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NordVPN review: Fast and feature-packed

NordVPN has long earned top marks among the VPNs I’ve reviewed. It’s notable for its incredible speeds, a generous country and server count, and the choice of WireGuard or OpenVPN protocols. It has also removed the hard drives from its servers to increase privacy and security. And in its aim to be more than just a VPN, the service is but one product under the larger umbrella organization Nord Security, alongside other services such as the NordPass password manager, NordLocker for secure file storage, and business tools like NordLayer and NordWL. 

Features and Services

When you first open NordVPN on Windows, you get a very user-friendly interface. The left-hand rail includes a list of all available countries in alphabetical order. This section also has quick links to NordVPN’s specialty servers, such as Onion over VPN and P2P-friendly servers (for NordLynx and OpenVPN), as well as dedicated IP (for an extra cost) and double-hop VPN when using OpenVPN. The rest of the app window contains a map that you can drag around to select a specific country.

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Both the list and the map let you quickly decide where to connect. Two interface options are a bit redundant, but this approach accommodates both power users and novices.

The list in the left-hand rail is where most of the power user advantages reside. Hover over a country listing and click on the three dots to the left of the country name. This reveals a pop-up window where you can choose the region of a country (if applicable), as well as any of the servers listed in that region.

If you choose to connect to the U.S., for example, you’d pick the “region,” which is really one of a number of major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, or Phoenix. Then you can pick any of the servers listed there; each server in the list displays its current load. If you don’t want to drill down that deep, NordVPN picks the fastest connection for you based on your country of choice.

Dipping into settings, there are a number of features worth knowing about. The first is CyberSec under Settings > General, which blocks ads and protects against malware and phishing. It’s turned off by default, but is well worth using. There’s also an internet kill switch, and an app kill switch under Settings > Kill Switch. The latter stops any app from connecting to the internet if an active VPN connection drops, while the former does that for the entire PC.

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NordVPN’s general settings.

There are also options to go invisible on the local area network, and a specialized auto-connect feature. Auto-connect not only connects you to the VPN automatically but lets you customize that connection. You can, for example, automatically connect to a double VPN or a specific country. You can also choose whether to connect whenever the app starts or only on “unsecure networks.” The ability to customize the automated connection is an awesome little power-user feature that you don’t often see on other VPNs.

You can also set your own DNS provider if you like, as well as use obfuscated servers if you’re trying to use NordVPN in a place that blocks it. Nord also has a split-tunneling feature to specify which apps should (or should not) use the VPN connection.

NordVPN advertises that it’s compatible with Netflix, and it worked well this time around in my tests, though in the past there have been issues. This is not uncommon as there’s a continual cat-and-mouse game between the the long arm of Netflix’s anti-VPN enforcement and VPN service providers that oppose it.

Privacy, anonymity, and trust

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Selecting a granular connection with NordVPN’s advanced features.

To create an account, NordVPN requires an email address. It accepts payments via credit card, Amazon Pay, Google Pay, and cryptocurrencies. NordVPN costs $59 as an introductory price for the first year, and the current renewal price is $99 for a year. There is also a first-time deals for a two-year subscriptions: $89, and a month-to-month option of $11.95.

NordVPN has come a long way in identifying its leadership. After years of not publishing the names of its owners, the information is out there. This happened around the same time that NordVPN became just one product in a larger portfolio of products under the Nord Security brand. Nord Security doesn’t have an official head office, or at least the company declined to say where it was, but it does have offices in Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and the U.S.

Officially, Nord Security doesn’t own NordVPN. That honor belongs to a company called “nordvpn s.a.” based in Panama. Despite all that legal stuff, the management team of Nord Security effectively runs NordVPN and the other products, as far as we understand it. Whether those people are acting as employees of Nord Security or “nordvpn s.a.” when they make business decisions is irrelevant for our purposes. Nord Security lists 10 people on its management team all with links to their LinkedIn pages. The management listing includes the three founders Tom Okman, Eimantas Sabaliauskas, and Jonas Karklys. Okman is based in the U.K., while the other two are in Lithuania, according to their LinkedIn profiles.

NordVPN’s privacy policy says it has a “strict no-logs policy,” meaning it does not store time stamps, browsing data, used bandwidth, traffic logs, IP addresses, and so on. Third-party audits in 2018 and 2020 confirmed this.

Nord does keep some information for very short periods of time. It keeps the username and timestamp of the last session to monitor simultaneous connection limits. This information is deleted 15 minutes after a session is terminated. It also logs whether a user has logged on in the last 30 days. The company says it needs this data “to prevent abuse and to be able to dispute unfair chargebacks.”

NordVPN also harvests some data about usage such as app diagnostic data, but you can opt out under Settings > Advanced. It also takes in telemetry data such as opening push notifications, search, and so on. This can also be opted out of by turning off the setting mentioned above. Those who are concerned about the privacy implications of the CyberSec feature can read about it in the privacy policy under “Threat Protection feature.”

NordVPN also jumped on the trend of running diskless production servers similar to companies such as OVPN and ExpressVPN. Diskless servers don’t store any information on them at all. They are controlled and booted from a remote server and everything then runs in RAM. That makes it mighty difficult to pull any user data from these servers. 

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Landing page for the VPN Trust Initiative.

Another step NordVPN takes to increase trust is the VPN Trust Initiative, an effort that includes ExpressVPN, Golden Frog, IPVanish, Ivacy, PureVPN,  (of VyperVPN fame), SaferVPN, Strong VPN, and others. The VPN Trust Initiative’s goal is to strengthen trust and mitigate risk for VPN users.

The company also published a blog post detailing how it prevents vulnerabilities like the one that occurred in 2018 (it was only reported in 2019). The plan includes penetration testing, a bug bounty program, the new infrastructure audit, vendor assessments, and the aforementioned diskless servers.

That’s a lot of effort to get users to trust NordVPN, and we’re happy to see the company finally revealing its top leaders. It’s also being more transparent about the company structure, but to be honest they’re still being a little cagey about the details and the organization seems to be more complicated than necessary. Regardless, anonymity for the people running a company that is supposed to be all about trust just never sat well with us, and we’re glad to see this change.

Performance

NordVPN’s speeds are excellent. In our tests using default settings over multiple days and multiple connect locations, NordVPN was able to maintain 49 percent of the base speed. That’s fast enough to qualify among the top five speediest VPNs. We’re certain that NordVPN is fast enough for doing pretty much anything reliably.

Conclusion

NordVPN is a fantastic service that keeps getting better. The price is on the high side, but you get a lot more for that money than with other services.

