Large Indoor Plants

It is possible to grow large plants indoor, provided that, favorable conditions are provided to them. Palms, ficus, citrus and rubber tree are some of the commonly grown plants at home. There are many plants which can be grown indoors. One should look after the drainage needs and light requirements of indoor plants in order to facilitate proper growth. The information about various large indoor plants provided below would help in growing them at home.


Palm is known to have different shapes and sizes; these plants can reach a maximum height of 20 feet. Chinese Fan palms and Areca which grow to a height of 5-6 feet can also be grown at home. The needs of different palms vary according to the regions in which they originate. The desert palms for example, cannot survive if they are over-watered. Few other palm trees need a cool and moist environment. Unlike most of the palms, kentia and parlor are tolerant to low temperatures. These large leaf indoor plants need a well-drained and sandy soil.


The different types of citrus plants which can be grown indoors include lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, etc. Except for the Calamondin orange plant, most of the citrus plants can grow more than 6 feet in height. The citrus plants need to be protected from spider mites and vinegar flies. In the winter season, citrus plants require less amount of water and therefore, watering is recommended only if soil has dried out completely.

Norfolk Island Pine

The Norfolk Island Pine, as the name suggests is a subtropical plant. It thrives in a temperature range of 50°F – 70°F. The plant should be kept near windows, where it receives filtered sunlight in the morning. A mixture of sand, potting soil and peat moss should be for this pine tree. Organic fertilizers need to be used in the active growth phase.

Rubber Tree

The rubber tree is one of the large indoor house plants and can also be found in offices, malls, etc. Just like any other tropical plant or large indoor plants, low light and a well-drained soil is good for the growth of such plants. Scales and mealy bugs are the pests which affect the rubber tree. These pests feed on the sap of this plant and excrete honeydew, which results into the growth of sooty mold on the surface.


The genus, Dracaena contains 40 species of succulent herbs and trees. Most of the species of Dracaena have their origin in Asia and some of them are found in Africa & Central America. The Dracaena marginata needs very less floor space and is commonly used as a houseplant. This plant requires bright light and a well-drained soil that is watered moderately.


The basic requirements of the dieffenbachia plant are availability of consistent light throughout the year, high humidity and temperature in the range of 60°F – 70°F. Watering the plant when soil becomes partially dried is recommended for this plant.


The ficus plant grows well in an area which receives bright light. The amount of watering should be increased and lowered in summer and winter respectively. The soil should not become soggy from over watering; it is not good for the healthy growth of the plant. The growth of roots of ficus need to be checked periodically in order to determine whether it requires transplanting in a bigger pot.


The large indoor bamboo plants can be grown in containers having width of 24 inches and length equal to or greater than 24 inches. Depth of the container should be around 18 inches. The reason behind using the practice of container gardening is that the bamboo plant has shallow roots which grow laterally. Providing natural light to the bamboo plant is recommended. The Osmocote, which is a slow release fertilizer can be used for this plant. The bamboo needs plenty of water however, the soil used for growing the plant should be well-drained.

Among the different types of plants we grow at home, large plants have special needs. These plants which grow to a greater height than other plant types such as shrubs also have roots which grow deep. The water requirements of these plants too, should be taken into account for a healthy growth.