12 Gorgeous Variegated Houseplants to Transform Your Home (that are Instagram-worthy!)

Written by: Yuvika Iyer

Published on: Oct 27, 2020

12 Gorgeous Variegated Houseplants to Transform Your Home (that are Instagram-worthy!)

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Last Updated on October 27, 2020 by Yuvika Iyer

Want the most gorgeous houseplants for your home?

Here is a curated list of 12 variegated indoor plants that are perfect to add drama to your home and make it Instagram-worthy!

I have two most gorgeous variegated Monstera Deliciosas in my house plant collection!

You may call me crazy, but these two beauties cost me over $300. Yes, they are so pricey, and yet I consider them priceless. 

Rare variegated plants like Monstera Deliciosa Albo and Aurea are considered prized possessions for all plant lovers like me. 

If you observe the global house plant community’s trend, most plant lovers’ focus is shifting from flowers, fruits to ornamental foliage and variegated indoor plants. 

Having air purifying indoor plants is the best way to transform your home and make it fresh and pure.

Experienced botanists and cultivars are creating beautiful variegated plant species through tissue culture, and all of them are crazily sold in the online and offline plant stores. Let me tell you, the fascination with multi-colored leaves is here to stay.

Even if we don’t dive deep, one thing is undeniable: variegated indoor plants are crazily trending and evolving with every passing day.

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Variegated Houseplants – Why they are the perfect addition to your Home!

Variegated indoor plants add an extra layer of interest to an indoor plant display and brighten your home. Variegated plants are the ones whose normally-green leaves are patterned with white, yellow, or even pink or red colors.

Variegated houseplants can brighten your home with their vivid and gorgeous color. Are you wondering how Variegata is different from the normal green plants?

If the leaves of your plant have shades of white, orange, yellow or pink with its base color green, then it is considered to be a member of the “Variegated Ivy League.”

Variegated Houseplants
Variegated Houseplants – Philodendron Burle Marx

Along with green leafy house plants, if you add rare variegated ones in your garden, it will instantly add colors and beauty to your garden.

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What are Variegated Houseplants and how do they become variegated?

Variegations are usually the lack of chlorophyll in a plant’s leaf, which causes some parts of the plant to develop variegation. Experienced cultivars and hobbyists propagate these plants by stem cutting or grafting and carry the lineage of variegated patterning.

Occasionally your variegated plant leaf may turn into green. If you notice a green leaf or stem on your variegated plant, prune it so that it can’t take over the plant’s variegated genome and result in the loss of variegation.

When that happens, the green portions of a variegated leaf go through photosynthesis and create starch on the leaf cells to promote plant growth. Slowly the green cells take over the variegated cells and replace its core property. 

If you grow your variegated plants in the dark corners of your home, they may eventually lose variegation and turn green. Lack of natural light fails to produce sufficient nutrients for plants to hold on to their variegation. 

If you notice that your plant is slowly losing its variegation, shift it to a spot where it can get bright and indirect light. Many of us have a misconception that a plant can develop rich variegation under the direct sun, but that’s a myth.  Overexposure to direct sunlight can discolor and burn the leaves of your variegated plants.

What are the different types of Variegations on Indoor Plants?

I will tell you a secret. 

You know why all plant lovers are crazy about variegated indoor plants. One of the main reasons being every leaf of a variegated plant has different shades and color combinations. 

Seasoned hobbyists like me eagerly wait for the next leaf of my variegated plant to sprout. Monstera Albo or Auera instantly comes into our mind whenever we think about the variegated plants. 

Many of you are not aware that there are different types of plants with rich and colorful variegation. 

Some of the popular ones are Philodendron Birkin, Aglaonema Stardust, Philodendron Giganteum Blizzard, Painted Lady, Scindapsus Pictus Exotica, etc. Let’s understand the types of variegation in details before knowing more about the plants.

Chimeral Variegation

Chimeral variegation is commonly seen in most of the variegated plants. It is caused by genetic mutation and the blending of two different chromosomes in a single plant. 

Some plant tissues can produce chlorophyll, and others are not. The lack of chlorophyll in plant tissue results in yellow or white patches mixed with the solid green base color. This type of variegation is known as a chimera. 

Variegated Monstera Deliciosa is an example of chimera variegation.  English Ivies and Hollies exhibit the properties of chimeral variegation.

