Plants of the Week - January 20th 2018

Chlorophytum comosum, or commonly known as Spider Plant or Airplane Plant, is definitely in the top 10 easiest plant to grow.  Spider plants are easy to grow, being able to thrive in a wide range of conditions. They will tolerate temperatures down to 35 °F, but grow best at temperatures between 65 °F and 90 °F. And it’s best to let them dry out between waterings; they have large swollen tubes under the soil to hold water.  They tolerate low and bright light, and are one of the best for reducing indoor air pollution.

Syngonium podophyllum, or commonly known as Arrowhead Vine, is again one of the most common houseplants, featuring distinctly arrow-shaped leaves.  Many to choose from, and the colorful leaves keep their variegation -- even in low-light spots, so this is a top pick for dressing up just about any corner of your home.  Also called Nepthytis.

Peperomia species, or known as Peperomia, are a diverse group of small houseplants with waxy and often highly textured leaves. Its waxy, colorful foliage adds a splash of color in any room -- without taking up a lot of space.  Tolerates low light and wants to dry between waterings.

Crassula ovate, or know to you and me as the Jade Plant, this slow grower can survive for decades if it has bright light and stays dry. It combines well with cacti and other succulents. It appreciates normal room temperatures during the growing season, but grows best if you keep it on the cool side and just moist enough to prevent leaves from shriveling through winter.  Low-water, treelike plant with interesting, gnarly branches and succulent, fleshy leaves.

I would like to add the many different types of succulents available today which most require about the same care as the Jade.  One in particular would be Haworthiopsis attenuata, or commonly known as Zebra Plant.  Takes bright or low light and withsatnds long periods of drought, cool and warm temps, and basically non attentive abuse.  That’s why you see it on so many desks in office settings!

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