Letting nature enter your home is more than just an aesthetic.
Decorating with indoor trees is something that has been done for literally ages, and of course, it looks absolutely stunning (otherwise interior designers wouldn’t love it so much). It also improves the air quality of your home and creates a zen atmosphere in which you can relax.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” - Albert Einstein
Scientific name: Ficus maclellandii
One of the most common indoor trees for being pretty to look at and easy to care for. The Ficus is very resilient: it will rarely lose leaves and remains healthy in low light.
Scientific name: Pachira aquatica
The Taiwan legend says an old farmer living some hard financial times found this odd plant growing on his fields and decided to plant and sell them, making a good living out of it - hence why it’s now referred to as “money tree” and is said to bring fortune and luck.
It’s a lovely small indoor tree to decorate any room!
Scientific name: Ficus benjamina
The Weeping Fig is a very common house plant and also a widely popular bonsai tree because of its thin trunk and beautiful leaves.
It is, however, very fragile and must be cared for with attention. The Weeping Fig is better left at full sun or partial shade, as leaf loss is common when staying in dark or windy areas - so keep it away from opening doors, windy corridors, or air conditioning.
There are many fig species you could also take a look at:
- Ficus microcarpa (Chinese Banyan)
- Ficus Carica (Common Fig)
- Ficus Pumila (Creeping Fig)
- Ficus lyrata (Fiddleleaf Fig)
Corn Plant (or Janet Craig)
Scientific name: Dracaena fragrans
Called the corn plant because of its resemblance with corn, the Dracaena Fragrans is a sturdy and lovely addition to a room and it’s much loved by interior designers.
It can grow to be one foot tall or up to twenty feet tall - although it’s most common to find them in interiors at one or two feet tall.
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Scientific name: Dracaena Marginata
One of the most loved indoors plants for growing into an attractive focal point for the room and being remarkably easy to grow and maintain. It requires very little maintenance and there have been cases of it being left unattended for weeks with no problem.
It is, however, toxic to both cats and dogs, and therefore not recommended for pet owners.
Scientific name: Howea forsteriana
The Kentia Palm is a great indoor tree since it grows slowly and is highly durable. It requires decent care to have a long life, but it’s forgiving enough to withtake adverse conditions for a while.
Schefflera (or Umbrella Tree)
Scientific name: Schefflera actinophylla
A beautiful houseplant popular from coming in many varieties - the most common being the umbrella tree (above) and dwarf umbrella tree.
It’s easy to care for, all it needs is the proper light conditions and regular watering to thrive.
Scientific name: Ficus elastica
The Rubber Fig grows a very attractive foliage - in its natural habitat it can grow as high as 30 meters tall, but when indoors, they remain at a perfectly manageable 2 to 6 feet tall. It also has some variety to pick from, but ficus elastica decora is the most common pick.
Norfolk Island Pine
Scientific name: Araucaria heterophylla
Commonly bought as decoration during Christmas time, the Norfolk Island Pine is much more than a seasonal plant. It needs high humidity and light to really thrive and despite what the name might lead you to suspect, it’s not a cold weather hardy pine tree - its leaves are soft.
Scientific name: Ravenea rivularis
The Majesty Palm is a widely known indoor houseplant and can grow tall and beautiful when cared for properly. They need attention - the right lighting, water, and humidity - but your time will be more than made up for when its long leaves grow!
Scientific name: Rhapis excelsa
The Lady Palm easily adapts to most interiors, as it lives naturally in a variety of different climates and soils. It’s very easy to grow, but you should note there are many different species and each one may have slightly different needs.
Scientific name: Yucca filamentosa
Yucca is very easy to grow indoors as it thrives in many different lighting conditions and tolerates both heat and cold like a boss. Just be sure to keep the soil healthy and trim it to your liking!
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