Monster Greenery: Create an Indoor Jungle with these Large Indoor Plants

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 in Design | 19 Comments

The indoor jungle: lush, breathing, cozy and alive. Plants in every corner, in every nook, on every windowsill. It’s what we aspire to in our homes, and what makes us excited to explore the new plants that come into the nursery. There’s no better way to kick off your own indoor jungle than with some large indoor plants.

You’d be surprised how much adding even one large indoor plant can give the illusion of an indoor jungle, even in tight spaces like apartments. The height and volume of greenery from your large captures the eye and immediately makes your space lush. Add a few smaller plants around the house and you’re well on your way to your own indoor plant kingdom.

Create an Indoor Jungle with these Massive Indoor Plants

To help you get started on your indoor jungle, here are 8 of our favorite large indoor plants. We break them down by growth habit, light/water needs and ease of care, so you can find the houseplant (or tree!) to fit your needs.

Large Indoor Plants to kick off your Jungle

1. Monstera Deliciosa

Monstera Deliciosa - Large Indoor Plants

Why we love it: Incredible texture, monstrous growth; monstera is the ultimate indoor jungle plant. Its leaves split naturally with maturity, and it will grow big fast.
Growth habit: Vine
Care rating: Easy – Larger leaves come along with more light.
Light: Medium to bright indirect
Water needs: Medium

2-5. Philodendron Family

Philodendron - Large indoor plants

Large cultivars include: gloriosum, variifolium, fiddle leaf, blushing pink,
Why we love it: So much variety! So much texture! This large plant family has it all, from silky vines to monster leaves. You can find the right color and texture to fit your indoor jungle. Plus, they’re pretty darn easy to keep alive.
Growth Habit: Vine or clump
Care rating: Easy-Medium – Most cultivars are highly forgiving of neglect.
Light: Low to bright indirect (non-variegated cultivars require less light)
Water needs: Medium

6. Schefflera

Schefflera - Large Indoor Plants

Why we love it: This tropical tree reaches for the sky. Lovely umbrella-like leaf clusters on wide reaching stems make this one of our very favorites. Look for the golden cultivars for a unique leaf color!
Growth Habit: Upright (tree)
Care rating: Medium-Difficult – Sensative to frequent moves, and will drop leaves if unhappy
Light: Medium to bright indirect
Water needs: Medium

7. Norfolk Pine

Norfolk Pine - Large Indoor Plants

Why we love it: Who doesn’t love a conifer forest. It’s in our northwest blood. Though these trees aren’t native to the Pacific Northwest, they make us reminiscent of a rainy afternoon in the woods – all without leaving the house.
Growth Habit: Upright (tree)
Care rating: Medium-Difficult – Make sure it gets enough light and never let it fully dry out.
Light: Bright indirect or direct
Water needs: High

8. Jade Tree

Jade Tree - Large Indoor Plants

Why we love it: Gorgeous bright green leaves edged with reddish pink, stately trunk and easy to propagate. What’s not to love?
Growth Habit: Upright (tree)
Care rating: Medium – Ensure it gets enough light and isn’t overwatered
Light: Bright dappled or direct
Water needs: Low

Honorable mention: Philodendron selloum, Euphorbia trigona, Phothos satin, Ficus lyrata and Rhaphidophora decursiva.

What are your favorite large indoor plants? How have you used them to create your indoor jungle? Share with us in the comments!

19 Comments

  1. Julia Chandler
    November 8, 2015

    AH! this is so helpful. I’m so glad i stumbled upon it. Thanks for sharing this info!!

    Julia

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    • Jesse
      November 9, 2015

      You’re very welcome! So glad you found it useful.

      Jesse – Pistils Nursery

      Reply
  2. Emily
    March 24, 2016

    Hi! Do you have any recommendations for large plants like these that do well in low light? And which specific philodendrons do you recommend for low lighting? I’d love to find something tall (4 ft.+) and plume-y!

