Rare House Plants You Need In Your Home
Many house plant owners long for a unique addition to their collection to take centre stage in their home. The unusual foliage, unique colours and striking shape of rare houseplants make them appealing to plant keepers of all calibre.
If you’re new to plant parenting, don’t be put off by the term ‘rare’ – the plants in question are surprisingly easy to care for.
Here, we talk through some of our rare houseplants and offer a quick guide on how to care for them.
Monkey Mask Monstera
Coming in at number one, we have the monkey mask monstera. This is a truly beautiful plant with a distinctive look. A close relative of the Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa), the Monkey Mask is often also referred to as Monstera Obliqua.
However, a true Obliqua is a little different to the Monstera Adansonii and has more holes than leaves. This guy is much more attractive.
Care requirements: This plant is easy to care for, requiring high humidity levels and low light conditions.
String of Bananas
You’ve probably heard of string of pearls or string of hearts, well, here we have the string of bananas. This hanging plant is a dashing addition to any home and looks amazing in its own macrame plant hanger.
Care requirements: Originally from South Africa, this drought-resistant succulent doesn’t really need much water and it is best to let the soil dry completely before getting too happy with the watering can.
In order for the string of bananas to truly thrive, it only asks for one major thing: as much direct sunlight as possible.
The weeping fig makes for a truly interesting and charming feature in your house. The stems resemble interlocking vines and the delicate leaves are sure to make visitors stop and stare. A perfect plant in our opinion.
Care requirements: Keep this plant away from direct sunlight and ensure a stable, humid environment. Beware, this plant is toxic to both humans and pets so bare this in mind before purchasing.
Heart of Jesus
This plant is renowned for its amazing foliage. They come in a range of beautiful colours from deep red to lime green and make a fantastic showstopper as an indoor plant. This tropical perennial likes to stick around and come back year after year.
Care requirements: This one is a little more challenging to care for but the results are worth it. In the UK, they can require a little more attention than most houseplants. They love to be watered regularly, and can’t stand the cold.
The plant contains calcium oxalate crystals, which is toxic to humans and pets.
Last but not least, we have the Watermelon Peperomia. Named after its resemblance to the rind of a watermelon, this houseplant is gorgeous for new plant owners.
Despite its small stature, it is bound to make a big impression on any living area. It’s also easy to propagate and make new plants. Just carefully cut off a leaf, dip it in rooting powder and put it in compost. Easy-peasy.
Care requirements: This plant is best positioned in indirect sunlight and needs water only when the soil is dry to touch. The leaves are very delicate so be careful not to over handle this little plant.
These five rare plants are only just scratching the surface and we have many more on offer. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or completely new to the house plant keeping world, we have a rare houseplant just for you.
Shop unusual plants at Oxy Plants today to find a unique addition to your plant collection that you’ll truly love.
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