succulent

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Thirdly, the Cuspidata which is a more popular Haworthia.

Characteristics: The Haworthia Cuspidata is characterised by its star-like shaped rosettes that grow to 4 inches in diameter with dark green leaves and translucent tips.

Flowers: This succulent produces small white flowers on top of long, thin stems during spring.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

4. Haworthia Cymbiformis Var. Obtusa

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Characteristics: The Haworthia Cymbiformis Var Obtusa has denser rosettes that grow to 6 inches in diameter and form large round clumps. They have neon green leaves that are soft and translucent.

Flowers: This succulent produces white or pink flowers on long stems.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

5. Haworthia Batesiana Succulent

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Characteristics: Haworthia Batesiana has translucent, bright-green leaves with white spines that form dense clumps.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

6. Silver Haworthia Succulents

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Characteristics: The Silver Haworthia has pale foliage that is patterned with white and grey. It forms clumps and vary in appearance depending on light conditions.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

Additionally, we have a bunch more articles for you to explore on succulents and other plants. Here are a few of our favourites:
Interesting Types of Cacti
Miniature Succulents
Pink Succulents
Weird Looking Succulents
Rare Succulents

Finally, the best part? You can purchase any of the plants you love in these articles by clicking the links provided.

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Growing Indoor Plants In Water

Overwatering, under watering, sometimes it’s just hard to keep your plants alive. So why not eliminate that factor altogether and grow your plants in water. Growing plants in water means that there are no gnats, no soil and you get to watch the roots grow. This method is low maintenance and disease and pest resistant.

So what plants can you grow in water?

The best indoor plants that grow in water.

1. Pothos

Pothos in a hanging pot

Pothos is featured a lot here on Botanique Lane. Check out our other articles on our beloved pothos plant.

Indoor Plants That Love Low Light
Tropical Indoor Plants
Pothos (Devil’s Ivy) Care Guide
Shop at Markets for Cheap Plants

2. Arrowhead

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Arrowhead plants or syngoniums are a tropical vine. To Propagate them, cut an inch below an aerial root so that it will grow in water.

3. Philodendron

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Philodendrons, like Arrowheads, are also a tropical plant. To propagate Philodendrons, cut below an aerial root with sharp scissors and transfer to water.

4. English Ivy

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English Ivy is able to be propagated by cutting approximately six inches of a mature plant’s vine and submerging the stem in water. Do not let the leaves touch water.

5. Monstera

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Monstera plants are able to be propagated in water if the stem removed contains an aerial root. So trim a stem off and submerge it in water.

6. Peace Lily

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Peace Lilies do best when transferred into water as a whole plant rather than propagated so wash off the soil and place it in water.

7. Spider Plant

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Spider plants are water propagated by trimming off a pup from the main plant and placing the roots in water. They grow super fast.

8. Lucky Bamboo

Bamboo sprouting leaves in water

Lucky bamboo can simply be placed in a bottle of water. Nothing special, just fertilise it once in a while.

9. Wandering Jew

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Take scissors and trim a stem, removing lower sets of leaves. Place the node in water to regrow roots in a container that submerges them.

10. Chinese Evergreen

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Remove a stem with roots and transfer it into a glass jar that submerges the roots in water. Use rainwater where possible. We recommend removing at least six inches of stem to regrow a Chinese Evergreen in Water.

How to grow your plants in water?

Most plants are able to propagate in water but not all will thrive and grow in water. Growing plants without soil is known as hydroculture and instead of potting soil, gel/water beads or clay pebbles are used. They absorb and contain water so that the roots get to breathe while getting water as it allows air to circulate around the roots.

To grow your plant in water, remove the plant with roots and transfer it into a glass jar, submerging the roots in water. It is best to use rainwater as it doesn’t contain chemicals. However, if you are going to use tap water, leave the water in the jar for a day to let the chlorine evaporate.

Have fun growing plants in water!

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Pet Safe Indoor Plants

Having indoor plants can be dangerous if your cats and dogs eat or chew houseplants. By getting plants that are safe and non-toxic to your furry friends, you’ll have peace of mind that your plants are not hurting your pets. Don’t let your pets hold you back from having your dream indoor plant haven, here are some pet-safe indoor plants to ease your mind.

