Types of Indoor Plants With Twisted Trunks

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Types of Indoor Plants With Twisted Trunks
Plants with twisting trunks give interest to a room but you don't have to be a master gardener to care for one. (Bonsai image by Angelika Bentin from Fotolia.com)

Indoor plants with twisted trunks bring to mind the Japanese bonsai. For years the growing of these plants, and twisting and pruning them has been considered an art form that not everyone can master. However, there are other types of indoor plants that have twisting trunks that grow naturally twisted, or that growers produce this way before selling. You don't need a green fingers or any special knowledge to care for these twisting indoor plants.

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Money Trees

Believed to bring good luck and fortune, the money tree plant is relatively simple to grow. The money tree plant needs indirect sunlight, and although it must be watered thoroughly, you should allow the soil to dry between watering. In the winter, when growing slows, watering should also be decreased because overwatering can cause root rot. The money tree plant's thin trunk is often braided by growers giving the trunk it's interesting twisted look. It originated in Central and South America and grows up to 10 feet tall in the wild, but is much shorter when grown as a house plant indoors. The money tree is an ideal indoor plant because it thrives under fluorescent lighting.

Dragon's Blood

Dracaenas sanderiana (dragon tree or dragon's blood) are tough plants that are often placed in shopping malls and offices. About 60 species of dracaenas exist, including trees and small shrubby plants, but the dracaena sanderiana is popular for its interesting trunk. Several stems rise from the dragon tree's rootstock and have sword shaped leaves. These indoor plants are also called lucky bamboo, although they are unrelated to the bamboo species. The canes of the dragon tree are grouped together or twisted into a spiral or other interesting shapes. This twisting is often done through directional illumination, or changing the light direction so that the plant twists to grow toward the light. Dracaena sanderiana plants root easily in water and can survive for a long time this way, but they need soil and bright light to thrive. Lucky bamboo is a popular feng shui plant, but because of its African origin, is a recent addition to feng shui practice.

Types of Indoor Plants With Twisted Trunks
Dragon's blood plants are often called lucky bamboo, but are not in fact a bamboo plant. (lucky bamboo 3 image by Trevor Goodwin from Fotolia.com)

Desert Rose

The desert rose plants (Adenium obesum) are lush plants that grow erect, growing a short stem with small roundish grown. This indoor plant is an evergreen, which means that it has a pink-white blooms throughout the year. Desert rose plants are native to Africa and are considered ideal for people who have trouble growing indoor plants. They grow well in pots and require little care. This indoor plant grows more interesting, and more valuable, as it matures. Its flowers can be different shades of pink, rose, white or red. The term "obesum" refers to the desert rose's fat base which grows curved or twisted sprouting several thick fleshy branches. It can live without water for a long period of time, but it will lose all or most of its leaves, which regrow after watering.

Types of Indoor Plants With Twisted Trunks
Desert rose plants flower all year and its stems grow from a curved fat root. (desert rose image by SSGuess from Fotolia.com)

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