Plants of the Week: Floor Plant Favorites

From large, sculptural plants to charming succulents, there's a place for houseplants in every home. Green plants add textural interest, fill in drab corners and soften architectural features, and they can enhance mood and freshen air too. Large floor plants are especially ideal when used as an accent plant or as a focal point indoors. And, when it comes to indoor plants, some folks don’t have a reputation for having a green thumb. But, not all plants require equal amounts of TLC, and there are a lot that can put up with a little unintentional neglect. With the help of our indoor plant specialists, we've picked a few easy maintenance floor plants. So, if you are looking for ways to spruce-up and freshen your home or office, here are a few of our favorites...

Fiddle Leaf Fig - a wildly popular new houseplant featuring large, heavily veined, violin-shaped leaves that grow upright on a tall plant. Fiddle is native to the tropics, where they thrive in very warm, high light conditions. They are relatively tough plants that can withstand less-than-perfect conditions for a fairly long time. Give them a vacation outside during warmer months, and bring them indoors when cold weather sets in. Fiddle Leaf Figs perform best in bright sunshine.

Ficus Benjimina – shows off glossy, evergreen foliage and a graceful growth habit. All this plants needs is a sunny spot and it will thrive. Looks great when potted up and placed near doors, entryways or even outside during warmer months. Once it gets cold, bring it inside near a warm window. And don’t be afraid to trim the foliage back to maintain the graceful appearance. When potted, this ficus can grow 6 feet tall.

Corn Plant - this striking houseplant is nicknamed the Corn Plant for its long, dark green, sword-like leaves that resemble the foliage of actual corn. The variegated leaves usually have a yellow or crème center with dark green edging. This plant enjoys low light, making it perfect for corners and hallways. The Corn Plant has very a shallow root system, therefore when watering, be sure to place the water near the base of each cane so that the roots are able to absorb the water. If the leaves begin to drop or yellow, try watering the plant less frequently. This exceptionally easy to grow plant is one of the best houseplants for beginners, and the foliage is one of the most efficient at purifying the air.

Dracaena Marginata - this beautiful plant features green, thin leaves with red and yellow strips along the edges that grow from a thin cane. Marginata is an easy-care, durable houseplant well suited for offices and homes. This exotic, slow-growing houseplant can reach 6 feet tall, but you can control its height by simply cutting off the top. And did we mention that NASA lists Dracaena Marginata as excellent plant for removing harmful chemicals from the air?

Bamboo Palm - a tall, narrow palm tree with slender stems resembling bamboo. It has delicate pale green leaves called fronds that grow in clusters at the end of the stems. Bamboo palm performs well in low to medium light and grow 5 to 7 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide, so place it where it will have plenty of room to grow. Be sure to prune back dead leaves to keep it looking its best. With little effort, this tropical-looking plant will brighten dim corners of your home.

Tip - when watering, tap water will do, but rain and distilled water are best. Even indoors plants benefit from fertilizer in spring and summer when they are growing. We recommend giving your plants some time outside during the summer. In the shade for 6-8 weeks helps the plant get new energy to get through the dark winter months and still retain its natural beauty. Consult with our associates on pruning and grooming of each variety.

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