Tropical Plants You Can Grow Indoors
Interior designers are always encouraging people to bring greenery into their homes. It’s a great way to make a space feel more homey and can enhance numerous decor styles ranging from boho to modern.
And the choices of plants are practically endless! But, if you’d like to bring some more tropical plants into your home – even though you don’t live in the tropics – it’s completely possible. You just have to know what you’re shopping for!
Here are a few tropical plants that you might consider.
- Rubber Tree: Gardening Know How says: A rubber tree plant is also known as a Ficus elastica. These large trees can grow up to 50 feet (15 m.) tall. When learning how to care for a rubber tree plant, there are a few key things to remember, but rubber plant care isn’t as difficult as one might think. Starting with a young rubber tree houseplant will allow it to adapt to being an indoor plant better than starting with a more mature plant.
- Sansevieria: Greenery Unlimited says this about Sansevieria: Sansevieria, better known as Snake Plants, are hardy specimens that are more tolerant of imperfect environmental conditions than almost any other houseplant. One of the easiest plants in the world to care for, anybody can add a pop of green to their space with one of these! (Sansevieria have recently been reclassified as part of the Dracaena genus).
- Philodendrons: Costa Farms says: Philodendron is a classic, and practically no-fail houseplant because it’s so easy to grow. Happily, this makes it a pretty common indoor plant to find at your local garden center. The philodendron family is a pretty big one, too — so you can find a variety of plants that grow in a range of shapes, sizes, and colors.
- Chinese Evergreen: House Plants Expert shares this: There are many hybrid varieties of the Chinese evergreen available which have been cultivated over the last century. This is because of their increasing popularity for indoor growers to use them as ornamental plants for room decoration. These slow growing plant varieties include, plain green, speckled, blotched and variegated types. One of the most popular and sought after is the silver queen which has leaves covered in silver mainly with some small green patches.
- Peace Lily: The Farmer’s Almanac says this about Peace Lilies: Peace lilies are tropical, evergreen plants that thrive on the forest floor, where they receive dappled sunlight and consistent moisture. Replicating these conditions in the home is the key to getting your peace lily to be happy and healthy. With enough light, peace lilies produce white to off-white flowers starting in the early summer, blooming throughout the year in the right conditions.
- Aloe Vera: OMYSA says: The Aloe Vera plant is a very forgiving succulent, which makes it a perfect houseplant for first-time owners. Originated in the tropical climates of Africa, this house plant can grow quite big. An average Aloe Vera plant can grow one to two feet tall, but it can reach up to three feet in height. One of the secrets in keeping this plant happy and healthy is to ignore it from time to time.
- Dragon Tree: Costa Farms shares: Madagascar dragon tree, also called red-edge dracaena, is one of the most popular houseplants around. It bears narrow green leaves banded in red or pink on top of slender stems. Its upright habit makes the Madagascar dragon tree a useful houseplant to grow against a blank wall, to provide privacy in front of a window, or at the end of a sofa or chair as it ages and becomes tree-like. When it’s young, the Madagascar dragon tree adds beautiful texture to tabletops, desks, and other surfaces. It’s often included in dish gardens because of its grassy look.
These are just a few of the many tropical plants that can be grown in your home. Head to your local nursery and ask them what they might recommend to you based on your lifestyle and available sunlight – and bring some greenery to your place!