8 Substantial Houseplants to Fill Every Nook
If your home has a few empty spaces to fill, you’ll be hard pressed to find something as versatile and beneficial as a houseplant. Consider these oversized varieties for color, stress relief, cleaner air, increased productivity, and more!
Known for its glossy, broad leaves, the rubber plant is a perfect addition for novice gardeners or those with busy schedules, as it doesn’t require daily watering. During the summer, simply give it water once or twice a week so that the soil stays moist. Then the plant goes dormant in the winter months, which means they’ll need even less care. While rubber plants have the ability to grow tall, their growth can be controlled by the size of container they are kept in — a smaller pot will yield a smaller plant. As far as placement in the home goes, the rubber plant needs light to thrive but will not do well if it receives too much direct sunlight. Therefore, a spot near a window (but not in front of a window) is ideal.
Incorporating a potted olive tree into your home is a great way to embrace the Mediterranean. Just remember that it will need direct sunlight to survive indoors. When domesticated, dwarf olive tree varieties can get up to 6-feet tall. As natives of the Mediterranean climate, humidity or misting isn’t usually necessary. Simply water them once a month. If you choose a fruiting variety of the tree, there’s a chance that it will bear fruit if it gets enough sunlight exposure. However, it’s best to rotate it outdoors periodically. Keep in mind that it should be brought inside when temps drop below 50 degrees.
Rest easy, the snake plant gets its name from the long, narrow shape of its yellow-lined leaves — nothing sinister! It is a beautiful plant that is quite easy to care for — they actually prefer you err on the side of underwatering. Ideally, watering every week or two (when the top layer of soil is dry) is best, and then just once a month in the wintertime. As a very adaptable plant, it prefers indirect light but can also do fine in direct sunlight or even in quite shady light conditions. When planted in a large pot, the snake plant can get up to 12-feet tall.
For those in search of an easy-care plant that will make a big impression, the monstera plant just might be the one for you. They feature large leaves with interesting hollow spots along the edge, permeating the interior. When healthy, monstera plants can get up to 3-feet tall and 2-to-3-feet wide. They thrive in humidity, so a bathroom environment makes an ideal home as long as they can get indirect light. If placed in drier areas of the home, misting the leaves in between waterings is a good idea. Water every week or two, when the soil at the top of the container is dry. During the winter months, you can probably cut this back to once a month.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
A finicky one, the fiddle leaf fig tends to be a better fit for those with more experience or the ability to monitor color changes and the overall health of the plant. For best results, water a fiddle leaf fig when the top inch of soil is dry. But know that they require a more moderate amount of watering, which can take some work to get just right. When not watered enough, they wilt and lose color, but if watered too much the leaves fall and they become at risk for root rot. Sunlight is another thing this plant is finicky about. While it’s true that they require lots of light to grow, they can’t take on too much heat or direct sun exposure or their leaves will burn. Be prepared to experiment with this as well — moving your plant near the window and further away until you find the sweet spot. You may even have to try different areas of the house.
An exotic parlor palm can take an ordinary room from drab to fab in an instant. It’s interesting to note that this plant adapts well to indirect sunlight and low temperatures. Featuring narrow leaves and limbs that extend out to 3-feet wide, the parlor palm can grow up to 6-feet tall indoors. Take caution when watering, however, as this plant is sensitive to overwatering. Just keep it to once every week or two, or when the top inch of soil is dry. If the leaves start to turn yellow, more frequent watering is needed.
A unique plant that features red, yellow and orange-colored veins in wide green leaves, the croton prefers a humid environment. Misting and more frequent watering is recommended for drier climates. Luckily, the croton will tell you exactly what it needs through the vibrancy of the colors of its leaves. Bright colors means it’s thriving and if the color starts fading, it needs more sunlight. Similarly, if the plant starts dropping leaves, more frequent watering is needed. Under optimal conditions, the croton plant can grow up to 10-feet tall.
Bird of Paradise
Although it rarely blooms indoors, the bird of paradise plant gets its name from the gorgeous orange flowers produced by the species. Despite the lack of blooms indoors, it is still an extremely popular houseplant choice. Capable of growing up to 6-feet tall, the bird of paradise needs a lot of light, so thrives near a window where it can get plenty of direct sunlight. Water it only when the top layer of soil is dry, generally once every week or two. The plant goes dormant in the winter, so will only need watered once a month during that time.