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House Plants in San Jose

Greenery adds texture and beauty to your landscaping and can be used as a versatile decorative element indoors. At Payless Hardware, Rockery & Nursery, our nursery and garden center in San Jose carries one of the largest inventories of trees and plants in the area.

House Plants

At Payless Nursery, we have a large selection of houseplants to enhance your quality of life by adding beauty and greenery to your home. Here are just a few houseplants that we regularly stock:



Anthurium plants can tolerate all levels of indirect light, but anthuriums growing in low light will have fewer flowers and will grow slower. These plants cannot tolerate direct light, however, as this can burn the leaves. It grows best in bright, indirect light. Anthurium care also requires that the soil be free draining but hold some water. Anthurium plants do not like continually moist soil. The plant is susceptible to root rot, so too much water can cause the roots to die back.



A bromeliad can experience leaf burn if exposed to too much direct light. For those living in climates with a colder season, you will want to consider planting your bromeliads in containers. Bromeliads are adapted to withstand drought, but are much less tolerant of being over-watered which can cause root rot.



It usually confines itself to about 6-10 feet in containers, but don't be surprised if yours just keeps growing. Pothos is tolerant of low light conditions and erratic watering. Although pothos can flower, it is rare to see one in flower. Pothos are high on the list of plants that can help purify indoor air.


ZZ Plant

This virtually indestructible houseplant can take months and months of neglect and low light and still look amazing. ZZ plant stems grow in a graceful, wand-like shape that starts thick and bulbous at the base and then tapers to a point. Along the stem are fleshy, oval-shaped leaves that make the plant look like stylized feathers. The entire plant has a waxy, shiny coating that makes it appear to resemble those made of plastic.



Hoyas will live in low light, but will not bloom. Artificial grow lights work beautifully. Changes in light levels can cause flower buds to shrivel up or fall off before they open. Flowering Hoya plants are thirsty, but don't like to sit in soggy soil. Feed monthly spring through fall with high-potassium liquid fertilizer diluted by half.



The plant can get up to 3 feet in height, but pot grown specimens will usually be smaller. Polka dot plants are well suited for indoor use anywhere but you can also grow them as annuals in temperate to warm zones. The foliage is an attractive foil for brightly colored perennial flowers and produces an attractive mound.


Snake Plant

They can survive low light levels, drought and have few insect problems. The most important thing to remember is that they can easily rot, so a free draining soil needs to be used. Put them in indirect sunlight and don’t water them too much, especially during the winter. In fact, it’s better to let these plants dry out some between waterings.



Croton plants do not like to be moved, and when they are moved, they can quickly go into shock which results in leaf loss. Simply maintain proper care and the plant will regrow its leaves within a short period of time, after which, it will prove to be a resilient houseplant. Because it is a tropical plant, it does benefit from high humidity, so placing it on a pebble tray or regular misting will help keep it looking its best. Croton growing in containers should only be watered only when the top of the soil is dry to the touch.


Rubber Plant:

It needs bright light but prefers indirect light that isn’t too hot. During the growing season, it needs to be kept moist. If you water the rubber tree plant too much, the leaves will turn yellow and brown and fall off. During the dormant season, it may only need watered once or twice a month.

Benefits Of Houseplants

Houseplants not only bring light and life into your home, they can offer mental and physical health benefits as well:

  • Houseplants help to increase humidity in your home while reducing the amount of ambient dust. Both of these factors result in better indoor air quality for greater comfort and health.
  • Houseplants are wonderful decorative elements that make your home feel more welcoming and relaxing. Studies have shown that homes featuring houseplants promote lower levels of mental stress.
  • Live plants are also associated with better health; people living in homes with plants are less likely to suffer from high blood pressure, chronic pain, and insomnia.
  • Some houseplants are extremely efficient at removing toxins from your indoor air, which improves the breathability of the air inside your home.


One of the easies t plants to grow, they prefer a bright room; although some c an grow in low light. They like moist soil but not to wet. Dracaenas grow best in an average home temperature 60-75 degrees.



Often grown as a hydroponic plant with the stems set in water and held upright with decorative stones. When grown this way it is critical to use water with no minerals and change water every three to five days.



Is one of the easiest plants to grow. With green heart-shaped leaves on long trailing stems either climbs or trails. It tolerates almost any indoor conditions. Fast growing plant.



Will survive in low light, but prefers a moderately bright spot. Water thoroughly, but allow to dry between waterings.



Prefers bright diffused light they like moist soil. Fast growing plant. Tolerates home temperatures and low humidity leaves may dry up if soil dries out between waterings.



One of the easiest plants to grow. If grown in low light growth will be open and spread. Even moist soil is preferred. wipe the leaves with a damp cloth occasionally.



Its oblong leaflets are graceful looking, and the plant brings a hint of the tropics into home. They grow in bright light with no direct sun and the soil evenly moist. Let plant approach dryness before watering. Then water thoroughly and discard drainage. Will get weak if light is too low, leaves will drop if soil is too wet or too dry.



Offer white flowers consisting of a slender spadix surrounded by a hoodlike spathe. They tolerate low light and evenly moist soil. Let dry out between waterings. This plant will not flower of it is not kept moist. Is the plant of choice for offices.



Can grow tall and look like a small tree, but it generally stays 40 inches indoors. Ficus grows in bright light and well-drained soil.

Drought Tolerant Plants

Drought Tolerant Plants at Payless Hardware & Rockery

Drought Tolerant Plants in San Jose

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