When It Comes to Houseplants, Size Matters. Do Yours Measure Up?
Not sure how to scale up your houseplant game? We’ve got recommendations.
Many of us became plant lovers over the last few years, hoping to bring the outside in as we stayed indoors. Now, it might be time to grow past the succulents and orchids to incorporate large houseplants into your collection.
“Large plants are definitely trending right now, and I’m seeing a lot of articles like how to grow a tree in your home,” says Erin Marino, editorial lead at The Sill. “People who are invested in plants probably got small plants because they were working in their home, and now they’re thinking of what to bring in their space to have even more of a statement, especially in winter.”
Most large houseplants are tropical, meaning they require more sun due to larger leaves, Marino explains. When choosing a houseplant, it’s important to understand where the light comes into your home so you can place light-loving plants as close to your windows as possible. Or try using a grow light in a space with low light.
However, placing plants near windows comes with the challenge of dealing with drafts. “You definitely want to keep in mind if you’re in a rental: Does your window have a heating system right next to it, or do you keep the window open because anything that will cause cold or hot drafts of air your plants won’t love? It’ll be more obvious if it gets sick,” Marino says.
Even so, large plants are can often be easier to care for than small plants. “Partially this is because of the volume of soil you keep them in—the larger the plant, the less quickly the soil will dry out and the less you’ll have to water it,” Marino explains. Instead of having to repot it every six months to a year, you could get away with repotting large plants every 18 months to two years.
For inspiration on large houseplants to bring into your home, check out Marino’s recommendations below.