Anthurium ‘Flamingo Flower’ is a striking long lasting perennial that will tolerate a wide range of indoor conditions. Although flower production is increased with a high natural light position they will tolerate low light positions. Forgetting to water them periodically doesn’t cause a problem as they are tolerant of drying out between waterings. Anthuriums will survive through many fashion trends, becoming part of the family as they will live in a pot for up to 30 years.

Repot annually and fertilise regularly. Ideally apply a controlled release formulation such as PowerFeed Controlled Release Plant Food around the base at the beginning of every season and apply Seasol (30mL per 9 litres of water) and PowerFeed liquid fertiliser (50mL per 9 litres of water) over the foliage every fortnight.

Spathiphyllum ‘Peace Lily’ is another foolproof variety that contrasts dark green foliage with strong white lily flowers which stand well above the leaves. Peace Lilies are stunning mass planted and will tolerate a contained root zone for ages. Very tolerant of low light positions, they will also look good in bright alfresco areas.

Zamiocaulis ‘ZZ Plant’ is one of the hardiest indoor plants available. They will tolerate low light, in fact it has been said that they will survive being locked in a dark cupboard for months. The dark green glossy foliage will look good with any décor. Perfect for self-confessed ‘black thumb gardeners’ the ZZ plant will ensure everyone has success with something green. Fertiliser requirements are minimal and the addition of controlled release fertiliser at the beginning of every season will ensure they stay healthy.

Scindapsus ‘Snake Vine’ is one of those hardy creeping plants that survived the house plant trend of the ‘80s and is back again for good reason. Perfect for hanging baskets and trailing planters the Snake Vine is almost impossible to kill. With brightly variegated leaves they are a highlight in a mixed planter and will benefit from regular applications of liquid fertiliser over the foliage and around the root system.

Syngonium ‘White Butterfly’ is another plant that our parents will remember. Incredibly hardy these indoors keep performing for many years. The added bonus is they will strike easily by pieces, so sharing them around as the plant develops is a great way to encourage ‘non’ plant lovers to have success. Tolerant of a wide variety of light levels the Syngonium is the ideal starter indoor plant.

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