Add a beautiful accent to your living room with an easy-care indoor tree.
Fiddle leaf figs, with their big, sculptured leaves, make striking specimen plants. While they like bright light, they’ll show their dislike of drafts by dropping leaves. It’s easy to please them by taking the hint and keeping them in the light. Water when the soil feels dry.
You may have seen these cute mini trees decorated with small ornaments or red bows for Christmas, but they also make great year-round houseplants! Keep them in medium to bright light and water often enough to keep the soil moist, but never soggy. If your pine starts to look weak and spindly, it probably needs more light; brown, dry tips on its branches mean it needs more moisture.
Known for its sword-shaped leaves and large, woody stems, or canes yuccas come in shades of green to blue-green, with yellow, white or cream tones. These tropicals don’t need much water and can take sun to part shade in your home. If you move your tree outdoors in the spring, be sure to bring it back in before the first freeze in winter.
Mini palm varieties, like Bamboo palm, are popular today, thanks to their ability to adapt to low light and humidity. They’re also on NASA’s list of 50 indoor plants that help clean the air. Most palms will develop root-rot if their soil stays wet, so be sure to use a container with drainage holes and a good quality potting mix.
Dracaena comes in smaller table-top sizes, but the tree- like form, with its thick trunk and strappy leaves, which are striped with lime-green or cream, makes a pretty indoor tree. Avoid over-watering or over-fertilizing the plants, and give them bright light and average to moderate humidity. In the winter, let the top two inches of soil dry out before you water again. They grow slowly to about 6 feet high.
Ficus trees for indoors can be found in many different textures and heights, but weeping figs are among the most popular indoor trees. To keep your ficus from getting tall and lanky, give it medium to bright light and water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Most can be pruned back to keep them bushy, but watch for drips of their milky sap when you snip. Don’t worry too much if your tree drops some leaves when you first bring it home. Ficus often lose foliage when they’re moved to a new location, but new leaves should appear soon.
For an indoor spot with bright, filtered light, try a rubber tree (Ficus elastica). These glossy-leaved trees like regular water and well-drained potting soil. They’re heavy feeders, too, so give them some weak, liquid fertilizer while they’re actively growing. Expect to re-pot your fast-growing plant yearly, until it’s as big as you want.
Although they make lovely houseplants, majesty palms (Ravenea rivularis) look especially nice on a porch where their fronds can move gracefully in a breeze. Low light keeps them slow-growing; they’ll do better in medium to bright light. Keep their potting mix evenly moist, not wet. Try a majesty palm in a large, well-lit bathroom for a touch of the tropics.
You won’t harvest any dollar bills from your money tree, but it will add some welcome green to your home. It’s said to bring good luck, and some gardeners use it in their Feng Shui designs. Grow several plants in the same container, and braid their trunks together, if you wish; it won’t hurt them. Money trees like bright light and regular water.
Bold, dark green compound leaves and a reddish brown trunk make natal mahogany an elegant houseplant. Though they do best with bright, indirect light, like most houseplants, but they are more tolerant of very low light conditions than some others. They like plenty of water, but it is still important it is is will be well-draining so moisture does not become stagnant.