Pattern-Gene Variegation

Pattern-Gene is popularly known as Natural or Pigmented variegation. Some variegated plants are not created out of genetic mutation but have naturally variegated patterns. 

Some of our favorite plant species are naturally variegated, and unlike chimera, pattern-gene variegation is encoded in the DNA or genome structure of the plant. This type of variegation is automatically carried from one generation to the next. Sometimes experienced growers may want to tweak the natural variegation and create distinctly patterned hybrid varieties to accentuate vivid coloration. 

One such plant is Eyelash begonia, which produces variegation at the leaf edges. Another naturally variegated plant is Maranta. All Marantas have multi-colored pigmentation all over the leaf blades.

Blister or Reflective Variegation

Another variegation commonly found in indoor plants is reflective or blister variegation. You will see tiny air pockets between the unpigmented upper and pigmented lower layers of these plants’ leaves. 

When sunlight reflects on the air pockets, the leaves develop a silvery appearance on them. The aluminum plant or Pilea Cadierei exhibits the properties of reflective or blister variegation.

Viral Variegation

Some viruses may also cause leaf variegation; one of the common ones is Mosaic Virus. Don’t get scared; not all the viruses are harmful. This type of variegation is rare but desirable and can be easily reproduced. 

You won’t find a virus triggered variegation in indoor plants, but some outdoor plant varieties such as some of the Hosta cultivars.

12 Gorgeous Variegated Houseplants for Your Home! 

Want to know the most beautiful variegated houseplants you can choose from?

Let’s dive right in!

Red Aglaonema

Common Name: Chinese Evergreen

Botanical Name: Aglaonema Commutatum

Red Aglaonemas are low maintenance, easy to grow plants that can thrive in just about any climate and under low, medium, and bright light conditions.

Aglaonemas are considered to be the sweetheart for all ornamental plant lovers. It’s loved across the world for its vivid and brilliant coloration. It can grow literally in any climate and carry on even with low maintenance.

But, let me tell you, sustaining and thriving has a huge difference. Any aglaonema with variegation or solid color other than green thrives in bright and indirect light. In low light conditions, your aglaonema may slowly lose its variegation.

Red Aglaonemas is one of the hardiest indoor plants which can survive neglect and infrequent watering. The base color of Red Aglaonema is green with different variegation of white, pink, golden, and red colors. Let’s see the core elements to grow a beautiful aglaonema.

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Variegated Houseplants – Red Aglaonema

Water

Water only when the top 2 inches of soil is dry. To check the dryness of potting media, you need to insert your index finger. If you don’t feel the moisture, thoroughly water your plant until it trickles down the drainage holes.

Soil

Porous potting mix containing soilless media (Cocopeat), perlite, vermicompost, and pebbles.

Sunlight

Bright indirect sunlight is ideal for retaining its variegation. I would recommend you keep it near the east windowsill with a light curtain on the window.

Fertilization

Timely fertilization in the growing season is essential to speed up your aglaonema’s growth and get brilliant coloration. 

I use organic or homemade fertilizers neem compost, bone meal, organic manure, tea bag extracts, powdered eggshells to feed my plant. It’s considered risk-free with minimal side effects if overfed, unlike chemical fertilizers. 

Philodendron Painted Lady

Common Name: Philodendron Painted Lady

Philodendron in Greek means Love Tree. I am sure when you see Painted Lady, you will fall in love with her. The rich variegation of yellow, green, and subtle white will make it look as if some expert painter has shown magic with his paintbrush.

The plant appears strikingly beautiful for its variegated leaves and deep red petioles. 

It’s a climbing philodendron variety that needs to be given the support of a moss pole or trellis. A mature, painted lady can be 3 to 5 feet tall with a width of 12-16 inches.

A study by the University of Florida revealed that Painted Lady is a lab-bred hybrid of P. Erubescens Burgundy and P. Erubescens Emerald Queen plant. 

Let’s see which elements you need to grow this beautiful philodendron successfully:

Water

Like all philodendrons, Painted Lady also loves its soil to have a decent moisture level. You may also allow your plant soil to dry between watering sessions. As a thumb rule, water only when the topsoil of your Painted Lady is dry. 

To check the topsoil’s dryness, you need to insert up to the first knuckle of index finger and water only if you don’t find any trace of moisture. Never let your plant stand in the soggy soil to avoid root rot.

