Green indoor plants

Learn about green indoor plants

Filling an empty corner of the living room, corridor or entrance is particularly complicated at times, but for lovers of greenery, you can opt for the purchase of a plant that does not suffer from being indoors. There are many green indoor plants, each with its own characteristics that make it unique; from succulents to semi-arboreal species, up to climbing plants. Of course, even indoor plants have different needs from species to species and, before buying one, it is good to evaluate whether the environment intended for it has the right characteristics: lighting, temperature and humidity. Some varieties need direct sunlight, others still need shade, characteristics that not all rooms have. Here are some species that do not require special precautions and which represent,

the aspidistra

The Aspidistra genus includes a few dozen species native to Asia and Africa. These plants saw their flourishing period at the turn of the second half of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, when, imported into Europe, they depopulated in apartments and houses due to their resistance and ease of management. Over the years the aspidistra has thinned out, but in the last twenty years it has also returned to the fore among florists, who use its large leaves to create floral compositions. With leaves generally dark green or with streaks and yellow bands, aspidistra is a plant that does not tolerate direct sunlight, but must be placed in a well-lit area and not in direct contact with artificial heat sources. Its growth is slow and therefore it is decanted, generally, every 4-5 years, and it is so long-lived that it can exceed one hundred years of age. It tolerates temperatures even below zero and above forty degrees, but not for prolonged periods, so care should be taken to monitor the ambient temperature, adding frequent nebulizers to the leaves and the ground.

The trunk of happiness

The trunk (or trunk) of happiness is the common name attributed to Dracaena fragrans, an evergreen plant native to Africa and cultivated almost all over the world for ornamental purposes. Widespread in Italy around the end of the 60s, the trunk of happiness is a species that adapts almost exclusively to apartment life, since in winter it does not tolerate temperatures below fifteen degrees in the least. At the apex of its characteristic trunk, the long glossy leaves develop, which fall downwards, with a bright green or dark green color with yellowish veins (depending on the variety), while the trunk, light brown and cylinder-shaped, is erect and often bears other buds with well developed leaves. This plant needs a large bright area but not in direct contact with the sun, and of numerous waterings especially in the summer period. Although rarely, the trunk of happiness produces an inflorescence about 50 centimeters long made up of small and fragrant pale pink flowers.

Green indoor plants: Aloe vera

Contrary to what one might think, among the green indoor plants there is also the famous aloe vera, mainly used in traditional medicine and in the production of food and cosmetic products. The scientific name of aloe vera is Aloe barbadensis, and it is a succulent species distributed in much of Asia, Africa and South America; its leaves are long, fleshy and studded at the edges with leathery, dark-colored thorns. Older plants produce a panicle-shaped inflorescence, with narrow, elongated yellow or reddish flowers. Being a plant that requires warm climates and arid soils, it is difficult to grow it outdoors (especially in regions with severe winters), but it lends itself very well to growing indoors. It needs a bright environment, in direct contact with the sun for most of the day and with frequent watering, but avoiding harmful water stagnation. In winter it is good to move it from artificial heat sources, but it must never be placed in environments with temperatures below fifteen degrees.

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