These houseplants will make a big impact on your interiors.
Is that lonely corner in your living room begging for a stylish companion? Indoor trees can breathe more nature into your home and make a positive impact on your interior design. But before you run and grab the first potted tree you can find, it's important to understand the varying preferences for sunlight, moisture levels, and growth rates among different tree species. Read on for expert advice on seven of the best indoor trees—and how to make sure they thrive in your home.
If you have a semi-bright corner window in your home, then a lady palm will thrive nicely there. This tree is slow-growing but is well adapted to indoor growing and also has air purifying and filtering qualities. “The lady palm prefers bright, indirect light, as too much unfiltered sun can cause leaf burn," says Stephen McFarlane, regional landscape manager at Sandals Resorts International. "Because lady palms are slow-growing, it is important to check moisture levels prior to watering; water only when the top two inches of the soil are dry."
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Perk up your living room or bedroom almost instantly with the addition of the elegant fiddle leaf fig tree. Its attractive violin-shaped leaves stretch up to 15 inches long and 10 inches wide. “To give your personal Fiddle Leaf Fig the TLC it needs and deserves, make sure to place your plant in front of an unobstructed window that will receive direct sunshine,” advises McFarlane. Keep the soil moist, but don’t overwater. A good rule of thumb is water no more than once every seven to 10 days.
When you need the perfect plant to add to any room of your home to create good feng shui, consider the Money Tree, thought to bring good luck and fortune. “It's known for its ease of growth, fun braided trunk, and being pet friendly, making it a great addition to anyone who has pets,” says Paris Lalicata, plant expert at The Sill. “The Money tree will thrive well in medium-bright indirect light with even a few hours of direct sunlight, so placing it in an East, West or South window would be best to keep it happy. You may see yourself watering every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
This Madagascar native is one of the most popular trees grown indoors prized for its easy-going nature and tolerance of lower light levels. “The Dracaena marginata has thin, sword-like leaves that can come in a variety of colors, and although this plant tolerates low light, brighter light will help keep the foliage more vibrant in color,” says Lalicata. “It will thrive in bright indirect light to some morning sun, but can tolerate low-medium indirect light levels making it suitable for almost every plant parent.”
The Ficus tineke is a variegated rubber tree with beautiful foliage adorned with yellow, pink, and green variegation and can grow 1-2 feet taller each year under optimal conditions. Lalicata advises that the Ficus tineke is a low-maintenance tree but is not suited for low light conditions and will thrive best in bright indirect light to a few hours of direct sunlight. “Ficus also don't like wet feet so be sure to allow the soil to dry out completely before giving it a thorough soak,” she says.
Having a tall and slender silhouette, the Dracaena Warneckii is great for corners, behind couches, or anywhere you want to add height without bulk. “The foliage is dark green with vibrant creamy-white stripes, perfect to add a touch of color to a collection,” says Lalicata. “It will thrive in bright indirect light to some morning sun, but can tolerate low-medium indirect light levels making it suitable for almost every plant parent. Its thick trunk also helps it be more drought tolerant so you only have to water once the soil has dried out completely.”
Olive trees make beautiful houseplants due to their silvery, gray-green foliage, which also make a great addition to a bouquet. “This Mediterranean plant will require direct sun conditions so placing it in a south or west window will be ideal,” recommends Lalicata. “If your space doesn't have enough natural lighting, I highly recommend incorporating a grow light to keep it healthy and full." She adds that while olive trees may produce a few fruits in their early years, significant yields are typically observed after the tree reaches full maturity, which can take up to 15 years. But, if you have the patience for it, it's worth the wait.
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