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jade plant (crassula argentea)

Best indoor trees and how to care for them

Trees are not only meant for the outdoors, they are great to add in your home as well. Trees can elevate your home and take your interior design to a whole new level. Trees can be a very bold and beautiful addition, just like how small houseplants can be used for interior design purposes so can trees.

You can’t just put any species of tree inside your home. A maple or oak tree for example can get way too big and they would not survive inside your home. There are certain varieties of trees that will fare well indoors.

Here are 10 trees, if you are looking to add one inside your home.

1. Jade Plant (Crassula Argentea)

jade plant (crassula argentea)

This plant can grow into a 3 feet mini tree. Over time, as the plant grows the leaves and stems get thicker. It is very low maintenance, just place it near a sunny window and make sure the soil is moist, but it probably only needs to be watered every few weeks. If you have the patience, you can try growing this tree from a small jade plant cutting.

2. Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)

fiddle leaf fig (ficus lyrata)

This plant loves bright light and a humid environment. The fiddle leaf fig originates from the jungle, which is why it needs a very humid environment. During the warmer months of spring, bring this plant outdoors and it will do wonders for your plant.

3. Majesty Palm (Ravenea Revularis)

majesty palm (ravenea revularis)

The majesty palm can grow up to 10 feet, however, it does grow slower indoors. This plant needs high humidity and warm conditions as well as moist soil, but make sure it is not over watered.

4. Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica)

rubber plant (ficus elastica)

This plant has large glossy leaves and like most other tropically originated plants, they love humidity and bright indirect light. Fertilize your plant twice a month during its optimal growth period to achieve the best leaf size. However, be warned that rubber plants are a difficult plant to grow so it’s best for those looking to challenge their green thumb.

5. Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea Elegans)

parlor palm (chamaedorea elegans)

This plant is very small and only grows to about 3 feet. It is used to being grown indoors and can withstand low light conditions. As well, overwatering can actually damage it, this plant does much better with less watering.

6. Umbrella Tree (Schefflera Arboricola)

umbrella tree (schefflera arboricola)

This plant usually grows to 8 feet and it has beautiful glossy foliage. This plant does not require much care, just make sure the plant gets constant moisture but if you overwater them it can cause leaf loss and root rot.

7. Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina)

weeping fig (ficus benjamina)

It is very important that this plant is placed in a well lit room with bright light. One of the most common concerns many people run into is that they are noticing the leaves drop and it is usually due to not enough sunlight or a sudden change in temperature.

8. Corn Plant (Dracaena Fragrans)

corn plant (dracaena fragrans)

Unfortunately this corn plant does not actually produce corn. It has a really thick stem and all of the leaves grow out of the top of it. They are a very narrow plant and it usually grows up to 6 feet indoors. The corn plant prefers a humid environment and make sure to keep it away from any drafts.

9. Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Reginae)

birds of paradise (strelitzia reginae)

This tropical plant thrives in bright indirect sunlight and lots of humidity. Make sure to water it every 1-2 weeks, but let the soil dry out between each watering. It can attract mites so treat them as you see them with a natural pesticide like neem oil.

10. Yucca plant (Yucca Elephantipes)

yucca plant (yucca elephantipes)

This plant has a thick trunk with its leaves coming out of the top. This tree is native to the desert so it is important to give as much sunlight to this plant as possible. This plant only needs moderate moisture and is somewhat drought tolerant. It can grow up to 10 feet indoors, so it is a taller indoor plant.

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