Nevertheless, while NordVPN’s excellent service can’t be ignored, there are better options, like Mullvad, if maximizing your anonymity is a priority. But if you want something that appeals to power users, has multi-hop, solid speeds, and works with Netflix, then NordVPN is a solid choice. 

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NordVPN: The Best VPN Service for Online Security

When it comes to VPN services, NordVPN is a name with recognition and trust. Everyone has heard of them, and they have over 14 million users around the globe. But, how do you know if NordVPN is best for you? We cover the main features of NordVPN in this review.

First though, what is a VPN?

A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a tool that allows users to privately browse online. It does this by enabling a private network from a public connection, masking your IP address. This gives you the utmost security online and keeps all of your details private, which is crucial for things like bank accounts.

NordVPN is essential to online life, and below are just some of the many benefits they offer for their users.

1. Privacy

Firstly, by shielding their IP addresses, NordVPN protects users’ privacy and virtual location. NordVPN has over 5400 servers in 59 countries, so finding a secure server only takes seconds when you connect. To further protect users privacy, there is also a kill switch feature, which automatically stops any downloads and activity if your connection drops. By using this feature, NordVPN ensures users’ data is never exposed, even for a moment.

2. Available On All Devices

As more and more people use their mobile devices over laptop and desktop computers, NordVPN has apps available for all devices. It is easy to download on iOS, MacOS, Android, Windows, Android, Linux and all web browsers. Every NordVPN account can connect up to 6 different devices, allowing your entire family to enjoy secure online browsing.

3. CyberSec

Users have the option to turn on the CyberSec feature. This feature will automatically block ads and malicious websites for you. It uses its data to continually update the list of malicious or phishing websites, protecting users from possible scams. The full Cybersec feature is available on iOS, MacOS, Windows, and Linus. However, due to Google’s policies, Android devices with the app downloaded from GooglePlay will still see ads, but will still be protected from accessing malicious sites.

4. Security

NordVPN secures all online traffic through encryption, making it difficult for hackers to spy on or hijack data. The NordVPN headquarters is also in Panama, falling outside of jurisdiction for government surveillance programs like Five Eyes and 14 Eyes. This means that NordVPN cannot be forced to give up any of the data gathered during use. Another feature to ensure security is the double VPN, this means your connection goes through various server connections to further encrypt your data at the final destination.

5. Access to Worldwide Streams

One of the most common uses for VPN users is accessing content from other countries. NordVPN gives safe access to streams and other content from around the world, in seconds. Streaming videos and movies is easy with NordVPN as they never throttle the bandwidth speed. This means you won’t experience buffering, or glitchy graphics. Plus with the SmartPlay feature, all users need to do is select the country they want to access content from and they are ready to go with no additional steps. Now you can watch Netflix from around the world and connect to your local channels even when overseas.

One extra feature of NordVPN worth mentioning is the ability to split your internet usage, between the VPN and your local network. This allows you to browse local news and other content while streaming videos or sharing files on the VPN network.

As the digital world continues to grow, it is more important than ever to ensure your data is safe. So, if you are looking for a secure VPN service, look no further. NordVPN not only offers a secure and private connection but also offers a large range of additional features for its users.

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THE ICONIC – An Ideal Leader Of Fashion

We are living in a modern era, where everyone wants to become more fashionable. In a race to become fashionable, every person groom himself by wearing new style clothes, which is really a good thing because fashion represents us. Whatever we wear tells everything about our personality and it is clear that fashion rules the world because most of the popular personalities are well-known because of the fashion they adopt. People are demented to the celebrities and their fashion. Whatever they wear, whatever they style people want to become like them. So fashion is now become a passion of every descendants. The style vogue of the fashion industry, is ruling the world more than ever before. It’s not only governed the dressing sense of the people but also accelerate the tendency in people about home style, makeover fashion even inclination of every next fashion trend of overall attitudes.

What Is Fashion? THE ICONIC Knows Better

Fashion is not only to cover your body from clothes, how and what you wear, how you dress up yourself, and what style you tend to adopt that make you stylish, is fashion. We can say it is the essence of your personality and beliefs that make you more confident to keep you up with the present era. To keep up with the latest fashion people, tend to see fashion shows to keep their eye on what is trendy, some people go to shop to pick up new-fangled. 

What if you find your loving and most stylish fashion, just sitting at home? Obviously, you’ll be delighted and excited at the same time. Let’s go and get your desired and most stylish fashion even at your home because THE ICONIC is here to help you out for choosing the best outfits of your dream. It is the spot that really knows what fashion is and how you can style yourself?  It proffers the new and trendy style of wearing for their customers and partners as it is working as a leading online fashion and sports retailer in Australia and New Zealand so THE ICONIC better knows about the latest fashion.

The Purpose

THE ICONIC is on a purpose to empower his customers trough developing absolute and finest experience of choosing your heartiest favorite brands and products at your home. It also allows the consumers to reach extensive range of modish and matchless treasure of products that are inspiring for every generation. THE ICONIC build his customer’s trust by proffering the valuable offers for his costumers since it launched. THE ICONIC is working cooperatively, with across 10,000 brand partners to provide appropriate and organized products in motivating environment that customized to regional market necessities. As THE ICONIC is also a part of Global Fashion Group, so it is globe’s leader in online fashion and style for transpire market. Its main motto is to bestow people all around the world from highly-effective products of newest and contemporary fashion and style. It is successfully assisting thousands of people for adopting their most desiring fashion that is trendy.

Stay Iconic With THE ICONIC

THE ICONIC is the place where you can find every fashion and style, that gives you a glance of dazzling personality, you can well groomed yourself and change your personality into a dashing and attractive person. THE ICONIC is assisting thousands of people to make them confident so they can express their true self by wearing and adopting latest fashion. The people who want to become an iconic personality can benefitted from THE ICONIC as it offers the style and fashion of your dreams, it is on a mission to empower the people all over the worlds to enunciate their true self trough fashion. Don’t wait to change yourself just shop from it, wear it, adopt the trendy fashion, style yourself so you can stay iconic with THE ICONIC.

What It Has For You?

It has everything that your heart ever desired to have it, THE ICONIC offers ongoing stylish collection of apparel of all ages. It has relatively more than 20,000 products of every style you want to choose as your need. From women’s dresses to men’s collection, from kid’s apparel to kid’s toys everything is available in contemporary and modish style. THE ICONIC is the place that not only providing style of clothing it actually want to groom yourself wholly, for this purpose it developing his products from tip to toe. When you wear stylish and fashionable clothes you’ll also need footwear that gives you glamorous look when you walk. So with elegant dresses it also provide the comprehensive range of footwear in which shoes and sports shoes, flats, sandals, heels, ankle boots, ankle boots and furthermore stylish and latest collection. 