10 Pet-Friendly Houseplants to Cultivate your Indoor Plant Jungle Without Harming Your Furry Friends.

1. Spider Plant

Spider plant sitting on the top of a desk.

Spider Plants are also known as ribbon or aeroplane plants and are easy to grow and extremely resilient. They are air purifiers and get rid of your home’s toxins while tolerating a wide range of conditions.

2. African Violet

African Violets on a window sill, a perfect pet friendly plant
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African Violets have beautiful flowers that come in a range of pinks and purples. They are low maintenance and thrive in medium light conditions. Bottom water your African Violet to keep it moist without damaging foliage.

3. Bird’s Nest Fern

Bird's Nest Fern, a perfect pet safe indoor plant.
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Bird’s Nest Ferns are great because they do well in medium-low light conditions. Water your Bird’s Nest Fern weekly and keep the humidity up by misting frequently.

4. Polka Dot Plant

Polka dot plant, pet safe indoor plants.
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Polka Dot Plants sport pink, white and red foliage. They are a relatively small plant, native to Madagascar that grows to approximately 25 centimetres in height.

5. Peperomia

Peperomia, indoor house plant safe for cats and dogs.
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Peperomias are a popular houseplant that comes in a range of diverse colours and textures. They need very little water and have thick, waxy leaves.

6. Parlor Palm

Parlor Palm, indoor pet friendly houseplant.
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Parlor Palms love indirect light and will grow up to several metres tall to give a lush green impact in your home without harming your pets.

7. Venus Flytrap

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Venus Flytraps are pet friendly and low maintenance. Place it in a region that receives a minimum of four hours of direct sunlight. Use moss as a substrate instead of soil.

8. Orchids

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Orchids will add an elegance to your home without posing a threat to your plants. They thrive in partial light. Water them once a week and twice a week during the summer.

9. Baby Tears

Baby Tears
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Place your Baby Tears in a location with filtered light and moist soil. Water frequently to ensure it does not dry out.

10. Gloxinia

Gloxinia
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Native to Brazil, these beautiful flowers will blossom shades of purple, red, pink or even blue. Place them on a sunny windowsill and keep the soil moist. Gloxinias will make a perfect addition to your home while being pet safe indoor plants.

Check out our articles on plant pests and common plant problems.

Our Recommendation:

Pet-friendly Succulent Pack available in a set of 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 best succulent plants suitable for pet homes. Each pack contains a random variety of succulents with a size of 2-inches, fully rooted in a plastic pot with soil.
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Indoor Plants That Love Low Light

Here is a list of indoor plants that love low light so you can enjoy them while they enjoy your home.

It can be frustrating when you love plants but your home doesn’t have enough windows or natural light to facilitate the plants you have.

You don’t always need a brightly lit home and a green thumb to keep pretty indoor plants. There are an abundance of indoor plants that are low-light tolerant, forgiving and easy to care for. There are even plants that prefer shade to sun! If you are looking for low-light, low-maintenance additions for your home, we’re glad you’re here.

Best indoor low light plants

1. Devil’s Ivy

Pothos in a hanging pot, indoor plants that love low light.

Devil’s Ivy (Pothos) is a plant that can grow vines in even the worst of conditions. Inside, outside, in the dark, in the sun, your pothos will grow.

Check out our pothos care guide here.

2. ZZ Plant

ZZ plant leaves, indoor plants that love low light.

ZZ Plants are loved for their thick, waxy leaves that add lush foliage and colour to your home while being very low maintenance.

3. Peace Lily

Peace lily in low light conditions.

Peace Lilies are an easy plant to keep and produce beautiful, tropical flowers. While tolerant of low light, Peace Lilies won’t bloom as frequently without more sun.

4. Monstera

Monstera in low light conditions.

Monstera avoid direct sunlight but enjoy bright rooms. Despite that, they are tolerant of low light conditions. Only water your monstera when the soil is dry. Regularly mist the foliage during dry, hot summer weather.

5. Maidenhair Fern

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Maidenhair ferns are loved for their delicate appearance. Keep your maidenhair fern in a warm spot with filtered light, they dislike high temperatures and direct sun.

6. Nerve Plant

Nerve Plant in low light conditions.

Nerve plants (fittonia) prefer bright light conditions but tolerate low light well. They come in a few colourful varieties to choose from like red, pink and white.

7. Snake Plant

Snake plant in a black pot on a white surface.

