Native to the tropics, this indoor plant superstar features large, glossy leaves. Best of all, Croton (Codiaeum) matches the fall season with its fabulous foliage. Croton needs warmth, humidity, and moist soil. If the air in your home is dry, provide a saucer larger than needed filled with pebbles to set your pot on.
ZZ plant, “aka Zanzibar Gem,” is an easy-to-grow houseplant sure to be the star of your indoor plant show. We love ZZ plant’s glossy, green leaves that grow in a zig-zag shape. It’s tolerant to a range of light, humidity, and watering conditions …and it’ll thrive just about anywhere — including under fluorescent lights. ZZ is definitely a Super Star!
Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
We can’t get enough of this modern looking, undemanding, adaptable, low-maintenance, indoor plant in the Agave family. It will flourish in any type of light and can withstand dry air, fluctuating temperatures, and little water. Most Bay Area Gardeners are familiar with Sansevieria Laurentii, but new cultivars like Cylindrica and Moonshine have really wowed us. Meet the “new Sansevierias”!
“I love Philodendrons because they’re an easy-care, air-cleaning, indoor plant,” says Cindy Bonilla, houseplant buyer and Assistant Manager at our Sloat Blvd SF location. Philodendrons are strikingly beautiful, easy-care indoor plants. There are two main varieties: Arborescent types are shrub-sized plants that have huge leaves and self-supporting trunks. They’re excellent for containers, but they grow so large they need more space than climbing types. Arborescent types: Selloum (aka Tree Philodendron) is pictured above, Congo red & green, Prince of Orange, and Xanadu. Climbing types. Varieties: Green heartleaf and Brasil (a form of Philodendron cordatum).
Hanging succulents indoors
Love succulents? Hang them inside! They’ll grace your home with cascading, vines in different shapes and sizes. Some favorites are: String of Pearls, String of Bananas, Fish Hooks (all Senecio), and Sedum Donkey Tail. Another option is Epiphyllum; a tropical Cacti found on tree branches as an Epiphyte. These plants will produce flowers as large as 6” across in a range of colors: white, cream, yellow, pink, rose, and purple.
This attractive and popular trailing plant will grace any indoor space with its lush leaves. It grows well in low-light but the foliage will turn an even brighter color if it receives some sun. Train the vines to wrap around a stake, a shelf, or bookcase.
There are a dazzling number of varieties of available, and all are prized for their foliage. These lush plants will thrive in dark rooms. Aglaonema is also one of our absolute favorite air cleaning plants!
Kimberly Queen Ferns are a more compact variety than Boston Ferns; they’re often used as a stand alone hanging basket or best of all, as an indoor plant. Low-maintenance and easy to grow, the dark-green fronds lend year-round, tropical texture indoors, or to shady decks, front porches, balconies, and patios.
Start up a tropical jungle in your house with these feathery palms! Neanthe Bella are smaller, slow-growing palms that make perfect houseplants. Tolerates crowded roots and poor light.
Anthurium This exotic, unusual indoor plant is really having its moment! It thrives in humidity and moderate shade. Its glossyleaves and lustrous bracts will look gorgeous in all the new pottery that just arrived in our stores.
Spider plants are vigorous, easy-to grow-trailing plants with graceful arching stems. As one of the least demanding indoor plants, they thrive in bright light, but can tolerate low light, too. Spider Plants don’t mind being watered frequently, but they can last without water and still look lush. Spider Plants are perhaps best known for the way they produce new baby plants at their ends. Often grown in hanging baskets, Spider Plants can also grow in traditional containers on tabletops and desks.
Bromeliads are known for their large and showy flower bracts in a wide array of colors (pink, cream, yellow, orange, red, and maroon). Native to tropical rainforests, Bromeliads do well in low light conditions and also, artificial light. Bromeliads are not difficult to grow and will reward you with many weeks of color with little to no effort.
ASPCA’s list of toxic/non-toxic plants for dogs and cats