When you have an amazing collection of dresses and shoes you also need to take care of your skin which can play a major role for glooming yourself, THE ICONIC is here to provide you the best beauty products because it knows that your skincare is important that’s why it offers moisturizers and cleansers, lipsticks and other makeup products. THE ICONIC also provides home essentials for rejuvenate your home.Being an amazing and leading online store THE ICONIC is creating ideal and stimulating experiences for every generation. It is progressing and intended to become better and better in future for his people so they groom their selves and will express their truer self through www.theiconic.com.

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Freshly – Feel Fresh To Eat

Most of the people who always get busy and don’t like to cook, even for themselves so they rely on convenience foods such as takeaway and supermarket ready-to-eat meals. But sometimes it gets difficult to choose a healthy food from ready-to-eat meals or any supermarket because not every place is trusty which is reliable to eat healthy food. There is no guarantee that the food you eat from ready-to-eat-meal is made from healthy ingredients. So what to do in that situation? Where to go for taken a healthy meal? Finding a right answer isn’t arduous anymore because Freshly is a place whom you can trust to eat or feed yourself without any doubt. Freshly is offering ready-to-eat meals for the people who are busy and hardly find time to cook or the people, who don’t like cooking, now can easily get their favorite meals at their doorstep without spending hours on scrolling, deciding and cooking.

Fill Your Tummy With Yummy

Most Flexible Meal Delivery For Every Dietary Preference

Freshly is going to fill your tummy with yummy meals that are not only delicious but also are healthy. Each and every meal is prepared by Freshly’s expert chefs with keeping health benefits of every meal in mind. The people who are use to eat healthy prepared food from Freshly, always get something new and delectable with full of nutrients. Freshly’s nutrition team experts ensure the facile meals that are including no artificial sugars, no processed ingredients, and more of the nutrients while still tasting substantially good. Mostly places that offers ready-to-eat-meal doesn’t take care of cutting inappropriate ingredients in their prepared meals but Freshy do. The satisfying food of freshly can never be come at the cost of nutrition because it pledge to providing the yummy food with healthy and full of nutrients for all. The taste of every meal is delish and appetizing that no one ever offers you before.

Diversification Of Food From A Single Place

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Freshly is a place where you can find varieties of delicious food because it offers you the extensive range of food so you’ll never be bored to eat the same food day after day. It provides the menu of 30+ easy meals with different kind of mouthwatering taste in every meal. Every meal is prepared with dissimilar and healthy ingredients so you can choose different for lunch as well as for dinner because freshly is more than just easy meal. Freshly has variety of dishes for food lovers, so they won’t get bore to eat the same meal every day as they will choose in between approximately 30 or more than easy meals that made from various kind of flavorful and healthy ingredients. This diversification of food with keeping health in mind can only be finding from Freshly.

Plant-Based Meals For Everyone

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Freshly is more than you think, it delivers the fruitful and healthy foods to his customers, the food that prepared with new plant-based protein. The experts of Freshly’s team made every meal cleanly with whole-food ingredients then delivers to you fresh. Now you’ll enjoy every meal of freshly that is featuring their new plant-based protein. It is the latest plant-based meal plan of Freshly that serves you taste with better eating according to your health or need or even your choice. You can eat healthy and feel healthy with this newest purely-plant plan of freshly that is designed by freshly’s expert of nutritious and chefs for nourishing you naturally every day. It is a powerful plan that features approximately 10g of plant protein to help keep you full and fuel you forward.

How Does Freshly Serves To You 

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It is simple and easy process to get the food you love from Freshly, It makes your ordering tranquil and facile, you can easily sign up for registration, just enters an email with zip code, select delivery date and gets your meal at your doorway. You can not only ordering and delivers easily, Freshly also promises to delivers that type of fresh food that keeps your meals fresh and fine for 2 days just because of their satisfying packaging. Freshly’s  meals are single portions, meant to serve one hungry person it also delivers the food that is individually portioned, Freshly do have a 12 meal plan which works well for multiple people so you can enjoy your food with your family, friends or colleagues and with your loved ones. You are also facilitating to cancel your order if you are not satisfied.

Freshly is not coming slow, it is expanding his reaches by his work hard, day by day it get more successful and intended to become the world’s number one and leading online food service in future. Even now it is assisting many people by his good services around the world and get popular in the people who are busy or don’t like cooking because Freshly saves their time to cook or choose and delivers the food that is ready to heat and eat in just 3 minutes, plus it is the protection shield of your health because it serves you healthy and tasty meal in a good manner.

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Discover the incredible benefits of coconut oil

Coconut oil has become increasingly popular in recent years, which claims that it may help with anything from weight loss to skin and hair related issues. It is made from the flesh of coconuts and available in every other shop in both virgin and refined form. Coconut oil is found in a variety of goods, which includes desserts, shampoos, coffee, moisturizers, and other cosmetic products. Coconut oil has a number of benefits to be derived however, to have the best results one should always buy it in virgin form and not refined. Following are some of the benefits of coconut oil.

Coconut Oil for Hair

Hair that is healthy starts at the root. For healthy hair, it is important that you keep your scalp healthy so that your hair may grow faster. Scalp problems for example dandruff or other fungal infections of the scalp can be treated with coconut oil. By getting rid of dandruff and fungal infections, you can also be prevented from other problems caused by these issues for example irritation, flaking and itching. Other than that, when coconut oil absorbs in the hair it prevents hair from breaking and split ends. It is noted that when you apply coconut oil on a regular basis, this might make your hair grow faster without any damage. It makes your hair shinier and also saves them from the damage caused by the sun. Coconut oil also treats issues like dryness and brittleness of the hair and makes them soft and smooth.

Coconut oil for the skin

Coconut oil can aid in the treatment of skin related issues such as eczema by acting as an anti-inflammatory. Not only will this keep the skin free of germs and fungus but the antioxidants in the coconut oil will hasten the haling properties. It also reduces the discomfort, irritation and itching caused by the skin diseases. Coconut oil has the potential to function as an antibacterial and antifungal agent, making it useful for treating wounds and burns.

Coconut oil for treating acne

Acne is caused when the hair follicles are blocked with bacteria which causes infection and later acne.  Acne outbreaks need antimicrobial treatment, which is found in coconut oil. Lauric acid, a core ingredient found in coconut oil has a number of antimicrobial effects. This acid has several positive effects such as anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammation. Just apply coconut oil before going to bed and you will observe optimistic and satisfactory results and may get rid of acne with just a few uses.

