Top 10 Indoor Trees
Coffee — Coffea arabica is a surprisingly easy and striking indoor tree. They have a reputation for being finicky but once you get a handle on the proper conditions for them, the shiny, dark green foliage and tiny white flowers of the coffee tree make a gorgeous addition to the indoor garden.
Rubber tree — Ficus elastica is a common, easy-care indoor tree. Though you often find them sold as smaller plants, they can get pretty large with proper care and make a great addition to a brightly lit room.
Schefflera arboricola — Commonly called the dwarf umbrella tree, these hardy plants can still get pretty big. They like bright light so they’re good plants for sunny rooms, and they can tolerate a little bit of neglect if you’re the sort of person who occasionally forgets to water the plants!
Norfolk Island pine — Once you’ve wiped the glitter off that Norfolk Island pine you bought during the holidays, find it a place in your home with bright indirect light and plenty of humidity — Norfolk pines grow into graceful, impressive indoor trees.
Kentia palm — If lush and tropical is the vibe you’re going for, try a Kentia palm. They’re easily the most tolerant and adaptable of the palms we commonly bring into our homes. These impressive plants are slow growers, though, so if you want a really big one without waiting you’ll have to splash out on a full-sized plant from the nursery.
Dracaena spp. — There are a handful of different types of these that you see in houses, from the ever classic corn plant to the lucky bamboo. All of them like a well draining soil, can tolerate lower light, will scorch in direct light, and do not like soggy roots. Most of the older trees that you see in homes take on a whimsical Dr Seuss-esque look to them that we love!
Ficus benjamina — Also referred to as a Ficus tree and a weeping Ficus. This classic has been a very popular tree to see in homes and offices for decades. A relatively low fuss tree with pretty little light green leaves that can come in a variegated form.
Citrus — For as far back as the 1660s wealthy European estates had orangeries so that they could grow citrus trees year round. Thankfully we don’t need to have anything fancier than a nice bright window, a deep pot, a well draining potting mix, some good fertilizer, and chelated iron. It may take years for a citrus to flower, but until then you still have a beautiful tree to brighten up your house.
Weeping Pussy Willow — Salix Caprea ‘Kilmarnock’ was not usually grown as a house plant until recently, since they need a winter dormancy period. To do this you will need to place them somewhere cold, like a garage or a shed, and give them water sparingly. If you’re willing to give them that then they will reward you with beautiful little fluffy silvery “catkins” come spring.
Pachira aquatica — This tree with braided trunks is one of the numerous house plants that commonly gets called a money tree. A nice window with indirect sunlight, a thorough watering whenever the soil dries out, a well draining potting mix, and a bit of humidity will keep your Pachira very happy.
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