Fill Your Home with More Medium Light Houseplants
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Every home or office needs a splash of living color in the form of indoor plants. Not only do they look good, but they make us feel good! Research has shown that houseplants help to reduce stress, improve moods, and add moisture and clean oxygen to the air we breathe. Our greenhouses feature an impressive selection of diverse foliage plants with unique characteristics. Naturally, they also differ in terms of care requirements. When considering your next houseplant addition, think about the amount of light it needs to thrive!
Specifically, let’s get into the houseplants best suited to medium, indirect light exposure. Typically, this group of plants grow naturally in Central Europe, tropical islands, and in the Americas where temperatures stay above freezing. You will find them on the edges of jungles where they receive half sun and half shade as they day progresses. What makes this category so perfect for homes and offices is their exceptional air purifying power!
Among this group of plants you will find overlap where they may also be suited to low light or bright light. Houseplants that fall under medium light requirements are usually flexible regarding their light tolerance, though thrive the most under medium, indirect light. Watering and soil requirements differ by plant species, as do their soil quality needs. In our greenhouses you will find a number of medium light houseplants of all shapes and sizes just waiting to go home with you. We decided to show you some especially awesome kinds that we have in-store and tell you more about them!
Medium Light Houseplants
Aeschynanthus (Lipstick Plant)
While in Winter you may be most likely to see your Aeschynanthus as shown above, Spring and Summer can also bring them beautiful blooms! Lipstick Plants receive their name for the bold, red flowers that sprout from their dark, lipstick tube-like calyxes. They produce these blooms in warmer months when exposed to brighter, indirect light. The more light exposure provided, the higher the likelihood is that you will see your plant bloom! But remember, always keep out of direct sunlight.
Lipstick Plants make for great houseplants, as they require simple care steps. Pot your plant in well-drained soil and water when the top quarter inch of soil becomes dry. As a tropical plant, they also prefer high humidity and warm temperatures. They are particularly well-suited to hanging baskets, as well as window sills.
Fun Fact: You can fertilize your Lipstick Plant monthly throughout Spring and Summer to encourage more blooms.
Dracaena (Lemon Lime)
Though they tolerate low light exposure, your Dracaena Lemon Lime will thrive under medium light. This colorful houseplant shines with 1-2 feet long green and yellow variegated leaves that resemble swords. With very little maintenance, your plant can reach up to 7 feet in height, towering over many of your other houseplants. Their bold color patterns light up any room you place them in, and they are some of the best indoor plants for boosting your productivity.
The higher the humidity for your Draceana, the better off it will be. It prefers its soil to dry out slightly between waterings, so check your plant roughly once a week for soil moisture. Water when the top inch or so of soil feels dry to the touch. For maximum photosynthetic efficiency, be sure to routinely rotate your plant.
Fun Fact: Dracaena Lemon Lime is often also called the Corn Plant.
Next up, we have a great Valentine’s Day gift idea for you to give to someone special. Surprise them with a Sweetheart Hoya Plant, or Wax Plant! These miniature, heart-shaped plants are also technically categorized as succulents. They actually belong to the family of Succulent Vines, though you typically see their individual thick, heart-like leaf cuttings potted in small containers like these for the visual appeal.
Sweetheart Hoyas are excellent gifts for both succulent and houseplant collectors, as well as for those who might not have the greenest thumb. They require very little care, only needing deep waterings roughly every 2 to 3 weeks. They will do well in bright to medium, indirect light and grow very slowly as cuttings. If you provide for your plant long enough for it to reach a mature state, its leaves start to resemble a cluster of green hearts. How romantic!
Fun Fact: Sweetheart Hoyas produce an alluring fragrance, sought after for use in perfumes.
Philodendron Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)
Say “cheese!” for Philodendron Deliciosa. The leaves of Swiss Cheese Plants mirror the shape of the dairy product most of us know…but only some of us love. This plant belongs to the Monstera family, which take residence in tropical locations like rainforests and jungles. The holes that grow outwards from the stems of each leaf serve as an extra measure of protection for the plant, as they help it withstand the heavy winds and rain often present in its environment.
Thriving in medium, indirect light, Swiss Cheese Plants love a warm, humid setting. As with most medium light houseplants, allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. It is prized as an indoor plant for its green, glossy foliage and height. During their immature phase, it may be difficult to distinguish the Swiss Cheese Plant from a standard Philodendron, as the holes in their leaves only form as they mature.
Fun Fact: An additional benefit for having holes in its leaves is that due to the dense canopy of jungles and rainforests, the holes allow for more light to pass through to the leaves of the plant that are closer to the forest floor.
Calathea Lancifolia (Rattlesnake Plant)
Lastly, Rattlesnake Calathea thrive in medium to bright, indirect light, with some tolerance for low light. This pet-friendly plant’s soil should be kept moist, with more frequent waterings required with the higher light level that it is exposed to. These forest floor dwellers prefer humid, warm environments, and should be kept out of direct sunlight.
If you haven’t guessed, their leaf pattern resembles the coiled tale of a rattlesnake! Thanks to its compact, upright growth, this plant fits perfectly on top of tables and office desks. Its dark green and burgundy/purple foliage make it a popular choice for those who want to bring a pop of color into their collection.
Fun Fact: As a member of the Prayer Plant family, its leaves raise and lower themselves from day to night due to a change in water pressure and need to maximize sunlight intake.
More Medium Light Tolerant Houseplants:
- African Violet
- Ardisa Coffee Plant
- Asparagus Fern
- Crown of Thorns
- Prayer Plant
- Rex Begonia
- Sago Palm
- Umbrella Plant
- Zebra Plant
- Zygo Cactus
Our greenhouses are filled will the best selection of indoor plants for beginners and experts alike! Visit today to talk to our team about which houseplants are best suited for your home, and receive additional growing tips. We’re here to help you expand your houseplant collection!
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