Having house plants is an important part of designing your home.
They not only contribute to your decors, such as when they’re in beautiful colours and textures, but they’re also healthy.
What makes house plants healthy?
Plants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide in the air. This helps to keep your indoor air healthy and it removes toxins from them.
If you want to add more greenery to your home, you might not know where to start.
Here are our favourite plant picks!
12 Best Large Indoor Plants
If you have the space for a lemon tree, you should totally get one because of its beautiful scent and how glorious it will look in the home. You might even be rewarded with delicious lemons!
These trees need to have high levels of humidity, but during the summer you only have to remember to water them once a week.
If you’re using tap water, as you probably would if you’re keeping your lemon tree indoors, make sure that you let the water rest for 24 hours so that any chlorine in it will evaporate. During the wintertime, water your lemon tree once a month.
Citrus trees tend to grow up to five feet tall.
Olive trees don’t have to remain outside – bring them inside to give your space a charming atmosphere.
Olive trees can reach heights of up to 10 feet, which makes them beautiful and majestic. Even dwarf types of olive trees can grow up to six feet tall.
Give them lots of sun and ensure you give them enough water. Olive plants need to be thoroughly watered but then only watered when the top two inches of their soil is dry.
Never let them rest in soggy water, and decrease how often you water them during the colder months of the year.
If you don’t have much experience with caring for large indoor plants, the snake plant is a fantastic one to start with because it’s easy to look after.
There are many different types of snake plants, but they’re all evergreen and will grow up to between eight inches and 12 feet in height.
The species that grows the tallest is S. stuckyi, and it has cylindrical leaves that can go up to 10 feet tall! What’s great about it is that it’s very tolerant and can handle low- and bright- light conditions.
It also purifies the air by sucking toxins through its leaves and then producing oxygen.
Philodendrons are large green plants with thick leaves that clean the air.
Put them in a bright room, but make sure they never get direct sunlight. Be sparing with water – this plant only needs to be watered when the top inch of its soil has dried out.
You should therefore check the plant’s soil before you top it up with water. If you see the plant’s leaves drooping, this could be a sign that you’re either watering the plant too much or too little.
These large plants are a little smaller than some other house plants on this list, as they reach heights of about three feet or so, but they’re perfect for adding greenery to your home while purifying your indoor air.
They’re especially good for eliminating toxins like formaldehyde, which is a common toxin that can be found in carpeting and cleaning products.
You can easily fill up the emptiness in a room, like a corner where you’ve got no decor, with the use of monstera plants. These don’t need to be looked after much and will make you feel like you’re outside because they can grow up to 15 feet tall!
Interestingly, this plant has been called the Swiss Cheese Plant, which is probably a result of how its leaves have gaps in them. It’s sure to make you feel like your living room is a jungle in the best way possible, thanks to its gorgeous green leaves.
Keep your monstera plant in bright but indirect light, and water it once every week or two. Go for gold by placing your monstera plant in the bathroom because it likes humidity.
This plant gives you a lovely burst of greenery and feels a bit tropical, but without any high-maintenance care required.
It only needs general humidity and prefers being in dry spots in the home.
Just make sure you keep your palm away from any cold areas, such as if there’s a cold breeze entering through the doors and windows. When it comes to heat, this plant likes bright but filtered sunlight, so nothing too bright or harsh.
The parlour palm can grow up to six feet tall and blooms in yellow flowers so it will give your room a lovely touch of colour.
Rubber Tree Plant
The rubber tree plant can grow up to 50 feet tall so it’s a great choice if you want to fill more space in your home. You’ll love its big, beautiful, glossy leaves.
Make sure the area in which you put your rubber tree plant is in bright light but it shouldn’t be too hot. When it comes to water, this plant should be moist during the growing season but don’t water it too much as that will make its leaves become brown.
If you want more colour in your home, purchase a few croton plants. These have pinkish leaves that will give your home a lovely burst of appeal. They can grow up to eight feet outdoors but around half that size when kept inside the house.
