Dracaena (Dracaena spp.) Available in many shapes and forms, with leaves either green or dressed in bi-color or tri-color stripes. Three easy-to-grow types are dragon tree; corn plant; and the deremensis varieties that include all-green “Janet Craig,” the white-edged Warneckii, or the striped series with colored margins in white, yellow, and green. LIGHT: Will grow in low-light areas; best coloring in light shade to medium light. WATER: Keep consistently moist spring through fall; reduce watering in winter. GROWING TIP: Avoid dry soil and overwatering; direct sunlight may scorch leaves.
Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron scandens) Said to be the easiest philodendron to grow, this trailing sweetheart of a plant bears 3- to 5-inch shiny green leaves. Tolerates both poor conditions and neglect. LIGHT: Best with indirect light and even grows in low light. WATER: Will tolerate moderate to somewhat dry soil; does best with regular watering, with soil drying out somewhat between waterings. GROWING TIP: Pinch out growing tips to keep plant bushy, or allow vines to trail or grow upright on moss stick.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) Graceful, attractive plant with long, lance-shaped glossy-green leaves and long-lasting white “flower” leaf bracts. Tolerates short-term neglect and will even flower in low light levels. LIGHT: Low to bright indirect light. WATER: Keep moist but avoid overwatering; water when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. GROWING TIP: Leaves love to be misted; do not grow near cold winter window drafts.
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