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(from left) Large Zenith planter R2 250 and tall Zenith planter R1 150, both in Black, Dark Horse. Image: Inge Prins

During the recent dry spell in the Cape, outdoor plant sales have declined as plant-buyers have turned their attention to more realistic indoor projects with fewer water demands. Now’s the time for tough, undemanding indoor plants to take centre stage in the home.

Whether or not you have green fingers, there are many undemanding indoor plant varieties that thrive on neglect. If anything, one needs to be careful not to over-water them or smother them with love.

Asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus)

Zanzibar gem (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

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Philodendron (various species)

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Chinese money plant (Pilea peperomioides)

Fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus lyrata)

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Snake plant (Sansevieria)

Previously, I’ve been loath to recommend some of these varieties because they’ve been impossible to find. However, I’m pleased to note that with the recent surge in popularity of the indoor houseplant, I’m seeing more Zanzibar gems, Chinese money plants and Fiddle-leaf figs around.

As greenery becomes ubiquitous in homes, more accessories involving the display of plants are becoming available too – much like ‘tulip mania’ in the 17th century, which led to the rise of the tulipière to showcase tulips. I was recently delighted to find the Zenith planter from Dark Horse, having searched for a local modern stand for my indoor plants for a while.

Text: Mary Maurel

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