Make sure you keep your croton in indirect but bright light. If you see its colours start to fade or look dull, this is a sign it’s not getting enough light, so move it into a sunnier spot. Make sure you keep the plant’s soil moist and only water it if its soil feels dry.
While there are lots of different types of this plant, a good one to keep indoors is the dracaena marginata.
This can grow up to eight feet in height and it has beautiful spiky leaves that will add texture to your home decor.
Only water this plant when the first inch or two of its soil is dry. When it comes to its sun requirements, it wants to be in medium light, which makes it pretty low-maintenance.
The corn plant has beautiful green leaves that have yellow stripes on them. It’s one of the largest plants, growing up to 12 feet! That’s perfect for rooms with large ceilings as it will fill out the space beautifully.
While big, corn plants don’t have many demands. You should just ensure that you keep them in moist soil – water them every week or 10 days when you can’t feel any moisture an inch deep into the soil. They also want bright but indirect light.
The spineless yucca is the best plant to buy if you want to infuse your living space with more greenery because it’s one of the few yucca plants that will survive and thrive when kept as a house plant.
It can grow up to five feet, but it takes many years to grow to that height. It doesn’t have sharp spines on its leaves, which is why it’s called spineless. Interestingly, when it grows, its grey stems start to look like an elephant’s foot. It’s evergreen and has rosette leaves so it looks tropical.
Large Elephant Ear Plant
These cutely named plants can grow up to three feet tall, although in tropical regions they can reach a lofty height of eight feet.
The colocasia species of this plant is one worth checking out because it can grow up to five feet and it has beautiful black leaves with green veining on them.
You should put these plants in filtered sun or shade, but if you’re choosing one that has darker leaves then you’ll need to filter the sun or shade even more.
When watering this plant, make sure you water from the root area instead of from above so that water doesn’t get onto the plant’s leaves. It’s also a good idea to water it in the morning so that it will remain dry overnight.
Tips For Bringing Large House Plants Into The Home
While you might love the idea of creating your own indoor forest, that doesn’t mean you can put large house plants anywhere you please because they won’t have the best effect.
You also have to consider the plants’ needs, such as if they need lots of sun, so you need to put them in the best spots in the home to cater to their growing requirements. With that in mind, let’s explore some tips on how to grow large indoor plants.
- Make them reach new heights. Large trees that stretch upwards are a great way to highlight exposed beams or beautiful staircases as they make you want to look upwards. Putting them in such areas of the home also makes eye-catching plants or trees the focal point of the living space.
- Bring humidity-loving plants to the bathroom. As we touched on earlier in this article, plants that love moisture are perfect for the bathroom, which is a room in the house that’s prone to high humidity. Another room worth considering is the kitchen, where steam and moisture can increase the humidity levels.
- Blend large and small plants together. If you have a mix of large and small indoor plants, they can work well when grouped together to add dimension to space. You can also be creative in how you group them.
For example, you could have a large house plant in the corner, a medium-sized plant hanging in a basket from the ceiling and smaller plants around the base of the large one. This creates a small garden in your home.
- Step into a jungle. If you really love the idea of having a jungle in your home, you need to know how to organise your large house plants. Grouping plants of different sizes can help to create a forest wall effect, but you should also use vertical space in your home, such as with the use of vines.
How can you support large indoor house plants?
A wire cage that’s placed around the plant can help to offer it support.
Or, make use of stakes that have twine between them.
Can you keep yucca plants if you have allergies?
If you’re an allergy sufferer, it’s probably best to avoid yucca plants. This is because they can make you sneeze. Stick to plants that purify your air, such as the snake plant.
Large indoor plants can give your home a jungle feeling or can make you feel like you’re in a beautiful natural retreat right in your living room.
There are different ways in which to enjoy large house plants, and after reading this article you now have a better idea of how to organise and display your favourite plants in the best way.