Houseplants are an important and popular part of home decor. They bring life and color to a room and can add a level of sophistication or whimsy. Animal-shaped houseplants are a great way to bring a little bit of the outdoors into your living space. Animal-shaped houseplants come in a variety of styles and sizes. There is something for everyone, from small, decorative figurines to large and intricate sculptures.
They can add a fun and unique touch to any room and are easy to care for. Whether you are looking for a low-maintenance houseplant or a larger, more intricate sculpture, animal-shaped houseplants are a great choice for kitchen space.
The monkey orchid (Dracula simia) is a species of orchid native to the cloud forests of Ecuador and Peru. It has large, showy flowers with a unique resemblance to monkeys, which has earned this species its common name. The flowers of the monkey orchid can be up to 4 inches wide and are usually white to pale pink in color. The petals are long and narrow and can look like a monkey’s face with a long snout and two large eyes. The flowers have a unique aroma, which is said to smell like oranges.
How to grow and care for Monkey Orchid?
- Water your Monkey Orchid every 7-10 days during its growing season, allowing the soil to dry out between watering. During dormancy, reduce watering to every 3-4 weeks.
- The Monkey Orchid requires bright indirect sunlight. Place it in a spot that gets a few hours of direct sun each morning, and then shade it from the afternoon sun.
- Fertilize your Monkey Orchid every other week during its growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half the strength recommended on the label.
- The Monkey Orchid requires high humidity. Mist your orchid every other day, and place it on a humidity tray or pebble tray filled with water and stones.
- The Monkey Orchid prefers temperatures between 55-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
White Egret Orchid
The White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata) is a species of orchid native to eastern Asia, including Japan, China, and Korea. It is a terrestrial orchid, meaning that it grows on the ground and does not require a tree or other structure for support. The White Egret Orchid is a delicate flower, with white petals that spread like wings and a yellow-green lip. It typically blooms in late summer and early fall, though it can bloom anytime during the growing season.
How to grow and care for White Egret Orchid?
- Water your White Egret Orchid regularly. Be sure to check the soil before each watering, as the plant should be watered only when the top inch of the soil is dry.
- Provide adequate humidity for the plant. Use a humidity tray or misting system to increase the humidity level.
- Place your White Egret Orchid in an area with bright, indirect sunlight for best results.
- Fertilize your White Egret Orchid with a balanced orchid fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season.
- Prune the plant as needed to maintain its shape and size. Remove any dead, dying, or diseased foliage.
- Inspect your White Egret Orchid regularly for signs of pests and diseases. Treat as needed with an appropriate insecticide or fungicide.
Parrot flowers (Impatiens psittacina) are perennial flowering plants native to Southeast Asia. They are found in tropical and subtropical regions, growing in moist, shady areas, such as rainforests. They produce large, brightly colored blooms in a range of shades from pink to purple, with a white spot at the center. The flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds and other birds. The plant is often grown as an ornamental for its colorful flowers and unusual foliage.
How do grow and care for Parrot Flowers?
- Plant your parrot flowers in a location that receives partial sun to full shade. They need at least 4-6 hours of sunlight per day.
- Use well-draining soil for your parrot flowers. You can use potting soil or garden soil that has been amended with compost or peat moss.
- Water your parrot flowers consistently. Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy.
- Fertilize your plants every 2-4 weeks with a balanced liquid fertilizer.
- Deadhead the flowers regularly to encourage more blooms. Protect your parrot flowers from extreme temperatures or windy conditions.
- Pinch back the stems to promote bushier and fuller plants. Prune away any dead or diseased foliage.
- Divide your plants every few years to promote healthy growth. Watch out for pests such as aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. Treat them with an insecticide or insecticidal soap if necessary.
Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)
The Bee Orchid is a type of orchid native to Europe and the Mediterranean region. It is a perennial flower that often appears in the summer months. The Bee Orchid is a brightly colored flower that features yellow and brown petals that form an intricate pattern resembling a bee. The Bee Orchid is an important food source for pollinators, such as bumblebees, as it provides both a source of nectar and pollen. The Bee Orchid is a very hardy plant, able to tolerate a variety of soil conditions and climates. It is also very easy to grow and can be found in many gardens.
How to grow and care for Bee Orchid?
- Plant the Bee Orchid in well-draining, sandy soil in partial shade to keep the soil moist but not soggy.
- Water the Bee Orchid regularly, but only when the top layer of soil is dry.
- Fertilize the Bee Orchid once a month during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.
- Remove any dead or damaged leaves and stems as needed.
- Divide the Bee Orchid every three to five years to help promote flowering.
