Are you looking for a tall houseplant that makes a statement? Large indoor plants can truly turn a house into a home, with bold greens and beautiful blooms.
Nothing says home to plant-lovers more than the lush foliage and towering stems of large houseplants. Turn that quiet or dull-looking corner into a show-stopping centrepiece or splash some colour into your living room with a tall indoor plant. Keep reading to find the perfect plant for you, today!
What are some ideal choices for large indoor houseplants? How can a large plant work in your living space?
Tall houseplants like palms and trees help to lift the eye level in a room and can add excitement to a whole corner when they reach significant heights. Try placing them on either side of a door, to be greeted by a balanced flash of green when you enter the room.
Some trailing plants or vines like Golden Pothos can be mounted onto a moss for height or left to descend from a bookcase, cupboard, fridge or stairwell for a jungle-like cascade.
Fast-growing tropical plants like the classic Swiss Cheese Plant or Bird of Paradise cope well indoors, have large leaves and the capacity to grow to a gigantic scale. In time, these large houseplants can take up quite a bit of space and become the undeniable focal point of a room.
According to NASA, plants can filter up to 90% of harmful toxins from the air, relieving allergy symptoms and respiratory issues. The bigger the better, we say - more clean air, please!
With the variety of tall houseplants on offer here at Bloombox Club, there’s something for everyone.
1. Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Nicolai)
Breathe life into those empty spaces with this stunning White Bird of Paradise.
Strelitzia nicolai has wide lush leaves that resemble those of the banana tree. In fact, it’s even been nicknamed Wild Banana! The common name refers to the gorgeous white flowers that are produced in the wild. It’s been known to bloom indoors with time and the right care. They are lush large indoor plants you certainly want to get your hands on.
How tall does a Bird of Paradise grow?
It can reach a whopping 20 feet in height when growing in the wild; and can also grow to be a super tall indoor plant, depending on space, with enormous leaves that fan from the centre.
How to care for a Bird of Paradise?
Keep this large indoor plant in a warm and sunny position, away from any draughts. They enjoy partial to full sun but try to avoid excessive sunlight as this can scorch the leaves.
Strelitzia prefers light, free-draining soil and enjoys moisture during hot weather. Fertilize or add compost every three months during the growing season.
Let this Bird of Paradise add a flourishing forest look to your home!
2. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
This classic large houseplant’s Latin name translates to “Delicious Monster” - and we agree! Inject some monstrously delicious greenery into your home with the Swiss Cheese Plant’s huge, characterful leaves. These are native to Mexico and Panama, and add a dramatic look to any home.
How tall can a Swiss Cheese plant grow?
Swiss Cheese Plants really do become giants - in their natural habitat they can reach an unbelievable 60 feet tall! They tend to reach about 8 feet in a home environment.
It’s great fun to watch the leaves developing their iconic fenestration over time. Let this beautiful monster take over your room!
Monstera looks great in a bedroom, towering high with its sculptural angles and dark glossy foliage. It’s fast-growing, low maintenance and good for beginners. No wonder they make such a popular must-have large houseplant!
3. Calamondin Orange tree
Create your very own home orangery with this beautiful Calamondin Orange tree. It’s a hybrid of Kumquat and Mandarin that originates in South Asia.
This tree will add charm to your living space, and with the burst of zesty colour from the fruits, it’s a stylish choice of tall houseplant for any home.
Suitable for both indoors and outdoors, the foliage stays green throughout the year.
The plant is more suited to warm climates but it can also grow in cooler areas provided they are frost-free. It thrives as an indoor container plant - try a plait basket for a rustic look.
How tall do Calamondin Orange trees grow?
When left to their own devices in nature, these trees can grow between 10 - 20 feet tall. When kept in containers and pruned, they can remain a much smaller size, if desired. They can also be repotted yearly to become a beautiful tall houseplant.
Place your Calamondin Orange by a window or next to a glass door for optimum light, and for showing off!
4. Kentia Palm
Wondering what could brighten up your living space, and looking for a tall houseplant with a care guide that suits your schedule? Kentia palm could suit you well.
Kentia Palm also has the wow factor. It’s a member of the palm family endemic to Lord Howe Island in the South Pacific. It’s the perfect plant for beginners and busy city-dwellers or jet setters. Easy care and super hardy, it doesn't need a lot of light and improves air quality! What more could you ask for?
How tall can a Kentia Palm grow?
They have the ability to grow to an incredible scale - enormous 18-metre tall specimens can be seen in the wild. Over time these can easily reach heights of 4 metres in an interior environment, with minimal care. They can grow to be tall indoor plants that cope with a sporadic watering schedule.
Fun fact: The British Royal family have given the Kentia palm their seal of approval! It was a preferred houseplant of Queen Victoria, who placed Kentia Palms in all of her royal residences.
5. Philodendron Imperial Red
The beautiful multi-tone Philodendron Imperial Red adds warm tones and rich shaded colours to the home.
The robust and elegant leaves are both leathery and glossy, varying from bright red to deep purple and a luscious dark green. Philodendrons originate from the West Indies and tropical rainforests of Central and South America. The Imperial Red is a new hybrid that was originally cultivated in Colombia.
They like bright, indirect sun and lots of warmth. Keep this beauty away from direct sunlight and draughty spots.
