When it comes to houseplants, bigger can definitely be better. Who doesn't love having a luscious, green plant as the focal point of a room? Not only are they beautiful, but they can fill up blank walls, awkward corners, and bring some life into an otherwise lackluster room.
Perhaps your green thumb isn't the best, or you just don't have the time to care for a ton of different, tiny plants in your home. No matter what the reason is, here are 11 large plants that are sure to look amazing in your space.
Filling your home with bright fronds is one way to make a statement. Majesty palms aren't only luscious and full, but they're also pretty easy to care for. They can survive in lower light conditions, but they'll thrive in bright indirect light. Just be sure to keep the soil moist during the spring and summer months.
Because of it's thin leaves, this is a plant that loves humidity, so consider keeping a humidifier or spray bottle close by.
Bird of Paradise
These lofty beauties are on seemingly everyone's plant wish list. Birds of paradise can grow over six feet tall indoors if given the right conditions. They thrive in bright direct light, making them perfect for south- or west-facing windows.
Known for it's fenestrated (or perforated) leaves, the monstera deliciosa is a bushy, tropical plant. It'll grow quickly in bright light and moist (but not sopping wet) soil. Plus, it's easy to propagate and share with friends. Simply snip at the base of the plant, making sure to include at least one node, and place it in water until roots form.
Known as one of the easiest houseplants to care for, the snake plant is a tall, spear-like plant that has beautiful variegation in its leaves. Placing it in a tall planter or midcentury-styled pot will not only literally elevate it, but help it fit in with your décor.
Plus, there are tons of snake plant varieties, meaning you can get whichever color way or type you like best.
Named for its large, umbrella-like leaves, this plant will grow tall and proud in just about any environment. Just be sure it has ample time to dry out between waterings, otherwise, the plant is susceptible to root rot. While you may see small versions of this plant in your local hardware store, some can grow to be up to 10 feet tall indoors.
Native to the desert, the yucca plant is used to harsh conditions with little water. When watering day comes around, make sure that you're allowing the pot to drain entirely and not letting the plant sit in any water. This desert dweller is quite susceptible to root rot. It also requires a decent amount of sunlight to grow big and tall. However, it can survive lower-light conditions.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Ah, the famous fiddle! This beautiful tree is known for its broad leaves and large stature, but it's also notoriously finicky. Once you find a spot where your fiddle is happy, let it be! It's not one for change. It does best in bright, indirect light, like in an east-facing window. If it gets too much light, you may notice brown spots start to appear on the leaves, which can be a sign of sunburn.
Fiddle's leaves tend to gather dust, so be sure to wipe them down with a damp cloth every now and again so it can properly photosynthesize.
Norfolk Island Pine
While this needled tree may look like it's related to the pine tree, it's actually more closely related to an orchid. Norfolk pines love bright light and humidity, meaning they'll do best in a warm, south-facing window. To increase humidity around the tree, consider using a pebble plate, which is a shallow dish with pebbles and water in it, to keep the air moist. Keeping it near other plants can also help it retain humidity.
The banana plant is often confused with a bird of paradise. While the two look awfully similar, they do require different care. Unlike birds of paradise, these plants are bushier and will grow leaves all the way up the stalk, not just one per arm. To keep them happy, place them in an area that gets full sun. When it comes to watering, try to avoid letting it get dry. Evenly moist soil will keep this one happy and healthy.
Just like other large-leafed plants, this one easily collects dust. Be sure to give it a good wipe down every week or so to keep it healthy.
You may normally think of large plants as trees, but sometimes the vining varieties will surprise you. Just about any pothos can grow rather large and bushy if given enough light and water.
If you want the leaves to be broader, consider staking your plant on a moss pole to mimic their natural environment—in the wild, pothos vines climb trees. Or, if you want to make a statement, try using clear plant clips on your wall to make it look like the vines are crawling their way across the room.
Okay, let's start by saying it takes years for a pancake plant to grow this large, but it's worth the wait. By regularly rotating your plant so it gets light on all sides, it'll bush out evenly and (hopefully) not end up leaning toward its light source.
When it comes to watering, make sure the plant is entirely dry before giving it a good drink. To make it appear even fuller, you can leave the pups (or baby plants) that sprout around the base of the mother plant. With regular watering and summer fertilizing, your baby pilea could be looking like the giant beauty above.