Coconut oil for moisturizing the skin

Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids which help your skin to retain moisture by hydrating your skin. It forms a protective barrier on your skin to protect it from toxins, dust, and other impurities. Coconut oil not just moisturizes the skin but also makes it smooth and soft and improves the texture of the skin.  

Coconut oil also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

Coconut oil has been found in studies to have antioxidants that can help prevent wrinkles and it also reduces the fine lines and basically slow down the ageing process. Coconut oil is so light weighted that it absorbs in the skin and makes the wrinkles appear less obvious.

Coconut oil for lips

Coconut oil is well known for its hydrating properties. It is a really good product for treating chapped lips. Because the skin of the lips is thin and more exposed to the environment than other parts of the human body therefore are more vulnerable to moisture loss and becoming dry. Apply coconut oil on your lips to make them look more radiant and moister and for treating dry and chapped lips.

The bottom line is, coconut oil has a lot of advantages when it comes to skin, hair or even health. It hydrates, mends, protects, and does some amazing wonders to your skin.

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Fish as a cognitive development source

What is the big deal about eating fish? The first thing to consider is what is fish providing you with? Human beings can gain a variety of good fish advantages by including fish in their diet.  To begin, it is packed with a wide range of nutrients, vitamins, proteins, and minerals. Protein is an essential part in the diet of every person. Human beings require high protein intake in order to maintain a healthy and strong immune system. It is very important to take care of the immune system since it has to fight against different bacteria and viruses in order to protect our body. Moreover, proteins also aid in the nourishment of brain which results in the improvement of learning and memorizing capacities.

Other than protein, fish is an excellent source of iodine which is a necessary nutrient in the diet of human beings. Iodine is a very important component of the thyrotrophic hormone which effects the development of human brain. And the deficiency of iodine is the most common and avoidable cause of cognitive illness in the world. The iodine deficiency impacts several structures of the brain which results in illness. One of the most important nutrients, perhaps, that fish brings in the diet of human beings is Omega-3. DHA or docosahexaenoic acid, a well-known omega-3 lipid in fish usually present in salmon or tuna, helps in the development of the brain cells and it is also the major competent of brain cell membranes, and that communication between brain cells is dependent on the integrity of these membranes. These fatty acids are also called the building blocks of human brain. Like iodine, Omega-3 also helps in the improvement of brain memory and development preserving the brain from mental illness.

 It has been widely observed that brain function slightly begins to deteriorate with the passage of time. While it is perfectly understood that individuals begin to forget things with the passage of time as they grow old. However, it may also culminate in severe cognitive illness such as Alzheimer’s. In this disease, the portion of brain that regulates memory and thinking is affected resulting in memory loss of that person. Luckily, eating fish strengthen the grey matter of the brain which is in charge of memory and learning. Actually, there is some experimental data to indicate a connection between fish intake and brain development. There was a research conducted on the MRI brain scans of 270 people in their 60s with normal mental function to check for variations related with fish consumption as indicated by dietary surveys. Subjects who kept fish in their regular diet on a weekly basis had greater grey matter sizes in region of the brain important for memory and cognition resulting in low chances of developing Alzheimer. Fish also helps in keeping the body at its best condition for a longer period of time.

And this is not the only study that demonstrates that eating fish is beneficial to cognitive development; there are a lot of studies that show comparable results. To sum it all up, fish is indeed good source of Omega-3 fatty acid making it a brain food. Other benefits of eating fish include, reducing the ageing of the skin, improving the sleep cycle, improving the eyesight, nourishing the hair and development of bones. The bottom line is that fish is a healthy, tasty, and cheaper way to add proteins and fatty acids such as omega-3 to your diet instead of consuming supplements for them. 

So, how long has it been since you last ate fish?

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How To Plant Onions At Home: Easy Steps for Beginners

Onions are one part of the Allium family. They are considered one of the easiest plants to grow on cold days. In other words, they are a kind of cold season crop. There are many types of onions, from red to yellow onions or sweet onions that can tolerate colder temperatures when growing and developing. But how to plant onions at home? How to care for onions? And what are some common diseases and pests when growing onions? Keep reading to get your answers. 

When to Plant Onions

It is best to grow onions in cool weather. If you live in a cold climate, then you should grow onions while the ground is still alive (when the soil can be leveled), which could be your last spring months. If you live in temperate climates, you can grow onions in late fall, winter tolerant and ready for early spring harvest.

How to Plant Onions at Home

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Since planting onions from seed can take longer, it’s better to germinate your onion seeds indoors first. And here are the basic, simple, and practical ways on how to plant onions at home:

Prepare: First, you need to pour moist soil into a planter tray or other suitable pot and dig a trench around half an inch deep for your seedlings. Then, cover softly with soil. Remember to keep the temperature warm, which is around 60 to 70 degrees F.

Transplant: After your onion seedlings start to sprout (within a period of days to weeks), it’s time to transplant them into your garden. Next, you should dig holes about 2 inches deep and 4 to 5 inches apart for your onion transplants, and they should be 12 to 18 inches apart in rows.

Companion plant: Some good plants to grow with your onions are leeks, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, and some types of herbs, such as mint, parsley, etc.

Add mulch: You can spread mulch or other organic matter between your onion rows to help clear weeds and maintain moisture in your soil (you will not need to water onions too frequently).

Besides planting onions from seeds, you can completely plant them using onion sets. They are small onions that can be grown and thrived well into large bulbs after several months. If you want to plant onion sets, you can bury them an inch in the ground in your vegetable garden, spaced two to six inches apart. Make sure that you do not compact the soil around your onions; just cover it lightly.

How To Care For Onions

After you know how to plant onions at home, either from seeds or onion sets, it’s very important to learn how to care for onions so that you can keep your plants healthy. 

Light

It is basically for onions that the more sunlight, the better they grow. This is because onions need at least size hours a day of full sun to thrive in the right way. 

Soil

When planting onions, you need to keep the soil well-drained. But it also needs a lot of degradable organic matter in it. It’s best to grow your onions in soil with a pH between a little bit acidic to neutral – 6.0 to 7.0.

Temperature and Humidity

Ideal conditions for onions to grow well are 68 to 77 degrees F, which will result in fast and full growth of the edible onion bulbs.

Water

To support the swelling of onion bulbs, you should water your onions regularly. Let’s say one inch of water a day is enough. Make sure that you don’t overwater them or let the bulbs sit in waterlogged soil. This way, your onion bulbs will rot. 

Fertilizer

It’s recommended to fertilize onions every several weeks with a high-nitrogen fertilizer. By doing this, you can help the leaves to grow faster, and bulbs will develop larger. Stop feeding when your onions start to push the soil away.

