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13 Common Indoor Plants With Big Leaves

Indoor plants with big leaves offer a feeling of comfort. Naturally, people have an ingrained craving to surround themselves with plants with big leaves. They create a natural indoor which aids in tapping into the essence of the outdoors.

If you are concerned about a plant dying, then do not worry since there are hundreds of plants that grow indoors. Indoor plants with big leaves are a natural beauty to your living area and here are some of them.

Read also: Do Indoor Plants Purify Air?

1. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)

Swiss Cheese Plant is an easy-to-grow indoor plant with big leaves.

This tropical indoor plant is intolerant of wet soil and direct sunlight. Because of this, put your plants in place with average humidity and moderate light.

Moreover, you can use rich, well-drained soil that cannot dry completely. An alternative would be to use an excellent soilless recipe since it is also known to work well.

You can supply your plants with any house plant feed at standard strength, not more than once a month during phases of active growth. This will cause your plant to produce new, lush green growth.

Be sure to keep children and pets away from the leaves and roots of this plant since they are toxic.

2. Yucca (Yucca elephantipes)

Apart from being drought tolerant, this plant is good at filtering indoor air and adding a desert look to your living room.

Yucca needs watering only when the soil is dry, making it easy to take care of.

Additionally, this plant can thrive in many soils, including alkaline, acidic, sandy, loamy, and clay. Ensure the soil is well-drained, and you will be good to go. Also, you can keep your plant in places with sufficient sunlight.

Be careful with this plant if you have pets in your home since it is toxic to animals.

3. Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)

It is a tropical, broad-leaved indoor plant popular in many households.

Strelitzia nicolai can tolerate well-drained acidic, slightly alkaline, sandy, loamy, as well as clay soils.

Also, they can tolerate part sun/part shade and full sun. For excellent performance, you can place your plant in a  room with sufficient light, preferably 4 to 5 hours of sunlight.

Water your plant well and avoid letting the soil dry entirely or get soaked.

Giant Bird of Paradise is non-toxic to humans but toxic to horses, dogs, and cats. 

4. Jade Plant (Crassula argentea)

Jade plants are both succulents and trees with the capacity to purify the air in your room.

These indoor plants with big leaves quickly grow in pots as long as the soil is kept moist. You can use only water when the soil is arid.

Additionally, the plants can adjust to different light conditions; therefore, you can put them anywhere in your rooms.

Also, Jade plants can tolerate loamy, slightly alkaline, acidic, and sandy soil. Nonetheless, the soil should be fast-draining since these plants dislike sitting on the water.

You can supply your plants with a weak solution of liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing season to maintain their vigor.

This plant is toxic to pets, especially dogs and cats. So, avoid interaction between the plant and your pets.

5. Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)

Do you need a beautiful and exotic tropical look indoors? Well, Kentia palm is the best option for you!

This indoor plant can adapt to a wide range of soils, including acidic, slightly alkaline, loam, sand, and clay, as long as they are well-drained. It is considered to be moderately tolerant to drought.

Therefore, you can water it only when the soil feels dry.

Nonetheless, they cannot withstand severe dryness or continual over-watering, particularly in winter.

Kentia palm tends to do well in bright light but grows under low light.

6. Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea Elegans)

These indoor plants with big leaves can quickly grow with low water and light requirements.

Moreover, Parlor palms are easily affordable compared to other palms. You can plant your palm in a tall container with well-drained potting soil for best performance.

You can feed your plant once every two weeks with a fish emulsion or liquid fertilizer. Do this during the growing season.

When applying fertilizer, use half as much as the recommended amount in the directions to prevent salt build-up.

Parlor palms are non-toxic to both humans and animals. 

7. Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)

This is a plant that you would not want to miss in your home. Rubber plants soften modern rooms and bring a sense of sophistication to casual spaces. It has large, deep green, glossy or variegated leaves.

Rubber plants are easy to grow. The plant will not disappoint if you have well-aerated and well-draining potting soil.

For good performance, you can use 1-part coarse sand (or perlite), 1-part pine bark, and 1-part peat.

Additionally, ensure that your plants get moderate to bright light but not direct sun.

Supply your plant with a diluted liquid fertilizer every two weeks during summer and spring to keep it healthy.

You can maintain the glossy clean, dust-free look by using a soft cloth or sponge and tepid water to clean your plant.

The most popular indoor species include F. elastica burgundy/black prince, F. elastica robusta, and F.elastica decora.

