The Best Indoor Trees & Plants

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research shows one of the benefits of live indoor trees and plants is their ability to help improve air quality in any building. They can also be used as a decorating element because they can add color, texture and fragrance. Each tree or plant must be selected based on the type of indoor light it requires. Consistently feeding and watering your plants is necessary for their health.

Ficus Tree

This is one of the most popular indoor trees because of its height and appearance. The shiny green leaves give the tree a full appearance. Sudden leaf shedding can be a problem with a ficus. If it happens after the plant has been moved, wait for a few weeks and the leaves should grow back. It does need moist soil. Indirect, bright light is the best source. The tree grows up to seven feet high and four feet wide indoors.

Lady Palm Tree

This tree is native to China and is a good choice as a large indoor tree. It can grow up to 12 feet tall and wide. Gardeners like it because it grows profusely in bright light, as long as it receives regular watering and fertilizing. It also will grow when neglected, whether by irregular watering or low light. The leaves consist of deep green fan palms.

Norfolk Island Pine

This pine sports dark green foliage and will grow more than four feet tall and two feet wide. The Norfolk Island pine grows best in a cool indoor environment, around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The tree needs bright light. Turn the Norfolk Island pine to keep the shape symmetrical. It needs consistent water in the summer, to keep the soil slightly moist. In the winter, the soil should dry out between watering.

Tropical rhododendrons

A tabletop pot will hold a fragrant, colorful tropical rhododendron, such as the trendy Vireya. These plants will bloom several times a year with flowers in shades of yellow, orange, white and red. Tropical rhododendrons require bright indoor light during the winter and light shade during summer months. Let them dry out between watering, and fertilize them twice a year. These plants grow two feet tall.

Chinese Evergreen Plant

This plant is popular with new gardeners, because it thrives in low light. It needs water when the soil dries out. The large leaves are a combination of dusty gray and dark green. This plant grows three feet tall.

Desert Cacti

These Mexican natives are popular house plants, because they are easy to grow and come in a variety of styles and colors. They flower indoors with blossoms of pink, white, red or yellow. Desert cacti will grow more than one foot tall. Silver torch and snowball are two that grow to four feet tall. They thrive in the sun, but watch out for too much heat.


This has become a well-liked plant, because it is easy to grow and displays bright flowers. It can bloom for as long as six months out of the year. Flower colors include red, yellow and white. The kalanchoe can reach a height of two feet tall and up to two feet wide. The plant needs to dry out between watering. It grows best in bright, indirect light.

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