When to Harvest Onions

Late summer is considered the ideal time to harvest onions. In fact, onions can grow relatively well in colder conditions, but as they mature, they are more susceptible to spoilage. The tops of onions will turn yellow and start to fall over as they reach the end of ripening.

How to Harvest Onions

When you are harvesting your onions, look for brown onions that poke their heads through the soil – you can pull these directly out of the ground. It’s best to keep your onions in a cool, dry place. Onions with flower stalks are ripe onions, and need to be plucked and used right away.

Common Pests and Diseases in Onions

It’s not about learning how to plant onions, but you also need to know some common pests and diseases in onions to keep your onions healthy and grow well. 

Rot: Your onions can get neck, bulb, or stem rot when grown in wet soil. You can avoid this by ensuring there is well-draining soil and good air circulation. 

Splitting: Your onion bulbs can split or double if you leave the soil dry while the bulbs are forming.

Thrips: Curling and twisting in your onions can be caused by small, yellow-brown flying insects. They also feed your onion leaves. In this situation, you can grow resistant varieties to avoid this. Besides, don’t plant your onions near cereal crops. You can also use insecticidal soaps or neem to control these insects, but keep in mind that’s just the temporary solution. 

Onion root maggots: This is mainly caused by the larvae hatch from eggs that are laid by brown flies near the base of onions. Maggots will burrow into onion trunks, eat the plants below ground, and ultimately kill your onions. You can avoid this disease by rotating onion plants annually. To prevent eggs from being laid, you can cover your new onion seedlings. Another effective way is to use diatomaceous earth.

Conclusion 

So, that’s how to plant onions at home, both from seeds and onion sets, and all other necessary information to care for onions, and keep them away from common diseases and pets. If you are still confused about anything related to planting onions, just leave your questions in the comment box, and I’ll answer them as soon as possible.

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20 Easy Indoor Plants To Grow For Added Vitality

If you’ve been looking to add a little color and vibrant life to your living space, then you’ve come to the right place. Houseplants are usually simple to grow and care for. They are also colorful, pretty, and even considered great at helping decrease stress. So, in this article, I will give you 20 easy indoor plants to grow so that you can choose suitable low-maintenance indoor plants to keep alive in your area.

1. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is one of the most easy indoor plants to grow
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Aloe vera is considered one of the easiest indoor plants to keep alive. It is a type of succulent plant, has distinctively elongated, vase-shaped leaves that extend from the central base. For beginners, you can try smaller varieties and put them in a sunny space in your house, such as the kitchen window. In fact, Aloe can live well in dish gardens and at room temperatures. They even look more beautiful with Southwest decor. 

Size: Up to 3 feet wide and 3 feet high 

Growing conditions: Reasonably dry soil, bright light; 65 – 75°F

2. Anthurium

Anthurium (Anthurium andraeanum, also called flamingos) usually have bright colors for around eight weeks or more per year. Flowers are usually red, but you can also find hybrids in pink, white, lavender, and even green. Anthuriums are great cut flowers because they stay fresh for a long period. However, their beautiful and heart-shaped leaves might have toxic sap, so make sure you put them away from the reach of your kids and pets.

Size: Up to 2 feet wide and 2 – 3 feet high

Growing conditions: Evenly humid soil (wet only in fall and winter), medium to bright light; indirect sunlight; 65 – 80°F

3. Arrowhead vine

Arrowhead vine is one of the great indoor plants for beginners with flush foliage. Their leaves have a characteristic dark green color marked with white along their veins. They can thrive even in low-light conditions. You can use small plants in mixed pots and with other leafy garden plants on the countertop. Besides, you can train your arrowhead vines to stand upright using moss stakes. Another interesting fact is that these houseplants can grow well in artificial light.

Size: Up to 6 – 36 inches wide and 6 – 36 inches high

Growing conditions: Evenly humid soil, low to medium light; 60 – 75°F

4. Asparagus fern

Asparagus fern is one of easy indoor plants to grow
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The stems of the asparagus fern (also known as asparagus densiflorus) usually point upward and outward, making it a great hanging basket plant. First, their flowers are small and white, then they will turn into bright red berries. But these can be toxic, so keep them away from your pets and kids. 

Size: Up to 12 – 36 inches wide and 18 – 36 inches high

Growing conditions: Evenly moist soil, medium to bright light; 60 – 75°F

5. Cast-iron plant

Living up to their name, cast-iron plants are nearly indestructible, tolerant of neglect, low light, low moisture, and lots of heat, making them ideal for growing in dark corners. It’s better to start with large plants because they grow slowly.

Size: Up to 1-2 feet wide and 1-2 feet high 

Growing conditions: Evenly moist soil (humid only in fall and winter), low light; 45 – 85°F

6. Chinese evergreen

For those who don’t know, Chinese evergreen (also known as aglaonema commutatum) can live up to 10 years or more. Its distinguishing features: the leaves are arc-shaped, lanceolate, often variegated with silver, gray or green hues. Place a small plant on your living room table or group larger plants with other low-light plants.

Size: Up to 1 – 3 feet wide and 1 – 3 feet high

Growing conditions: Evenly humid soil, low to medium light; 60 – 75°F

7. Christmas cactus

Christmas cactus is one of many easy indoor plants to grow. They usually have a gracefully curved shape, with long segmented stems and inflorescences that are mauve, dark pink, salmon, white, or orange-red. The plant often flowers from mid to late December. Once their blooming is finished, you can prune them by pinching to cut off some segments. By doing this, you encourage them to branch, creating fuller plants with more flowers.

Size: Up to 6 – 18 inches wide and 8 – 12 inches high

Growing conditions: Reasonably dry, well-drained soil, bright light; 70 – 80°F (55°F in the fall season)

8. Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia is another one of various easy indoor plants to grow. They usually have curved, pointed leaves, up to 12 inches long. In addition, they are often marbled with cream or white, and grow from a stalk resembling a sugar cane. The large leaves of these plants highlight the tropical architecture. Besides, they can combine well into a mixed group of leaves. One of the common names for these plants is dumb cane, which comes from a poisonous resin in the stems and leaves that triggers tongue numbness and swelling when people or pets chew.

Size: Up to 1 – 3 feet wide and 1 – 6 feet high

Growing conditions: Evenly damp soil, low to medium light; 65 – 80°F

9. Dracaena

Dracaena is one of many easy indoor plants to grow in the group of common foliage plants. They often have long, stringy leaves that alternate with cream, white, or red. You can start with saplings on the countertop. You will need to provide enough floor space if you want to grow larger plants. Besides, it’s better to keep your plants under 6 feet tall by cutting off the top of them. Within a few weeks, a new pair of buds should appear just below the cut.

