Category Archives: Houseplants

Calathea Makoyana (Calathea Peacock Plant): Care and Growing Guide

Calathea Makoyana (Calathea Peacock Plant)

Calathea Makoyana (also called peacock plant) is a spectacular houseplant that has glossy green, broad, oval leaves with dark green oblong blotches. The undersides of the calathea peacock leaves are a pinkish-red color with similar blotchy patterns. Calathea Makoyana is an easy plant to care for and grow well indoors.

Croton Plant: Care and Growing Guide of Codiaeum Variegatum (With Pictures)

croton plant care

Croton plants (Codiaeum variegatum) are evergreen tropical flowering plants with stunningly colorful red, green and yellow patterned leaves. Many varieties of croton plants, such as the Croton ‘Petra’, are popular houseplants that thrive in sunny conditions in average room temperatures. Generally, croton plants are easy to grow indoors.

Alocasia Care: How to Grow Alocasia Plants (Including Alocasia Types With Pictures)

Alocasia Plants care

Alocasia is a genus of tropical plants that have spectacular large arrowhead leaves and glossy green foliage. Popular types of Alocasia such as the African Mask plant (Alocasia amazonica ‘Polly’) and Elephant Ears ‘Tiger’ (Alocasia zebrina) are ideal houseplants. Alocasia plants thrive indoors in warm, bright indirect light, growing in moist soil.

Alocasia Zebrina: Plant Care and Growing Guide (With Pictures)

Alocasia Zebrina: Plant Care

Alocasia zebrina is a stunning tropical evergreen perennial houseplant with large glossy green arrowhead leaves and stems with zebra-like patterns. Also called the Alocasia zebrina Tiger or Alocasia Leopard, this plant has long arching spotted stalks with unusual patterns. As with all species of Alocasia, the zebrina variety has triangular-shaped leaves that grow quickly.

Alocasia ‘Polly’ Care: How to Grow Alocasia Amazonica ‘Polly’ (African Mask Plant)

african mask plant

The Alocasia amazonica ‘Polly,’ or African Mask plant, is an evergreen tropical perennial houseplant with stunning dark green, arrow-shaped leaves and lobed, wavy edges. The striking feature of Alocasia ‘Polly’ is its glossy green leaves contrasting with their with creamy-white veins. Also called the Amazon Elephant Ear, Alocasia amazonica ‘Polly’ produces spathe flowers similar to calla lilies.

Types of Dracaena with Care Guide and Pictures

Types of Dracaena plants

Dracaena plants are types of tropical trees and shrubs that are popular houseplants. Indoor varieties of dracaena thrive in low to bright light and are attractive drought-tolerant plants.

Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’: Plant Care and Growing Guide (Including ‘Janet Craig’ Compacta)

Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ Plant Care

Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ (Dracaena deremensis ‘Janet Craig’ or Dracaena fragrans ‘Janet Craig’) is a popular tall houseplant that thrives in low light. ‘Janet Craig’ plants have long glossy green, lanceolate-shaped leaves that grow on straight woody stems. Their bushy foliage and tolerance of shade or bright light make Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ ideal plants to grow indoors.

Types of Peperomia (Radiator Plants) – With Pictures

Types of Peperomia (Radiator Plants)

Peperomia plants are compact, tropical plants with fleshy leaves and ornamental foliage. There are over 1,500 species of peperomia, many of which are popular houseplants. Some small peperomia varieties have thick, succulent-like oval leaves. Other larger types of peperomia have rippled or striped green heart-shaped leaves. Peperomias with long trailing stems and small leaves are perfect for hanging baskets.

Peperomia Obtusifolia (American Baby Rubber Plant): Care and Growing Guide (Pictures)

Peperomia Obtusifolia (American Baby Rubber Plant) Care

Peperomia obtusifolia (American baby rubber plant) is a compact perennial houseplant with rounded, leathery green leaves. Baby rubber plants are prized for their shiny, bushy foliage that can be dark green, light green, or have variegated succulent-like leaves. Peperomia obtusifolia produces white, non-showy flower spikes in spring.

Watermelon Peperomia (Peperomia Argyreia): Care and Growing Guide

Watermelon Peperomia (Peperomia Argyreia) care

Watermelon peperomia (Peperomia argyreia, previously known as Peperomia sandersii) is a charming houseplant with striped leaves resembling a watermelon’s rind. Its succulent-like waxy leaves are oval with green and silver markings growing at the end of maroon-reddish stems. Watermelon peperomia plants can produce insignificant flower spikes at the end of long stems. The bushy houseplants grow up to 8” (20 cm) tall and are easy to grow at home.