How To Grow Big Leaf Indoor Plants For A Great Atmosphere

Our home plays a pivotal role as it is a place where we work, study, exercise, rest, etc. Filling your home with plants is a simple and fashionable way to turn it into something more than the place that you do all these. Indoor plants not only help us reconnect with nature and the, but they also have a variety of health benefits.

Green plant in living room
And what could possibly add more merits of nature indoors than large houseplants that create a great atmosphere? The bigger the size of the leaves, the better. There are so many varieties that can grow indoors! Think about it! Umbrella tree, dracaena marginata, ficus elastica, dragon tree, Calathea, yucca, rubber plant, pothos and many more. But, let’s face it, most people aren’t experts in this field and are not quite sure which one to pick or how to care for it. So, here is a list of beautiful options you can choose from and a guide on how to grow them.

Fiddle Leaf Fig or Ficus Lyrata

This plant hails from the West African rainforests, which should come as no surprise. However, what may surprise you is that it grows as an epiphyte very frequently. They are native to West Africa’s tropical jungles and can grow to be at least 12 metres tall in the wild.

Domesticated ones, on the other hand, are gentle in homes and will happily share your bedroom. In your home, they can reach heights of 2 meters or more. This plant’s green, shiny and glossy leaves, as well as its distinctive shape, make it an excellent choice for living rooms as well. Find out how to arrange plants in your living room and upgrade your decoration!

Ficus lyrata in o pot on wooden floor

Care Tips

Light: Fiddle leaf figs require bright and filtered light. Keep it in a sunny location. When you see your fiddle leaf fig reaching for the light, try rotating it every couple of months or so for best results. Wipe down the green leaves once a week to keep them clean and help the plant absorb more sunlight. This is particularly important for this plant because of its big, dust-prone leaves.

Water: Before you water, allow the top of the soil to dry. Since cold temperatures can shock plants, it’s safer to use room temperature water. Fiddle leaf figs prefer to be watered often but not sit in the water. To avoid any potential problems, simply drain it from the bottom of the pot and make sure the tray or saucer is dry. 

Soil: Any good indoor plant potting soil should be fine. Make sure the soil is well-drained.

Giant Bird of Paradise or Strelitzia Nicolai

It is also known as the white bird of paradise or the wild banana. It is a tropical plant and will be a stunning architectural asset in your home decor thanks to its tall stems and banana-like large leaves. It is undoubtedly one of the best indoor plants to grow.

Its leaves are tough and long-lasting but should be protected from frost and strong winds to prevent shredding. It can survive the heat and air conditioning and can even go a long time between waterings. So, you can relax and enjoy your vacation knowing that your plant will still be alive when you return.

Care Tips

Light: Giant Bird of Paradise, as is the case with most indoor plants, thrives when placed in a bright location. Despite their toughness, they are unlikely to stay vigorous if held in extremely dim lighting. Too much direct sun will cause the leaves to scorch and the flowers to wilt.
Water: During the summer, the soil should always be kept moist (but not soggy) and only water it when the top 4-5cm of the soil gets dry. Let the soil dry out a little more during the winter months. Don’t let it sit in the water.

Soil: While it can grow in a variety of soils, it best thrives in fertile, well-drained soil that has been supplemented with organic matter including compost or well-rotted manure

Philodendron or Trailing Plant

Philodendron, together with Alocasia, is a member of the Araceae family. It’s a tropical evergreen plant known for being one of the best and easiest indoor plants to care for. With its heart-shaped leaves and trailing vines, is particularly suitable for indoor settings because it can filter toxic pollutants from the air. It is a prolific grower in good indoor conditions and can trail up to three metres long.

That is why growing them indoors necessitates a lot of space. Let yours be spaced out in your room of choice to take advantage of their air-purifying qualities for a healthier home setting.

Philodendron in a pot on grey sofa

Care Tips

Light: It does best when exposed to bright indirect light and medium light. The yellowing of older leaves is a natural occurrence. If you see many yellow leaves at once, however, it’s a sign that the plant is getting too much sunlight. They are some of the best low-light plants, but if the stems become leggy, you will need to relocate them.

Water: Overwatering can cause the philodendron to rot, so be careful. Apply water liberally to the tip of the soil when it is dry. If the leaves are browning, the plant is most likely dehydrated. As soon as you notice droopy leaves, it means the plant is either inadequately or excessively watered, but they should revive once the issue is dealt with properly.

Soil: Philodendrons prefer loose, organically rich potting soil. The soil must be well-drained. It’s recommended that the soil be replaced every couple of years or so for container plants. High humidity is crucial. While it can tolerate lower humidity levels, misting the plant on a regular basis would be highly recommended.

Elephant Ear

They conjure up images of tropical forests and can add drama to your home decor. The common name “elephant ears” comes from the heart-or arrow-shaped leaves, which are often oversized (61-91 cm) and have decorative veining. They are the only plant that can satisfy a desire for a taste of the tropics. 

