Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil
Looking for the best large indoor plants?
Here are some great ideas you can add to your home to instantly brighten up any room.
Most houseplants are small because their size makes it easy to move them around or position them.
But, for certain floor spaces, you’ll want something bigger.
That’s were these houseplants come in.
Rubber trees are perfect for any room where you want to add some greenery that gets peoples’ attention.
They’re called rubber trees because they were once used to source rubber.
Like the other plants in this list, it belong in a large container on the floor. Its size makes it impractical to place on tabletops or shelves.
That said, the size is an asset because it allows guests to easily notice it’s beautiful variegated leaves.
As a homeowner, you’ll also be very happy because it doesn’t take a lot of care or maintenance to grow.
Once again, bamboos grow to be very large.
This makes them perfect for your outdoor garden.
But, you’ve also probably seen them wonderful, sturdy plants indoors.
Bamboo actually belong in the grass family. Most people would never guess that due to their size.
However, it’s their stalks that make them very lovely to look at.
The good news is, they’re not difficult to care for.
They don’t like direct sunlight, which makes them perfect for your home. Plus, there don’t need a lot of water as well.
The key is keeping them organized and limiting their size, at least when it comes to growing them indoors.
Norfolk Island Pine
Norfolk Island Pines are popular during the holidays because its branches resemble that of your Christmas tree.
However, it isn’t a true pine, despite looking very much like one.
Nevertheless, it makes for a great houseplant because its size is fairly limited indoors. Outside you’ll find that they can easily grow over 100 feet tall.
But indoors they’ll get to about 6 to 9 feet.
This makes them perfect for mantles or side tables only when they’re young. After that, you’ll need to move them to the floor.
Olive trees are lovely temporary indoor plants.
They’re temporary because you won’t be able to keep them inside your home forever. At least not unless you’ve got a very large, tall house with only one story.
That said, you can grow their dwarf versions.
These shorter olive trees get up to 6 feet tall, which makes them very manageable indoors. But, like their bigger sibling, they enjoy a lot of light.
As such, it’s key to position them by the window so they get the sunlight they need.
Money trees are said to bring good luck and fortune to your home.
In addition to that, they’ve unique and lovely to look at.
Of course, the first thing everyone will notice is its twisted trunk that reminds you of braided hair.
But, that’s not the only thing that makes it beautiful. It’s green leaves and the way the sit atop the tree is also very attractive.
Since it grows to around 3 to 6 feet indoors, it’s perfect if you don’t want something that’s as large as the one above.
Yucca plants are another wonderful looking plant.
These are tough plants that are drought tolerant. That’s because they originate from hot climate areas including the Carribean.
As such, they like a lot of sunlight. And, only need watering once every two weeks.
When you water them, it’s important not to overdo it as well.
Yucca are great because of their unique look. Plus, you can grow them in containers indoors and outside too.
Dracaena is a popular houseplant that comes in many varieties.
The best part about them is they’re easy to care for indoors.
Better yet, you’ll be able to use them in different places in your home as they grow.
When they’re young (and still small), they’ll easily fit on your desk or as a piece on your tabletop.
You can then move them to the floor as they grow.
By then, they’ll transform from bush-like plants into tree-like plants. And, grow up to around 6 feet or so.
Some great options when it comes to indoor houseplants include:
- Corn plant (dracaena fragans)
- Madagascar dragon tree (dracanea marginata)
Bird of Paradise
Looking for bright colors and something almost no one else will likely have?
Get the bird of paradise.
For most people, seeing this plant for the first time makes them realize it’s something they’ve never seen before.
A big part of that is the very unusual flower, which is shaped like an origami bird.
It’s wild colors are likewise unique.
That said, it’s important to know how to care for this beautiful flowering plant.
Temperature is key. It enjoys fairly cool conditions at between 65-70 degrees. And, doesn’t like it when it gets too cold (25 degrees or less).
The desert rose is another odd looking plant with a gorgeous flower.
It’s a bit strange looking because it has a thick trunk that you’d expect from a tree or a dwarf tree.
But, at the top of the trunk are flowers instead of branches and leaves.
If that’s not enough, it’s a succulent.
This makes it feel like a hybrid of sorts.
However, it’s wonderful, bright looking flower more than makes up for its odd looks.
Plus, it’s very easy to care for, just like most succulents are.
Philodendron are another well-known houseplant because they’re easy to care for.
With these, you’ll want to decide what kind you want.
That’s because some varieties are vines. As such, they’re great for vertical setups as well as hanging baskets or large containers.
Yet, there are also philodendrons that stand upright.
While the two kinds differ in looks, they’re similar in that they’re low care and maintenance. This makes them perfect for busy people and beginners.
Should you want something that’s more dramatic, check out the croton.
These houseplants are easily identified by the patterns in their foliage.
The colors and the variegation make them stand out in any room. Thus, making them ideal if you want to add color to a specific space.
When growing crotons, make sure to pick a well-balanced container. That’s because the plant will grow and can easily tip over on smaller, shorter pots.
It also likes humid environments and a lot of sunlight.
In case you prefer something more practical, the umbrella plant is worth considering.
You probably won’t see it rank among the most popular or most beautiful houseplants. But, it makes a lot of sense for most homeowners.
For one, it’s known for purifying the air. This helps remove toxins that your family breathes day in and day out.
Also, it’s easy to care for and requires very little maintenance.
This saves you a lot of time over the long run.
That said, umbrella plants can grow up to 8-10 feet tall. So, you’ll need high ceilings.
As an alternative, you may opt for the dwarf versions as well.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
If you look at recent magazines on home decor, you’ll likely run into a fiddle leaf fig quite a bit.
Although they’ve been around for a long time, they’re what you would call the “in” thing recently.
And, for good reason.
Just by looking at them, you’ll quickly notice that large floating leaves.
But, it’s the way the leaves are shaped, and how kind of spread out around the plant that gives them their gorgeous look.
Palms are one of the best know trees because of their unique look.
Plus, you seem them a lot on TV, especially with shows that are set in Los Angeles when they show you Beverly Hills.
Of course, you won’t be able to fit those huge palm trees indoors.
This is why it’s important to choose the right varieties for houseplants.
Here are the best palms you can grow indoors
- Kentia palm
- Areca palm
- Lady palm
- Parlor palm
- Polytail palm
- Sago palm
Like the umbrella plant, the ming aralia isn’t going to win any popularity contest.
It doesn’t have unique variegated foliage, bright flowers or anything like that.
Yet, it’s lovely to look at and very easy to grow.
As such, it’s a great choice if you’re looking for something that’s more practical to grow.
Due to its tropical origins, this plant likes warm weather.
So, it’s a good idea to keep the temperature between 55 to 60 degrees during the colder months.
It does will in shade even if it prefers a lot of light, be it indirect.
Ficus, or better know are fig trees.
While there are a lot of ficus varieties, the one that people most refer to is the weeping fig.
Outdoors, ficus trees can grow very large. However, they’re much smaller indoors.
Most of these trees like light.
But, they prefer indirect or filtered light as opposed to direct sunlight.
Additionally, they also prefer warmer, more humid conditions.
This is another easy to grow plant that’s perfect for indoors.
It gets up to 6 feet tall which means it’s ideal for the floor. And, something that you can use to spruce up a blank space in your home.
Originating from Asia, it likes warm, humid environments.
That said, it can survive in partial shade just as well as sunlight.
Large indoor plants are amazing additions to rooms if you want to add a focal point or attract attention to a certain area.
They work just as well to liven up blank spaces.
Hopefully the list above gives you some amazing ideas you can use for your home.
What’s your favorite one?