The same plants can be found in almost every home and office. We provide variety with these ten exotic houseplants.
Rubber tree (Ficus elastica), bow hemp (Sansevieria) and single leaf (Spathiphyllum) – one of these popular houseplants can be found in almost every household. Although these have proven to be great roommates, many lack the variety. How about, for example, an exotic that brings a touch of the South Pacific into your home or radiates the dangerous beauty of the rainforest? Fortunately, there are also houseplants that meet these requirements. Here you will find ten exotic rarities that add variety to the otherwise monotonous selection of indoor plants.
- Baobab tree
The baobab tree (Adansonia), also called baobab, has been a rather exotic houseplant in our latitudes. No wonder, after all, the trees in their African homeland grow up to 30 meters high and therefore completely unsuitable for an apartment. If you plant the baobab tree in a pot, however, it remains significantly smaller and reaches a maximum size of one and a half meters. Especially its distinctive growth shape and its dark green, leathery leaves make the baobab tree a real eye-catcher. At the same time, the baobab tree is extremely easy to care for and adaptable, so that it accepts great neglect itself. If, on the other hand, the baobab tree is cared for regularly and well, it can even develop its beautiful filigree flowers in our latitudes.
Despite their demanding care, orchids (Orchidaceae) are welcome guests in every apartment. No wonder, after all, the beautiful flowers bring an exotic flair directly from their native rainforests into your own four walls. Its great flowers in particular make the orchid an ornament for every house and attract everyone’s attention. But the diversity of the orchid is also one of the reasons why the plant is so popular: there are an estimated 30,000 types of orchid that differ in color and shape – this selection should leave nothing to be desired.
When you think of South Seas beaches and the exotic, the pineapple (Ananas comosus) should of course not be missing. The queen of tropical fruits has always delighted people with its sweet and sour taste and can be found in almost every supermarket. But did you know that the pineapple also makes a great ornamental plant? With its dense rosette-shaped wreath of leaves, the plant forms a decorative eye-catcher and rewards the owner (with good care) with a delicious fruit every now and then.
The alocasia (alocasia) proves more than impressively that leaves do not always have to be round and green: with its elongated, wavy leaves, the alocasia, which is also called arrowroot, is a great eye-catcher that can easily compete with flowering indoor plants in terms of beauty can. Alocasia is still a real rarity among houseplants, but that is certainly not due to their care: in fact, the tropical plant is relatively robust and easy to care for.
- Coconut palm
When it comes to exotic houseplants, there is no way around the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera): As the epitome of a tropical plant, it creates a holiday atmosphere in every room. With their straight, unbranched growth and their tuft of pinnate leaves, the majestic indoor plants seem to have come straight into the living room from the South Seas. But even with us you will feel comfortable with the right care: Lots of light, temperatures above 22 ° C and enough water are basic requirements for the plant to thrive. The coconut palm is a decorative eye-catcher that attracts everyone’s attention.
Tip: So that indoor plants can grow well, they should be regularly supplied with nutrients. A quick and easy option is to use a liquid fertilizer over the irrigation water. Our organic indoor & green plant fertilizer strengthens the roots of the plants.
- Candlestick flower
If there was a Rapunzel in the plant world, it would definitely be the candlestick flower (Ceropegia woodii). The hanging plant forms up to one meter long, thin shoots with decorative heart-shaped leaves with an impressive white-silvery grain. If the candlestick flower also forms a multitude of small flowers that are reminiscent of lanterns, it becomes a great feast for the eyes. With its long shoots, the candlestick flower is predestined for a hanging plant, but it can also be wonderfully arranged in tall pots or artfully wrapped around trellises.
- Round-leaved umbrella palm
Sun, beach and palm trees – these are the ingredients for a perfect vacation. We cannot guarantee sun and beach, but with the round-leaved umbrella palm (Livistona rotundifolia) you can at least put the right leaf decoration in your living room. The exotic houseplant shines with its circular pinnate leaves, which are enthroned on slender petioles. If you offer the umbrella palm a bright, sunny place and adequate care, it will thrive excellently in Germany too – one shouldn’t expect too much, because the exotic is probably one of the slowest growing indoor plants.
- Venus Flytrap
Hardly any other carnivorous plant is as famous as the Venus flytrap (Dionea muscipula): The unusual exotic has always fascinated people and forms the basis for many a horror story. But don’t worry – the Venus flytrap cannot eat much more than a small insect. In fact, the plant is a great roommate because it not only looks decorative, but is also the ideal mosquito catcher. But you shouldn’t annoy the plant: since each trap flap usually only snaps six times before it dies, you shouldn’t irritate the plant in order to have something from it for a long time.
- Porcelain flower
The name says it all: The blossoms of the porcelain flower (Hoya carnosa) are so even and pretty that one could assume they were painted on porcelain. Only the pleasant scent of the plant reveals that this is actually a real, extremely decorative houseplant. With its rapid and climbing growth, the porcelain flower is particularly suitable for round arches and trellises, on which it is a great eye-catcher even without flowers. The real highlight, however, are the white to pink flowers that appear from spring. These create a magical atmosphere right through to autumn.
Plants that don’t need soil? There is actually something like this – the Tillandsia (Tillandsia) do not need any plant substrate and are therefore colloquially referred to as air plants. In South America, the tillandsia grow as epiphytes on large trees or bushes, where they hold on to their roots. In contrast, nutrients and water are absorbed through the leaves, which makes soil superfluous. This special property also ensures that Tillandsias can be used wonderfully as decoration: whether as a living mural, hanging plant or as table decoration, the Tillandsias are always a fascinating sight.
Tillandsias do not need soil and are therefore perfect for decorating.