There are countless houses and apartments in Corvallis with no personal yard space for residents to grow their own plants. If you’re one of these Corvallisites, indoor plants and gardens are your best bet.
Here is a list of easy-to-manage indoor plants for your home or apartment, recommended by Shonnard’s Nursery located here in Corvallis – currently open for walk-in, curbside pickup, and delivery.
Zanzibar Gem (A.K.A. the “ZZ Plant”)
Around for centuries, the ZZ plant is native to the dry climate of eastern Africa.
In 1996, Dutch nurseries began propagating the plant and distributing it globally. Now, the ZZ plant has become a household favorite, because of its beautifully wide leaves and tolerant nature.
All the plant needs in order to thrive is a well-drained soil, houseplant fertilizer once a month, minimal watering, and low to bright indirect light.
The ZZ plant is, however, poisonous – so take care to keep it away from children and pets, and wash your hands after handling it.
Shonnard’s Nursery commonly carries ZZ plants at their nursery in their easy care houseplant section.
There are tons of palm plants that are ideal for indoor growth; including the Chinese Fan Palm, the Areca Palm, the Majestic Palm, and the Yucca Palm, just to name a few.
Palms are very popular for indoor spaces. When cared for, they can become big, leafy specimens that attract the attention of anyone who enters your home. Despite how showy they are, they are actually quite adaptable plants that are easy to manage.
Palms prefer partial shade and regular watering, though they are tolerant of under-watering. They tend to be un-picky about soil, but a loose, porous mix is the best option. Since palms don’t like to be disturbed, only repot them when absolutely necessary.
Shonnard’s offers palm houseplants for sale here.
Spider Plants are known for being extremely adaptable creatures, making them easy to care for inside your own home.
These plants, named for their protruding spider-like leaves, thrive in well-drained soil, bright indirect light, and regular watering. They prefer cooler temperatures (55 to 65 F) and will also benefit from occasional pruning as they sometimes suffer from brown tips. These plants can live on a flat surface or be hung in your home, depending on your preference.
Shonnard’s carries Spider Plants in their hanging house plants section.
Pothos Plant (A.K.A. “Devil’s Ivy”)
Pothos Plants are a beautiful addition to any space, with big, vibrant green leaves that trail downward as they grow.
Also called Devil’s Ivy, these plants thrive in well-drained soil, bright indirect light with regular watering (but they need to dry out completely between watering). Though the Pothos Plant prefers these conditions, it will also survive and grow in fluorescent lighting (office spaces) and won’t suffer too much if you forget to water it.
Pothos are toxic plants, so take care to keep them out of reach of children and pets. To make it safer to grow inside your home, consider hanging these plants from the ceiling.
Shonnard’s carries these in their hanging houseplants and low light sections.
Philodendron plants, often confused with Pothos but smaller and without the yellow or white splotches, are known for being easy to care for, even for those who are inexperienced.
These alluring plants have wide, heart-shaped leaves and grow in rich, loose soil with bright indirect light and regular watering when the soil dries. Fertilize them with a balanced liquid foliage product monthly in the spring and summer and every six to eight weeks in fall and winter. The Philodendron plant doesn’t experience very much stress when moved inside to outside.
Shonnard’s carries Philodendrons in their hanging houseplants and low light sections.
If you’re looking for something with some extra spunk, Peace Lilies are the perfect, low-maintenance, adaptable houseplant. With big, deep green leaves and white blooms, these plants brighten up even the darkest corners.
Peace Lilies thrive in moist (but not soggy) soil, light partial shade, and weekly watering. You can tell when Peace Lilies are thirsty if their leaves begin to sag. These plants can also thrive in fluorescent light and will quickly revive if not watered for a period of time.
Peace Lilies are toxic to cats and dogs, as they contain calcium oxalate.
Shonnard’s carries these in their blooming section.
By Cara Nixon