Spring is an incredible time to spruce up and invite more plant life into the home. Imagine not only bright blooms but gorgeous greens too. Indoor pot plants come in a variety of sizes, benefits and add their own character to any space. From their sweeping broad leaves to rich green hues, these plants are real winners.
Indoor pot plants
Creating and decorating a space isn’t complete without the presence of indoor pot plants. A plant not only adds a calming presence but adds a sophisticated touch to any room. To make sure you give your greens the best care, read all about the best practices, and watch a video for some tips and troubleshooting.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
The Fiddle Leaf Fig, scientifically known as Ficus lyrata, originally comes from Western Africa, specifically Cameroon and Sierra Leone. Its name was coined for its whimsical leaves shaped like violins. Their leaves can grow to about 30cm long and 15cm wide, and the plant can reach up to 12m tall in the wild.
The sweeping leaves add gorgeous focal features in a room, adding a fountain of green to a corner wanting for attention. Like any diva, this plant does come with some particular requirements. Make sure to keep it well misted to make it feel right at home, and water enough to keep the soil well and evenly moist. Once a week in winter and twice a week in summer should suffice. Place it around indirect lighting sources through the year, while providing decent care and you will have this glamorous green showing off nicely. To keep control of growth, just prune the tops to keep them at manageable heights. An important note – keep this plant away from pets who are prone to nibble, as well as children, as it is toxic to both pets and humans if ingested. For a quick guide for more care, listen to a special podcast to get the best tips and tricks to play this plant right.
Next on the list of indoor favourites is the delicious monster, known as Monstera deliciosa, or comically referred to as the Swiss cheese plant for the gaping holes in its broad leaves. This slice of jungle fun comes from the regions of Southern Mexico and Guatemala. In a maintained space, it can grow to 3m tall, with the leaves being able to grow to 30cm or longer. In its natural habitat, it can flourish up to 20m. Just be sure to give it enough room and the right care, and it will take up space in your home (and heart).
On that topic, in the plant’s early stages, the young leaves begin in the shape of a heart. As it matures, slits begin to develop and these turn into holes, living up to its iconic Swiss cheese look. A fun fact – it also bears fruit resembling a green corn cob, and these taste like a tropical hybrid of bananas and pineapples, which humans can eat. While the fruit is edible, please note the leaves are not and are considered poisonous. Be sure to keep them away from curious children and nibbling pets.
The delicious monster requires good lighting, but needs to be kept away from direct, harsh light. Although it can survive in moderate room temperatures, it prefers its native humid conditions. As the delicious monster only needs watering every one to two weeks, it’s a great option as a low maintenance house plant.
The last on the top three indoor pot plant list is the Rubber tree, which comes with many, many names. Scientifically known as Ficus elastica, it is commonly dubbed the Rubber Tree, Rubber Fig, Rubber Bush, Rubber Plant, Indian Rubber Bush, and Indian Rubber Tree. Its home traces all the back to Malaysia and India. The rubber plant produces broad, glossy, leathery-like leaves which grow to about 20cm long and 10cm wide, adding a generous green display to any space.
In the wild, this particular rubber tree can grow from 15 to 30m tall. When cut, it secretes a sticky, milky white liquid that dries into a basic form of rubber latex (hence the name). This sap is harvestable without causing harm to the plant – as seen in the 1900’s when this sap was used as a basic form of rubber. The sap also contains mucilage, a substance seen in Aloe Vera plants, which have a range of medicinal values. Last but not least, one of its many names ‘Rubber Fig’ comes from the fruit it produces. Considered as fake fruits, these little 1cm long figs are mostly ornamental as they are not edible. The rubber tree is the perfect fusion of fabulous and functional.
To incorporate and care for this lovely indoor plant, it requires regular re-potting every year. The rubber tree grows quickly, using the nutrients from the soil at a rapid rate. Enjoying bright light but without direct harsh sun, an easy solution is to have it near a window with a shaded curtain. Be sure the pot is well-drained and the soil feels dry before each dose of water. In the drier season, like arid summers or winters with space heaters, apply a daily misting to keep the air just right. For further care information, explore our guide for rubber plants.
Taking root in your home and heart
May your indoor pot plants enliven your home for many years to come. For additional information on these and other indoor plants, contact our experts for advice and ideas.