10 Best Plants For Pots – Container Gardening | PlantDecors

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    Looking for best plant ideas for pots? Beautify your office desk, book shelves, reading table, window corners or dining table with these beautiful plants. What’s more ….these plants can easily grow in containers of any sizes or in small constrained spaces. Some of these plants grow well and bloom all year round.

    Keep these potted-plants inside your home to bring in peace, creativity and fresh air.

    1. Syngonium Podophyllum

    Syngonium podophyllum in a pot

    There are more than 30 species of Syngonium vines. Syngonium podophyllum is of the one the most commonly grown potted houseplant in India. It is known by various names such as arrowhead vine, American evergreen, five fingers, and nephthytis. It is found native to Latin America, Florida,Texas, Hawaii.

    podophyllum is a fast-growing vine reaching upto10 meters in height. It has an interesting growth pattern of the leaves where Juvenile plants are with hastate (heart) leaves which then develop into the arrow shape and further on maturity become palmate (similar shape to a hand).

    They are available in various colors where the leaves have different shades of pink, white, and green.The flowers are similar to a Peace lily and bloom within a spathe on a spadix.

    Syngonium can easily be grown in small pots and do extremely well in the constraint growth environment. However, if the growth is slowing down, you may transplant in a bigger sized pot. They grow well all year round if given favorable conditions.

    The flowers and leaves are considered to be toxic and may cause severe pain in mouth when chewed because of oxalic acid present in them.

    How to grow Syngonium Podophyllum

    Syngonium podophyllum can be propagated easily through stem cuttings containing roots and leaves, and growing them in moist soil, subjecting them to higher humidity conditions and  indirect sunlight.they show healthy leave coloration when kept in indirect sunlight.

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    2. Rex Begonia

    Rex Begonia in green pot

    Rex Begonia are short-lived perennial plants found native to tropical and subtropical regions.

    They are widely grown as ornamental plant. The leaves are splotched by a varied range of colors, shapes, and textures.These plants produces flowers which are inconspicuous due its striking foliage.

    They are frost tender plants becoming dormant during winters and grow faster during summer and spring. They can reach a height of 1-2 feet making it one of the most favourite indoor plants to be grown. Rex Begonia grow well and can possibly bloom all year round.

    Rex Begonia can be grown in small to medium sized pots. They can grow well hanging baskets as well.

    How To Grow Rex Begonia 

    Most rex begonias grow from a thickened stem structure called rhizome, and can be easily propagated by rhizome division. It can also be propagated directly by inserting a leaf (with a petiole) into the soil. It is essential to make small incisions in the leaf veins for better propagation.

    Care Instructions For Rex Begonia

    They need airy, light, fast-draining soil. Do not overwater them as the rhizomes may rot due to soggy soil. The grow well in high humidity. Exposing the plant to indirect bright light helps in getting better leaf color.

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    3. Sphagneticola trilobata

    Sphagneticola trilobata

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    Sphagneticola trilobata is commonly called as Bay Biscayne, creeping-oxeye, Singapore daisy, creeping-oxeye and trailing daisy. It is a spreading, mat-forming perennial herb that grows up to 30 cm in height. It is native to Mexico and Central America.

    Sphagneticola is a weed and widely spread as an invasive plant forming ground cover. The leaves are green, usually 4-9 cm long (1.5-) 2-5 cm wide, and medium with serrate margins.

    They can be grown in small and medium pots and also in hanging baskets.

    How to grow

    Flowers are solitary and arise into beautiful yellow color in the leaf axils. They can easily be propagated putting the stem cuttings and stolons in the soil.

    Care Instructions

    Sphagneticola are very easy to grow. They can grow in a wide variety of soil. They can grow faster in sunlight as well as shady conditions. They are quite tolerant to dry conditions, and can survive neglect pretty well.

    Medicinal Use

    This plant is known to have medicinal uses. The crushed leaves decoction is known to cure flu like symptoms in humans. In mammals, it can cause teratogenicity (aborted foetus) due to ivalin content present in the leaves.

    4. Calathea Zebrina

    Calathea Zebrina

    Calathea zebrina is an evergreen perennial also known as zebra plant and is found native to southern regions of Brazil. It has got the the name because of its striking zebra like pattern on the green leaves. The plant has long stalks that carry large elliptical leaves arising from a central rosette, rising straight up until a new leaf emerges. It also produces unnoticeable purple or white flowers hidden beneath the leaves which are difficult to appear when grown indoors.

    Calathea are suitable for both small and large pots. They are quite often used in offices and indoors for their vibrant colorful leaves.

    How To Propagate

    Propagation is done by dividing the stems from the rosettes and re-potting it.

    Care Instructions

    Regular pruning of leaves should be done in order to enhance the growth.

    Tropical plants like Calathea need soil that hold moisture and also drain well. Plants should be misted several times a week to keep humidity high. they grow well at higher temperatures.

    5. Tradescantia pallida (Purple Heart)

    Tradescantia pallida

    It is one of the most beautiful potted plants commonly known as jew plant, wandering jew, purple heart, and is found to be native to eastern regions of Mexico.

    It has unique purple leaves with elegant pink flowers, distinguished by elongated, pointed leaves.

    Purple heart  is shade-tolerant, easily regenerating invasive plant of scrambling stature. It is widely used as an ornamental plant, as a ground cover, or as a hanging plant.