Snake plants are an easy maintenance succulent. They can even tolerate dark areas. Ensure that you do not overwater your snake plant as it is a succulent and wet soil will cause root rot.

8. Parlor Palm

Parlor palm, the perfect plant for low light conditions.
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Parlor Palms are a household plant favourite as they are extremely resilient and do well in medium light conditions and are low light tolerant. They are guaranteed to liven a bland corner of your home.

9. Spider Plant

Spider plant sitting on the top of a desk in low light.

Spider plants are easy to grow and share, making it the perfect plant to gift to others. They tolerate a lot of neglect and thrive in indirect lighting conditions.

10. Staghorn Fern

Staghorn fern hanging in a basket, perfect indoor plant for low light conditions.
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Staghorn ferns thrive in indirect light and high humidity. The optimal place to position your Staghorn fern inside your home is the bathroom to accommodate its humidity and lighting needs.

That concludes our list of the best indoor plants that love low light. We hope you’ve found a plant to suit your home. Check out our other articles on plant favourites, care guides and plant maintenance.

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10 Pink Indoor House Plants and How To Care For Them

Here is a list of our favourite 10 pink indoor house plants! Sometimes green leaves can get a little boring in your home. Adding some pink leaved plants into your living areas is a good way to brighten up a room and add a splash of colour that lasts all year round.

1. Pink Nerve Plant

Nerve Plant - 10 Pink Indoor House Plants
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Nerve plants are also known as mosaic plants because of their veiny leaves. They grow to approximately 15 centimetres and like indirect light. Keep your nerve plant moist and add water when the surface begins to dry.

2. Polka Dot Plant

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Polka dot plants have spotted leaves that come in white, pink and red. In their natural habitat, polka dot plants grow to 90 centimetres in height, but tend to be small and compact when grown indoors. Polka dot plants enjoy bright, indirect light. Keep the soil moist in summer and water less during winter.

3. Ruby Rubber Tree

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The Ruby Rubber Plant is one of the many varieties of rubber trees. It sports bright pink leaves that can grow up to 30 centimetres in size. Rubber trees can reach a height of 3 metres indoors and prefer medium to bright light. Water your rubber tree every few weeks as they don’t like getting too dry.

Here is a more extensive article on rubber tree care.

4. Pink Arrowhead Plant

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Arrowhead plants, also known as syngoniums grow upright when small, but develop trailing stems as they reach maturity. You can prune these stems to keep your plant short and compact. Arrowhead plants grow up to 90 centimetres in size and prefer low to medium light. Water your arrowhead plant when the top 3 centimetres of soil are dry.

5. Caladium

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Caladiums have large heart-shaped leaves and a delicate, veiny appearance. They can grow to 90 centimetres in height and 60 centimetres in width. Caladiums thrive in part-shade or filtered light and enjoy moist soil.

6. Cordyline Rubra

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Cordyline thrive in outdoor conditions and are also known as a houseplant. They produce flowers and berries during different seasons. They grow to 90 centimetres in height and enjoy full sun while tolerating part shade. Cordyline need to be watered regularly that they don’t dry out.

7. Calathea

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Calatheas have many interesting markings which make them known as the zebra plant, peacock plant and rattlesnake plant. They are also referred to as prayer plants because their leaves fold up at night.

8. Pink Princess Philodendron

Pink Princess Philodendron
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Pink Princess Philodendrons (Philodendron Erubescens) are loved for their pink variegated leaves. They enjoy bright indirect light indoors and moist, well-drained soil. They become quite a viney plant, so ensure you have a moss pole or stake to prop it up.

9. Moonstones

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Moonstones are one of the rarer succulents and are harder to hunt down. If you do manage to get your hands on one, they can grow up to 2o centimetres in size and like bright to direct light. Water your succulent once the soil has fully dried out.

10. Calathea Ornata

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Calathea Ornatas have lovely striped patterns on their leaves that sport a light pink colour that nicely contrasts the deep green leaf. They like bright light conditions but not direct sunlight and do best when kept moist but not wet.

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Tropical Indoor Plants

Here are some tropical indoor plants to start cultivating your plant jungle plus some tips on how to keep them alive and healthy.

Our favourite picks on tropical indoor plants and how to care for them.

1. Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise in a grey pot, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Bird of Paradise plants are great because they are hardy, tolerant of a variety of conditions and create a dramatic impact with their size and large, flat leaves.

