Indoor tree plants have become famous for many reasons. Not only do they add vibrancy to a room, but they are also aesthetically pleasing. They improve the environment of the area that you place them. But, there are a few things you should consider when you choose an indoor tree plant.
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Here are the plants! As you can see, some of them are indoor tree plants that are safe for dogs/cats, and some of them aren’t! So, if you are a pet owner, keep that in mind:
- Fiddle Leaf Fig – Likes to live in a “constant warm temperature” environment. / Not pet-friendly!
- Rubber Plant – Keep away from the draft (away from open windows). / PET-FRIENDLY!
- Jade Plant – Loves bright sunlight (at least four hours per day). / Not pet-friendly!
- Parlor Palm – Prefers a humid growing environment. Moist soil, etc. / PET-FRIENDLY!
- Dumb Cane – Likes to receive indirect sunlight. / Not pet-friendly!
- Weeping Fig – Prefers indirect sunlight. / Not pet-friendly!
- Yucca – Easy plant that likes indirect sunlight. / Not pet-friendly!
- Money Tree – Grow in sandy, well-drained soil. / PET-FRIENDLY!
- Umbrella Tree – Likes humidity and bright indirect sunlight. / Not pet-friendly!
- European Olive Tree – Needs pruning if you want to grow it indoors. / PET-FRIENDLY!
Here we have listed ten indoor tree plants that are (in our opinion), the best of the best:
Or, if you notice that these plants aren’t something that you were looking for, don’t worry. We also have many other posts about plants and what to choose!
If you want to save space, then placing plants into hanging baskets might be your best bet. – 10 Best Plants For Your Hanging Baskets.
Do you want to beautify your home with flowers? Then our post – Indoor Flowering Plants: Make Your Home Colorful With These 15 Plants might have the info you need.
But if you are looking for the plants that survive in almost every home. – Best Indoor Plants: 7 Plants To Find The Best For Your Home.
1. Fiddle Leaf Fig
The fiddle leaf fig is an excellent plant to keep in a furnished room because it takes up more vertical space. It has large rubbery leaves that resemble a fiddle, hence the name. Fiddle leaf figs can be as tall as six feet (about 1,80 meters). This is why they are an excellent choice for tight corners, and they can adapt to the conditions they are placed in.
Keeping a fiddle leaf fig healthy, means that it should be provided with bright, uninterrupted sunlight. You can achieve this by placing it near a large window so that it receives enough sunlight. You should also turn the plant at least once a month to ensure it doesn’t begin to lean towards one angle.
Also, fiddle leaf figs should be watered when the soil has dried out. Once the soil has dried, water the plant until it begins to seep through the bottom of the pot. If the plants are overwatered, the leaves closest to the base of the tree will start to fall.
Fiddle leaf fig isn’t pet-friendly!
2. Rubber Plant
The rubber plant is a domestic plant that is found in many homes because it immediately brightens up the room that you place it. It’s beautiful rubbery, and waxy leaves make it a popular indoor tree plant. Found in shades of green, some rubber plant leaves have varying leave colors, such as reddish-black leaves. Once you understand how to regulate the light and water requirements for rubber plants, it becomes effortless to take care of this indoor tree.
Rubber plants thrive best when you give them ample but indirect sunlight, which isn’t too hot. If they receive direct sunlight, their leaves can burn and fall off. Placing rubber plants near large windows with light or sheer curtains is the best option. This way, the plant will receive indirect sunlight. When they are growing, rubber plants should be kept in moist soil. But, if the soil begins to drown in water, the roots of the plant can get damaged, and it may wither.
Make sure to avoid this by growing them in soil that drains well. These requirements change during their dormant season (winter), and the soil should not be too moist then. Additionally, rubber plants should also be misted to help the leaves absorb more sunlight.
RUBBER PLANT IS PET-FRIENDLY!
3. Jade Plants
Although they are not indoor tree plants, jade plants are succulents that resemble small indoor tree plants. Since they are much smaller than most indoor trees, you can place them anywhere in the house. They are also quite resistant and live for long if you provide the right amount of attention and care.
Since they are succulents, jade plants don’t need a lot of water. Their soil should be kept moist, especially during spring and summer, which is their growing season. But, during dormant stages of fall and winter, their soil should be between damp and dry. Jade plants rot if you over or underwater them, which is why it’s best to water them once you notice that the soil is dry.
You should grow jade’s in dry conditions, which is why they work great as indoor tree plants because they are typically grown in areas that are warm and have a dry climate all year round. They can’t thrive in frigid temperatures, and jade plants should not be kept in temperatures lower than 50℉ (about 10°C).
Jade plant isn’t pet-friendly!
4. Parlor Palm
One of the most popular choices for indoor tree plants, the parlor palm, is an indoor tree that you can find from workplaces and stores as well. The parlor palm is a tropical plant that doesn’t need as much maintenance as other palm tree plants, which is why you can keep it indoors. The parlor palm has many thin feathery leaves that arch outwards. The lush green leaves of the plant help freshen up whatever room you place it.
Since they are tropical palm plants, they should be kept in a warm area where they can receive ample sunlight. If they get enough sunlight, some parlor palms will produce small yellow flowers that can beautify the room you decide to keep them. They are great plants for beginners because they adjust and accommodate according to the environment.
PARLOR PALM IS PET-FRIENDLY!
5. Dumb Cane
The Dieffenbachia houseplant, commonly known as the dumb cane, is another popular indoor tree plant often kept in homes and offices. It’s large, and broad variegated leaves make it look so unique and beautiful. Because of its size, it tends to spread a lot, which is why it may require a little more space. Potting it in a plain white pot with drainage will help make its remarkable leaves stand out more.