Soil

Always choose lightweight potting media for your painted lady. A media which retains the required amount of moisture and releases the excess through the drainage hole is ideal for your Painted Lady. I use a balanced mix of coco peat, perlite, charcoal, and a little bit of vermicompost.

Sunlight

Your painted lady, like any other variegated philodendron, needs a bit more light exposure than the normal ones. Placing your Painted Lady near the east-facing window makes sure it receives the bright and filtered light and not direct sun. 

Direct sun may burn its leaves. You can even keep your plant under bright fluorescent grow light to meet its light requirement. Bright light exposure will make the variegation more prominent. Do not keep your painted lady in the darkest corner of the room as it will turn it into green and leggy.

Fertilization

I use all-purpose organic fertilizer for all my philodendrons. I recommend you mix bone meal, neem compost, organic manure, vegetable matter, and animal excreta to make your organic fertilizer. 

Feed your painted lady twice a month in the growing season, i.e., Brasil’s Spring and Summer. Fertilize your plant sparingly in the winter as overfeeding can be fatal in the dormant season.

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Earth Star

Common Name: Earth Star

Scientific Name: Cryptanthus

Earth Star leaves form a flat, multi-colored, and spider-like rosette with shades of pink, red, white, and green. This plant is a Brazilian rainforest native and a member of the Bromeliad family.

A mature Earth Start can grow up to 2 feet wide, but the height remains within 4-5 inches. Unlike most other tropical plants, Earth Star has low water requirements. Earth Star lives a short life and dies after the flowering season. You can multiply your plant by propagation. Let take a quick look at how can care for your Earth Star:

Water

Water only when the soil is completely dry. Keeping your Cryptanthus’s soil soggy can kill the plant. As a thumb rule underwatering is better than overwatering.

Soil

Highly porous soil with a balanced mix of peat moss, orchid bark, perlite, and charcoal work well for Earth Star.

Sunlight

Earth Star thrives in bright and direct sunlight. Bright light increases the plant’s rich coloration.

Fertilization

Fertilize once a month in Spring. Refrain from fertilizing in Summer and Winter. Make sure not to over-fertilize and apply the slow-release liquid fertilizer only on the soil. The fertilizer should never touch the leaves as it may burn them.

Philodendron Birkin

Common Name: Birkin

Scientific Name: Philodendron Birkin

Philodendron Birkin is one of my most favorite plants simply because I adore the variegated philodendrons. The base color of mature Birkin leaves dark green and closely-knit white stripes all over it. The variegation may not be striking in the juvenile Birkin leaves but will increase with age and proper light.

Birkin is a self-heading philodendron that shoots multiple branches near the roots. You can propagate Birkin by dividing its branches.

Variegated Houseplant - Philodendron Birkin
Variegated Houseplant – Philodendron Birkin

Let’ see how you can grow a beautiful Birkin:

Water

As a thumb rule, water your philodendron only the top 1.5-2 inches of the soil is dry. Never overwater your plant and let the soil remain soggy. Keep the soil moist for your Birkin’s roots to absorb all vital micronutrients.

Soil

I would recommend using soilless media to grow your Birkin. A balanced mix between coco peat or peat moss, vermicompost, vermiculite, or perlite, and charcoal should do well for your Birkin.

Sunlight

Any variegated plant needs more sunlight than green leafy ones. You should keep your Birkin in a well-lit spot where it gets bright indirect sunlight. If you are growing it indoors, place your plant near east or north-facing windows, which gets filtered sunlight.

Fertilization

Fertilization is essential to ramp up your Birkin’s growth but doing it at the right time is more important. I would recommend using organic fertilizers like bone meal, vermicomposts or neem composts, powdered eggshells, or any other form of homemade fertilizer. 

You can also use liquid fertilizer but apply around 60% to 70% of the manufacturer’s recommended ratio to not end up over-fertilizing.

Pothos

Common Name: Pothos or Money Plant

Botanical Name: Epipremnum Aureum

Pothos will amaze you with its unique colors and beautiful variegation. Its heart-shaped leaves have striking blends of green, cream, yellow, white, and gold. Some commonly available varieties are golden, marble queen, Njoy, neon, Pearls & Jade, Jessenia, and Manjula pothos.

Pothos is an easy-to-care and hardy houseplant suited for beginners and apartment dwellers. It can handle infrequent watering and thrive in different light conditions. The variegated ones like Marble, Manjula, and Njoy pothos require brighter light than the golden and Jessenia pothos.

