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Guiguinto, Bulacan is known as the “Garden Capital of the Philippines”. It is where you can find beautiful gardens that sell potted plants (both outdoor and indoor plants), and gardening materials. Most also offer landscaping services at a reasonable price. If you are interested, we recommend you visit the Violeta Subdivision, and the gardens near the NLEX Tabang Exit.
Guiguinto celebrates the Halamanan Festival every 23rd of January, as a token of gratitude to their town patron saint — St. Ildephonsus (San Ildefonso). Inspired by the Halamanan Festival and the beautiful plants I saw in Guiguinto, I really wanted to put more indoor plants in our home.
7 Indoor Plants
These are seven popular indoor plants that can help you beat the summer heat and improve the air quality inside your house.
1. Chinese Evergreens
Chinese Evergreen or Aglaonemas is a common tabletop plant in the Philippines. This houseplant is easy to spot because of its patterned leaves. This slow-growing plant can come in plain green, speckled, blotched, and variegated types. It is easy to maintain and the doesn’t occupy too much space. Like most indoor plants, it needs little light. Little light means you don’t need to put it directly under the sun or next to your window. A bright room is enough. You just need to water it 2-3 times a week to keep the leaves and soil moist.
2. Aloe Vera
The Aloe Vera plant is not just a cute tabletop piece, but is also medicinal. It has moisturizing and cooling properties that can be used to treat burns. The Aloe Vera is also a succulent plant that loves light. That is why it is ideal to place it near a window where it can get enough sunlight. It is pretty low-maintenance, because you only need to water it twice a month. However, it is important to know that this plant is mildly toxic to cats and dogs when eaten.
3. Boston Fern (Paco)
Boston fern or sword fern is known as the pako plant here in the Philippines. Your Tita or Lola loves this indoor plant for being tough and low-maintenance. You have to water it 2-3 times a week just to keep the leaves and soil moist to prevent the leaves from becoming dry. They need to be kept in warm, humid conditions. A bright room is enough is keep it beautiful.
Pothos plant is another common indoor plant here in the Philippines. This is another favorite tabletop piece of your Lola or Tita, because of its low-maintenance and remarkably a beautiful plant. A well-lit room is enough for it to flourish. Avoid putting this plant under direct sunlight exposure. You have to water it 2-3 times a week just to keep the leaves and soil moist. While pothos plants are easy to care for houseplants, you do need to be aware that they are mildly toxic to cats and dogs when eaten.
Sansevieria is known as the Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue. This is also a popular indoor plant and a gift item here in the Philippines. Sansevieria plants need indirect but steady light with some direct sun. Too much water can kill this plant, so water it 2-3 times a week. Sansevieria are generally slow growers, and would rarely need repotting. However, it is mildly toxic to cats and dogs when eaten.
6. Spider Plant
The Spider plant is one of the most adaptable houseplants. It is very easy to grow, making it popular here in the Philippines. A graceful plant that makes a statement anywhere – from a tabletop or a front porch, or even as a hanging plant due to its lovely arching leaves. The Spider Plant is also known for its tremendous air-purifying qualities, making it a healthy addition to your home. This is a tough plant that only needs water it 1-2 times a week.
7. Yellow Palm
Yellow Palm is also known as golden cane palm, areca palm, or butterfly palm. It is a variety of ornamental palms that are commonly planted in houses and gardens because of its beautiful and lively leaves. There are several varieties available here in the Philippines. It is the Palmera variety that is an absolute favorite locally as indoor plants. This plant needs sunlight exposure, so be sure to take it out once in a while. You have to water it 2-3 times a week just to keep the leaves and soil moist to prevent it from becoming dry.
So which indoor plants are you going to put in your homes? Go visit your favorite plant store in Guiguinto now! Make sure you also check out the Halamanan Festival. It’s a must for plant-lovers!