Rubber plants are toxic to both humans and pets. If you have pets and small children at your house, be cautious to keep them from ingesting the leaves of this plant.

8. Lacy Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum)

Lacy leaf philodendron is among the more than 400 varieties of philodendron. It is a colossal glossy-leaved, easy-to-grow indoor plant with the capacity of stretching to as much as 6 feet wide.

This plant can eliminate air pollutants like benzene and formaldehyde from interior environments.

The plant thrives in moderate light and sufficient moisture. Therefore, water it only when the topsoil dries.

Lacy Leaf philodendron is sensitive to salt and prefers organic soil/potting mix that is slightly acidic.

Take caution that this plant is toxic to both dogs and cats.

9. Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)

These indoor houseplants are tall and broad-leaved, excellent in adding an elegant touch to your office or room.

Although they are not easy to keep alive, loving and caring for them may cause them to survive.

Fiddle Leaf Fig is the best fit for different types of lighting; therefore, they can withstand both indirect and direct sunlight.

Water your plants regularly but be sure to avoid overwatering. Unlike some other ficus trees, the Ficus lyrata does not have a pressing need for fertilizer.

You can supply your plant with a diluted liquid fertilizer once a month during summer and spring. An alternative would be to use Fiddle Leaf Fig Organic Fertilizer Spikes.

This plant takes a long time to grow big. To fasten its growth rate, begin with a bigger plant. Avoid moving it around after finding a suitable place for the plant in your living room since the leaves may fall off.

This plant is toxic to both animals and humans. Avoid ingesting it or letting your pets chew on it.

10. Fishtail Palm (caryota)

Fishtail palm is a tropical houseplant with an outstanding profile of fishtail-like leaves that can transform your living room into a fancy tropical look.

This plant can withstand different types of soil ranging from alkaline, acidic, clay, sandy, and loamy.

Notwithstanding the type of potting mix, ensure that it is well-drained. Same as any other palm plant, fishtail palm has specific nutritional needs.

You can supply your plant with palm fertilizer at the average quantities recommended on the label.

Additionally, you can water your palms before applying fertilizer to prevent the root burn that fertilizer salts might cause.

Fishtail palm thrives under moderate to bright light.

Avoid chewing Fishtail palm leaves since they contain needle-like calcium oxalate crystals. These crystals can cause a burning sensation in the mouth when you chew them. They can also cause dermatitis, itching, and burning if they contact your skin.

11. Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)

The twisted trunk and sprawling leaves of the Money tree would be a big boost to the elegance of your home.

This great and lovely indoor plant tends to do well in medium to bright indirect sunlight and little watering (preferably when the topsoil is dry or once a week).

For best performance, use a well-draining sand, peat-based soil. You can place your Money Tree near a bathroom since it loves humidity.

You can feed your money tree monthly in summer and spring while actively producing new leaves. A general houseplant food diluted by half can be a good feed for your houseplant.

Although there is no evidence for this, a money tree is perceived to bring good luck for finances, and maybe it could just be what you need!

The Money tree is non-toxic to humans and animals, so it will not hurt your dogs or cats.

12. Calamondin Orange Tree (Citrus mitis)

Calamondin Orange Trees are evergreen indoor trees that produce edible fruits and supply a good lemon fragrance to your home.

Although the calamondin fruits are hard to digest and very acidic, their color adds a great touch of beauty to any household.

For good performance, expose your plant to bright sunlight. However, LED grow lights can also work if you live in places with less sunlight or during winter.

When it comes to fertilizing calamondins, use fertilizers specifically made for them. Fertilize them when they are actively growing, particularly from April to September. Use half the recommended strength of fertilizer to avoid salt build-up.

Calamondin orange tree is toxic to horses, cats, and dogs.

13. Umbrella Tree (Schefflera amata)

The Umbrella tree is the bigger-leaf version of the classic umbrella plant. This plant is easy to care for and requires medium to bright indirect light and standard watering.

When you water your plant, ensure the soil is well watered and the excess water allowed to drain off. It is better to keep the soil dry since wet soil can cause root rot.

During winter, you can feed your plant with a fish emulsion that has been diluted to half strength or Liquid kelp.

Also, a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer (5-5-5) works well. You can conduct another application in the summer if your umbrella tree needs one.

Avoid fertilizing your houseplant in winter or late fall since these are their resting time.

Take caution if you have children and pets in your home since this house plant is toxic to both humans and animals.

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