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Last updated on January 21st, 2020
If you are looking for a large indoor plant to truly make an impact, there are many from which to choose. Not all house plants have to be small. In fact, with larger indoor plants you can grow nearly an entire garden inside and fill your space with colour and light.
Most larger house plants are easy to grow with the right amount of light with usually means, direct such as in front a window that gets plenty of light or indirect light which means in a bright room but not directly in the window where it would be exposed to a lot of light. Some will even grow well in low light conditions.
Areca/Dypsis Palm Tree (Golden Cane Palm)
The golden cane palm is known for the distinct colour, golden yellow stems and green foliage and is a stunning small tree that grows well in the home. Even though it is a palm, it is a slow grower so you can grow it indoors for quite some time before it starts to get big. These plants love indirect bright light but will also grow well in low light positions. The amount of direct sunlight correlates to the vibrancy of the yellow canes; the more full sun, the brighter golden yellow the canes. They do require a little care in terms of keeping the soil moist but not wet, so long as you don’t let the soil dry out.
Ficus benjamina (Weeping Fig)
This Ficus is the most common for offices but you can easily grow it in your home too. It is great for removing toxins from the air such as benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. It will grow into the size of a small tree or bush indoors, between 1 metre and 2 metres. It needs fast-draining soil and filtered bright light. Maintenance is simple indoors. It needs a bright space, moist soil, and otherwise fast-draining potting soil.
Monstera deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)
This plant prefers full sun but it can adapt to partially shaded conditions if necessary and is becoming one of the most popular house plants. Inside the home, it can grow quite large, with substantial leaves rife with holes, hence the name. In containers, it needs an opportunity to let the soil dry out in between waterings and prefers warm, humid conditions. Beyond that, you can enjoy the heart-shaped leaves as they add texture and shape to your home. It’s worth noting that it’s actual a climber and often come attached to a moss pole when purchased as a larger plant, generally, they can reach around 6ft if allowed.
Howea forsteriana (Kentia Palm)
This palm is quite popular because of its shape and the fact that it very easy to grow and can almost thrive when neglected. It requires indirect sunlight to get the best out of it. If you are growing somewhere with low light, you will not get as much foliage but the plant will survive and is a popular choice for such low light situations. It should be watered weekly but allowed to dry out in between waterings. Grown indoors you need to fertilise once per month over summer. It can grow to a very large 3 meters indoors but is unlikely to outgrow its space.
Yucca elephantipes (Spinless Yucca)
This variety of plant is flexible insofar as it can be grown as an indoor plant or outdoor plant. Indoors it has dramatic shape sure to get attention. The leaves are not too sharp but still have pointed ends like wide swords. They grow from the large trunk creating an umbrella-like shape. In term of light, a south-facing window would be perfect.
Beaucarnea recurvata (Ponytail Palm)
The ponytail palm gets its name from the many long, slender green leaves that fan out like thin hair in a ponytail. Very distinct in its appearance it has a thick down stem and the curly dark leaves. As it gets taller, it takes on the appearance of a small tree. It does not need much care making it perfect for beginners. In fact, the trunk is so thick because it stores water so it can get by with little water or food.
Schefflera (Umbrella plant)
This popular plant comes in many varieties including dwarf varieties making it flexible for all situations and growing environments. Grown indoors you need to make sure it gets access to a lot of bright, indirect light. With adequate light, the plant will grow quite robustly and really make an impact wherever you put it in your home. The smaller variety is Schefflera arboricola which is known as the dwarf umbrella plant and reaches around 3-4ft but the larger variety, Schefflera actinophylla, can reach an impressive 10ft. Choose wisely for the space you have and try to give it medium light levels.
Japanese Aralia (Caster Oil Plant)
An evergreen shrub often sold as an outdoor shrub, it’s also very popular for growing indoors as a large house plant which is why we included it on our list. if you want colour and stunning shapes for your home all year round, this is the plant to pick. It will grow even in shade, low light areas of your home where many plants won’t. It creates umbrellas of white flowers come spring/summer.
One way to really brighten your home is with colourful foliage. This plant likes dappled light and humid temperatures, so you will need to work hard to recreate these natural environments indoors if you want the explosion of yellows, orange, green, and red they provide. They prefer dappled sunlight as mentioned and the brighter the light, the more vibrant the colours. They need to be moist, something you can help with frequent misting and watering. Not many plants can compete in terms of vibrant foliage colours.
Dracaena Marginata (Dragon Plant)
Tough and tolerant of drought, this Dragon Plant has stiff leaves but colourful foliage. They grow as a single stem but you can try to grow multiple plants in one container and they will braid together. They have aggressive root systems which make them easy to grow indoors, especially for beginners. At full maturity, they will reach 1 metre in height.
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