What are the best indoor plants in Australia?


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You might be thinking about buying a plant for indoors to give your space a little bit of colour. Or, you might simply want to brighten it up a little, and have decided that a house plant is going to do this. However, how do you know which one to choose? There are a range of different kinds of plant, and it’s up to you to choose the one that is best for what you’re looking for. A lot of people aren’t sure which type of plant they would like though, which is why we have written this article. Down below, we are going to be discussing some of the best indoor plants for you to have in Australia, so keep reading if you would like to find out more.

Fiddle Leaf Fig

The fiddle leaf fig is the most popular houseplant in the entire world. They have large, luscious leaves which make for a fantastic aesthetic. If you go on social media and look up house plants, you are likely going to see this plant come up time and time again due to its popularity. As such, if you want a plant that is trendy and fashionable, this should certainly be at the top of your list. 

However, you should keep in mind that this plant loves to sulk if the conditions are not exactly right. If you aren’t giving your plant enough attention, you will know about it quite quickly as it will start to droop as if it is sulking. So, if you want to keep this plant happy then you should put it in a well lit spot. Make sure that it is away from the window though, otherwise it will be facing the full force of the sun, and nobody needs that! 

Be sure that you are watering the plant enough without drowning it. If the soil is still wet or damp, then no more water is needed. But, if it is pretty dry, then make sure you fix this as soon as you notice. They don’t require much maintenance other than this, just make sure you are keeping them in the correct conditions. These plants are great because if you take care of them well, they can live for up to 50 years!

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String Of Pearls

Aesthetically beautiful, the string of pearls is a fantastic addition to any home. It is a highly photogenic plant that will look fantastic splashed all over your social media, while making your shelf at home look beautiful. Now, if you know how to keep plants alive, and you do it well, then this may be the plant for you. However, if you aren’t great at keeping them alive then you might want to move onto another one because this is tricky at best to keep alive, even for people who have experience. 

The perfect conditions for this plant will be indirect sunlight and well drained soil, the same as with most other houseplants. As such, you are going to want to use a pot that has multiple drainage holes to create the perfect condition in the soil. You are also going to need to refrain  from watering regularly, and only do so when it is necessary. 

They are quite a slow growing plant, so don’t expect anything to happen overnight. If you want to buy one that is more established, you’re not likely to find this in any kind of flower shop so you will have to look at pre-owned ones at plant auctions more than likely. 

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Devil’s Ivy

The great thing about devil’s ivy is that even someone with no experience with house plants before, or even someone who is known for not being the best at keeping them alive could likely not kill this plant. It is a tough plant and can survive in almost any conditions. Plant your ivy in a pot or whatever you want to plant it in to enhance the aesthetic, and then put it wherever you want. Only have space in a dark corner? That’s fine. Placing it right in front of the window? Not a problem. As long as you water it regularly, devil’s ivy will continue to grow even in the harshest of conditions and against all odds. 

They don’t grow overly large, but as it is an ivy plant you might want to clear off a significant amount of space for it. We do recommend keeping it up high though, as the plant is toxic to both cats and dogs if they ingest it. If you have a cat, it’s not going to be the best choice for you. Other than this, it’s a completely safe plant to have, looks fantastic, is extremely low maintenance and you can even create more plants from the single one that you have. 

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Monstera Deliciosa 

If you don’t recognise the name of this plant, it could be because it is known by so many different ones. If you don’t have a lot of space free for your plant, then this is certainly not going to be the choice for you as this needs space to move. Whereas most plants happily sit in a pot and only grow slightly, this is not the case with this plant. When you’re deciding what pot to put it in and where to put it in your home, you need to think carefully. These are not the easiest things to move once they have been established, so be sure.

As long as there is plenty of natural light, this plant is going to be fine. One of the best places to put this plant is actually in your bathroom because the post-shower steam is really good for it. It thrives in tropical environments, so just make sure that you remember to water it due to it not being in a usual location. Again, this plant is toxic to both cats and dogs, but if you keep it in your bathroom, there shouldn’t be an issue anyway!

