Plants are therapeutic, improve air quality and make a home feel welcoming and warm. Looking for plants to complement your indoor space? Or are you looking to add a pop of color? Big leaf plants are eye-catching and make a bold décor statement. These eight big leaf plants could be the perfect addition to your home!
Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)
The Monstera Deliciosa, also called the Swiss cheese, is one of the most beloved indoor big leaf plants. It gives a room a bold touch and can grow up to 5cm across. The name Swiss cheese is due to its large green foliage with holes and cuts resembling Swiss cheese. It requires bright to medium indirect light and well-drained soil. The plant is not suitable for cats and dogs. The plant has a variety called the Albovariegata with white and green leaves. This variety is so rare and expensive that it once sparked an online bidding war.
Banana Tree Plant
Looking to add a big leaf plant in a bright room? The banana tree is suitable for pets and thrives as a houseplant. It is famous for its fast-growing tropical foliage. The leaves grow two feet wide, nine feet long, bringing vibrant green color to the space. They thrive indoors because they cannot withstand cold temperatures below 53.6 Fahrenheit. The banana tree requires moist soil and bright natural light for growth. Artificial light is also enough as it serves the same purpose.
Birds of Paradise
For those who love flowers, the Birds of Paradise is one to consider as an indoor big leaf plant. It has big green glossy banana-shaped leaves that grow in layers. For a matured plant, it grows up to six to seven feet tall and four feet wide. It is often considered the queen of indoor plants as it adapts to direct and indirect sunlight. In direct sunlight, it flourishes to produce flowers adding color to your home. The flowers resemble a bird in flight hence the name, Birds of Paradise. The soil should always be moist and watered when the topsoil is dry for these plants to flourish. Unlike the banana tree, this plant is toxic to pets, e.g., cats, dogs, horses, and humans.
Rubber Tree (Ficus Elastica)
The rubber tree is a popular indoor plant with a foliage texture that looks elastic and waxy. The leaves grow to 14 inches long and come in different shapes and colors. Some have purple, red, and white strokes, a touch of bronze, and more. Although the plant requires bright direct sunlight, excessive sunlight may burn its leaves. They are low maintenance hence making them popular indoor plants. Rubber tree plants can be mildly toxic to dogs, cats, and humans.
African Mask Plant (Alocasia Amazonica)
It is one of the most unique big leaf plants growing up to 30cm long. The leaves are slow growers and are arrowhead or heart-shaped. The underpart of the leaf is deep purple and needs regular watering to prevent it from turning brown. If overwatered, they tend to turn yellow. The plane thrives under bright and indirect light and is toxic to people and pets.
Round Leaf Plant (Calathea Orbifolia)
The round leaf plant is a type of prayer plant with large, almost perfectly round leaves. They have a glossy look with grooves alternating from bright and dark green. The plants thrive in high humidity with bright indirect light. So, for regions with low humidity, it may be challenging to keep the plant indoors. The round-leaf plant is pet friendly.
Elephant Ear Plant
These plants have large leaves hence the name elephant ears, that grow up to three feet long. The plants can be green or dark purple depending on their variety. These plants complement a large room, especially the black coral variety. The plants need indirect light to thrive and well-drained, moist soil. The plant can be toxic and should be kept away from small children and pets.
Ruffled Fan Palm
The ruffled fan is a palm tree that brings uniqueness to a home. The plant resembles a Chinese heart-shaped hand fan. The leaves reach up to 22 inches across, hence the name. They are bright green with greenish-yellow flowers. Maintaining the plant is easy as it does well in bright to medium indirect sunlight. Add a sheer curtain on the window to prevent direct sunlight from reaching the plant. It is a rare plant that requires well-drained soil and always water when the topsoil has dried.
How To Keep The Leaf Shine For Big Leaf Plants
Plants have specific care requirements to prevent yellowing and death. Clean the leaves with a soft cloth to keep them shining. You can also give your plants a short room-temperature shower to help remove the surface dust. Clean with soapy water or vinegar for deep cleaning to remove residue and build-up.
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