Pothos look its best in a hanging pot or when supported on a trellis or moss stick. The hanging basket will have a cascading look with all its branches pointing downwards and forming lush foliage when you make your plant climb up on the moss stick. It will have an upright look with much bigger leaves than the hanging ones. Pothos are sturdy and easy to grow but still need care. Let’s see what you need to do to grow a beautiful pothos:

Water

Water when the topsoil is dry. Poke up to the first knuckle of your index finger inside your Pothos soil to check its dryness; if it feels dry, water your Pothos thoroughly until the water drips through the pot’s drainage holes. Like other aroids and tropical plants, keep your Pothos soil moist and not soggy.

Soil

Pothos love to be planted in a well-draining potting mix. I would recommend you plant your Pothos in soilless media using a balanced ratio of coco peat or peat moss, vermicompost, bone meal, perlite or pumice or vermiculite, and charcoal.

Sunlight

Avoid direct sun for your Pothos. The variegated ones need bright indirect sunlight. You should place them near the east-facing windowsill for bright and filtered sunlight. The golden and neon Pothos should ideally be kept near the north-facing windowsill.

Fertilization

I am always in favor of using organic or DIY homemade fertilizers like bone meal, neem compost, vermicompost, broken or powdered eggshells, tea bags, etc. It may be slower to work than chemical fertilizers but comes with minimal sides. 

You can also apply slow-release liquid fertilizers but be careful about the dosage. Strictly follow the manufacturer-recommended ratio for dilution with water. Always use 50%-60% of fertilizer strength to prevent your roots from burning.

Nerve Plant

Common Name: Fittonia or Nerve Plant

Botanical Name: Fittonia Argyroneura

Nerve plants are widely known as Fittonia. Fittonias are loved for their strikingly beautiful color in shades of pink, white, and red. The distinct nerve-like pattern on its leaves is also known as the painted net leaf, and the plant is called the mosaic plant.

The nerve plant is a native to Peru and other parts of the South American Rainforest. Being a tropical perennial, it thrives in high humidity and looks beautiful in hanging baskets and terrariums. You can add excess moisture by regularly misting your plant. You can use different colored Fittonia as an excellent ground cover.

Fittonia produces small oval-shaped leaves and low-growing foliage, which can instantly elevate your garden’s overall look. Fittonia is an easy-to-grow plant but still needs proper care to get into the best shape. Let’s see how you can make your Fittonia flourish:

Water

Like other tropical houseplants water only when the topsoil of your Nerve plant is dry. Topsoil refers to the top 2 inches of the soil. Insert up to the 2nd knuckle of your index finger to check the moisture level. 

If your finger comes out clean or with traces of dry soil, your Fittonia is thirsty. Water your plant thoroughly and let the residual water drip down the drainage holes.

Soil

I use soilless media for all my tropical indoor plants, and Fittonia is no exception. Use a balanced mix of Peat moss, perlite, charcoal, and garden sand. Soilless media is at least 10X more porous than the regular garden soil or potting mix and will help your Fittonia roots to absorb the vital nutrients required for its growth.

Sunlight

Nerve plants thrive in bright and indirect light. If you are growing these beautiful plants indoors, make sure to place them near the East-facing windowsill. Correct light exposure will help your Fittonia to get vibrant color.

Fertilization

I use organic fertilizers like bone meal, neem compost, vermicompost, and other homemade chemical-free ones. It works slowly but never overbears on your plant’s roots. You may apply liquid fertilizer but always use 60%-70% of manufacturer-recommended strength. Any overdose may burn your Fittonia roots. 

Rattlesnake Plant

Common Name: Rattlesnake Plant

Botanical Name: Calathea Lancifolia

Rattlesnake plant has got its name due to snake skin-like texture all over its leaves. The contrasting combination of black and green and the black scaly appearance on green gives it a rattlesnake-like look.

Calathea lancifolia is a Brazilian rainforest native and thrives in humidity. If you live in a colder climate, you can grow your plant indoors in front of a well-lit window or under grow light. The plant is popular amongst Calathea and other indoor plant hobbyists for its strikingly beautiful colors and texture. 

