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Aloe Vera (Aloe vera)
Light Exposure: Bright indirect lighting
Soil Needs: Potting mix formulated for succulents
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Light Exposure: Bright artificial light or window sunlight.
Soil Needs: Well-drained potting soil
Growing bamboo in containers is a good way to control the plants, which can grow invasively when planted in the garden. But even confined in containers, bamboo plants can get large, requiring re-potting every year or so. The clumping varieties will need re-potting less often than those that run. Feed bamboo with a diluted fertilizer weekly during the growing season, cutting back to monthly in the winter.
Light Exposure: Bright indirect lighting or moderate window sunlight
Soil Needs: Prefers sandy potting, but tolerates most potting soil mixes
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Many types of begonias grow well in containers, and they enjoy the warmth and humidity of a bathroom shelf. In particular, the rex begonias (Begonia x rex) are extremely colorful and ornamental and grow well indoors. Begonias like humid conditions, but not water-logged soil, which can cause root rot. Fibrous and rhizomatous types make the best houseplants; tuberous varieties are not well suited to grow indoors.
Light Exposure: Prefers bright filtered light; will tolerate low light
Soil Needs: General-purpose soilless potting mix
Bromeliads are unusual specimens, in that they readily produce long-lasting blooms in locations where most house plants do not blossom at all. Bromeliads flower with pink or red blossoms in winter, and the blooms last for several weeks. Bromeliads include several different plant genera and dozens of species, many of which are epiphytic (drawing moisture from the air rather than from soil). These are ideally suited to bask in the humidity of a bathroom, but they also need good air circulation, which can be provided by running the bathroom exhaust fan or setting up a small portable fan to run for a few hours each day.
Light Exposure: Bright, indirect light; will tolerate a few hours of direct sunlight each day
Soil Needs: Depends on genus and species; those requiring soil do well in an ordinary well-drained potting mix
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Light Exposure: Low, indirect light; tolerates full shade
Soil Needs: Well-drained, peaty potting mix
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Few plants are as forgiving and adaptable as the Chinese evergreen, comprising about 20 species within the Aglaonema genus. These large-leaved, tropical perennials will thrive even if you forget to water and feed it. While it loves humidity, it will also tolerate dry air, provided you keep it out of cold drafts, which can damage the leaves. It grows 1 to 2 feet tall, with dark green leaves; some cultivars (such as 'Silver Queen') have gray-green variegation.
Light Exposure: Low, indirect light; does not like any direct sun
Soil Needs: Rich, well-drained potting mix
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Light Exposure: Bright, indirect light
Soil Needs: Well-drained, humusy potting mix