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Fill that Christmas tree void with tropical foliage!

Updated: Jan 12

The most wonderful time of year has come and gone and suddenly you’re left with a Christmas tree-shaped hole in your home! You decked the halls for the holiday season, but now it’s time to put your space back together for the new year. What should you do with that empty corner where your Christmas tree used to be? Put a big, beautiful houseplant there, of course! We are firm believers that you can never have too many plants and everyone deserves to treat themselves this time of year. Keep reading to learn more about the large houseplant selection we have in the greenhouse and figure out which one will work best for you and your home. 

Ficus lyrata, or fiddle leaf fig, is native to tropical rainforests of western Africa and grows very large indoors when given proper conditions (it can reach well over 8 feet!). This plant prefers bright, indirect light with a consistent watering schedule. This “finicky fiddle” can struggle in your space if it does not have enough humidity or you water inconsistently, whether that’s the amount of water or how often you’re doing it. Strive for a thorough watering (you want to see water coming out of the drainage hole) every 7-10 days or when the top few inches of the soil are dry. 

Strelitzia nicolai, or bird of paradise, is native to south Africa and produces bird shaped flowers when grown outdoors. Here in Charleston, these tropical beauties do well indoors in bright light. They will rarely flower indoors, but the large regal leaves are just as beautiful. You want to let most of the soil dry before watering your bird of paradise and expect to see some rips or tears in the leaves as that is the plants natural defense against strong winds!

Spathiphyllum, or peace lily, is a flowering tropical plant native to central and south America. If you’re lucky you’ll get this plant to flower indoors! The peace lily can tolerate lower light conditions than its other tropical friends on this list, making it the perfect plant for that corner that receives “medium” light. These plants can be dramatic when it comes to watering, so you’ll know when they're thirsty! They like their soil to be moist and will wilt when it starts to dry out too much. 

Ficus Elastica Burgundy, or burgundy rubber tree, is known for its large, glossy dark leaves. The burgundy rubber tree is one of many popular ficuses we have in the greenhouse! These plants grow well in bright, indirect sunlight and prefer when the soil dry about halfway through before watering again. Keep in mind, ficuses contain a white, milky sap that is mildly toxic if ingested.

Chamaedorea seifrizii, or the bamboo palm, is native to Mexico and Central America and makes an excellent addition to your home! This palm not only brings a tropical flair to your space, but cleanses the air of chloroform, and carbon monoxide at the same time! These easy palms can handle a range of sunlight from low to bright light and want their soil  to stay moist, but not too wet. 

We keep the greenhouse stocked all year with indoor plants of all kind! Keep your indoor garden fresh by shopping our wide range of indoor plants at Meeting Green!

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