Everything you ever wanted to know about large house plants


Large house plants are a great way to add beauty and drama to any interior space.  There are many different kinds of house plants that do grow to be quite large, so choosing one that complements your décor is simply a matter of taste.  Other than taste, the only real consideration that should be taken into account when talking about house plants is exactly how much space you have and how much light goes into that space.  After all, if that part of your house is usually very dark, then you will not have any success with plants that need a lot of direct sunlight.


Let’s take a look at some of the most common types of large house plants.


Large house plants for direct sunlight


One of the most popular types of indoor plants for areas that are in direct sunlight most of the time is the palm tree.  If you have a very tall area with a lot of sunlight, then the fishtail palm may be exactly what you need.  The only bad thing about this plant is that it tends to attract pests, so you will need to watch it carefully.  An area that is more of a normal height (about 6 feet or so) is perfect for the miniature date palm.  This plant does grow very slowly, so it is also possible to begin cultivating it as an outdoor plant and then move it outside if it starts to get too large.  However, it does need tropical temperatures almost all year round, so it’s probably best not to move it outside if you live in a colder climate.


Large plants for medium light


Some parts of the home get some light during only certain parts of the day, and these areas are perfect for plants that add some dramatic color or texture to your décor.  The flamingo flower is a very showy plant that works perfectly in an area that gets medium light.  If texture is more what you are looking for, then consider getting a reed or bamboo palm.  Another good choice is the Chinese fan palm.  If you are looking for shrubbery, then try the umbrella tree or the Norfolk Island Pine.  Both of these are green plants that will grow to be very large and provide green foliage all year round.


Large plants for low light areas


One plant that does get to be quite large and prefers low light is the peace lily.  This plant is often touted for its delicate white blooms, so people tend to forget how big it gets.  Just remember that the peace lily does need a little bit of light in order to bloom.  Another good low light plant is the philodendron.  This plant grows out in vines, and it is perfect for adding some texture and personality to an indoor brick wall.  If you have an especially hard time growing plants in your low light area, try the cast iron plant, which is perfect even for the person with the blackest of thumbs.


 

 

 

 


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