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Indoor House Plants - The Living Indoors

Apr 27, 2008
Some plants need to be outdoors in their natural habitat to survive. Others need to be sheltered indoors. Most plants, however, can do well both indoors and out. You will want to research on houseplants to make sure you choose the right plants for the right locations.

Herbs are one of the most adaptable plants. It is very important that they receive enough light and drainage, though. Some are still survive a bit more easily indoors than others.

The Bay Laurel, for example, is able to live in lots of sunshine and poor soil. If you try to grow it inside, it will likely become over-watered and fertilized. If you grow it indoors, remember that it is made to live in rough conditions, so you do not have to treat it like your other plants.

Parsley is also more suited to life outdoors. If you want to grow it inside, make sure to put it in direct sunlight for much of the day.

Bonsai plants also tend to prefer living outdoors. Some types can thrive indoors as well though. If you live in a cold climate, it would be better for some types of the bonsai to be indoors, even if they are typically an outdoor plant. Tropical bonsai plants do great outdoors, but only if you live in the tropics. If the temperatures drop below 50 degrees even remotely often, you should keep the tropical bonsai inside.

You do not have to try to fully simulate the tropical conditions inside. This would be uncomfortable and expensive. As long as you keep your house relatively warm and spray them from time to time, they should be fine. Some of the bonsai pots actually come with built in misters. Make sure you keep your bonsai plants out of direct sunlight by windows. The magnified sunlight can burn the plants.

Indoor house plants can be kept healthy by providing them with supplemental lights and/or heat lamps. You can also get soil care kits to help. The biggest thing you can do to help plants live healthy indoor lives is to choose plants that are proven to live well in that environment in the first place.
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