Size: Up to  1 – 3 feet wide and 1 – 10 feet high

Growing conditions: Moderately moist soil, medium to bright light; 65 – 75°F

10. English ivy

The elegant look of this versatile foliage plant is perfect for hanging baskets or containers or pots. It is one of the best and easiest indoor plants for beginners to train plant forms or use as a groundcover underneath larger indoor plants. Put English ivy (or Hedera helix) on a stand so that the stem can droop. The stems can grow slightly long but you can easily control them by pruning.

Size: Up to  6 – 72 inches wide and 6 – 12 inches high, trailing

Growing conditions: Average to high moisture; evenly humid soil, medium to bright light; 55 – 70°F

11. Ficus

The glossy green leaves extend from an upright woody plant in the form of a monocotyledon or shrub. Depending on its size, you can grow Ficus (Ficus spp.) as a tabletop or floor plant. Just remember to place your ficus where it won’t have to move all winter, as it doesn’t like changing environmental conditions.

Size: Up to 1 – 10 feet wide and 1 – 12 feet high 

Growing conditions: Moderately moist soil, medium to bright light; 65 – 75°F

12. Hoya

Hoya is one of many easy indoor plants to grow with fast-growing ability. It often has both glossy foliage and white or pink flowers with red centers. The flowers have a sweet fragrance, also known as wax flowers. You can put these plants in hanging baskets or train them to grow upside down into a trellis. To make a wreath, you can try to wrap their long vines around a form. The small leaves can be trained into seedlings. One of the easiest plants to keep alive in Hoya gran is Hoya carnosa.

Size: Up to 48 inches wide and 6 – 12 inches high, trailing

Growing conditions: Moderately dry soil, medium (foliage only) to bright light (for flowers); 55 – 75°

13. Parlor palm

The exquisite, upright parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans) has been one of the most common and easy indoor plants to grow since Victorian times. The thread-like green leaflets on the hairy leaves are 9 to 24 inches long. They are beautiful plants to fill an empty corner and can get lower light than other types of palms. Younger ones will grow nicely in the terrarium at an early age.

Size: Up to 1 – 3 feet wide and 1 – 8 feet high 

Growing conditions: Evenly humid soil, medium to low light; 55 – 75°F

14. Peace lily

Peace lily is a great addition to your living space
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Peace lily is another one among various easy houseplants for beginners. They can withstand low moisture and low light. Their leaves are lanceolate, glossy, with domed spines surrounding the central flower spikes. They also give spoon-shaped flowers that usually appear in the summer. However, many varieties bloom intermittently throughout the year. The dark leaves look very attractive in a smooth pot with a glossy surface.

Size: Up to 1 – 5 feet wide and 1 – 6 feet high 

Growing Conditions: Evenly humid soil, low to bright light; 60 – 85°F

15. Peperomia

The most interesting feature of Peperomia is its leaves that are different in shape (from heart-shaped to narrow), texture (from wax to waffle-like) and color (reddish, green, or silver-gray). They can produce slender flowers, which resemble a rat’s tail, from time to time. You can place them on countertops or use them as a garden companion for dishes and mixing baskets. This plant can also withstand the low light of a northern windowsill and is small enough to be placed on a desk or used in a terrarium.

Size: Up to 6 – 12 inches wide and 6 – 12 inches high

Growing conditions: Evenly dry soil, low to medium light; 60 – 75°F

16. Philodendron

Philodendron is one of the easy indoor plants to grow with durable foliages. It has long been the key element of indoor gardening. The common heart-leaf philodendron usually has slender stems with leaves up to 4 inches in length. This plant is very easy to grow, propagate, and adapts well to almost any indoor environment.  You can start with small specimens in the dish garden and mixed baskets. The plant is tolerant to low light. Therefore, it is a great ideal for bookshelves and for covering the sides of a large piece of your furniture. Unfortunately, their leaves can be toxic to humans and pets if ingested in large amounts.

Size: Up to 1 – 6 feet wide and 1 – 10 feet high

Growing conditions: Reasonably dry to evenly humid soil, low to bright light; 60 – 80°F

17. Snake plant

Snake plants are one of great and easy indoor plants to grow
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Snake plants are a kind of tough succulent plant that can grow almost anywhere. It can withstand abandonment but yes, responds well to good care. The leaves are sword-shaped, skin-colored, with a white or yellow border. Snake plants are one of many easy houseplants for beginners, but lots of indoor plant growers also love them because of their impressive upright shape. When planted in a bright place, it will produce tall plants with fragrant blue flowers. Dwarf petunia makes a very beautiful ornamental or desktop plant.

Size: Up to 6 – 36 inches wide and 6 – 48 inches high

Growing Conditions: Reasonably dry soil, low to bright light; 60 – 85° 

18. Spider plant

The spider plant (also known as Chlorophytum comosum) looks great in hanging baskets or on pedestals, with its “children” filling the pot. Most spider plants are the genus of ‘Vittatum’, having a white stripe in the middle of each leaf. Although sometimes there are all-green plants. Brown leaf tips, which are popular in spider plants, are caused by contaminated water, often from fluoride, or over-fertilization, low moisture, or dry soil conditions. In this case, you can use scissors to prune damaged leaves. Besides, you can try to use distilled water or rainwater in case your tap water is fluoridated.

Size: Up to 6 – 24 inches wide and 6 – 12 inches high

Growing conditions: Evenly humid soil, medium to bright light; 65 – 75°F

19. Swedish ivy

Despite its name, Swedish ivy (also known as Plectranthus verticillatus), is one of the most popular plants in the plectranthus family. It is native to Australia and South Africa, and is a close relative of mint.

The cascading stems with glossy scalloped leaves make it mainly a leafy plant. Nevertheless, it usually blooms in late spring or early summer with clusters of tiny pale or white flowers on short spikes. Its small drapes make it an ideal option for hanging baskets.

Size: Up to 6 – 36 inches wide and 6 – 18 inches high

Growing conditions: Barely humid soil, medium light; 50 – 65°F

20. Tradescantia

Tradescantias usually have trailing stems that will change direction a little bit at each node, giving them a beautiful zigzag look. You can plant them in mixed and hanging baskets or as a groundcover under bigger houseplants. Their leaves are purple and patchy that need bright light to keep color. The old plants will become thin and shriveled, replacing them with new plants from rooted cuttings.

