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10 Large Indoor Plants to Grow this Year for All Skill Levels

No matter if you are a beginner or seasoned gardener, these next ten large indoor plants will steal the show for sure without much of an effort from your part!

10 Large Indoor Plants for Anyone to Grow

Large indoor plants have something spectacular about them, no matter how much we love our neat and composed potted houseplants. They become true centerpieces, bringing a room together and giving it an exotic flair.

But how hard is it to host oversized plants in the house if you are a beginner? Can you muster enough courage to bring home an indoor tree or should you stick to your miniature flowering succulents for now? Today, we have a guide to some of the best large indoor plants to grow indoors no matter how green your thumb is! We will offer you some insight into their care as well so you can start on the right foot!

1. The ZZ Plant

Medium sized zz plant

We have talked about the ZZ Plant before when we presented you with some of the hardest to kill houseplants to grow at home or at the office. This legendary plant is an excellent addition to any living room or bedroom, as its slick figure and glossy foliage put on a fantastic green show.

The ZZ Plant can grow up to five feet in perfect conditions, but in indoor settings, it can grow up to 2-3 feet. Remember that this plant loves some shade and is drought resistant, so it makes a nice large indoor plant to grow even if you don’t have any gardening skills.

Light requirements

Light Requirements

Loves bright, indirect light, but also thrives in low-light conditions
Water requirements

Water Requirements

Draught resistant, don’t overwater it
Difficulty

Difficulty

Easy

2. Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)

large indoor plants fiddle leaf fig tree

This tall and broad-leafed indoor tree is perfect for homes sporting different types of lighting. It does require some patience from your part, as its maintenance is moderately challenging. Its soil needs good drainage and plenty of nutrients. The Fiddle Leaf Fig is an excellent indoor tree if you offer it your love and passion for all things natural. In return, it will spoil you with its glossy green foliage and a height that might reach 10 feet indoors.

Light requirements

Light Requirements

Loves bright, indirect light
Water requirements

Water Requirements

Moist soil works the best
Difficulty

Difficulty

Moderate

3. The Snake Plant (Sansevieria spp.)

Snake Plant in a pot

One of the most resilient large indoor plants to grow in your home, the Snake Plant makes a powerful statement in any living room or bedroom. Growing it comes with plenty of benefits: it cleans and purifies the air around and is incredibly forgiving, even if you forget to water it from time to time. According to research,

Sansevieria removes at least 107 known air pollutants, including carbon monoxide and nitrogen monoxide, formaldehyde, chloroform, benzene, xylene, and trichloroethylene among many others. It also produces copious amounts of oxygen throughout the night, making it an excellent plant to keep in the bedroom.

The Snake Plant can grow up to 4 feet tall, depending on the Snake Plant variety you choose. As long as you don’t overwater it, you are good to go!

Read our Snake Plant Care Guide

Light requirements

Light Requirements

Works best with natural light
Water requirements

Water Requirements

Moderate watering, once a month in the cold season
Difficulty

Difficulty

Easy

4. The New Zealand Laurel (Corynocarpus laevigatus)

Corynocarpus Laevigatus Indoor

This is an excellent tree to grow both outdoors and inside the house. It can reach 25 to 40 feet in height in natural conditions. Rest assured, it will not grow as tall when you keep it in a pot in the living room. On the other hand, you will very much enjoy its dense, attractive oblong dark glossy green foliage. A statement piece in any home, the New Zealand Laurel – also known as a Karaka tree – is one of the best large indoor plants to grow no matter your skill level.

It grows best in homes featuring plenty of indirect light and a warm environment. It appreciates watering and some fertilization in spring, but don’t overdo it with either water or fertilizers.

Fun fact, this large indoor plant yields some delicious berries that are toxic if you don’t cook them properly. We don’t recommend you try unless you learn how to prepare Karaka berries the right way.

Light requirements

Light Requirements

Indirect light is best
Water requirements

Water Requirements

Moderate watering
Difficulty

Difficulty

Easy to moderate

5. Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

bird of paradise plant

Now, this is an impressive indoor oversized plant if we ever saw one. A piece of an exotic jungle tree in a pot, you could name it. Speaking of hosting some jungle vibes in your living room, this plant goes best with minimalist designs and fares well in open spaces, as it can reach a staggering 6 feet height in the right circumstances. While you may not enjoy its flowers in “captivity,” you will love its foliage and turn the pot into the accent piece in your living room.

