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Best 8 Indoor Plants That Make a Big Statement

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Best 8 Indoor Plants

It’s true that larger is better when it comes to houseplants. Who doesn’t want a lush, green plant as the main point of their space? They can not only add beauty to a room, but they can also fill in blank walls, awkward corners, and breathe new life into a drab space.

Perhaps you don’t have the greatest green thumb, or you just don’t have the time to care for a variety of little plants in your house. Whatever the case may be, here are 9 big plants that would look fantastic in any setting.

1. Peace lily

The peace lily, “spathiphyllum”, is arguably the most popular and easiest indoor plant to keep alive. Because they are native to tropical forests in South America, they thrive in warm, humid conditions that usually spell death for other houseplants.

They can also adapt well to indirect light and drought-like conditions, making them relatively carefree specimens despite their name meaning “plant of peace”. Indirect light and cool temperatures will slow down growth patterns and have a less mature plant look but be aware that flowers become difficult without sun exposure.

The peace lily is one of few plants with white.

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2. Ficus tree

These trees are probably the most popular office plant because they can adapt to low light levels that frequently occur in this environment, as well as being resistant to bugs and diseases that often plague plants indoors- it is not recommended for homes with pets though, so be mindful of this if you have a pet.

Indirect or artificial lighting is best for ficus’ and a good rule of thumb is “the darker the room, the bigger the tree”.

They are very sensitive when it comes to temperature changes so keep them away from air vents/heating systems etc. Although great for offices, they require more watering than peace lilies but less sun exposure making them slightly harder to maintain but still relatively easy. Ficus trees have small brown and green leaves.

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3. Orchids

For the elegant look, orchids are a must-have houseplant. Indirect light is best so put them near windows but out of direct sunlight as they can burn their leaves if exposed to too much sun/heat. They grow roots from pseudobulbs (stems) that hold water which explains why they require humid conditions (higher than normal household humidity).

This is important: do not overwater orchids! Water your orchid when the top inch of soil has dried out this means you should only have to water it once every 7 days on average. When in doubt, don’t water it because an over-watered orchid is a droopy orchid! Be wary of the tissue paper orchid because they are toxic to pets and humans so keep them away from children. Orchids may seem difficult to grow but once you have mastered this, it is easy for growing success.

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4. Jade plant

The jade plant (crassula ovata) is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors-this makes it an ideal houseplant since many people purchase new plants only to watch them die within weeks.

Indirect light is best for your jade plant, too much sun exposure will burn its leaves and too little will make it leggy/weak by stretching its stems upwards in search of sunlight so Experiment with different positions and be mindful that a jade plant will tell you if it is not getting enough sunlight because its leaves will start turning yellow/brown.

Indoor air pollution often causes spotting on the jade plants’ leaves (you can wipe them off). The jade plant has small, round green leaves that look like little disks.

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5. Rubber tree

The rubber tree, “ficus elastic favorite”, is among both indoor gardeners and feng shui-ists as it brings good luck to homes where they are planted. Indirect or filtered sunlight is best for these trees but they do need at least four hours of natural sunlight a day or else their growth slows down significantly.

Water this plant frequently, taking care not to overwater it; check for signs of overwatering such as droopy leaves or brown tips. Indoor air pollution causes yellow spots on the rubber tree’s leaves but it can be wiped off so don’t worry too much about that! The rubber plant has large green leaves and a unique look that is often used in feng shui to represent money/wealth (which, let’s face it, should be everyone’s goal).

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6. Spider plant

Spider plants are one of those plants that you just cannot kill no matter how bad your track record with houseplants is- these are known as “Starter Houseplants” because they produce babies at leaf joints which makes them ideal for people who want to start growing their own indoor garden but do not have a green thumb. Indirect sunlight is best for spider plants. Indoor air pollution causes the tips of their leaves to turn brown but it is nothing to worry about because this does not affect the plant’s growth. Careful with pets here since the small “babies” at leaf joints are poisonous if ingested- they have been known to grow into full-size plants so don’t throw them away!

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7. Aloe vera

The aloe plant is one of those plants that many people keep in their bathrooms because it has healing properties for skin so why not use it as a houseplant? Indirect sunlight is best but does not place your aloe vera near hot windows or else its leaves will burn! Indoor Air Pollution makes the aloe’s leaves turn yellow/brown but this does not kill the plant- however too much sunlight can sometimes cause scorching and make the tips of the leaves go brown or even fall off. Aloe vera has long thick leaves and sometimes flowers if you grow it well enough.

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8. Wandering Jew (tradescantia zebrina)

Wandering Jew is Indoor air pollution makes the wandering jew’s leaves turn yellow but this does not kill the plant- however too much sunlight can sometimes cause scorching a succulent plant that is famous for its ability to reproduce via runners or baby plants at leaf joints, something that many people find endearing about the wandering jew. Indirect light is best and water sparingly since overwatering will cause root rot- they like it damp/moist but never soggy! Indoor air pollution causes brown spots to appear on the leaves, which can be wiped off.

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