Size: Up to 12 – 24 inches wide and 4 – 12 inches high, trailing

Growing conditions: Reasonably dry soil, medium to bright light; 55 – 75°F

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How To Take Care Of Succulents Indoors

In general, succulents are not really demanding on light and water. They can grow well indoors with minimum effort. However, if you want your succulents to thrive, you need to remember some important things. And here’s how to care for succulents indoors.

Where To Place Succulent Indoors To Get Enough Sunlight

sunlight is one of the important factors when it comes to how to take care of succulents indoors
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Besides water, soil, and temperature, sunlight is another essential element for your succulent to grow in indoor conditions. In fact, almost all succulents need at least 3 hours of full light exposure per day. 

It’s ideal for putting your succulents near windows and in a corner where they can get lots of morning light and little afternoon sun. The afternoon sun is not recommended for succulents because it is stronger and more prone to sunburn, typically during hot weather in zones 9-11. Also, monitor your plants to see how they are adapting to their existing position in your house. Usually, sunny South-facing windowsills are best for your indoor succulents.

If your succulents do not get enough sunlight, they tend to stretch out to reach the light source. If you see your succulents grow taller while the leaves are starting to fall, it might be a sign of stretching. They are not growing, but etiolation, and you might need to put them in another place. In addition, they will lose their vibrant color and turn back into green color.

On the other hand, if your succulents receive too much sunlight or harmful rays, you might notice that their leaves begin to dry and wilt. They will turn yellow and look dull. In some cases, you can even see some sunburn scars on their leaves. 

Just remember to rotate your succulents once every several days. This is more important for indoor succulents because light usually comes from only one direction. Thus, rotating your succulents will help distribute sunlight more evenly, keeping your succulents from stretching or growing unbalanced.

How To Take Care Of Succulents Indoors

How to take care of succulents indoors
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Succulents adapted to grow well even in severe environments with very water needed. However, they don’t seem to be as easy to grow as some people think. Follow these steps to know how to take care of succulents indoors.

1. Give them breathing room

While there are some types of succulents that thrive indoors, such as kalanchoe, aloe, etc., almost all of them are tolerant of warm, arid climates and depend a lot on good ventilation to breathe. So, make sure you place your succulents in a space that has enough air circulation for them to breathe.

2. Provide them with some shade

Although widely believed, almost all types of succulents do not grow well if blown in the hottest temperatures and exposed to full sun. While they like much light, most varieties of succulents need protection from the sun, typically if the temperature reaches 90 degrees, or if they are still young. Succulents that are pale, solid green, or striped are most at risk of sunburn. And here’s a tip to take care of succulents indoors: If you’re going to grow succulents in the brightest sun place indoors, choose plants that are gray, red, blue, or covered with lots of spines.

3. Start with proper soil

It’s best to use a quick-draining succulent mix. In case you’re the DIY type, modify the traditional potting soil with coarse perlite, pumice, or crushed lava. Ideally, use one part modified and four parts potting mix.

4. Succulents also need water

If you overwater your succulents, you might kill them due to rot. However, you might get the hang of the memo, working hard at dehydrating your succulents and just asking yourself why they’re dying. Well, it might be that they need some water. Succulents prefer water when the soil dries out before being watered. That means you’ll be okay if, during dry-out times, you water the small container about once per week and the large container about twice a week.

5. Provide good drainage

You need to remember that succulent roots don’t like excessive water. So, make sure there is drainage in your pot. Sometimes we make pretty centers in pots with no drainage. But listen – you have to be typically gentle with these parts. And it’s important to follow all the other rules.

6. Succulents also need food

Succulents usually thrive in low-nutrient environments. However, fertilizer is still important when it comes to how to take care of succulents indoors. 

*Pro tip: Feeding your succulents only once a year is enough. You can use any well-balanced organic fertilizer, halve the dose and feed them early in the growing season for best results.

7. Rethink propagation

Although you may be used to plucking the stems of geraniums, houseplants, or rosemary and soaking them in water to see the roots develop, it will not work for succulent propagation. In fact, you can take the exact opposite approach. Once you get your favorite succulents, pluck the branches and dry them in the shade for at least 3 days. This process, also called healing, will help to form calluses and avoid rot. Then put your new stem in the soil mix as said above, and you’re ready to go with new succulents.

8. Beware of frost

Even though some varieties of succulents, including some types of Sempervivum and Sedum, can stand up to freezing temperatures, most types cannot. So, be careful when anticipating cold weather – as succulents are mostly water, their cell walls can break easily, leaving their leaves mushy. If you are not sure about this, just assume that any drop below freezing will cause damage or death to your succulents. The simplest solution to frost protection is to keep your succulents in well-lit containers to move around indoors or under awnings in case of cold weather. Besides, unlike the rest of your garden plants, succulents really have a better chance of survival if they get dry from the cold rather than wet.

Frequently Asked Questions

This part will give you some answers to several frequently asked questions about how to take care of succulents indoors.

How often should I water succulents?

Three times a week

Succulents suck water out of the soil at an incredible rate when they produce new stems, roots, leaves, and blooms. Usually, you can water succulents around three times a week, depending on conditions, such as temperature and light. During cold winter days, succulents hibernate. They will stop growing, so you only need to water them 1 or 2 times for the whole season.

How long can succulents stay alive?

Approx. 3-4 years

The main succulents only live about 3 or 4 years, but produce many branches throughout their lives. You might not even notice the death of the main succulent due to lots of offsets occupying their places.

Why do my succulents keep dying?

Because watering is a common cause of plant rot, you should decide if your succulents have been watered more or less. If the stem is rotting or mushy, it might be waterlogged. In case their leaves are mushy, they might need more water. Don’t worry if you find drying or dying leaves at the base.

Are succulents good for the bedroom?

Yes, succulents are good for your bedroom. They continue to produce oxygen during the night. So, let them in your bedroom to create a more refreshing atmosphere while you sleep, helping you have a better night’s sleep.

Can I grow succulents in small pots?

Small succulents can completely stay in small pots for weeks to months, or even years. When they grow, simply remove it from the pot and repot it in a larger container. If you don’t want to repot the whole succulent, you can prune it to keep it small and take small pieces to propagate and plant elsewhere.

Why do my succulent leaves fall off?

One of the most popular reasons for this is watering problems. Too much water can make succulent leaves swell, become mushy and soft, and finally fall off. For those who don’t know, succulents usually respond to intense drought or heat by shedding their leaves to help maintain energy and water supply.

Conclusion 

So now you know how to take care of succulents indoors. Don’t forget to share with me your experience in growing and taking care of your beautiful succulents in the comment box!

