Despite the general love for bright, colorful and unusual indoor plants, which gave rise to the fashion for exotic plants, there are cultures that do not disappear from the windowsills, no matter what trends. Familiar to everyone, which have become a real “golden classic” plants are special, which have proven their indispensability and uniqueness of culture, time-tested. Among them there are both modest crumbs and large giants. But one thing unites them – traditional beauty and ease of cultivation.
“Grandma’s” plants with an impeccable reputation
Plants that are among the most classic indoor crops have certainly earned legendary status. They have decorated windowsills for more than one century, and even when fashion changed, they still occupied a special place in the hearts of fans and never experienced a period of complete oblivion. Such plants are often called “grandmother’s”: their appearance is really familiar to everyone from childhood. These plants were widely used to decorate both homes and public institutions – schools, hospitals, administrations, offices. They seem to take us to another era with one look, they are recognizable at first sight. They cannot be confused with any other plant. And such well-known and familiarity has both its positive and negative sides.
The main advantages of classic plants:
- their endurance is time-tested;
- it is very simple to grow such plants, they require basic care;
- classic plants will suit even the most inexperienced growers;
- plants are easy to propagate;
- they are available and widespread, and finding them will not present any difficulties;
- plants will never go out of style.
But the disadvantages of such cultures are really at least:
- it is difficult to surprise with classics;
- traditional plants do not go well with fashionable novelties;
- they are more difficult to match with modern interior styles.
Often the usual, boring appearance is also considered to be the negative traits of cultures from among the “golden classics”. But there is no need to rush with such a categorical statement. “Grandmothers” does not mean boring and faceless. Many classic plants remain indispensable and inimitable today. Through the efforts of breeders, traditional cultures are experiencing a new heyday and gaining new admirers. Time does not stand still. The range of indoor plants expands to almost unimaginable choices. And those cultures, the look of which is familiar to everyone, are far from an exception in this race for originality.
The unusual structure, shape of leaves and play of colors in fashionable varieties and hybrids, the discovery and introduction of new, rarer species into indoor culture allow the classics to always remain relevant. And never get lost in the range of thousands of houseplant species available today. So, for example, it is difficult to find a replacement for the so beloved and tender uzambara violets or an analogue of cacti.
Any classic plant in the right “presentation” can become the pride of the collection. In how plants are perceived, their placement, the choice of capacity and even additional decor, are no less important than the decorative details of leaves or inflorescences. And in the perception of the attractiveness or dullness of traditional cultures, the entire responsibility lies with the owners. Fashionable design can even “fit” a boring aloe into a high-tech room or turn hibiscus into a colorful space divider for a loft. (Loft is an architectural style of the XX-XXI century, the upper part of an industrial building (factory, plant, warehouse), converted into housing, a workshop, office space or an event area. from the angle you look at the plants and how much attention you give them.
Let’s remember our honored heroes and get to know the top ten representatives of the “golden classics” better. Their appearance is well known, but they are also capable of surprising with their diversity. It is simply impossible to find more reliable green and flowering pets with simple care.
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