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    • Jesse
      March 24, 2016

      Hey Emily,

      You can definitely get some good low-light loving height out of a ZZ plant or a Sansevieria. Though slow growing, they do get pretty tall and beautiful! The large-leafed philodendrons and cousins (like monstera and selloum) seem to prefer brighter light, unfortunately. But if you can place them near a window (even a north facing one) and supplement with full spectrum bulbs, you should be all set!

      Best,
      Jesse / Pistils Nursery

      Reply
  3. Robyn
    April 9, 2016

    Wow! You don’t know how grateful I am for this post, I absolutely love huge jungle like plants! I use to have a house full but over the years I’ve given a lot away to friends always feel guilty that I can’t take care of them like I should, I had a very busy work schedule for the last few years. Now I’ve made a career change and have more free time! The only plant I have left from my previous jungle is my big baby I’ve had it for almost 22 years! I bought it when it was a baby as was my son ( that’s how I know how old it is) lol, any way it’s about 12 feet now and believe me it’s come along way, I’ve had my issues with it a few times but I always bring it back! Seriously my friends laugh at me all the time when I moved OMG! I was so stressed out that everyone was cracking up! Anyway I adore the plants and the info you give I love all of these plants! The only one you didn’t name( and was my favorite) was the very first one on the article it self that is the most awesome plant would love to have one can I get a name please! Thanks so much it’s been a blast! Your great!

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    • Jesse
      April 15, 2016

      Thanks for these extremely kind words! So glad you enjoyed the post.

      The plant you mentioned is an anthurium species. Unfortunately we’re not quite sure which, as it’s an old plant that we inherited. But the anthurium genus is full of an incredible array of large jungle plants!

      Enjoy your exploration,
      Jesse

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  4. Balu
    April 14, 2016

    Hi Jesse,

    I have a Schefflera plant just like the one you have in this article, albeit in terrible shape/form, mainly due to neglect. It is a single slender plant, has leaves only on the upper third of the plant, with nothing on the bottom two-thirds. I would like to start over. How do I propagate this plant and make 2-3 plants from this?

    Reply
  5. Alex
    May 15, 2016

    I love the pot that the jade tree is in. Any idea where I could buy one? xx

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    • Jesse
      May 16, 2016

      Hey Alex! That’s actually a fermentation crock! We sell them in our shop but unfortunately they’re too heavy to ship. This style of crock often shows up at thrift stores, though!

      Best of luck,
      Jesse

      Reply
  6. Alex- Try Agway for the Crock- the have them brand new and are fairly priced
    July 2, 2016

    Try Agway for the Crocks-

    they have them new and fairly priced

    Reply
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  9. Roanne Cooper
    February 12, 2017

    can anyone tell me what this plant is?

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    • Filippo
      April 4, 2017

      I think it’s a fiddle leaf fig

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    • Jesse
      April 24, 2017

      That’s a fiddle leaf fig aka Ficus lyrata!

      Reply
  10. Steve Gallo
    May 12, 2017

    I have giant 31 year old 9ft tall Scefflera . It is majestic. Its probably older , that how long I’ve had it

    Reply
  11. Cat
    June 9, 2017

    Does anyone know where the terracotta pots are from in the 1st 2 images? Thanks!

    Reply
  12. Ty
    July 15, 2017

    I apsolutely love my small indoor plant forest, I am running out of room for bright light, partial light, indirect light, looking for a couple of colorful plants for a 5 foot long 2 feet wide side table, low lighting, and nearly impossible for artificial lighting. And I really want Air Plants in my bathroom, but there are 2 issues for plants in this location, #1 my bathroom doesn’t have a window which means, it has no natural light, and the humidity during showers could be quite plobmatic.
    My large easy care plant favorites are Fatsia Japonica aka Japanese Fatsia this lovely plant can grow to 6ft tall, can tolerate neglect, and grows in low light. My other is the famous Golden Pothos, I have on that has vines nearly 20 ft long and the leaves are the size of my hand; I have owned this plant for about 2 years, this year I fertilized it, and it nearly doubled in size, for now on, I will always fertilize in the Spring-Summer time.

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