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African Violet or Saintpaulia

Very often you start noticing that some of your indoor plants never flower and are struggling in the room where there is not enough light. For such rooms you better find houseplants which require very little light. Here you’ll find some Snaplant’s recommendations πŸ™‚

African Violet or Saintpaulia – they actually bloom best under neglect and need only minimal amounts of light in order to bloom. African violets are a genus of plants within the Gesneriad family. Discovered in 1892 by Baron von St Paul (hence the botanical name), many species can still be found growing in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania and Kenya. Though their geography is tropical, most species reside in the mountains, at altitude, and under the cover of other plants. This makes African violets ideal for the indoor home garden or window–requiring only moderate (“room”) temperatures and light.

Christmas cacti or Schlumbergera

Christmas cacti or Schlumbergera needs 12 hours of darkness to bloom, and this normally occurs during the winter months in most households. Since Grandma’s day, the Christmas cactus has been a favorite houseplant. It’s not unusual for a single plant to be passed down from generation to generation because they’re long-lived, rather easy plants to grow. These plants are members of the Zygo-cactus family. Most of which are native to Central and South America. Although these plants are called cacti, they are truly different in all aspects from the common desert cactus with which we are all familiar. These plants, called epiphytes are found in the same environments as orchids. They are most often found in the forks of tree limbs where they grow in decayed leaves and other natural debris that accumulates there. Since they are tropical cacti, their cultural requirements are totally different from true cacti.

Peace lily or Spathiphyllum

Peace lily or Spathiphyllum will bloom year round with white-cupped, hand-shaped flowers. The flowers have a light scent and are long lasting. Spathiphyllum is a genus of about 40 species of monocotyledonous flowering plants in the family Araceae, native to tropical regions of the Americas and southeastern Asia. Certain species of Spathiphyllum are commonly known as Spath or peace lilies. This shade-loving tropical plant is also known for its air-purifying abilities – it’s great at breaking down and neutralizing toxic gases like carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.

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