unusual house plants

Last week, I wrote about common potted plants available to send for any occasion. Today I will discuss more unusual potted plants that are just as versatile. Since potted plants double as beautiful décor, read on to find the perfect plant for your recipient (or yourself)!

Bromeliads are one of my favorite plants. The most common bromeliad is also known as the silver vase or urn plant. The silver and green leaves form a tight spiral "vase" in the center.  Rather than watering the soil as we do with most plants, bromeliads should be watered directly into the "vase" part of the plant. Bromeliads take several years to flower, but when they do, the plant produces an exotic flower made up of pink bracts. Fun fact: the pink "flower" can last as long as six months!

Another incredible bromeliad is the flaming sword plant. As with the urn plant, the leaves form a "vase" in the center of the plant. The flaming sword's leaves are striking in that they are striped horizontally. The leaves are almost as beautiful as the bright red, flat bracts that grow up to 18 inches tall. Just like the urn plant, these also take several years to flower. One note of importance: once the flower begins to die, the plant itself will also begin to die. It does not rebloom. However, the plant will produce offsets that can and should be repotted.

Air plants, also from the bromeliad family, are incredibly adaptable as their relatively small root system attaches itself to pretty much anything. These are often displayed in terrariums, sea shells or hanging wall planters, as they merely require air and the occasional misting. Some species even bloom!

Sansevieria (also known as mother-in-law's tongue) is incredibly easy to grow, striking plant with tall, flat and wide leaves. There are about 70 different species of sansevieria, and according to NASA, these plants are incredibly effective at removing toxins from the air. True story: one year, I gave a beautiful sansevieria to my mother-in-law for Mother's Day. A few days later, she sent me a text and asked me what kind of plant it was. Having already forgotten the Latin name, I replied with mother-in-law's tongue. Several hours later, she responds with: "Are you trying to tell me something?" I laughed so hard, I cried!

Platyceriums, or Staghorn ferns, are a type of air plant often grown on wooden mounts. Though some are not suitable to be hung from a wooden mount due to size, the varieties that can be hung very much resembles antlers. They're a great addition to rustic décor.

Another unusual house plant is the fiddle leaf fig. This is actually a tree, but it can be grown successfully indoors - and yes, the tree can produce figs indoors, though it is rare. A member of the ficus family, the fiddle leaf fig (so named because of its violin shaped leaves) has very specific requirements in order to thrive indoors. It must be kept in a warm, well lighted area, away from any drafts. One must also be careful about over-watering. Even one time a week is usually too much water for this plant. If you are looking for something unusual and don't mind its diva-like demands, this may be the plant for you.

That's all for this week! Stay safe, Oklahoma.

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