2. Elephant’s Ear

Elephant's Ear plant with lush green leaves, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Elephant’s Ears are perfect for cultivating your indoor jungle as they have fast growing foliage and large, bright green leaves.

3. Peace Lily

Peace Lily, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Peace lilies are already a house plant staple, and will add a great touch to your jungle as they produce white flowers to break through the varying tones of green your home will soon become.

4. Ficus Elastica

Ficus Elastica, one of the best trees for indoor jungle cultivation.

Ficus Elastica comes in a variety of colours and sizes, and like the bird of paradise, will create a statement piece for your home. With different colours to match your house colour scheme, you can’t go wrong with a Ficus Elastica.

Need help caring for your ficus elastica? Check out our care guide for more information on how to keep your ficus elastica happy.

5. Bromeliads

Bromeliads, an indoor tropical plant jungle must-have.

Bromeliads are a really interesting plant! Their leaf formation resembles a succulent’s rosette, but its tropical foliage and bright red colour are bound to create an accent of warm colour in your home.

6. Anthurium

Anthurium, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Anthuriums, like peace lilies, have beautiful flowers that are similar in appearance. While most tropical plants are often lush green, this plant is the spark your home needs to add some bright colour and fun.

7. Pothos

Pothos or Devil's Ivy, a tropical plant garden staple.

Here at Botanique Lane, we love pothos. We just can’t get enough! They’re easy to grow, can be styled to suit your room and their leaves are so satisfying to touch. With our other picks being catered toward plants that sit on surfaces of your home, Pothos can be hung in baskets, draped over bookshelves or climb up your walls!

Here is a care guide on how to ensure your pothos is happy!

8. Syngonium

Syngoniums, perfect, fast growing  tropical indoor plants.

Syngoniums come in a variety of colours and variegations. There are even groups of collectors dedicated to sharing their different varieties with one another because there are so many different types! While some can come at a steep price, standard pixie syngoniums will provide a fresh pop of light green to your home.

9. Philodendron Congo

Philodendron Congo, perfect tropical indoor plants.
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There are a variety of species like the Jogo, Emerald, Moonlight and typical green. Philodendron Congos are fast growing and like most tropical plants, are easily rooted in water. This large plant will make a statement piece for any room of your house, and is easily shared with friends that marvel at your beautiful plant.

10. Monstera

Monstera, an indoor plant must-have and staple for your indoor plant jungle cultivation.

Monsteras are likely the most popular indoor plant at the moment, and with good reason. They are fast growing, easy to propagate and have unique foliage that feature cut out holes. There isn’t much not to love about monsteras. That’s why they are the perfect addition to your indoor jungle.

11. Pilea

Pileas, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Who can resist a good pilea? Their leaf shape is adorable and when in the right conditions, will sprout new leaves for you constantly. Just give it a skewer to climb up and your pilea will be happy!

12. Parlor Palm

Parlor Palm, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Parlor palms are one of my household favourites because they are so easy to take care of. Unlike our other tropical plant picks, parlor palms have narrow, thin leaves that adds a new visual texture into the mix. They come in a wide range of sizes, from ones that will sit as an accent to your study desk to large plants that could frame your entrance.

Now that you’re ready to purchase your new tropical indoor plants, check out our article on types of plant pots for information on pots best suited to your plants and your home.

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Unique and Unusual Houseplants

This collection of unique and unusual houseplants showcases plants that have interesting leaf shapes and patterning. Although some may be considered rare, I have spotted a fair few of these at local markets as well as larger plant retailers like Bunnings.

Check out our list to find the next plant to add to your collection!

10 Unusual Houseplants with Unique Leaf Patterns and Shapes.

1. Haworthia Cooperi

Haworthia Cooperi, unique house plant.
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Haworthias are characterised by their jelly like appearance, with the leaves resembling a clump of bubbles. Haworthias come in a wide variety, but the Haworthia Cooperi is my all time favourite.

Caring for your Haworthia Cooperi is simple; water sparingly during colder weather and regularly during hotter, dry climate weather. Ensure that the soil has dried out completely before you rewater. Make sure that the soil used to pot your haworthia is well-draining to reduce the amount of excess water in the soil, which haworthias will not tolerate. Place your haworthia in a position that it will receive bright light, but not direct sun.