- Prune the Bee Orchid in late winter or early spring to encourage new growth. Watch for signs of pests and diseases, and treat them accordingly.
Flying Duck Orchid
The Duck Orchid (Caleana major) is a species of terrestrial orchid native to Australia. It is also known as the Fly Orchid, because of the resemblance of its labellum (the lower petal of the flower) to a flying duck. The Duck Orchid grows to around 25 cm in height and has a single, yellow flower with a long, narrow labellum that curves downwards and often has a reddish-brown tip. The petals and sepals of the Duck Orchid are green and its leaves are long, thin, and waxy. The Duck Orchid grows in a variety of habitats, including grasslands, open woodlands, and damp forests, and flowers from late spring to early summer.
How to grow and care for Duck orchids?
- Plant your flying duck orchid (Caleana major) in a potting mix that is low in nutrients, such as a mixture of equal parts of bark, sphagnum moss, and perlite.
- Place your flying duck orchid in a bright, indirect light or in a window where it will receive morning sun and afternoon shade
- Keep the soil lightly moist, but not soggy, as too much water can cause root rot. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings, but do not let the plant dry out completely.
- Feed your orchid with a balanced fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season. Repot the orchid in fresh soil every two years.
- Prune away dead and damaged leaves to help the plant look its best. Watch for mealybugs and scale, which can be treated with horticultural oil.
Dove Orchid (Peristeria elata)
Dove orchids are members of the family Cattleya and are native to Central and South America. You can be called Holy Ghost Orchid or Holy Trinity Orchid due to the shape of a tiny white dove inside the bloom. They are known for their beautiful white and pink blossoms, which appear in spring and summer. These orchids prefer warm, humid climates and need regular watering and fertilization to thrive. When grown properly, dove orchids can flower for many weeks and may even re-bloom if given the right care.
How to grow and care for Dove Orchid?
- The Dove Orchid should be watered about once a week, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
- Place the Dove Orchid in a bright, indirect light setting, away from direct sunlight, to encourage flowering.
- Feed the Dove Orchid with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the spring and summer months.
- Keep the humidity around the Dove Orchid high by misting the plant regularly, placing a shallow tray of water near the plant, or using a humidifier.
- Report the Dove Orchid every two years or so, using a well-draining potting soil and a pot that is slightly larger than the current one.
Rabbit Succulent (Monilaria obconica)
Rabbit succulents, also known as bunny succulents, are a type of succulent with a unique shape resembling that of a rabbit. They are native to South Africa and are popular in gardens and as indoor plants. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and require full sun and well-drained soil. Rabbit succulents are relatively easy to care for, and are a low maintenance plant that can thrive with minimal attention.
How do grow and care for Rabbit Succulents?
- Plant Rabbit Succulents in well-draining soil. Rabbit Succulents prefer a soil mix that is mostly cactus soil with a little bit of organic material mixed in.
- Place your Rabbit Succulent in a bright, sunny spot. Rabbit Succulents need at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
- Make sure to water your Rabbit Succulent deeply, but infrequently. Rabbit Succulents should only be watered when the soil is completely dry.
- Fertilize your Rabbit Succulent every few months during the growing season with a balanced cactus fertilizer.
- When Rabbit Succulents are actively growing (spring through fall) they may benefit from a light misting with a spray bottle to keep the leaves hydrated and prevent them from drying out.
- Protect your Rabbit Succulents from severe cold and drafts. Rabbit Succulents are not frost-tolerant and should be brought indoors or covered if temperatures drop below 50 F (10 C).
- Prune your Rabbit Succulent to maintain a neat appearance. When pruning, ensure that you are only cutting off dead or damaged parts of the plant.
The most popular hummingbird flower is the trumpet-shaped blooms of the trumpet vine (Campsis radicans). It produces a variety of colors including red, orange, yellow, and sometimes a combination of two or more colors. It is also known as a green bird flower. The trumpet vine’s bright, tubular flowers are perfect for attracting hummingbirds and other nectar-feeding birds. Other good nectar sources for hummingbirds include bee balm (Monarda didyma) and salvias (Salvia spp.), both of which produce showy, trumpet-shaped blooms in a variety of colors.
How to grow and care for Hummingbird Flowers?
- Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil for your Hummingbird Flower. Plant the Hummingbird Flower in early spring and water it frequently.
- Fertilize the soil with a balanced fertilizer every few weeks during the growing season.
- Deadhead spent flowers to encourage new flower growth. Cut back the stems in late autumn to help the plant overwinter.
- Mulch the plant in late autumn to protect it from cold winter temperatures. Prune the Hummingbird Flower in early spring to control its size and shape.
- Watch for pests and diseases, and treat them with appropriate insecticides and fungicides.