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Indoor Tropical Plants

Plants that are native to tropical climates are ideal for growing indoors as houseplants because they thrive in consistently warm temperatures found in homes.
Some of the most popular indoor tropical plants are listed here.

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1. Yucca

 Yucca

 

Scientific Name: Yucca elephantipes or Yucca guatemalensis

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8-11

Mature Size: Up to 30 feet tall outside, up to eight feet tall inside

Light: Full sunlight to bright indirect light

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining, sandy, gritty

This tree is native to tropical parts of the Americas and the Caribbean, so it is accustomed to warm climates. This makes it ideal for growing as a houseplant, where it thrives in consistently warm temperatures of between 70 and 80°F. In winter, it can tolerate temperatures as low as 45°F over night.

In its native habitat, this plant can grow as tall as 30 feet, but when kept in an indoor container, it will rarely exceed 8 feet. These are slow-growing plants that can remain small for many years and work well as floor plants.

The Yucca features a chunky trunk and a spray of lance-shaped green foliage at the top. These leather-like leaves are very decorative, though they can be toxic if eaten by pets. This is a low care and low-maintenance plant, which can survive long periods of drought.

They natively grow in desert habitats and so do well in sandy, gritty soil. They should be grown indoors in full sunlight or bright, indirect light and watered fairly infrequently. The most common cause of death for this plant is overwatering, so err on the side of caution.


2. Fiddle Leaf Fig

 Fiddle Leaf Fig

 

Scientific Name: Ficus lyrata

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10-12

Mature Size: Up to 50 feet tall outside, up to ten feet tall inside

Light: Bright indirect light to partial shade

Water: Average moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining

These popular houseplants are native to tropical regions of Africa, where they are accustomed to warm and humid environments. They can thrive when grown indoors but take a little more care and effort to meet their demands. They prefer moderate lighting; direct light will scorch their leaves, while low light will stunt growth. They are best situated in bright, indirect light. They should be kept in well-draining soil and watered regularly.

Fiddle leaf figs can wilt easily if they do not receive adequate moisture, but they are also vulnerable to root rot if overwatered. These plants need a good level of humidity to thrive, so use a humidifier, a pebble tray, or mist them at least once daily. Temperature fluctuations can upset this plant, so aim to keep the temperature steady and keep the plant away from drafts.

Despite its demanding nature, this tree is hugely popular as a houseplant, probably due to its visually stunning appeal. It has enormous violin-shaped leaves that are heavily veined. In its native habitat, it can grow to around 50 feet tall but indoors will typically top out at ten feet. This plant needs adequate space to grow and is usually kept in a floor pot.


3. Rubber Tree

Rubber Tree

 

Scientific Name: Ficus elastica

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10-12

Mature Size: Up to 100 feet tall outside, up to ten feet tall inside

Light: Bright indirect light

Water: Maintain moist soil

Soil: Well-draining

The rubber plant is native to tropical areas of Southeast Asia but is commonly grown as an indoor houseplant in cooler climates around the world. It produces large oval leaves, which can grow to cover a huge canopy of up to 100 feet when grown in its natural habitat, but indoors will typically grow to a maximum of between six and ten feet.

It is an easy plant to care for as long as a good balance of conditions is met. It can tolerate morning sun, but otherwise should be kept in bright, indirect light to avoid leaf scorch. Too little light will lead to dull foliage. The soil should drain well and be kept slightly moist. Overwatering is bad for this plant, but it also doesn’t fare well in dry soil. Rubber plants enjoy high humidity levels and should be kept away from cold drafts.


4. Swiss Cheese Plant

Swiss Cheese Plant

 

Scientific Name: Monstera deliciosa

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10-12

Mature Size: Up to 30 feet tall outside, up to 10 feet tall inside

Light: Bright, indirect light

Water: Average moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining

This plant is native to the tropical rainforests of Central America, where it is a climbing evergreen, often growing up the trunks of trees. In its natural habitat, it reaches around 30 feet tall, but indoors has a mature height of between six and ten feet. This popular houseplant produces large, heart-shaped leaves, which can have multiple fenestrations, and gives cause to the name ‘swiss cheese plant,’ which is a cheese famous for having holes in it.

The Swiss Cheese plant is an easy-care houseplant that thrives in bright indirect light and moist, well-draining soil. Allow the soil to dry out between each watering, and check this simply by dipping a finger a few inches into the soil. Ideally, indoor swiss cheese plants should be moved outdoors for at least a few weeks a year in the summer, as this will greatly encourage more lush growth, though be sure to check for pests before you move the plant back indoors.

These plants produce long aerial roots that some people find unsightly. Avoid cutting these off, and instead, tuck them back into the pot, or gather them around the back of the plant and tie them loosely with a clip.


