5 Big Leaf Houseplants That’ll Liven Up Your Home
Stalk up on giant greenery.
Becoming a plant parent is exciting — and if you’re looking to grow your collection of greenery, consider big leaf houseplants that’ll make a statement in your abode. Check out these five popular options that you can find locally at Koolau Farmers.
1. Monstera Deliciosa
The monstera deliciosa is a huge houseplant with beautiful, large fenestrated leaves that instantly add a tropical feel to any room. Also known as the swiss cheese plant, monstera can grow up to 10 feet tall, with leaves up to 3 to 4 feet long. It is best grown in bright indirect light to medium indirect light, with well-drained and rich soil.
2. Fiddle Leaf Fig (Fiscus Lyrata)
Characterized by large, waxy fiddle-shaped leaves, the fiddle leaf fig or Ficus lyrata can be pruned into a variety of different shapes. These plants grow best beneath bright indirect light in rich well-draining potting. Depending on its care, the fiddle leaf fig can grow into a full-sized tree or remain small when constricted to a smaller pot indoors. Make sure to carefully prune it and to never ingest the leaves as they are toxic to humans and pets.
3. Giant Upright Elephant Ear (Alocasia Odora)
Giant upright elephant ear plants or Alocasia odora are typically grown outdoors but can also find a place in the house. It does best in bright indirect light and moist soil and the leaves can grow up to 3 feet long, depending on the variety. It is also a toxic plant, so keep it out of reach of kids and pets.
4. Banana Tree (Musa)
Known for its large tropical foliage, banana leaf plants are popular in Hawaii. A mature plant can grow leaves up to 2 feet wide and 9 feet long. It makes for a great houseplant when placed in a bright, sunny location — adding greenery and tranquility to your home. For best growth, ensure that the soil stays evenly moist during the growing season. A major plus is that this tropical plant is nontoxic.
5. Calathea Orbifolia
Calathea orbifolia stands out because of its large orb-shaped leaves, beauty and air-purifying qualities. Its foliage is striped with pale silver-green markings. In order to thrive, this houseplant requires high humidity, bright light and evenly moist soil. Another great attribute is that it is safe for humans and pets.
Stop by Koolau Farmers — which has three locations on island — to gather supplies and talk to a gardening expert to learn more about these five big leaf houseplants.