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Resistant indoor plants
Obviously, even for very resistant plants there are some precautions that must necessarily be used, so that they can fit well into life in our homes right from the start. We need to consider the fact that the plants we buy come from a situation that is ideal for them. In greenhouses the temperature, the degree of humidity and the light are exactly those that must be, while the same cannot be said for our homes. Today, however, often, before being displayed in the florist's shop window, houseplants are, so to speak, "prepared" to adapt to the buyer's house, which is generally less hospitable than the greenhouse. This certainly has its importance, but the treatment they will receive in their final home will be even more important. It is quite intuitive that if we go to buy a tropical plant typical of a hot and humid climate and we will take it home in January, with the cold and the heat we could not complain if we see it wither in a short time. So, if we don't have special needs, but we just want to liven up the environment in a natural way, we should opt for varieties that require less attention and last longer. Moreover, when the plant arrives at home it must be placed in a place where conditions are as close as possible to ideal ones, so in a place that is well lit and protected. When you notice that a plant grows well at a certain point, it means that it has found ideal conditions there, so avoid moving it. Also avoid placing them near heaters, where the air is drier and in any case, remember to spray water on the leaves often. The ventilation of the apartment is very important, as it allows to re-establish the right amount of humidity and oxygen in the air, but it must take place gradually, especially in winter, so that the temperature does not drop too sharply. If you have the chance, move the plants outdoors during the summer, in a shady and sheltered from the wind, it will only be good for them.
Growing resistant indoor plants
Certainly choosing resistant plants helps us a lot in the management of the greenery, but we must never forget the four fundamental points to guarantee their good health and long life: watering, cleaning, fertilizing and transplanting. Watering must be done with non-calcareous water according to the needs of each plant. If you want to use tap water, take care to let it deposit first. In larger-leaved plants it is necessary to periodically clean the leaves to eliminate dust, which must be performed on both pages. It is in fact on the lower one that the leaves bear the Stomata, special structures for breathing. In the pot, following the continuous watering, the nutrients are washed away and must therefore be replaced by appropriate fertilization to be diluted in water. Finally, when spring comes, you will have to give the plants strong support, they will have to be repotted, an operation to be carried out at least every two or three years.
Resistant plants for everyone
But now we come to the choice of plants that can easily adapt and live in our homes. Among the easiest we find surely the Photos (Scindapsus sp.). This beautiful ornamental plant must be positioned in a bright spot, even if they grow well in poor light conditions. If they are used as hanging plants they will be particularly ornamental. They are, among other things also very easy to reproduce, by tip cutting at the end of summer. In summer they can be transported outdoors in a shady position. Another easy and decorative species is the so-called falangio (Chlorophytum sp.), With beautiful variegated leaves. It is a rather rustic plant that grows well at home and has few needs. In spring it can be moved outdoors. It multiplies easily by burial of the seedlings that develop on the stolons. Sansevieria (Sansevieria sp.) Is one of the most rustic plains that, if properly cared for, can live long in our homes. They are not very demanding plants because they live well even in poorly lit rooms and thrive in any terrain. They should not be wet much, especially during the winter season.
How could a beautiful Ficus (Ficus benjamina) be missing in a respectable green house? These are plants that grow quite well in the interior as long as they do not lack light, water and well-oxygenated air. During the winter they are often sprayed with possibly demineralized water. In spring, you can choose to keep them indoors or transfer them outdoors to a shady location. Fertilized in the season of activity using a water-dilutable product. To get information on the health of the ficus you will have to look at its leaves, if they are bent down it means that the plant suffers from a water imbalance (excess or scarcity in watering). When ficus naturally and inevitably lose their leaves over time, they are often abandoned, while it would be rather simple to be able to save them. In fact, it would be enough to make a layering by taking the part that still has leaves. Finally, by exploring the world of ferns, we find some very pretty and with the advantage of being quite resistant. Placed in a fairly bright place and with high humidity they will give excellent results. Fertilizers should not be administered because they could damage the sprouts, on the other hand they must be sprayed often as they require high humidity.
All you have to do now is decide which of these decorative plants to take home and, whatever you choose, you will certainly have great satisfaction.