Rattlesnake plant can easily grab your attention with its lush foliage, long leaves, and their distinct patterns. The plant can grow up to 30 inches in height and looks elegant after it becomes mature. Let’s see how you can grow a beautiful rattlesnake plant:

Water

Calatheas are more sensitive than other tropical plants. You need to keep a proper balance between keeping the soil moist and soggy. As a thumb rule, never let your rattlesnake plant’s leaves wilt. If you spot droopy leaves and dry soil, immediately water your plant, and it will recover quickly.

Soil

I use and recommend using soilless media instead of regular potting. The planting media should have a combination of coco peat, perlite, vermicompost, and charcoal. Make sure the water drips out of the drainage holes without making the soil soggy.

Sunlight

All Calatheas are sensitive to sunlight. Figuring out the correct amount of sunlight may come with time and experience. As a thumb rule, never expose your rattlesnake plant to direct sun to avoid burning of its leaves. You can keep your plant in a place where it gets filtered morning sunlight and afternoon shade.

Fertilization

You can either use organic or liquid-soluble fertilizer for your Rattlesnake plant. I prefer using organic or DIY fertilizer like bone meal, crushed eggshells, neem compost, etc. If you use liquid fertilizer, dilute and apply them as per the manufacturer’s recommendation and never over-fertilize. Overfertilization may suffocate and burn your plant’s roots.

Watermelon Peperomia

Common Name: Watermelon Peperomia

Botanical Name: Peperomia Argyreia

It’s one of my hot favorites. The combination of the light white pattern on the light and dark green heart-shaped leaves resemble the exterior of a watermelon. A mature watermelon peperomia looks exquisite and elevates the exterior of your home.

Watermelon Peperomia is highly sensitive to light exposure. Over or underexposure can be fatal for your plant. The coloration will be prominent under bright and indirect light but if you spot browning leaves, place it under shade.

It’s a small plant that remains compact and grows up to 10-12 inches max. It’s a South American native and thrives in humid conditions. I am reiterating that anything excess could be life-threatening for your watermelon peperomia, so make sure you keep a close watch. 

In Spring and Summer, your Watermelon Peperomia can sport thin stalky flowers. Let’s see what do you need to grow a gorgeous watermelon peperomia:

Water

Being a tropical plant, Watermelon Peperomia loves its soil to be moist (not soggy). Never leave the soil of your plant completely dry as it can cause wilting and yellowing leaves. 

The best way to check the dryness is by dipping up to the 2nd knuckle of your index finger. If your finger comes out clean, then it’s time to water your plant thoroughly.

Soil

Highly porous potting mix is ideal for growing Watermelon Peperomia. It doesn’t like to stand on damp soil. If the soil remains soggy for long, the roots may eventually rot. I always use soilless media like peat moss or coco peat as the primary potting mix of my indoor plants and add perlite, charcoal, and vermicompost as an add-on.

Sunlight

Bright indirect light is ideal for getting vivid coloration for your Watermelon Peperomia. I would recommend not to expose your Peperomia to direct sunlight as it can be fatal for your plant. 

You can place your Peperomia 2-3 feet away from the east-facing window, 4-5 feet away from the south-facing window, or near the north-facing window.

Fertilization

Fertilize your Watermelon Peperomia once every 3-4 weeks in Spring and Summer and sparingly in the Winter as it is considered the hibernation season. 

I use natural fertilizer like bone meal, neem compost, animal matter, vegetable matter, etc. You can also apply liquid-soluble chemical fertilizer but make sure to dilute as per the product label.

Flapjack

Common Name: The Flapjack or The Paddle Plant or The Dog Tongue or The Desert Cabbage

Botanical Name: Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora

The plant has oval pancake shape leaves colored in contrasting pink and smooth green. The beautifully variegated succulent can grow up to 12 to 30 inches in height and 18 inches wide. The leaves form a rounded basal rosette with striking red-colored borders in light green leaves. 

Red edges look stunning when you place your Flapjack under direct sun. Flapjack takes around 3 to 4 years to mature and produce beautiful lemon-yellow flowers at maturity. The colorful foliage with gorgeous flowers is worth waiting for.

Flapjacks thrive in full sun or partial sun and can withstand underwatering.

Let’s see how you can get a thriving and beautiful Flapjack plant:

Water

Knowing when and how to water your Flapjack is of prime importance. As a thumb rule, water only when the soil is dry and never overwater. If you add too much moisture to your Flapjack’s roots, it will eventually suffocate and start rotting. 

