Greenery that’s larger than life? Here’s how to get the most out of them.
You know the phrase ‘go big, or go home’ – that’s our mantra when it comes to our new range of XL sized plants. The bigger, the better! And whilst tall plants make for a standout display within your home, they can require some extra care – but don’t let put you off! The bigger the plant, the bigger the reward we say (yes, we can really keep going with these puns!).
Like with most plants, you will not only need to consider the amount of light, water and care your tall green friend requires, but also space is another hugely important factor to think about. We’re not suggesting tall plants will take over your home, but they will certainly require enough room to grow. In fact, some can reach five feet or more in height, so ensure you have the appropriate space to home them within. Squeezing plants between other members of your home jungle or too close to furniture will also block their air flow, which makes it difficult for them to breathe. With that in mind, we’d suggest ear-marking a spot for your tall plant that has plenty of good air circulation.
Read on for how to get the most out of some of our favourite extra-large plants.
This plant really is as broad as it is long, as the Strelitzia Reginae tends to grow tall and wide, so make sure you give it plenty of space to reach its full potential. Most love this biggie for its unique, orange flowers that resemble the head of a crane – which is why it is sometimes called the Crane Flower. It is very easy to look after, simply water it when the top two inches of soil free dry, and remember to keep away from pets and children as it can be toxic if ingested. In summer, you could even put this plant outside for it to soak up some sunlight, just be careful it's not in the way of wind as this could damage its leaves.
The Fiddle-Leaf Fig can be a little sensitive to changes in environment, and may drop a few leaves when adjusting to a new home and in winter, too – but we promise they are worth it! They dislike drafts and dry air, so to keep them happy, mist those leaves regularly to replicate their natural humid environment of rainforests in western and central Africa. Although it will never reach its mature outdoor height of 15 metres, (you may breathe a sigh of relief there!), they will still make a big impact. You could also check out the Fiddle-Leaf Fig tree version of this plant, which can grow as tall as 10 feet indoors.
Big impression for small to minimal effort? Say no more. The ever reliable Kentia Palm is for you. The Kentia Palm can tolerate low light, so is perfect for a dark corner of your home that needs sprucing up. It is also one of the best plants for improving air quality, removing toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia and carbon monoxide from the air. The only care it requires from you is to mist weekly and to wipe its leaves with a damp cloth to unlock its pores.
This variety of banana plant is named after William Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire. The Cavendish cultivar is now found growing naturally in the Canary Islands. The stunning foliage on this plant makes a real statement. Blotches on the leaves will disappear as the plant matures. It is fast-growing plant and has fragile leaves, but will reward you with lots of new ones during its growing phase. Misting is very important and required regularly to stop the leaves from tearing. In fact, remember that the leaves on this plant are fragile so it is rare to find them without any imperfections.
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