How tall do Philodendron Imperial Red get?
Philodendron Imperial Red reaches 3 feet by 3 feet, sometimes bigger! This tall houseplant is less of a giant than some others we’ve mentioned - so it doesn’t have to be placed on the floor. Give it pride of place on tables, desks, kitchen counters and other surfaces.
The Philodendron Imperial Red’s range of colours will add sophistication to your living space. With optimum humidity and warmth in there, why not keep one as a kitchen plant? Pair with the Atlantic pot for a quirky colour scheme.
6: Philodendron Florida
With a completely different look to its last family member, this extra-large houseplant, Philodendron Florida, splays out artistically, adding an outdoor feel to an indoor space.
What is the average size of a Philodendron Florida?
The height of a Philodendron Florida, if allowed to become a large indoor plant, ranges from 2 to 4 feet tall, and 3 feet wide. Place one in a spot with sufficient indirect light and plenty of space to keep growing to its full potential!
With love and care, they turn into excitingly tall houseplants.
The bright greens of the oak-like leaves give a refreshing, classic look and can make the plainest of white walls pop with their colour. It’s an evergreen and benefits from the support of a moss pole or zig-zag plant support. For a splash of ocean blue, it looks beautiful in the Seacliff plant basket.
How about making an interior design statement with two different types of philodendron?
Contrasting foliage is a great look in any room, so let these two philodendron varieties complement each other and bring a touch of jungle magic to your space.
7: Fiddle Leaf Fig
Oozing both minimalism and grandeur, the extra-large fiddle leaf fig is a classic large houseplant choice from the mulberry and fig family Moraceae that originates from Africa.
The violin-shaped leaves gave the fiddle leaf this name. It enjoys plentiful bright light and will add refinement to any room you choose for it, given the right care! Top tip - don’t let the roots sit in water, provide some humidity and plenty of sunshine.
How tall do Fiddle Leaf Fig trees grow?
Fiddle leaf figs can reach up to 12 feet in height with a spread of 4 feet!
Make a statement and put one in your office or next to a desk or workspace, especially if you work from home. Research has shown that plants may improve productivity and increase well-being in the workspace. Pick a large indoor plant with plenty of foliage for maximum greenery.
8: Elephant Ear 'Tiger' (Alocasia Zebrina Tiger)
The elephant ear tiger Alocasia is nature’s own design masterpiece - with groovy zebra-like patterns on its rhizomatic stems and the quintessential shiny, elongated leaves that Alocasia is prized for.
Alocasias like high humidity, bright indirect light, a good amount of warmth and lightly moist soil.
When the leaves reach full size, it’s understandable why these large indoor plants are called Elephant ears. They become thick and leathery with a darker green colour. These have a modernist, minimalist look with a funky twist. Impress your friends and guests with this unique-looking tall houseplant!
How tall does the Alocasia grow?
This will brighten up a room in an instant, and they can reach 3 feet high and 3 feet wide, spreading out in an arrangement reminiscent of a flock of birds.
9: Golden Pothos
The Golden Pothos can become a large houseplant, trailing long, or climbing tall. With stunning lime green leaves sporting yellow variegation, pothos can bring a glow to your design scheme.
Warm-up your living room with these bright tones. Just provide a good amount of indirect sunlight to make sure the variegated yellow leaves don’t fade to green, which they may in very low light conditions. Pothos likes plenty of warmth and lightly moist soil. They are relatively low maintenance plants, that don’t tend to be needy.
This golden Pothos from Bloombox Club comes gently tethered to a moss pole and with the hand-braided Seacliff basket.
How big can Golden Pothos get?
When allowed to trail, pothos can grow up to 10 feet long and can grow leaves that are 3 feet in length if trained to climb! Just replace the moss pole when it outgrows this one, and it will turn into an eye-catching tall indoor plant.
If you’re on a budget, you could even try a younger, smaller pothos plant and place it in a macrame plant hanger allowing it to trail over time.
10: Mrs Iceton Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)
The Codiaeum variegatum or extra-large houseplant, Mrs Iceton Croton, has leaves flecked with green, yellow, orange, and maroon. If there’s a tall houseplant that makes a statement, it’s this. They’ve been known as “Joseph’s coat” for their bold foliage in many colours. These evergreen shrubs are native to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Australia.
What is the average size of a Codiaeum variegatum?
Codiaeum variegatums can reach a height of around 10 feet, and though they’re generally much smaller as a houseplant, they’re still a relatively large indoor plant.
Croton needs lots of bright light, warmth, and humidity in order to thrive. They have a reputation for being fussy, so make sure you have a spot for them with ample light. Top tip: stand on a tray of moist pebbles for optimum humidity! This large indoor plant brings a beautiful autumnal look into your house with its gorgeous burn orange and red leaves.
So now you know about the many large indoor plants on offer at Bloombox Club that can make a bold statement. Whether you’re a host with the most, a workaholic or a hermit with a zen cave, create the ultimate home environment with huge plants to support your lifestyle, and don’t forget to think big!
Plants look great in arrangements with varying heights and scales, so mix and match these choices, or add some of your own and create something that’s unique to your space. Added height brings extra colour and higher air-purifying capacity, so start collecting, and watch your large houseplant babies grow to be taller than you!