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How do I Choose the Best Large House Plants?

Tess C. Taylor
Tess C. Taylor

In order to choose the best large house plants for a home or office, it’s important to determine the space the plants will occupy, the lighting that is available, the size of the plants, and the overall care requirements of the plants. Large plants, generally in the four to six foot (121.92 centimeters to 182.88 centimeters) range, will generally take up a larger space than their smaller counterparts, may grow to incredible dimensions, and have special watering, fertilizing, and lighting needs. When choosing large houseplants, be sure to choose the plant that will best suit the area in which the plant will spend the most time in order to have the best success.

Large house plants can bring a great deal of beauty and make a statement in any office or household because of their natural beauty, graceful shapes, and colors. In addition, large house plants naturally provide more oxygen to the air, which cuts down on odors, allergens, and pollutants in an office or home environment, which makes them perfect for anyone who suffers from allergies, who has breathing problems, or who lives in a congested area where air quality is poor. Large plants are one of the top choices for interior decorators when it comes to adding a finishing touch to any environment.

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There are many excellent varieties of large house plants to choose from, such as hanging plants, small trees and vines, which will look great and stay healthy depending on where they are placed and how they are cared for. For example, a ficus tree is perfect for adding interest to a sunny window of an office and requires very little attention other than watering and picking up fallen leaves. For a more tropical look, a dracaena or palm is often a nice touch for an area where the lighting is a little dimmer, but this plant will require weekly watering and an occasional misting to keep the glossy leaves looking great.

When choosing large house plants, keep in mind that the plant is not native to the home or office, therefore it will need certain things in order to stay healthy and grow. A large house plant is much like choosing a pet, as it will require many years of care and pampering to keep it looking beautiful and to promote its wellness. For anyone who is not a “green thumb” or plant expert, it’s best to stick with large house plants that are easy to care for, require medium levels of light and routine watering for the best results.

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