2. Rabbit Succulent

Rabbit succulent,  unusual and unique houseplant.
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Rabbits succulents are what they sound like, and resemble little bunny heads with long ‘ears’.

Like the haworthia, to care for your rabbit succulent, the requirements are quite simple. Place your haworthia in well-draining soil, bright light and water sparingly.

3. Rex Begonia

Rex Begonia, unusual and unique houseplants.
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Spiral-patterned leaves and vibrant colours are what characterise the Rex Begonia.

To care for your Begonia, water it regularly and mist your plant as it enjoys high humidity. Ensure it has organic well-draining soil for it to thrive.

4. Nerve Plants

Nerve plants or fittonias, unusual and unique house plants.
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Fittonias have bright, veiny markings which give them their nickname, nerve plants. They come in a variety of beautiful, warm-toned colours as well as a classic white, so there is bound to be one perfect for your home.

Check your nerve plant’s soil regularly as it enjoys well-drained soil that is kept moist but not overly wet. Water your nerve plant moderately and let it dry out between waterings. Place them in bright, indirect light to allow them to thrive.

5. Lithops

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As they look like rocks, Lithops are nicknamed ‘living rocks’. Lithops grow slowly and will die if you overwater them. If you care for them correctly, you might even see them flower!

Lithops are best adapted to direct sunlight, so place them in an area like your window sill that gets the most sun. Water your lithops extremely sparingly as they have a capacity to hold water for months. To ensure that you don’t overwater, place your lithop in a cactus mix or fast draining potting mix.

6. String of Dolphins

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The string of dolphins has tiny leaves shaped like breaching dolphins. The name of this variety is Senecio Peregrinus. They are variegated varieties but they are super rare!

Place your string of dolphins in bright, indirect light and well-draining potting mid. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent root rot and aphid infestations.

7. Fishbone Cactus

Fish bone cactus, zig-zag cactus or Selenicereus Anthonyanus. Unusual and unique houseplants.
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Also known as the zig-zag cactus or Selenicereus Anthonyanus resemble a fern but are actually a cactus! It is low maintenance and produces beautiful, pink flowers when in bloom.

Place your Fishbone Cactus in indirect light for it to do best. Like other cacti, do not water your fishbone cactus as often as your other plants as it retains water.

8. Sweetheart Plant

Hoya Heart, sweetheart plant, unusual and unique houseplants.
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Flat, heart shaped leaves have dubbed the Hoya Heart, or Sweetheart Plant the romance succulent.

Like most succulents, the Sweetheart Plant is extremely low maintenance. It is often sold as a single leaf and is easy to propagate, once fully grown, it takes on the appearance of a viney plant covered in a lush head of hearts.

Sweetheart Plants are quite adaptable to most indoor lighting conditions so place them in moderate-bright light. Neglect your sweetheart plant when it comes to watering and do not overwater it as it will become soggy and cause root rot.

9. Staghorn Fern

Wall mounted Staghorn fern. Unusual and unique houseplants.
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Staghorn ferns have leaves that resemble the horns of a stag.

Try mounting your Staghorn fern on your wall to create a vertical garden and a new way of decorating boring walls.

Water your Staghorn fern frequently, but let it dry out between waterings. They will enjoy a high humidity region with indirect to shaded light.

10. Lipstick Echeveria

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Lipstick Echeverias are a succulent type with a signature, vibrant red colour. Their shiny, wax-like glossy leaves further seal the deal as the ‘lipstick’ echeveria.

Like other succulents, to care for your Lipstick Echeveria, plant it in a well-draining potting mix, water infrequently and place it in a sunny spot.

That concludes our list of unusual and unique houseplants. I hope you have found one or two to add to your wish list and growing home collection.

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Plants for Your Dorm Room (Our Top 10)

When moving out of home and settling into your new dorm room, having plants in your room will add happy, green accents and create a sense of warmth and home. These 10 low-maintenance plants are perfect for you and your new living space.

Plants that you will love when moving into your new dorm room/living space.

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera in pots on an outside patio.

Aloe vera is a low maintenance plant that is multipurpose! It has been shown to benefit your skin in healing and reducing the symptoms of sunburn, dry skin, mosquito bites and scratches as well as being used in many skin care products.

