11 Mood Lifting Large Indoor Plants You Need To Know

rubber plant green leaf with white pattern

Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica)

Those large glossy leaves mean that this plant has everything to do with business, and will purify your air of unpleasant toxins.

Pro Tip: To add additional texture and pattern, opt for a variety of samples, such as Tineke and lemon variety. Just keep in mind that to keep the stunning pattern in the foliage, these guys have slightly higher light requirements.

Yucca long green leaf plant in red pot


Yucca is a hardy plant that can be grown both indoors and outdoors. It grows quickly if sufficient light is provided. Both yucca plants inside and outside have low water needs and are even slightly drought tolerant. Light fertilizer can help establish the plant by growing yucca in containers but is not needed for established plants.

Care of the yucca houseplant may include moving the plant out when the temperature has warmed in the spring or summer. Ice or freezing can damage the cassava houseplant. When moving the growing yucca into outer containers, you should place them in an area with gentle morning sun and afternoon shade.

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Kentia Palm (Howea Forsteriana)

It is one of the most resistant houseplants. When compared to other palm trees, this large plant can be kept in a place that receives indirect sunlight. However, its elegant beauty and high durability make them suitable for the indoor environment.

In the native environment of Kentia, it grows and blooms in sandy soil, which provides the much-needed drainage that the palm requires for healthy growth.

Philodendron Heartleaf bed-bright-comfortable


This classic plant is among the most popular house plants and is considered one of the easiest to grow. The lacy philodendrons, commonly known as laurel leaf philodendrons, are native to Brazil’s rainforests. It requires space to grow them indoors as they tend to spread.

They grow to a height of about three feet, but their width may be near twice their height. Care with the Philodendron is simple, as the plant can readily adapt to any indoor environment. It can thrive all year round and grow well in a west or southeast window.

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Split-Leaf Monstera

The Split-leaf philodendron also called deliciosa monstera, is a large, easy-to-maintain houseplant. There is considerable confusion about what to call this plant; the various names have become interchangeable over the years. Some other names for this plant are window leaf plant, ceriman, and Mexican breadfruit plant.

A split-leaf philodendron grows rapidly and often has leaves that are up to 3 feet. Long, and 2 feet. If you want a large, tropical, low maintenance plant, this is perfect. The leaves, stems, and roots of a philodendron of separate leaves contain oxalic acid.

umbrella tree indoor living room

Schefflera (Umbrella Tree)

The Schefflera plant also called an umbrella, is a fantastic houseplant and landscape plant. It is known to be resistant even in cases of negligence or poor growth conditions. Not demanding, it produces beautiful foliage. Whether it’s to create a bonsai or simply to liven up a dark corner, the dwarf umbrella trees are great for growing.

Like most houseplants, this does not like to be kept constantly damp. Overwatering will lead to rot of the root and then leaf spot and perhaps powdery mildew.

ficus small potted

Saber Fig (Ficus Alii)

Ficus Alii (Ficus maclellandii), commonly called banana leaf, is a species native to Southeast Asia, India, and China. More comfortable to care for than your cousins, Ficus Benjamina, and Fig Leaf Fiddle.

Ficus Alii is also less likely to drop its leaves due to imperfect environmental conditions. This makes an inner tree less intimidating, but not less dramatic.

Similar to most ficus trees, the Alii should be placed where it will receive lots of indirect light. It does not do well with prolonged periods of direct sunlight; however, this plant will not tolerate low light conditions. The ideal is to place it directly in a window facing east or a few meters from a window facing south or west.

Ficus Alii prefers soil that is consistently and evenly moist. You only want to allow the top of the soil to dry between waterings, avoid excess water, since they are still susceptible to root rot. These plants do particularly well on self-filling containers.


Macho Fern (Nephrolepsis Biserrta ‘Macho’)

This sizeable inner plant has broad fronds growing outwards not unlike a Sideshow Bob’s hairstyle.

It’s one of the easiest and most robust ferns to take care of.

Humidity is key: a regular haze in addition to keeping the soil moist, but not soggy; is appreciated by the Macho fern. The bright light stained as she would receive in her original home of the rainforest will help this fern to thrive.


Kentia Palm

Rather slow growth, this large indoor plant requires a bit of nurturing but rewards you with beautifully sculptural foliage that makes a real statement in a space.

The soil must be very well-drained to avoid root rot and bright, indirect light is best – although tolerant to slightly lower light conditions.

African Milk Thistle (Euphorbia Trigona)

African Milk Thistle (Euphorbia Trigona)

For those who like things on the thorny side and have a spot that gets plenty of light and even a little morning sun, the Euphorbia trigona is a large indoor plant.

Soak deeply and allow the water to drain quickly and ensure that they can dry before watering again. African Milk Thistle can be re-packaged once a year if you want to see it grow. Fertilizing every few months will also encourage growth.

pine leaf

Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island pines do not require frequent fertilization, but when it does, use only half the recommended average rate.

Try to limit the times when you move your tree to a new container as they have a weak root system that can be hampered by jerky movements.

Norfolk Island pines only need to be transplanted every three or four years using a commercially available potting mix.

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