Underwatering is better than overwatering for your Flapjack plant. Water sparingly as like all succulents Flapjack is a drought-tolerant plant.

Soil

Like every other succulent and cactus, plant your Flapjack in an extremely well-draining potting mix. The potting mix should comprise orchid bark, peat moss, perlite, charcoal, and sand. The potting mix should retain only that much water, which is essential for its roots, and the rest should drip out of the drainage hole.

Sunlight

I recommend you place your Flapjack under bright and direct sunlight if you want to get the rich red colored leaves. You can grow your Flapjack plant in a semi-shade area, but it may be prone to pest attack and lose its vivid coloration.

Fertilization

Though fertilization isn’t necessary to grow a flowering Flapjack, I use a light dosage (50% of the manufacturer recommended percentage) of succulent or cacti fertilizer from Spring through Summer (growing season). 

Winter is considered the resting period for succulents, so never fertilize your Flapjack in the winter as its roots won’t be able to process it completely.

Adam’s Needle

Common Name: Adam’s Needle or Adam’s Needle Yucca

Botanical Name: Yucca Filamentosa

Adam’s Needle is a striking variegated plant with thin, spiky green leaves with contrasting yellow and orange stripes.

Adam’s Needle or Yucca belongs to the Agave family and hails from the Southeastern United States. Native Americans use the roots to make shampoo and its fibers to weave clothes.

It has beautiful variegation with green sword-like leaves with pointed tips and contrasting stripes of orange and yellow. A mature Adam’s Needle plant produces a tall stalky flower with a bell-shaped flower that looks beautiful as a small umbrella. Adam’s Needle Yucca is popularly used as a landscaping plant in corporate houses and bungalows. 

While growing Adam’s Needle, you need to choose a place that gets maximum sunlight. You should also keep a circumference free by 2 to 3 feet to accommodate its gargantuan width. Now, let’s understand the core elements to grow a majestic Adam’s Needle Yucca.

Water

Water sparingly and only when the soil is completely dry with no trace of residual water. Adam’s Needle Yucca is a drought-tolerant plant that can withstand weeks of dry spell. Do not keep your Yucca on damp or soggy soil, as it will kill the plant in a few days.

Soil

Porous and Sandy soil is ideal for growing Adam’s Needle. While preparing its potting mix, you should use lots of garden sand, charcoal or pebbles, a small amount of coco peat, and perlite.

Sunlight

Keep your Adam’s Needle in direct sun for at least 5-6 hours to get rich coloration and keep it healthy. If you live in a cold or frigid climate, I would advise you to bring your Yucca indoors and keep it under grow lights until the winter is over. A cold draft can rot the roots of your Adam’s Needle plant.

Fertilization

Fertilizing your Adam’s Needle plant is not mandatory. You can sparingly use a light dosage of cacti or succulent fertilizer during Spring and Summer months.

Houttuynia

Common Name: Houttuynia or Chameleon Plant

Botanical Name: Houttuynia Cordata

Houttuynia is an easy-to-grow plant with beautiful and tiny heart-shaped leaves. The leaves have rich variegation of light and dark green with an eclectic blend of yellow and red on its edges.

Due to the many colors on its leaves, Houttuynia is often referred to as Chameleon Plant. You can use Houttuynia as a beautiful ground cover but make sure it doesn’t become invasive. 

The chameleon plant is a herbaceous perennial which dies back in the winter and produces inconspicuous flowers around June and July. Let’s see how you can make your Houttyynia thrive:

Water

Houttuynia is a water-loving plant. It needs plenty of water to thrive. You can grow your Houttuynia in bogs, backyards, or ponds. 

They don’t mind growing in damp soil where most plants will die. If you have a large front or backyard, you use Houttuynia as a beautiful ground cover or grow it in containers. You need to water your plant thoroughly for it to bloom.

Soil

A regular potting mix is fine to grow your Chameleon plant. Make sure that the soil doesn’t get dry too quickly. Use vermiculite and mulch in the soil mix to help in water retention if you live in a dry climate. Water your plant thoroughly in the morning and evening.

Sunlight

You can grow Houttuynia under direct sun or partial light. However, I recommend you to place it in full sun to achieve 100% variegation and rich coloration.

Fertilization

Fertilization of Houttuynia is optional and not essential. You can still add organic fertilizers like bone meal, compost, or manure directly to the soil in the growing season – Spring & Summer.