To use your aloe vera plant, break off a leaf and cut or squeeze the end to extract the clear gel that is within. Rubbing the gel onto your skin promotes healing natural and helps to soothe symptoms of burn and itch.

2. Spider Plant

Spider plant sitting on the top of a desk.

Spider plants are known as an air filtering plant but mostly it is just fun to look at. These plants self propagate by producing small off-shoots on long branches that quickly root once they touch the soil. Breaking the long stems that attach the baby plant to its mother once roots have established creates a whole new plant!

When taking care of your spider plant ensure that you have sufficient drainage to prevent root rot. A shading, cool position is preferable for your new spider plant friend.

3. Orchids

Orchid in a pot on top of a desk being admired by a cat.

Orchids are a tropical plant that prefer temperate to warm climates. The flowers that orchids have come in a variety of colours including white, purple and pink. An interesting thing about orchids is that they increase the air humidity which is great for those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies.

Keep your orchid in moist soil that has sufficient drainage as too much moisture can lead to wilting. A preferred position to place your orchid in your dorm is on the window sill as it casts filtered sunlight onto your plant. These beautiful flowers will add a colourful pop to your room!

4. Cacti and Succulents

Succulents on a wooden surface.

Cacti and succulents are an all round favourite indoor plant. They can be places on your desk or window sill and amazingly need very little care and watering. With so many varieties, colours and shapes of cacti and succulents, you are bound to fit one that you love.

To take care of your succulent or cactus, place them in bright light near a window or under your desk lamp. Take time between waterings to ensure the soil is completely dry.

If you accidentally break a leaf off your succulent, don’t fret! You can easily propagate more succulents from your broken leaf, check out article Succulent Propagation 101 on how.

5. Lucky Bamboo

Lucky bamboo, like succulents, is a household favourite. They come in a multitude of shapes and sizes as bamboo are fast growing plants that can be trained to take on different shapes.

Bamboo have a preference for low light and can grow in low to medium light. Ensure that your plant isn’t placed in direct light because this can cause your bamboo’s leaves to burn.

You can grow your lucky bamboo in soil or even just in a glass of water.

6. Pothos

Pothos in a hanging pot

Pothos come in a variety of colours and variegations. Their lush foliage and winding stems make them a versatile plant that can climb, hang and trail to suite your room.

Pothos enjoy low to medium indoor lighting which is perfect! Allow the soil to dry out almost completely between waterings.

You can hang pothos from your ceiling in baskets, drape them down your bookshelf or simply place it on your nightstand.

7. Snake Plant

Snake plant in a black pot on a white surface.

Snake plants are a designer favourite. Also known as mother-in-laws’s tongue or Sansevieria, the snake plant is sturdy and almost impossible to kill.

Snake plants are extremely easy to grow and thrive in all lighting conditions which is why snake plants are perfect for your dorm room no matter what! Their tough and thick foliage means you don’t need to water snake plants as often as you do your other thinner leafed plants.

8. Ferns

Fern hanging off the edge of a desk

Ferns are a household classic because their leaves are delicate and lush green, making them an attractive plant to decorate the interiors of your dorm room. There are a variety of fern types, each coming with its own leaf shape and size.

Ferns do best in medium to bright lighting. Ensure that you fern does not dry out. You need to keep the humidity in your room high, so placing it next to your orchid will be ideal! Like orchids, ferns are also a natural humidifier, so pairing the two together will ensure that they both get the humidity they need.

9. Scallions

scallions chopped up

While not as aesthetically pleasing as our other picks, scallions are your perfect dorm companion because they are an edible plant! Using scissors to snip off the tip of your scallions will promote growth as well as giving a nice garnish to your midnight ramen snack.

Placing your scallions in a tall, narrow glass of water filled to cover the roots and white base will ensure that your scallions are getting their required water. Placing your scallions along your window sill will also make for good window decor.

Now you have infinite scallions whenever you want!

10. ZZ Plants

ZZ plant leaves

ZZ plants are another designer favourite for their plump leaves and hard stems. Only water your ZZ plant once it has completely dried out. They are similar in care to a cactus which makes it your ideal dorm companion.

ZZ plants enjoy bright, medium and low light. They are practically indestructible and the only possible way you could kill a ZZ plant is if you overwater it.

Neglecting your ZZ plant is the best you can do to ensure it stays happy in your dorm.

Hope you found your new favourite dorm room plants!