BECI’S TOP PICKS FOR SUCCESSFUL INDOOR GROWING
Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
I have a few of these around my studio; one particularly huge one is growing up a stump and is slowly taking over everything. the studio
has relatively low natural light but good arti cial light, and these guys just keep on growing. I have occasionally forgotten to water them too, and it’s only when the leaves start to sag that I remember they might need a drink. But give them a good soak and
they bounce back easily.
Dracaena (Dracaena fragrans)
This is one of those plants that you can literally forget about for months and it will be okay. I know this because we have one in our warehouse in the staff bathroom, which isn’t used
very often. I go to this bathroom probably once a month and there it is, still going strong. I’ll give it a little water, it gives me some ‘thank you’ plant vibes, and then I won’t see it for another
month. Our relationship works great with this set-up.
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Another plant that thrives on neglect and is very easy to grow. We have one in our doughnut shop; it doesn’t get a whole lot of loving, yet it keeps on growing. I had the same plant in my studio for a while, and the lack of light in there almost
killed it, but once it was moved into the brighter light downstairs it soon returned
to full health.
I have a bunch of different varieties on my lounge room windowsill; I love them because they look like a group of sculptures. They grow slowly (if at all) and ask for very little in life. You will need to experiment with different varieties to see which ones work best indoors. Most of them need
some kind of sunlight or warmth, but overall they are
(also known as wax plant)
My gran’s house is where I came across my rst hoya plant. Hers was a decent size
and covered in pink waxy owers, and my four-year-old self could not get my head around how those owers were real – they looked so fake! It’s part of the reason why I love hoyas. They come
in lots of varieties, often distinguished by numbers. I have a no12 hoya in my bathroom, which is growing rapidly, and a curly rope hoya
in my lounge.
These guys are known for their indestructible nature but I have killed a few. Now I know this is from overcrowding – this guy loves space in the pot. We currently have one in the windowless bathroom of our doughnut shop and it’s doing great, so it can obviously deal with artificial light. These plants are also great air purifiers.
Low-medium light, moderate watering, leaves being wiped down with a wet cloth. Nothing. This plant is very easygoing. All round neglect. Does best in bright light, but will tolerate any conditions. Overwatering, direct sunlight, attention....
Good drainage and warmer temperatures. Overwatering. There’s a hoya for most conditions. Research their individual needs. Will not ower in low-light conditions. It’s a desert plant so it thrives where it’s warm, but never in the direct sun....