Millennials are well known for being big plant parents.
We love adorning every surface in our homes with greenery – trailing plants, hanging plants, climbing plants – we can’t get enough.
But for those who have mastered the humble potted house plant and want to graduate to the next level of green-fingered interiors, check out indoor trees.
Take the indoor-outdoor trend up a notch and transform your living space into a lush forest, with miniature trees that can thrive in your home.
‘Regardless of your décor, an oversized indoor tree can elevate your living space into something quite dramatic with huge impact,’ says James Folger, founder of The Stem.
‘A smaller tree is equally as beautiful, architectural for those that perhaps have a more compact living space. The benefits of having plants inside the home have long been studied, and now consumer demand is shifting to oversized plants and trees as confidence in looking after plants grows.
‘You can transform your living space with an indoor tree, without needing to pick up a paintbrush or spend a ton of cash.’
How to choose an indoor tree
James says that when it comes to choosing an indoor tree, there are some simple ground rules.
‘First, decide where the tree will be placed,’ he suggests.
‘Check the levels of light – north-facing windows are a great spot for trees that like semi-shady spots. South-facing for more tropical plants that love the sun, for example.
‘Next, check humidity requirements. If the tree loves moisture, consider the bathroom.’
Thirdly, James says you need to consider the amount of time and effort you can commit to.
‘Some trees – like a Money Tree or Dragon Tree – are very low-maintenance and require little more than water once a week, so perfect for the busiest people or tree-newbies,’ he says.
‘And never forget children and pets – if you have a busy home, go for something non-toxic.’
How to care for your indoor tree
- Clean the leaves regularly with a damp cloth – be as gentle as you can so as not to damage anything.
- Humidity – check how much the trees would like. Some might prefer to live in a bathroom, or you can regularly mist the leaves if needed. You may want to consider ‘bunching’ if you have a group of trees or plants that like the same humidity levels – keeping them together in a bunch means that they start to form their own micro-climate, looking after each other and keeping the humidity levels right for them.
- Look out for bugs! Check the soil and leaves regularly – and discuss what to do if you see any nasties with an online ‘plant doctor’.
- Use room-temperature water to water the tree, or rainwater that you’ve collected – trees don’t like freezing water collected from the tap and some trees are not fans of hard water – so if in doubt if you have hard or soft water, go for rain.
- If you have foliage, avoid watering the leaves and just water the soil.
- Trees like to stay put once you’ve found the right spot for them – don’t unsettle them by moving them around. They acclimatise quite quickly to their surroundings.
- You will probably need to repot at least once a year at minimum, so pay attention to care instructions
- Location is everything – check for draughts, direct sunlight, air-conditioning units – all the things that your tree might potentially not enjoy very much.
The best indoor trees for your home
James has selected the best indoor trees to add a leafy lift to your home. Take a look below:
Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
The Fiddle Leaf is often found popping up on interior feeds due to its dramatic, statement violin-shaped, thick, dark leathery leaves.
Easy to care for, the tree loves indirect sun, so is often found in hallways and certainly provides the ‘wow’ factor.
This is a tree that needs the odd leaf polish, with a damp cloth, and a bit of humidity doesn’t go a miss either. It’s a constant bestseller on The Stem.
Braided Umbrella Tree
Umbrella trees are ideal for those looking for an eye-catching plant, with a compact size that’s also easy to care for.
Umbrella trees have glossy, marbled leaves that create a colourful canopy with splashes of gold, yellow and pale green that will bring the tropical vibe into your home. This version with a braided stem makes this a delightful statement piece for any size home.
This is a very easy-care plant, but you might want to check the soil regularly as the umbrella might need repotting more often.
Aralia Ming is an indoor dwarf tree with soft feathery and bright green foliage covering its woody trunk and stems.
It symbolises peace, harmony, and balance.
Aralia Fabian is a compact indoor tree with large, glossy, plate-shaped, green leaves spanning its woody trunk and stems.
This plant loves the sun – great for a kitchen, or a south-facing bedroom.
The Dragon Tree of Dracaena marginata is an attractive indoor tree with green and red-hued sword-like leaves that fan out from its long stems.
This spiky tree is easy to look after and striking, making it a great indoor plant for your home, despite your plant parenting experience.
The Dragon loves humidity so will make for a dramatic feature in your bathroom.
The Money Tree, or Pachira aquatica, is an eye-catching indoor tree with a braided trunk and dainty dark green leaves that branch out in the shape of a hand.
The Money Tree is held in high esteem not just for its great looks and ability to lift your interior space, but is also thought to represent good fortune and prosperity.
Money Trees store water in their trunks so they are also easy to look after and they are pet-friendly too – the leaves are non-toxic.
Credit: Original article published here.