Why use an indoor tree? Most importantly, it can be a natural way to fill space in your house where you might otherwise put a piece of useless furniture. By scanning through the list you will see that they can also add color and an aroma to your room, bringing it to life. Why not just a house plant? Indoor trees are much better at cleaning the air. So check out these 7 options to spruce up your indoor environment.
1. Money Tree
Yes, there is such a thing as a real money tree named by treeologists, or more professionally, arborists. Unless you want to study dendrology which is the actual science of studying trees. Unfortunately, there is more money to be found working in any of these fields than will be found growing on this type of money tree. If you like an indoor tree that doesn’t require a lot of watering, this is a top choice. In fact, if you water it too much there will be problems. Don’t leave it in standing water because, like real money, over time it will rot.
2. Umbrella Tree
For an indoor tree that doesn’t require a lot of direct sunlight (emphasis on “direct”) you will want to move the umbrella tree to the top of the list. In fact, this is a very low maintenance tree, perfect as a complement to a low maintenance significant other. They like damp environments but not so much where they are left sitting in a pool of stagnant water. If you move the tree outdoor for that extra ray of sunshine (which also may be necessary from time to time with your low maintenance significant other) check for pests that might want to come out of the sun.
3. Citrus Tree
If you are spending too much money on air freshener, give this type of tree serious consideration. There are the obvious scents of orange and lemon, which when blooming will give your room or home a natural scent that is safe for the environment, pets, and children. But all of these benefits comes at a price – the price of a diva. Yes, you have to give them a substantial amount of attention that includes watering, sunlight, the right amount of humidity, and everyone’s favorite plant demand, fertilizer.
4. Rubber Tree
For a touch of the exotic you want to consider this tree that is native to the country of India. While a citrus tree can provide an olfactory dimension to your home, the rubber tree will provide a visual dimension. This is especially true if you have a room that is painted with a pale color or the general room tone is pale. The dark green colors of the plant will sharply contrast against the paleness, and be an attractive visual distraction. But like the citrus tree varieties, you will need to pamper this species by avoiding putting it in drafty areas, fertilizing it every couple of weeks, and have a growth environment that is humid and moderate when it comes to temperatures.
5. Jade Tree
We move from the most pampered indoor types to the least pampered. Even more low maintenance than the Umbrella Tree, the Jade Tree is as simple as a cat to take care of. Just put it in a window that gets a reasonable amount of sunshine, water it every few weeks, and it will take it care of itself. If you are a complete beginner to indoor plants, this is a great starting point.
6. Banana Tree
Despite its name, not all Banana Trees will grow bananas. One type that does is the Cavendish variety but if you just want a plant with huge leaves you can opt for the Musa basjoo. If you’re thinking that a Banana Tree can grow to be very tall (from watching the movies) you are correct. To sidestep this problem seek out what are known as dwarf cultivars. Two “f’s” are essential to remember when taking care of this plant – fertilizer and filtered light. Just watch out for the pesky mites which will turn the leaves of your plant brown.
7. Weeping Fig
We will end the list on an indoor plant that is best suited for rooms with skylights, huge picture windows, or a large window that faces the south. The Weeping Fig is known to get a bit misty eyed when it doesn’t have enough sunlight. If you don’t believe this, you will discover that its leaves fall off when it doesn’t get enough sunlight. The good news is that it doesn’t require a lot of water, just remember to check that the soil is slightly dry before adding water.