The dumb cane doesn’t need intense direct sunlight, so you can keep it in shady areas too, as long as it receives indirect sunlight. This means that you can move it around the house. But, it’s not advisable to do so while the plant is still in its growing phase. You should water the plant when you see that the top part of the soil is dry, and make sure you pot it in well-draining soil.
You can also use fertilizers, especially when the plant is sprouting new leaves to help it grow, but this is not necessary. I don’t recommend this plant if you have young children or pets at your home since its leaves are poisonous.
Dumb cane isn’t pet-friendly!
6. Weeping Fig
The ficus tree, which is also known as the weeping fig, is a bushy evergreen tree that is a great indoor tree plant. This beautiful indoor tree plant has thin, slender branches that sprout leaves. A healthy weeping fig can grow up to six feet tall (about 1,80 meters) if nourished and grown well.
Ficus tree is one of the best trees to keep indoors because of its ability to remove toxins from the air, which in turn improves the air quality in your home.
You can keep a weeping fig in areas that receive ample but indirect sunlight most of the day. It’s preferable to keep this indoor tree somewhere that also gets shade in the afternoon. You can make sure this happens by placing the plant near a window with curtains which you can draw a few times throughout the day to make sure the plant doesn’t get too much light.
Since they are tropical plants, weeping figs don’t enjoy environments that are too dry, so consider keeping this plant if you have a humidifier in your home. The weeping fig also requires generous amounts of fertilizer for it to grow healthy.
The yucca plant is a simple yet attractive indoor tree plant to keep, especially if you prefer a minimalist aesthetic. It has long, narrow leaves that grow upwards, with sharp and pointed edges. The tree looks best in rooms with lower furniture because this indoor tree plant can grow to be more than six feet tall (about 1,80 meters)!
The yucca plant requires bright sunlight to grow well. If you don’t have windows or areas that get bright sunlight, you can keep the plant outdoors for a few hours per day so that it does receive enough sunlight. The yucca tree is an excellent plant to maintain as it improves the air quality of the house. But, take note that the tree does not thrive in drastic temperature changes as this can affect its growth.
8. Money Tree
Referred as the money tree, this is one of the most natural plants to keep indoors. The plant is popular because it is quite kill-proof! If you are a beginner or someone who often overwaters their plants, this is a tree that you should get for your home or apartment. It’s beautiful green leaves stem from intertwined branches that make it look unique.
The money tree requires reasonable amounts of sunlight daily as long as it is indirect and enjoys moisture. This means that you should water it twice or three times a week as long as it does not sit in water. But, even if you do overwater it a few times (accidentally), that won’t kill it or affect it the way overwatering affects most indoor tree plants.
The money tree doesn’t demand much fertilizer either. This is what makes the plant low-maintenance and the right choice for people who have never kept indoor tree plants before but would like to try to take care of plants. If potted in a beautiful pot, it can make a room look livelier.
9. Umbrella Tree
The umbrella tree is a plant that is great for people who don’t spend a lot of time at home and have difficulty maintaining and taking care of their plants. That is because the umbrella tree is a low maintenance plant. It is a versatile plant that can be kept short or grown to the ceiling, depending on your preference. Some umbrella trees sprout variegated leaves as well, which gives it a unique look.
Umbrella trees with green leaves don’t need much sunlight, which is why you can keep them indoors in shadier areas. They also tolerate lower temperatures; but, their variegated counterparts are much less tolerant. The plant can still survive if you forget to water it, but it usually enjoys moist soil.
On the other hand, If you overwater the plant, it will suffer from root rotting!
The umbrella tree is an excellent indoor tree plant to keep because it also helps to clean the air, freshening up the environment you keep them. People often complain that they do not live very long though, so If the leaves near the base of the plant begin to shed, it’s a sign of trouble.
10. European Olive Tree
European olive trees aren’t usually kept indoors but are great plants to maintain inside the house. Since they are usually grown outdoors, an indoor olive tree needs pruning so that it fits the house. Otherwise, getting a dwarf olive tree as an indoor tree plant is a good option, as well. Olive trees are the kind of plants that will make the house look more sophisticated and pleasing, which is why they are a great decorative plant.
Olive trees enjoy the light and need at least six hours of direct sunlight, which means that you should place them near a window – a south-facing window. But, if the leaves touch the window glass, they could burn. Before watering the olive tree, you should wait for the top part of the soil to dry out. You should also place it in soil and pots that ensure good drainage so that its roots do not stay immersed in water. They cannot be kept indoors for too long, though, and must be moved outdoors after a specific time so that they do not die.
What Is The Best Indoor Tree For Low Light?
If you’re worried that your plant won’t get enough sunlight, then I would suggest that you keep in mind these indoor trees that survive in a low light environment. Trees such as ficus Alii, norfolk island pine, corn plant, and the Madagascar dragon tree are excellent plants to consider.
If you want more info about these four plants, navigate yourself to this post on hunker.com.
What Indoor Tree Plants Are Easy To Grow?
This is one of the most popular questions, and it’s a great one because they suit perfectly for beginners. Plants that belong to this category are the jade plant, rubber plant, dumb cane, and the fiddle leaf fig.
Now that you know what indoor tree plants are among the best, I hope that you’ve been able to choose the best one(s) for your home or workplace. But if this is not the case, then let me give you a couple of recommendations based on your situation. If you consider yourself a busy person and won’t have a lot of spare time to take care of your plants, then I would suggest an umbrella tree or parlor palm. Or if you are a complete beginner, I recommend the money tree. Thank you for reading!
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