    How To Grow

    It is fast and easy to grow plant and can be propagated by cuttings. The cuttings are potted into fresh moist soil and within a few weeks, new growth can be seen.

    Care Instructions

    Grows well in warm temperatures with sufficient humidity and bright light.It will die back if frost or freezing temperatures arise.

    Medicinal Use

    The leaves of purple heart are known to be used as herbal tea, and when planted indoors acts as air purifier by absorbing organic volatile oils harmful to humans.

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    6. Oxalis Triangularis (False Shamrock)

    Oxalis Triangularis

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    Oxalis Triangularis is an attractive looking plant, easy to grow and take care of, better known as the Purple Shamrock or False shamrock. It is found native to tropical Brazil, Mexico and South Africa.

    It is a perennial bulb type flowering plant with purple, triangular leaflets that close at night and look like cluster of little butterflies that open wide in the dawn light.

    It grows upto a height of 12” making it most suitable as indoor plant. It produces dainty trumpets like white flowers on the top during early spring and summer. It is a long-lived plant, doing well during winters.

    How To Grow

    It can be propagated by division of the bulbs. The bulbs need to be potted in a well drained and moist soil.

    Care Instructions

    It grows well under bright light and cooler temperature. Over watering and warm temperatures above 27 degree may hinder it’s growth, and lead to dormancy, also disrupting it’s foliage color.

    7. Sedum morganianum (Donkey’s Tail and Lamb’s Tail) 

    Sedum morganianum in pots

    This plant provides interesting texture to be grown as houseplant. It’s lush green beauty is treat to the eyes in any landscape.

    Sedum morganianum, also known as Burros Tail or Donkey’s Tail Plant, is a tender and perennial hanging succulent plant. It has small, thick, blue-green leaves attached to a thin stem.

    The plant grows several feet (4’-6’) long with its long drooping tendrils.

    Donkey’s tail plant make excellent hanging plants, or they can be grown well in small pots as well.

    How To Propagate Sedum Morganianum

    They can be propagated through stem cuttings. Peel the bottom 1/3 of the leaves off and keep them aside for 2 weeks to 3 months to let the stems heal off before planting. It can also be propagated by individual leaf cuttings and planting them into a basket.

    Care Instructions

    These plants grows well in partial shade where there is high humidity.

    These plants are evergreen succulents and require very less water, just ensure that the soil is moist.

    8. Jasminium polyanthum (Pink Jasmine)

    Jasminum polyanthum in a pot

    Jasminum polyanthum, also known as Pink jasmine or white jasmine, is a widely grown houseplant because of its sweet-smelling flowers. It is native to China, and Myanmar .

    It’s a twining climber which produces abundance of fragrant white flowers during winter and early spring. This plant has 5 to 9 leaflets arranged on a common rachis and are dark green on the upper surface and lighter green on the lower surface. The flowers arise from top most leaves and  are small with a size of about 2 cm.

    Pink Jasmine can be grown well in small or medium sized pots. However, you would need to repot it once it’s roots has completely filled the pot.

    How To Propagate Pink Jasmine

    Jasmine can be easily propagated from cuttings. They reach maturity very quickly and can flower exceptionally fast. Ensure that the stem cutting is at least 7.5 cm-10 cm in length.

    Jasmine act as natural air freshener. It’s flowers can fill a room with their glorious, pungent and intense scent.

    Care Instructions For Pink Jasmine

    Jasmine require bright light with some direct sun if possible. They need plenty of water to keep the soil moist and warmer temperatures with high humidity.

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    9. Hypoestes Phyllostachya

    Hypoestes Phyllostachya in red pot

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    Hypoestes Phyllostachya also known as the polka dot plant, is a vibrant and beautiful little plant that are most commonly seen growing indoors.

    They are found native to tropical and subtropical regions of India. The plant has brightly spotted leaves which are delicate and downy. It’s leaves are covered in spots and splashes of various colors like red, rose, white, or light green which makes it outstanding from other plants.

    The plants produce inconspicuous terminal, small, tubular pink or blue flowers in late summer or fall. The plant become dormant or die after producing flowers, which is the reason for its short life span.

    How To Grow

    Polka dot plants are easy to propagate and can be grown either from seeds or cuttings. Seeds germinate in warm, moist soils. The easiest method for growing a polka dot plant, however, is from cuttings.

    Care Instructions

    Polka dot plants grow well in warm temperatures around 75 degrees, need high humidity and indirect light for better coloration of leaves.

    10. Adenium Obesum

    Potted Adenium Obesum

    It is a genus of flowering plant which belongs to apocynaceae family and found native to sahel regions, Africa and America. It is also commonly known as Sabi star, kudu, mock azalea, impala lily and desert rose.

    It is an evergreen succulent shrub. It has relatively long summer blooming periods whereas during winters, it sheds its leaves. Adenium obesum has a dramatic succulent swollen stem with dark green leaves and beautiful bright red-pink colored flowers.

    How To Grow Adenium

    Adenium Obesum can be propagated by cutting. However, adenium grown by cuttings do not tend to give a good stem (caudex). It’s a better option to grow via seeds.

    Care Instructions for Adenium

    Adenium needs direct sunlight, with warmer temperatures. However, high humidity conditions with moist soil is necessary for the leaves of Adenium to thrive.

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