Indoor Plants

by Bob Polomski, Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Department of Horticulture, Clemson University and Bill Head, Co-Owner, Head-Lee Nursery, Seneca, SC

During the cold, dreary days of winter, it's really important to bring color inside the home. Joining me today is Bill Head, co-owner of Head-Lee Nursery, and Bill and I are going to be talking about some colorful houseplants that we can bring indoors to kind of brighten those gray days of winter. For a high light area, let's say a south or western exposure, with some direct light, what are your recommendations for those windows? One easy plant to grow is this beautiful, bronzed-leaf pineapple. Very easy to grow and it can tolerate full, direct sunlight and there are a couple of different varieties. Here's a beautiful, tri-colored form. And then some of our other types of bromeliads, like this one right here. Also very beautiful variegation. As well as crotons, and crotons are probably one of my favorite because there's such an array of foliage textures, colors and this beautiful mottling, and it's just year-round color. A medium light room, we'd start to bring in things like your Ficus. And we have lots of little nooks and crannies and everything like the bathroom or a kitchen where we don't have good lighting and that's where we can bring in some really colorful plants. One of my favorite are these rex gegonias with the silver and pink. Another one for low light intensity, another group, are these beautiful philodendrons. Peperomias are another great group, a small one for a table and we have three examples here, this tri-colored variety, and this beautiful waffled-leaf with the silver venation and then this really nice white, variegated form. And also there are a lot of ferns in this group. Another really good one and real easy is your pothos. Well, Bill Head, thank you very much I really enjoyed seeing this wonderful array of colorful foliage plants for the home.

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