Happy house­plants

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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.

Suc­cu­lents and

small cacti

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

pretty hardy.

Hoya

(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.

Mother-in-law’s tongue

(San­se­vieria tri­fas­ci­ata)

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. Well-drained soil, bright light, cooler

tem­per­a­tures.

Heat and over­wa­ter­ing.

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. Over­wa­ter­ing, crowded pots.

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