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Mother In Law’s Tongue

You will find this sold at most commercial garden centers across the country as it is such a common and easy to grow plant. As such, you will find it listed on places like Gumtree more often than not, and at a cheaper price than if you were to head to a nursery and attempt to buy. You should always shop around to find the best possible price, but keep in mind that these plants can grow up to around four feet tall. As such, you’re going to need a large amount of space for them in your home, but they should be okay in most places. 

The best thing about this plant is that it is more difficult to kill than any other plant, and those pesky mosquitos that are loitering around your house. As such, don’t worry too much about the maintenance side of things, as this can easily be taken care of. Overwatering or underwatering shouldn’t have too much of an impact on this plant, so it’s fairly straightforward to manage, as long as you are giving it water. 

This has recently become a popular choice of plant in those trendy little cafes that you see across the country. This is because they are beautiful to look at, and enhance every space that they are in. If you are a beginner when it comes to indoor plants, then this is probably one of the best to start with.

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Tillandsia

If you know that you are capable of killing all previous plants that you might have had just by looking at it, then this could be the perfect plant for you. Chances are that this plant will grow just fine wherever you put it seeing as it survives in the deserts of Mexico. As long as you keep it away from cold weather, then it’s going to last a lot longer than pretty much everything else. You will have this plant for longer than you will likely have a family dog if you are careful that it doesn’t get too cold. 

The thing that you will have to keep an eye on though is if you have any pets, as this plant is spiky which can be harmful and dangerous to anything that touches them. This clever plant also gets the nutrients that it needs from the air, meaning that it doesn’t matter about the potting mix, the soil or even the pot that it is in. This means that in the winter you don’t need to do anything with them, and give them a little water in the summer months. This makes it one of the most low maintenance plants of all time, perfect for those of you who have a busy schedule but also want an indoor plant.

These plants are extremely aesthetic, and bring something a little different to your home. They are a beautiful addition, and we bet that if you posted a picture of it on your social media, you would get plenty of people gushing over it. 

Tillandsia

Haworthiopsis Fasciata

Also known as the Zebra plant, this plant thrives on being neglected. It is happiest when it is on a windowsill with plenty of light, but minimal intervention and handling. There is no need to water it regularly so it’ll be fine if you forget about it for a few days. It’s a rather small plant as well, so if you are looking for something to fill a small space in your home rather than something on a larger scale, then this could be the plant for you. It only grows up to around 13cm maximum, so you don’t have to worry about finding a lot of space. As such, you can leave it alone and know that as long as it has been exposed to sunlight, it won’t be dead when you get back!

Haworthia

String Of Hearts

Also known as Ceropegia Woodii, this is a delicate trailing vine. If you keep it in the right conditions, which means not overwatering it and planting it in well draining soil, it will grow to around four meters long. It is also important to put this plant in a sunny location, so by the window, but not in the direct sunlight would be best. 

It’s best to avoid the bathroom or your laundry room with this plant though, seeing as they appreciate the dry air. The moisture from your shower or your laundry room could be enough to overwater and kill the plant. This is also a fantastic plant to have if you have pets because it is completely non-toxic to both cats and dogs. 

It lives for a long time when it is properly looked after, and is a fantastic addition to the inside of your home. 

Calathea

The popularity of this plant is growing. More and more people are adding this plant to their home due to the beautiful leaves. However, if you are looking for something that is low maintenance, this is certainly not going to be the plant for you. The Calathea requires some serious TLC including the use of distilled water. You are also going to need the right mixture of light and humidity to create the perfect conditions, which is why your bathroom might be the best choice in your home. 

The best indication that your calathea is in the right place is that the leaves are starting to grow.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now have a better understanding of some of the best indoor plants that you can have in Australia. Hopefully, if you didn’t know anything about indoor plants before you started reading, now you do and you’re well on your way to making a decision about which plant would be best in your home, to suit your specific needs!


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