Houseplants forum: Question - House plant that will continue to grow for at least a year?

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Name: Will Creed
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Dec 9, 2018 9:41 AM CST
You do need to maintain the water level of Lucky Bamboo, but they do just fine in low humidity. All of the plants that have been mentioned here do fine in low humidity as long as they are watered properly. Humidity is not something you need to worry about.
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Name: Erica
Ohio (Zone 6a)
Dec 10, 2018 10:10 AM CST
curiousnewbiehere said:

I am not sure what you meant by water directions, but on the second floor of a house by the window, but not sure how much light I get and someone mentioned the lighting app so I'm going to check it out and to be honest didn't think it was this complicated!
So out of the ones you mentioned, if you could maybe pick out the ones that , I just came up with the list a post or so ago I guess
a) Grows gradually over a year or more
b) small, not grows too big, to a point where you can place it on top of a furniture
c) Doesn't need a lot of care, occasional watering, and sunlight and so on
d) Water doesn't leak out from the pot and all that

Sorry I noticed my typo! I meant "What direction is the window facing" not "water direction" Rolling on the floor laughing

Almost all plants will grow more than a year. Most you can maintain a small size by regularly trimming. I have many pothos and pets and my pets do not bother them. I also keep them in a place that they really can't reach either tho. You could always hang a basket from the ceiling or on the wall if you really like pothos Smiling

"Trailing" plants in my opinion offer a lot of reward in terms of visual growth. You can see them getting longer and longer. Then when they get too long you can just snip them off with scissors and root the cuttings in water if you'd like and plant them or you can always give them away! I love sharing my plant cuttings with people I work with!

A couple of the easiest trailers are pothos and "wandering Jew" plants (tradescantia, there are A LOT of varieties of it). My understanding is the wandering jew is pet friendly. Both tradescantia and pothos come in a big variety of colors and sizes.

I also LOVE ivy and find it extremely easy to grow.

Something else you may want to consider is what kind of look are you wanting: bushy, something that cascades down, something like a tree, flowers, etc. You could always go walk around your local nursery and see some plants you like and write the names down and research the ones you specifically liked Smiling

Name: Lucille
Dec 10, 2018 12:41 PM CST
There is no perfect plant. I see you have a list of qualities you seek. Why not purchase a small group of plants and see which you like best, or perhaps your tastes may widen and you may be home to many plants.
Four inch pots generally will not break the bank, so I suggest you start with

1 Sansevierria
1 pothos
1 rabbit's foot fern
1 draceana corn plant
1 begonia
1 tradescantia

all tucked into an ornamental basket with a plastic tray put in on the bottom so water won't leak onto carpet or furniture with a handle so you can pick the whole lot up and take them to tub or sink to water.
Dans les champs de l'observation le hasard ne favorise que l' esprits prepares. Louis Pasteur
Ireland (Zone 9a)
Region: Europe Houseplants
Dec 13, 2018 8:03 AM CST
I think you would find a spider plant rewarding. They grow quickly but not too large and aren't too demanding. The first pic was taken of my plant in August and the second is today with all it's little plantlets.

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Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Dec 13, 2018 6:43 PM CST
One of the first plants I ever grew was a Spider Plant.

Feb 28, 2020 12:22 AM CST
curiousnewbiehere said:Hello everyone, I am really new to the whole gardening and growing plants and everything, but I am thinking about getting a plant to grow indoors, but I am hoping to find something that I can buy that will show continued growth for at least a year, if I buy them from the store and start taking care of it. I just tried to google it, but didn't get much back in results, so I am hoping to get some advice from the members of this forum if possible.
Thank you!

I understand your question and I can suggest you many plants which are easy to grow. I have lots of experience regarding gardening and plantation, and also completed horticulture training courses in Auckland. Here are the plants which you can grow easily on your window:
1) Aloe:- Size: To 3 feet high and 3 feet wide Growing conditions: Bright light; 65 - 75°F; moderately dry soil
2) Anthurium:- Size: To 2 - 3 feet high and 2 feet wide Growing conditions: Medium to bright light with no direct sun; 65 - 80°F; evenly moist soil
3) Peace Lily:- Size: To 1 - 6 feet high and 1 - 5 feet wide Growing Conditions: Low to bright light; 60 - 85°F; evenly moist soil
4) Snake Plant:- Size: To 6 - 48 inches high and 6 - 36 inches wide Growing Conditions: Low to bright light; 60 - 85° moderately dry soil
5) Christmas Cactus:- Size: To 8 - 12 inches high and 6 - 18 inches wide Growing conditions: Bright light; 70 - 80°F ; moderately dry, well-drained soil

These all plants make your house fascinating and adorable.

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