Hosta

Common Name: Hosta or Plantain Lilly

Botanical Name: Hosta or Hosta Lancifolia

There are over 2500 varieties of Hosta cultivars present across the world. It originated in oriental countries and brought to Europe in the early 1700s, and since then, many new Hosta varieties have been found. Hosta leaves have many colors and shades, ranging from blue to soft creamy white to light chartreuse.

Hosta is known to be a low-sunlight or shade-loving plant. This fact is partially true as the sunlight requirement depends on the leaf colors and variegation.

Hosta is an easy-to-grow houseplant but still needs some basic care. Let’s see what those are:

Water

Juvenile Hostas need a little more moist soil than the mature ones. The grown-up Hostas are not too fussy about the moisture level and can even tolerate long dry spells. Water your Hosta only when the soil is dry. 

Soil

Hostas thrive in rich organic soil with slightly acidic pH. Once your plant is settled in a type of soil, it will keep spreading the roots underneath and horizontally. A mature Hosta doesn’t care about the soil quality and can grow almost in every potting medium. Hostas are prone to crown rot in the winter, so good drainage is essential so that water doesn’t sit on the soil.

Sunlight

Hosta has varied sunlight requirements. A lighter-colored or variegated Hosta has a higher sunlight requirement, and green color Hostas can be kept in a semi-shaded spot.

Fertilization: You can fertilize Hostas with all-purpose garden fertilizer in Spring, the primary growing season. You can fertilize in summer as well, but it’s not mandatory. While applying granular fertilizer, make sure not to apply them on the leaves.

Philodendron Brasil

Common Name: Philodendron Brasil

Botanical Name: Philodendron Hederaceum

Brasil is one of the easiest-to-grow and most beautiful Philodendron varieties ideal for beginners. The lime and cream color splashes on its dark green leaves make it look strikingly beautiful.

Brasil is a native to Central America and the Caribbean. This variegated philodendron can elevate the grandeur of your home with its Cream-colored splashes surrounded by lime-green swatches.

The best feature of Brasil is that every time the plant sprouts a new leaf it will have distinct and unique coloration.

You can make your Philodendron Brasil grow in a hanging basket and make it cascade downwards, or you can help it climb up supporting a trellis or moss-stick.

If it has climbing support, the leaves will grow bigger, and the plant may reach 10-15 feet in height. Though Brasil is an easy-to-care Philodendron, you still need to give basic care to make this plant thriving and beautiful. Let’s see how you can do it:

Water

You need to water your Philodendron Brasil only when the topsoil is dry. You may wonder how to gauge the moisture level. Well, the best way to check is to insert up to the 2nd knuckle of your index finger. 

If the soil has no trace of moisture, it means your Brasil is thirsty. Water your plant thoroughly until it drips out of the drainage holes. As a thumb rule, never let the soil of your Philodendron Brasil be too dry or soggy.

Soil

A well-draining potting mix is perfect for growing a thriving Brasil. Never use regular potting soil to plant your Brasil. Use a balanced mix of coco peat or peat moss, perlite or vermiculite, vermicompost, and charcoal to make it porous.

Sunlight

You need to give bright indirect sunlight to your Philodendron Brasil to maintain its rich variegation. I ensure to provide morning sunlight and afternoon shade to my Brasil and recommend the same for you.

You can keep your plant near an east-facing window or bright north-facing window. 

Never expose your Brasil to the hot afternoon sun as it may burn your plant’s leaves. I also recommend not to place your plant near in the darkest corners of your room as light deficiency may make your plant lose its variegation and leggy.

Fertilization

I recommend you fertilize your plant every 2-3 weeks in the growing season – Spring and Summer. Fertilization is not mandatory in Winter as overfeeding may burn your plants’ roots.

I use a balanced mix of organic fertilizers like bone meal, neem compost, organic manure, powdered eggshells, and vegetable matters for my Brasil. 

I recommend that you do the same, or you may use slow-release granular or chemical fertilizer. Use only 60% to 70% manufacturer-recommended strength while applying chemical-based fertilizers.

Get this free course on how to grow Philodendrons. Simply Philodendron is one of the best online resources on growing Philodendrons successfully irrespective of the climate you live in!

Well, that was my list of the most gorgeous houseplants that I like! Which of these do you have or wish to get! Share your best ones in the comments section below.

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