Do you have a large interior and need a plant that will hold its own in that space? Whether you are looking to fill an immense area in your home, make a dramatic statement, or bring the outdoors in, large-and-in-charge plants provide just the right size, function, and beauty.
Our homes are not natural habitats for plants, but there are steps you can follow to create an outdoor oasis indoors. With the proper amount of consideration for the species and specific needs of the plants, you can achieve your plant-lovers dreams.
Ranging from large and leafy to tall and narrow, here is a round-up of the best tall indoor plants that can thrive in your home.
The Best Tall Indoor Plants for Your Home
Fiddle-Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)
Named after their fiddle-shaped and sized leaves, the fiddle-leaf fig makes the list of the best tall indoor plants due to its beautiful green foliage and demanding presence. Thick glossy leaves with bold veins will create a dramatic effect in your space.
To have a thriving fiddle-leaf fig in your home, ensure that both room and water temperatures are warm and do not fluctuate. Sudden changes, such as a draft or shift in location, will shock this tropical plant causing a loss in foliage. Fiddle-leaf fig trees naturally grow under the African sun. However, they are sheltered by other taller trees, so keep your fiddle-leaf fig tree in the brightest spot of your home, but just out of direct sun. Otherwise, you will risk scorching the leaves.
In its natural habitat, this plant grows where the water drains quickly. Due to this fact, roots can rot easily if overwatered, so a well-draining pot is a must. Water it when the top two inches of soil feel dry. If your home becomes too dry during the winter, consider placing the Fig tree pot on a tray of wet pebbles to keep the humidity up. Routinely wiping the leaves will help keep the dust away and keep the plant functioning properly.
Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina)
The Weeping Fig is another beautiful, tall, indoor houseplant. This plant grows a long stalk with a leafy crown, giving it a tree-like shape. It is part of the same Ficus family as the fiddle-leaf fig, and has “elastic” branches. Elastic branches can bend and weave around each other, creating a ornamental look. The unique twists of the Weeping Figs branches lands it a spot on the best tall indoor plants list.
Similar to the fiddle-leaf fig, this tree is sensitive to changes in environment. House it in a room with steady temperate conditions. Grown best in sunny, indirect light, the Weeping Fig needs a well draining pot. As a rule of thumb, only water after the top two inches of soil are dry.
This evergreen tree can grow to almost 5 feet tall but the houseplant versions tend to be on the smaller side. The good thing about this plant is that you can bring it outside during the spring for some extra fresh air; just remember to bring it back inside before the frost of fall.
Dwarf Umbrella Plant (Schefflera Aboricola)
The umbrella plant has gorgeous glossy, broad leaves. Considered low on the maintenance scale, it is a popular plant choice for the home and a must-have on this list. The leaves grow out from the center of the stem in an “umbrella” shape, giving this plant a unique and tropical feel. It can grow anywhere from five to six feet tall.
The umbrella plant does well with indirect sunlight or partial shade. Keep this plant thriving by allowing the soil to dry completely between watering, then soaking the soil when ready. Nurture this plant by misting its leaves in between watering.
Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera Deliciosa)
The swiss cheese plant is a fun, striking statement that will make an impression in your home. It produces large, deep green foliage with holes that give it that “swiss cheese” appearance. In their native habitat of North and South America this plant can skyrocket, up to 70 feet tall. Don’t worry, it shouldn’t get that big in your home but make sure to use a stake to help the plant climb and stand upright.
The swiss cheese plant enjoys a moderate temperature and high humidity. If your home is not very humid, don’t worry since this plant will adapt easily. Misting the leaves is optional but considered nurturing. Keep this plant well drained and wait for the top two inches of soil to be dry before watering again. Due to its natural origins of growing beneath the tree canopy, this plant prefers indirect sunlight.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
Snake Plant is well known for its strikingly tall and slender leaves. Creating a dramatic effect, these plants are a statement piece all on their own. They are not only beautiful but are one of the best air purifying plants. Combined with their low maintenance, snake plants are a great choice, even for the newest plant lovers.
The snake plant is native to the dry habitats of Africa. Keeping this in mind, it only needs moderate watering. Make sure the soil is dry before watering again and house it in a well-draining pot to avoid wet feet. Plentiful to moderate sunlight is suitable for this plant, so avoid harsh mid-day direct sunlight. Their stunning foliage can stretch up to four feet tall.
Don’t Be Afraid To Take Up Space!
Filling those tall spaces in your home is now a breeze! Considering the placement in your home, as well as the rooms temperature/humidity, will be some of the main components to helping your plants thrive. Nurturing the plants with proper watering will also help you see the best results.
Functional and beautiful indoor plant life can promote happy and healthy living. Use this list of the best tall indoor plants to help fill your spaces and bring the outside in doors — in a big (tall) way!
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