Large house plants selected for those that require plants that grow taller than most or simply have larger and attractive leaves to improve a rooms décor.
Palms are a good choice because of their height. The kentia is very popular and is available to purchase from many garden stores. The arching fronds can grow up to 1ft in length and it’s possible for the plant to grow over 10ft tall. They are an easy plant to care for and maintain.
The heartleaf philodendron is a popular climber type plant grown indoors. To enable these to become large house plants you’ll need to grow them on a ‘moss stick’ which will encourage it to climb over 5ft tall. Glossy heart shaped leaves make them very attractive.
The Calathea zebrina is a plant I can suggest because of its large leaves rather that its height, although it will grow up to a meter tall. Other Calatheas also display large patterned leaves including the C. oranata and C. rosepicta from the Marantaceae plant family.
The braided trunk and attractive whorled leaves of the Pachira aquatica has made this species a popular house plant. Depending on how the plant was initially grown and trained determines the size, and you’ll find small bonsai types and much taller plants growing up to 10ft in height.
Plants from the Dieffenbachia genus have spectacular patterned large leaves. They can be grown up to 6ft tall or more. These are very sturdy and strong plants that are fairly easy to grow if enough light and humidity is given. The major downside for the dumb canes is they’re highly toxic.
Named cast iron plant because of its ability to withstand neglect, making it very easy to care for and maintain. They can grow as tall as a meter in height and display long shiny lanceolate leaves. Their popularity and ease of care has made them easy to find and purchase in garden stores and nurseries.
A climbing epiphyte species with aerial roots that meets the large house plants criteria is the Swiss cheese plant. These will grow over 10ft tall if grown correctly and trained. In their natural habitat they climb the trunk and branches of trees and within homes we mimic this with moss sticks.
The Bird’s nest fern displays large fronds that grow 2ft in length when given the correct conditions that can enable them to thrive. They’re ideal for displaying in conservatories and need enough light and humidity to grow well. Displayed close to other plants can improve the important humidity factor.
Rubber plants are very popular house plants that can grow over 5 – 10ft tall with the correct conditions, although indoors more than likely about 5 – 6ft. Large glossy ovate leaves grow from the semi woody stems. A number of F. elastica varieties are available that vary in appearance.
Elyssa Goins is an experienced house plant hobbyist who maintains over a hundred plants. She is a gardener, beekeeper, and a proud mother of four. She is a member of the American Horticultural Society, has a published study in the National Social Science Association, and loves to talk about her love of plants. For the past twenty years, she’s been all about growing and caring for various fruits, veggies, herbs, livestock, kids, and houseplants. Managing a big garden to feed four growing kids and raising dairy goats has taught her so much about being an excellent plant parent and now is her time to share with you.