Tired of your houseplants? We all seem to get stuck in the same rut of big, leafy green plants or fussy, hard-to-bloom flowering ones. Well, here are a few notably different plants to bring you out of your doldrums and spark conversations when your friends and neighbors stop by.
Your guests will be amazed at the unique beauty of the bat plant.
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Put Nepenthes ventricosa in a hanging basket inside your home and it won’t be ignored by your guests.
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Sarracenia x ‘Scarlet Belle’ is not your everyday houseplant!
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By now we’ve all probably tried growing the infamous Venus flytraps, but did you know that there’s a whole family of carnivorous plants to enjoy? Two easy favorites are both pitcher plants: Nepenthes ventricosa makes a stunning hanging-basket plant thanks to its long, red modified leaves (called pitchers) that hang down below the basket. And Sarracenia x ‘Scarlet Belle’ is a low-growing potted plant whose pitchers are upright. The ends of this plant’s unusual pitchers are decorated with red veins and white markings, making it a standout.
Because pitcher plants are native to bog areas, they don’t like to dry out. Use a moderately draining potting mix to help retain moisture without overwatering them.
For an easy-to-care-for but unusual potted plant, try Kalanchoe thyrsiflora. Commonly known as flapjacks, this clumping succulent has large, flattened, grayish-green leaves whose edges turn a deep red when grown in brighter light. Set this beauty next to a bright window and really see the colors pop!
As with all succulents, flapjacks requires a coarse, well-draining potting mix and doesn’t need as much water as many other houseplants.
A fun plant for the family to grow indoors is the edible pineapple. It’s exciting to watch a baby pineapple mature, and it’s even more fun to taste the sweet fruit once it finally ripens! This plant is a member of the Bromeliad Family, which means it has stiff, spiny leaves, so you’ll want to place it somewhere out of the way of foot traffic.
A true showstopper is the unusual and exotic bat plant. This vivid green plant with stiff leaves produces amazing flowers that are shaped like a bat’s wings and have long whiskers hanging down from them. There are two varieties, white (Tacca integrifolia) or black (Tacca chantrieri), depending on the flower color. It makes a great indoor plant and produces one of the most interesting and unusual flowers in the world!
Don’t be bored by the same old standby houseplant varieties you’ve tried before. Be bold and exotic and try some of these new, easy-to-grow and exciting options! Hit your local garden center up for them or surf the Web to find these plants that will add a little spice to your home or garden.