Houseplants & Exotics

HouseplantsCasey's stocks a wide variety of houseplants and exotics. We will be happy to guide you through your selection of the perfect plant for you. Whether you are looking for a gift for a friend, or that special plant for your home, Casey's is known for its selection and quality.



The word conjures up visions of tropical islands, lush vegetation, and steamy jungles, but right here in central Illinois you can pick up and grow many exotic flowers and plants. Anthurium, bromeliads, ming aralia and orchids are common fare at Casey's.

Here are a few that may interest you:


Today's anthuriums are available in a variety of sizes and colors. They will grow in average home temperature and humidity. They are compact and bloom somewhat frequently. Keep them slightly moist and give them medium or bright light, no hot sun, and you will be rewarded with numerous flowers and wonderful glossy leaves.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

They call this the Moth Orchid or Beginners Orchid because it defies the reputation that orchids have for being difficult to grow. Generally, if purchased in bud, the phal should bloom for anywhere from 1 to 4 months, some mature ones much longer. A bright window without hot direct sun or an east window with morning sun is a wonderful position for phalaenopsis.  Put it where you want in even low light, and the blooms will last a very long time.


Another excellent exotic. The colorful flowers, (actually bracts, or colored leaves) last for months at a time. Bright light, without hot sun is a good place for your bromeliad.



Growing houseplants is a fun, fascinating, fulfilling hobby. But sometimes it can be very frustrating, especially when you don't understand why a plant that should be gorgeous is dropping dead leaves all over the place. We have a mixture of knowledge and experience that is hard to beat. Our goal is to inform and equip you to choose the plants that are best for you and your situation.


Before you begin looking for a plant, know your physical surroundings. How much light is available in the location you want this plant?  Is there a window in the room? What direction does it face? Is it a room which has lots of drafts and gets cool during the winter, or is it warm and toasty?


Once you have these things in mind, picking a plant out becomes much easier.


Ten Tough Plants

Here are a few 'Hard to Kill" plants. If you are just starting off, or just want something you don't have to put much time into, then this collection of plants may be of interest to you.

1. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

It tolerates low light, drafts, and abuse.  It prefers to be slightly moist, but needs to dry out between waterings. It will survive all but the most severe periods of dryness.

2. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

This is one of the workhorses of today’s interiorscapes, due to its low light tolerance and low moisture requirements. The newer varieties have many different color variations in their leaves, and most of them prefer to dry out between watering’s.

3. Corn Plant (Dracaena massangeana 'fragrans')

This plant has had its ups and downs as far as popularity, but it performs well in low or medium light, prefers to dry out between waterings, and is a survivor. Since this is also a vertical grower, this works well in a corner or wherever you need some height.

4. Golden Pothos (Scindapsis aureus)

Sometimes called 'variegated philodendron', this bicolored vine is one of the most abuse-tolerant plants. It does great in all light situations, and in low or medium light it can get extremely dry, and still come back.  If it gets too long, cut it off. Stick the cuttings in water, and they will grow roots!  This plant is a winner for beginners!

5. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

A well grown jade is a beautiful thing to behold. It may remind us of a sturdy succulent tree, with a magnificent woody trunk. Give it sunlight (preferably direct, but plentiful indirect light will do) and water when the soil is dry. Jade plants store water in both their leaves and stems, so let it dry out between waterings. They can tolerate low light for quite a long time, but water must be withheld until the leaves actually begin to shrivel, or else over watering can occur.

6. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderana)

Put lucky bamboo in low or medium light and it will thrive. Not many plants are easier than this.

7. Mother-in-law's tongue (Sansevieria)

Sansevieria can tolerate all kinds of conditions.  Bright light and occasional water will allow it to grow moderately well. If you give it low light and waterings occasionally, it will grow slowly, but still be a healthy plant.  If you give it direct sun and regular water it will grow and thrive.

8. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

Medium or High light is preferred for the ponytail palm.  The swollen trunk holds water, and will allow you to go long periods without watering it.  Let the soil dry out completely before watering.

9. Raphis Palm (Raphis excelsa)

This palm looks unlike any other palm.  It has a hairy stem and a jagged edge on the leaf, seeming as though someone has torn it off.  It grows in most light conditions, except hot sun. The Raphis prefers slightly moist soil, but can tolerate dryer conditions.

10. Schefflera (Schefflera)

They tolerate all levels of light (though best in medium or high), and like to dry out between waterings. Unwanted stems may pruned back at any time, without hurting the plant.  It will then send out replacement shoots from the stem base, where the cut was made. 

11. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcus zamifolia)

The ZZ plant has glossy, shiny leaves, with an almost succulent look.  This is a plant that grows very slowly, does best in low light, and very little water.

11 Tough Plants