Light requirements

Light Requirements

Fares well in bright light
Water requirements

Water Requirements

Regular watering, keep the soil moist
Difficulty

Difficulty

Moderate

6. The Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

large indoor tree parlor palm

Speaking of exotic jungles in your home, the next large indoor plant to consider this year is the Parlor Palm. When it comes to the best palm trees to grow inside the house, you cannot get better than this one. In case you did not know, this is a bestselling plant on Amazon and for all the right reasons: it tolerates shade pretty well and will forgive you if you forget to water it sometimes. It is more than affordable and pet-friendly. It can reach up to 4 feet in height, but you will have to wait a few years.

Light requirements

Light Requirements

Bright, indirect light, but tolerates shade
Water requirements

Water Requirements

Keep the soil moist
Difficulty

Difficulty

Easy

7. The Lemon Tree (Citrus Limon)

large indoor plants lemon tree

The problem with growing lemon trees indoors is that not all domestic ones actually make lemons. They do need plenty of care and attention to yield fruit. Nonetheless, if you want something truly exotic in your house, a lemon tree is the answer. A true lemon tree can grow up to 10 feet in height – even taller – but it will not reach such dimensions in a living room.

Check out our full guide on how to grow and care for a lemon tree indoors, as it needs your full attention and some specific conditions. Just like with other citrus trees, your lemon tree will enjoy the full power of the sun for at least 6 hours in a row, a little fresh air, and a larger pot as it grows.

⇒ Read our Guide on How to Grow a Lemon Tree from Seed

Light requirements

Light Requirements

Bright, direct sunlight
Water requirements

Water Requirements

Moist soil, don’t overwater
Difficulty

Difficulty

Moderate to hard

8. Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria Heterophylla)

indoor pine tree

Next on our list of large indoor plants to grow is the Norfolk Island Pine, a true challenge for the seasoned indoor gardener. This tree sports delicate soft needles that will fall (and never regrow) if you don’t take good care of it. When you host one indoors, it can reach up to 6 feet in height, but only after a few years. It fares the best in homes with some humidity.

Since it doesn’t tolerate well dry indoor air, you should mist it daily. If you don’t water it or overwater it, the Norfolk Island Pine will get grumpy and shed its needles. Place it next to a window facing south or west and don’t change its lighting conditions. We told you this was for the seasoned and patient gardeners!

Light requirements

Light Requirements

Bright, indirect light
Water requirements

Water Requirements

Moist soil, don’t underwater or overwater
Difficulty

Difficulty

Hard

9. Yucca Tree (Yucca Elephantipes)

Yucca Tree large indoor plants

An indoor tree acting like a succulent? Yes, please! Next on our list of best large indoor plants to grow this year, we have the Yucca Tree, an excellent choice for beginner gardeners. Check out our complete guide on how to grow and care for Yucca trees indoors, as you need a few pointers before you bring one home.

For instance, a smaller variety can grow up to 4 feet tall, it needs very well-drained soil and proper lighting. If you don’t have enough windows, consider some extra artificial lighting for your Cane Yucca tree, as it can get fussy in the lack of proper light.

Light requirements

Light Requirements

Bright, indirect light
Water requirements

Water Requirements

Moist soil, don’t underwater or overwater
Difficulty

Difficulty

Moderate to hard

10. Split Leaf Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa)

Split-leaf philodendron large indoor plants

Last but not least, on our top best large indoor plants to grow this year is a crowd favorite: Monstera, or the Split Leaf. This tropical indoor plant is easy to grow and able to reach up to 9 feet when you care for it properly. It is a robust, voluminous plant with attractive foliage that will make a statement in any room you place it.

Just make sure you put it in a relatively open space. If you want to learn more about this plant’s growth and care, check out our full guide here!

This plant needs at least 12 inches on either side to yield those incredible dark, glossy, large leaves. Monstera is one of the best shade plants to grow at home or in the office. And, since it loves a bit of humidity, it also makes one of the best large indoor plants to keep in the bathroom for an out-of-the-box interior design!

⇒ Read our Guide on the Most Popular Philodendron Types

Light requirements

Light Requirements

Low to medium light, filtered
Water requirements

Water Requirements

Moist soil, allow it to dry in between watering sessions
Difficulty

Difficulty

Easy to moderate

Large Indoor Plants: Bottom Line

We hope you enjoyed our selection of large indoor plants to grow no matter your skill level. If you do grow one of these, tell us about your experiences with them! Also, if you have other ideas on the best and most impressive oversized plants to bring home this year, we are open to all your suggestions and will update this guide accordingly! Happy gardening!

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