4. Pothos (devil’s ivy)
For such a common plant, this is surprisingly lush and attractive, especially when trained (must be attached to a support) as a tall climber. Low light.
3. Schlumbergia (Christmas cactus)
I have had one of these for 20 years. If kept in a dark room at night, it will give you pink or red orchid-like blooms a couple times a year. It is easy to start from cuttings and can grow to rather alarming bush-like proportions.
Killability: 5 (I’ve never known one to die, ever)
Beauty 2 (not in bloom)-5 (in bloom)
I have had my pink cyclamen for 10 years. It is incredibly root-bound, despite a couple repottings, but explodes with blooms once a year. When not in bloom, the large variegated leaves are attractive.
Killability: 3-5 (these seem to decide to live or die, regardless of treatment)
Beauty: 4 (not in bloom)-5 (in bloom) Maintenance: 3 (needs a lot of water)
1. Saintpaulia (African violet)
How I love my homely little African violets. They bloom all year-round, especially since I baby them with special pots where the water is soaked in through the bottom. They’re small, but the furry leaves and velvety blooms are well worth their minimal upkeep. These can live virtually forever.
Killability: 5 (can even be brought back from near-dead)
Maintenance: 4 (they want to be left alone, but do need light)
So what do you think? What would your disagreements, variations, substitutions be here? Some other bloggers have posted about their favorite indoor plants, including Carol/May Dreams Gardens. I expect to add more links here as the day goes on, and expect our blogging about indoor gardening to continue when the December Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day rolls around.Posted by Elizabeth Licata on November 26, 2008 at 5:00 am, in the category Shut Up and Dig.