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Big Leaf Houseplants

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There’s no such thing as too large of a houseplant! Their beauty makes them almost impossible to ignore, which is also what makes them such good conversation starters when guests visit! Gathering tall palms around sitting areas with comfy lounge chairs inside your home is the best—the leaves create a canopy overhead that feels luxurious and serene. From banana plants to ficus varieties, these big leaf house plants could just be a perfect addition to your indoor houseplant collection. 


Having a croton plant in your home is great because it requires little light and has big bold leaves. There’s no need to water it more than once a week in most cases, depending on the humidity in your home. It still offers all the drama to your home decor for how little maintenance it requires! Leaf colors range from green, yellow, red, orange, cream, pink, and black to certain varieties with all of these colors combined. Your soil should be kept evenly moist, allowing it to dry out between waterings. Set your plant in a sunny area of your home.

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Rubber Plant – Ficus Elastica 

Rubber plants are the it-girl of the indoor big leaf houseplant world. They simply have it all. Adorned in large beautiful evergreen leaves, they boast impressive height and serve as great air purifiers in your home. Rubber plants are easy to care for and can survive even after being neglected for a few days. If you frequently travel or leave the house, you can return home knowing that your ficus houseplant will still be alive when you arrive home! Other big leaf varieties of ficus that grow well indoors include Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) and Creeping Fig (Ficus pumila).

Banana Plant 

The banana leaf plant has big, lush leaves that make it a great indoor house plant. Their interesting shape and unique coloring adds a splash of vibrancy to any room. Ideally, banana trees should be placed near a window so they can receive plenty of natural light and watered regularly. You can use artificial lighting if you don’t have a sunny spot for them in your home

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Unlike other houseplants, philodendrons don’t experience much scrutiny when moved between indoor and outdoor locations – they actually enjoy it!. Philodendron house plants thrive indoors year round trouble-free, but they also benefit from an occasional trip outdoors in a shady spot! Your philodendron houseplant will thrive best when fed a balanced liquid foliage houseplant fertilizer that contains macronutrients. You will want to water your plant with this fertilizer monthly in spring and summer months, and every six to eight weeks in the fall and winter. 

Bird of Paradise 

Not only is this exotic plant’s foliage decadent, but it can grow up to 8 feet in height! These tall big leaf houseplants are perfect for creating a statement in high-ceiling areas of your home. These evergreens should be kept in front of a window, ensuring that they receive at least 4-5 hours of sunlight a day.

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Areca Palm

If you’re looking to add a tropical vibe to your home, nothing beats a big leaf palm plant. It is characterized by many stems that produce graceful, arching fronds that are reminiscent of bamboo. Otherwise known as the butterfly palm or bamboo palm, this indoor houseplant requires bright indirect sunlight and grows to six to ten feet in height. 

Fiddle-Leaf Fig 

The grand stature and elegant leaves of the fiddle-leaf fig are great for bringing drama and height to your space! These indoor houseplants should be placed directly in front of a window inside your home. Your Fiddle Leaf Fig’s size will also determine how much light it needs to thrive. The bigger the plant, the more light it will need. Every one to two weeks, wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to get rid of dust and keep them looking beautiful. Dust removal will also allow more sunlight to reach the leaves and improve photosynthesis!

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The vibrant, paper-thin, heart shaped big leaves that adorn caladiums are just one of the few characteristics that make them so special. A large assortment of leaf patterns and colors are found on these big leaf indoor houseplants, from white leaves with green veins and borders to spotted and marbled patterns in red, pink, green, and white. Thriving indoors in direct sunlight, this spectacular plant is the perfect way to liven up any room inside your home. 

Monstera Deliciosa 

With big green waxy leaves, the Monstera deliciosa commands attention as soon as you enter the room. As hardy and easy to maintain indoor houseplants, they make great choices for home offices, bedrooms, and any other part of your home! A warm, humid environment, a substantial supply of water, and gentle sunlight are ideal for monstera houseplants. Place your Monstera where it can receive medium to bright indirect light. 


The needs are different for each of these big leaf beauties, but we would be more than happy to help provide you with the proper care regimen for each of your lush leafed indoor plants! Visit us at Ted Lare Design Build & Garden Center in the Des Moines, Iowa region today to get your indoor plants thriving inside your home. 


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