Large houseplants are a great way to decorate a substantial area of a room with a single, budget-friendly item. Rather than the clutter of many smaller plants lining a shelf, windowsill, table or desk, large houseplants provide similar visual appeal in a single installation. Rather than managing a dozen different plant care schedules, you only need to be worried about one. But what type of large houseplant should you choose? Would a tall and skinny tree look best, or would you prefer something with more wide, fulsome growth? Do you like the consistency of an evergreen plant, or the added color of a flowering tree? Maybe you don’t want a single plant, but an arrangement of houseplants in a large, beautiful pot.
Learn about the common types as well as some more unusual choices, and find the perfect large houseplant for your home or office.
Common Types of Large Houseplants
Peace Lily: One of the most popular houseplants overall, these plants can frequently grow to three feet tall or more with full growth and wide leaves. Larger varieties will hold their own as floor plants. Smaller peace lilies will still serve as a large houseplant for tabletop decoration. Peace lilies do best with consistently moist soil and can even be grown in water with the right setup. Even still, they are susceptible to root rot. They are also more drought-resistant than most people give them credit for. This plant likes lots of indirect light and prefer east-facing windows if available.
Kentia Palm: Sometimes known as the sentry palm, the kentia palm is one of the most popular large houseplants for entryways and common living areas. Like many large houseplants, these palms are full-grown trees in their natural outdoor habitat where they can grow to 40 feet or more. Inside, they struggle to get past 12 feet and will grow relatively slowly for such a large plant. They prefer indirect sunlight. They can flourish in most places around the home but should be kept out of west- and south-facing windows. Be sure to let the soil dry out between watering; this plant can suffer from root rot. A tropical plant, the kentia palm will be happiest in summer but can endure temperatures as low as 55 degrees.
Money Tree: In their native habitat, these trees can reach 50 feet and without braided trunks. With indoor environments, these trees can still reach 3-6 feet tall. These plants like periodic watering but can also suffer from root rot. Good drainage pots are essential. Too much direct sunlight isn’t good for the plant. You also have to watch out for and be prepared to treat for scale, aphids, or mealybug. With good plant care and a little luck, these plants can grow at a moderate pace for many years. It is common but not necessary to braid several trunks together to form braided money tree.
Yucca Plant: This is another houseplant with multiple varieties. Even the smaller types of yucca will make for medium houseplants with full growth at 2-4 feet tall. In nature, yucca plants can grow to 30 feet. For large houseplants, you can find indoor plants that are roughly 10 feet tall. The yucca plant’s growth pattern includes long leaves that can make it almost as wide as tall. These plants like lots of natural light and can even tolerate some direct sunlight before brown tips set in. These are very drought-tolerant plants. They can take a little more water in summer if placed in a sunnier spot but are quite vulnerable to root rot, especially without proper drainage.
Lady Palm: This large houseplant will grow somewhere between 5-15 feet tall. It’s relatively easy to find lady palms that are between 6-10 feet tall, plenty big enough for large floor plants. There is also a smaller variety of this plant that usually tops out at 3 feet tall. The broad leaves of most lady palms create a growth pattern with considerable width as well. The leaves can be solid green or with a variegated stripe. These plants like pretty regular watering in the summer and more periodic watering in the winter. They can suffer from under-watering, but still need lots of good drainage to avoid root rot.
What is a Large Houseplant?
We think of a large houseplant as being in a pot at least 12 inches across with a plant that has grown several feet out of its pot. They can be centerpieces on larger pieces of furniture or their own plant stand, but they are just as often floor plants.
What counts as a large houseplant is subjective, but it also depends on the plant’s immediate surroundings. For example, the same plant that overwhelms a work desk may look laughably small when placed on the floor in a larger room. There are larger varieties of houseplants, and then there are showstopper houseplants. These oversized plants can have branches several feet long or even individual leaves more than a foot long. In the middle of a sunroom or the focal point of a sitting room, these showstoppers are actually more like conversation starters.
More Houseplant Sizes
Not sure a large houseplant is the right size for the spot? Interested in looking for plants to fit another place in your home? Check out our tips and ideas for popular types of miniature, small, and medium-sized houseplants.