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13 Houseplants With Big Leaves For Lively Home

Are you looking for large leaf houseplants that will create a focal point in your house and home decor? Here are the top 13 houseplants with big leaves that will bring a lot of joy and be a great addition to your home decor collection. 

African Mask Plant (Alocasia amazonica)

Alocasia amazonica is one of the greatest houseplants with big leaves
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African mask plants are one of the most striking houseplants with big leaves popular among lots of people. They have large dark green leaves accented by dark white or light green veins. The leaf shapes are usually heart or arrowhead, and the underside of the leaves is often dark purple.

Similar to some houseplants, this plant is also toxic to humans and pets if ingested. Basic information for growing and caring for:

  • Light: Indirect and bright
  • Water: Keep the soil humid but not soggy
  • Soil: Nutrient-rich, well-drained

Banana Tree Plant (Musa)

Although banana tree plants are more popularly grown outdoors, they can also be great houseplants with big leaves when you grow them in a sunny and bright spot. When they grow up, their leaves can be 9 feet in length and 2 feet in width. 

Another huge plus is that this plant is non-toxic for your pets. 

  • Light: Full sunlight
  • Water: Keep soil humid but not soggy
  • Soil: Nutrient-rich, well-drained

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)

Bird of paradise, also known as the strelitzia, is a type of tropical plant that has become famous for its outstanding flower, which looks like a bird in flight. These houseplants with big leaves usually grow in a forward-facing habit. In other words, their foliages will grow in layers from the central stem.

When mature, the bird of paradise can grow up to 4 feet in width and 7 feet in height. However, be aware that these houseplants are really toxic to your pets. So keep them away from your cats and dogs. Basic information:

  • Light: Bright direct or indirect light
  • Water: Water when the soil is dry out 
  • Soil: Well-drained, humus, and nutrient-rich soil

Calathea orbifolia

Calathea orbifolia is one of great houseplants with big leaves
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For those who don’t know, calathea orbifolia is a kind of prayer plant characterized by its big globe-shaped leaves. The good news is that this houseplant is non-toxic to humans and pets.

  • Light: Indirect and bright
  • Water: Keep soil evenly humid
  • Soil: Nutrient-rich, well-drained

Elephant Ear Plant (Calocasia)

Elephant ear plants are popularly planted outdoors. However, they are great for growing indoors too. They have leaves that can grow up to 3 feet in length, depending on different varieties. 

However, you need to keep these houseplants away from your kids and pets since they can be toxic when they eat them. Here is some basic information about light, water, and conditions to grow elephant ear plants:

  • Light: Indirect and bright light
  • Water: Keep the soil humid
  • Soil: Peat-rich and well-drained soil

Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)

Fiddle leaf fig is one of the greatest houseplants with big leaves
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Fiddle leaf fig is one of the greatest houseplants with big leaves that makes a splash in any room. They are usually distinguished by big, waxy, and spokes-shaped leaves that can be pruned into different shapes. 

Even though these plants are very popular, they are quite difficult to grow and care for. Nevertheless, they will thrive and their leaves can grow to their full sizes if you care for them properly. 

When planted indoors, their size is often limited due to being potted and carefully pruned. Be aware that their leaves are really toxic to humans and pets if ingested. Basic information to grow: 

  • Light: Bright and indirect light
  • Water: Water when the soil is dry out
  • Soil: Nutrient-rich and well-draining

Majesty Palm (Ravenna rivularis)

Majesty palm is one of the most common and attractive houseplants with big leaves that can reach up to 10 feet in height. However, it grows slightly slow. The great advantage of this plant is that it is safe for humans and pets.

  • Light: Indirect and bright
  • Water: Keep the soil moist but not soggy
  • Soil: Succulent soil mix

Monstera Deliciosa

Monstera deliciosa is one of the best houseplants with big leaves
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Monstera deliciosa is one of the best houseplants with big leaves and also Instagram favorite plants. It is a large ornamental plant with big vibrant yellow leaves that immediately add a tropical feel to your room. They can grow up to 10 feet in height, with leaves up to 3 to 4 feet in length when you grow them indoors.

Unfortunately, this houseplant is a little bit toxic to humans and pets if ingested. Basic information to grow this plant:

  • Light: Indirect light, from medium to bright
  • Water: Water when the soil is dry out
  • Soil: Well-draining and nutrient-rich

Philodendron Gloriosum

Philodendron gloriosum is a beautiful large-leaved philodendron, characterized by velvety dark green leaves with white veins. This houseplant is slightly rare and you probably won’t find it at your local garden center and you might even need to order it from a collector or online. Philodendron gloriosum is also toxic to pets and humans when ingested.

  • Light: Indirect and bright 
  • Water: Water when the topsoil 1-2 inches is dry out
  • Soil: Nutrient-rich, well-drained

Philodendron Xanadu

Philodendron Xanadu usually comes in large, outstanding, lobed, and leathery leaves. When they grow up, their leaves can reach up to 30 cm in width and 40 cm in length with the number of lobes around 10-15.  

Unfortunately, this houseplant is also toxic to pets and humans when ingested. So, just keeping them out of your pets and kids is okay. The basic information to grow this plant:

  • Light: Indirect light, from medium to bright
  • Water: Water when the soil is dry out
  • Soil: Well-drained

Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica)

Rubber trees are one of the most popular houseplants with big leaves that can be found in a variety of shapes and colors. They usually have large and waxy leaves which can reach up to 50 feet tall when mature. Unfortunately, their shape and size can be a little smaller due to growing indoors. 

They are also a little bit toxic to humans, dogs, and cats when ingested. But you can completely avoid this by putting them away from the reach of your kids and pets. Basic information needed for the growth:

  • Light: Direct light
  • Water: Keep the soil humid
  • Soil: Well-drained 

Ruffled Fan Palm (Licuala grandis)

Ruffle fan palm is one of the unique varieties of palm plants with big and pleated leaves that look like hand fans. This plant is great to grow indoors because it is safe for humans and pets.

  • Light: Indirect, bright to medium
  • Water: Average water
  • Soil: Well-drained

Tropic Snow Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia seguine)

This is one of the biggest varieties of dumb cane, and it can reach up to 10 feet in height when grown indoors. Its large, patchy leaves and ease of care make it one of the most common houseplants with big leaves. Unfortunately, it can be toxic to you and your pets. 

  • Light: Bright to low 
  • Water: Water when the soil is dry out
  • Soil: Well-drained, but not picky about soil.

Conclusion 

So, those are some of the greatest houseplants with big leaves you can try to grow indoors. They are not only beautiful, but also a great addition to your home decor, making you feel better. Just keep in mind that some plants are toxic to you and your pets. So, keep them away from their reach.