5. Flamingo Flower

Flamingo Flower

 

Scientific Name: Anthurium andraeanum

USDA Hardiness Zone: 11.-12

Mature Size: Up to 2 feet tall

Light: Bright, indirect light

Water: Maintain moist soil

Soil: Well-draining

Also known as ‘flamingo lily’ or ‘painter’s palette,’ this tropical plant is native to Ecuador and Colombia. It reaches a maximum height of two feet, whether grown indoors or outdoors. The appeal of this plant is predominantly in its bright red glossy flowers, which in fact, are not true flowers at all. The red ‘petals’ of this plant are actually spathes, which is like a large sheath surrounding the real inner flower. This plant is able to bloom almost continuously in ideal conditions, bringing color and interest to your interior all year round.

The plant is accustomed to life in the rainforest, and therefore is reliant upon a high level of humidity to thrive. Mist the houseplant daily or set it on a pebble tray to increase humidity levels. In low humidity, the red spathes can lose their sheen and appear dull and lifeless.

The flamingo flower should not be positioned in direct sun as its heart-shaped foliage can scorch, though it does rely on plenty of sunlight to produce flowers, so situate it in bright, indirect light. The soil that this plant grows in should be kept moist to the touch but not wet. Overwatering will cause the leaves to become brown and drop.


6. Dumb Cane

Dumb Cane

 

Scientific Name: Dieffenbachia sp.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10-12

Mature Size: Up to 10 feet tall

Light: Bright indirect light

Water: Average moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining

Dumb cane plants cover an entire genus called Dieffenbachia. These plants originate from South America and the Caribbean, favoring warm temperatures that are easily achieved in homes. The most common varieties of dumb cane are Dieffenbachia seguine, which is native to Brazil and produces large green foliage splashed with yellow and cream, and Dieffenbachia maculata, which produces 8 inch long leaves in various variegations.

These plants can grow to ten feet in height but are fairly slow-growing that makes them excellent houseplants. As tropical natives, these plants enjoy high humidity and consistently warm climates. They should be kept away from cold drafts as this can cause lower leaves to drop. During winter, the dumb cane should be kept in bright light to ensure its exposure needs are met, but during spring and summer, it is best kept in bright indirect light to avoid the leaves burning.

Potting soil should be well-draining so that the roots are not sitting in wet or soggy soil, as this will lead to root rot. Aim to water the plant generously but allow the top few inches of the soil to dry out between waterings. This is a popular houseplant that has attractive variegated foliage but should be treated with caution as the sap is toxic and can cause alarming reactions if it comes into contact with the skin or is ingested.


7. Umbrella Plant

Umbrella Plant

 

Scientific Name: Schefflera sp.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10-11

Mature Size: Up to 40 feet tall outside, up to eight feet tall inside

Light: Bright, indirect light

Water: Average moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining

This easy-care plant is native to Taiwan and Australia. It is commonly known as the umbrella plant because it produces tall, upright stalks and spreading, drooping foliage that resembles the look of an umbrella. Indoors, this plant has high lighting needs but should not be kept in direct sunlight to avoid scorching.

The soil of the umbrella tree needs to be well-draining and allowed to completely dry out between waterings. The most common way to kill this plant is by overwatering it, so take care to avoid wet or waterlogged soil. It needs consistently warm temperatures and high humidity to thrive. The umbrella plant should be kept away from cold drafts, as sudden temperature changes can cause leaf drop.


8. Kentia Palm

Kentia Palm

 

Scientific Name: Howea forsteriana

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9-11

Mature Size: Up to 10 feet tall

Light: Bright light to shade

Water: Average moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining

These graceful palms are native to islands in the South Pacific. They also go by the common names of ‘sentry palm’ and ‘paradise palm.’ These plants produce bright green, arching foliage, which adds a tropical feel to an interior when grown as a houseplant. These are some of the most popular palms grown indoors because they are simply so easy to care for. They are tolerant of almost any lighting position, including shade, and grow so slowly that they don’t take up much space at all. They are fairly cold tolerant and will not die if subjected to the occasional draft (though they do prefer consistently warm conditions).

As far as palms go, the kentia palm is pretty easygoing and will reward you with lush, exotic-looking foliage. Ideally, they should be grown in bright indirect light, but they will also adapt to shade and full sun. Good drainage is essential to this plant because it does not like to sit in wet soil. Instead, aim to allow the soil to dry out between each watering. Mist it daily to maintain a high level of humidity; low humidity or prolonged drought will cause the tips of the leaves to brown.


9. Madagascar Dragon Tree

Madagascar Dragon Tree

 

Scientific Name: Dracaena marginata

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10-12

Mature Size: Up to 20 feet tall outside, up to ten feet tall inside

Light: Bright indirect light

Water: Average moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining

As you may guess from the name, this plant is native to Madagascar, as well as Mauritius. In its natural habitat, it can grow to 20 feet tall, though indoors, it will reach a maximum of ten feet, but most commonly no more than six feet. It produces attractive foliage, with stiff sword-shaped leaves that are deep green edged in purple-red.

These make excellent starter plants for indoor gardeners as they are so easy to care for. They are best grown in bright indirect light, though they will survive in low light. Bright direct light should be avoided as this can scorch the leaves. Grow the plant in well-draining soil, allowing the top few inches of soil to dry out before you water it again. The Madagascar Dragon tree will typically perform well in average household humidity, though it will benefit from misting or a pebble tray if you wish.

 

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