The plant can grow to a height of 1 to 1.5 meters. Therefore, choose a large container to put the plant in when you’re growing it indoors. 

Care Tips

Light: When grown indoors, you need to provide it with bright sunlight, but not too much of it. If the leaves appear to be bleached or singed, shift it to a dimmer location or cover it with a sheer curtain. They can thrive in partial shade.

Soil: It needs rich, moist and well-drained soil. Generally, elephant ears are virtually indestructible and can withstand a wide range of moisture conditions.

Water: If you happen to use a pot without drainage holes, be extra cautious when watering the plant. It likes to remain moist but not soggy. Elephant ears need a lot of humidity, so placing the pot in a saucer of water that is elevated by pebbles is a good idea. The pebbles can keep the roots from rotting by preventing them from sitting in water.

Hosta

Hostas are grown mainly for their foliage, but in the summer they also produce flowers that are often scented. They are easy to grow and can live for long. They also thrive in light to medium shade and are extremely useful plants.

The foliage of the Hosta plant is ideal for cutting. You may use silver, variegated, heart-shaped, or crinkly leaves in a flower arrangement because the genus has so many different colours and textures.

Hosta leaves

Care Tips

Water: Summertime necessitates frequent watering of container plants, as they dry out easily. Usually, water requirements peak during the hottest parts of the summer and decline as the weather starts to cool towards autumn. Always check the soil with your finger and make sure not to overdo it.

Light: Hostas, on the whole, tend to be kept out of direct sunshine. Morning sun is tolerable, but shade is needed during the hottest part of the day.

Soil: It needs fertile soils with heavy clay, which can be enhanced by adding organic compost or well-rotted manure. Hostas are not well suited to dry soils.

Leopard Plant

Leopard plant is an evergreen plant that is of common use in containers. This under-appreciated plant has beautiful leaves as well as bright yellow flowers in the autumn. It has heart-shaped leaves which are strongly toothed. These big, round and leathery leaves will add colourful texture to your home. Leopard plants can grow up to 1.8m in height.

Care Tips

Light: This is not a sun-loving plant, as the leaves wilt and the plant languishes in strong sunlight. Keep it somewhere in a shady spot.

Soil: It needs regularly moist, and sometimes even wet soil. It can tolerate a wide variety of pH levels, from slightly acidic to alkaline, but prefers a neutral pH.

Water: During hot and dry weather, water the plant as required to keep the soil moist. Irrigation should be done on a regular basis, particularly during the first growing season. It gets very thirsty and needs a higher-than-average amount of irrigation. Therefore, give your leopard plants a good soak at least once a week.

Croton

The croton is a low-maintenance indoor plant with variegated foliage that includes scarlet, green, orange, and yellow splotches. The eye is drawn to this plant like a moth to a candle flame.

Bear in mind, when selecting a container for your plant, that it will grow upright and potentially cause your croton to become top-heavy. Choose a container that will not easily topple over as the plant grows. Alternatively, you can gradually increase the size of your pot over time. 

Croton plant in a pot

Care Tips

Light: Croton should be placed in a sunny window. The newer leaves of the plant would be less colourful if they receive insufficient sunlight. That is why they produce their most vibrant colours when grown in bright light. They can tolerate medium light but won’t grow much. 

Soil: Croton plants’ health is highly dependent on their soil type. The plant thrives at a certain pH level which must be less than 5.5. This plant is unable to thrive in soils with a high pH level.

Water: The croton plant needs to be watered often, but not excessively. Overwatering will cause root rot, while not enough water can dry out this humidity-loving plant. Any foliage that begins to wilt when thirsty can be used as a sign of inadequate watering.

Monstera Deliciosa or Swiss Cheese Plant

This easy-to-grow evergreen tropical plant is a common choice among interior designers for residential spaces. The plant grows to around half a metre, with shiny, heart-shaped leaves that come from intricate aerial roots that can be used to make ropes and baskets. Because of the perforated leaves, which can grow up to one metre and are very wide, it’s also known as the Swiss-cheese plant.

It’s often grown indoors because of the attractive foliage. As it gets older, it becomes a focal point of your living room. Monstera Deliciosa is relatively simple to care for and maintain If the proper conditions and care instructions are followed. It’s also easy to propagate Monstera to keep more of this plant around your place.

Care Tips

Light: It thrives in indirect sunlight that is bright to medium. While it is not suited to direct sunlight, it can be acclimated to withstand it.

Soil: It grows well in light sandy and medium loamy soils. The soil needs to be moist and well-drained.

Water: During the growing season, water the plant on a regular basis. In the autumn and winter, watering should be kept to a minimum

Cosy bedroom with plants decoration

So all these large indoor plants can easily be grown in your home and make great aesthetics for an even greater atmosphere all around. They will serve as indoor trees and provide a positive rebound and boost your productivity level to extremes while injecting some natural wonder and greenery into your home in a way like never before. Grab your tools and give them a try!

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