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The Best Indoor Plants With Large, Lush Leaves

They'll animate any corner.

big leaf plants
Fantastic Frank

That lonely corner in your house? It's begging for a good, big leaf houseplant to perk things up and transform the area into an oxygen-providing oasis. But first and foremost, when choosing houseplants, especially big-leafed plants, "ensure you have the space for the plant and enough room to closely monitor," advises Stephen McFarlane, Regional Landscape Manager, Sandals Resorts International. “A good percentage of these plants will do well in bright, indirect light, and if you have a room with south-, east- or west-facing windows, you are in luck. The plant should be situated near but not in front of the window to prevent scorched leaves, and rotating the plant "a quarter turn weekly will ensure all sides receive adequate light,” Macfarlane continues. Discover are eight big leaf plants that you should consider to green up your living space.

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1 Fiddle Leaf Fig
Costa Farms

The awe-inspiring, statement fiddle leaf fig plant produces the most attractive leaves shaped like a violin. Its big leaves stretch up to 15-inches-long and 10-inches-wide, and can really draw some tropical flair into your home. "To give your personal fiddle leaf fig the TLC it needs and deserves, make sure to place your plant in front of an unobstructed window that will receive direct sunshine,” advises McFarlane.

2 Lady Palm
Wekiva Foliage

The lady palm is an elegant, slow-growing palm well adapted to indoor growing that also happens to help with purifying and filtering the air. "Lady Palms prefer bright, indirect light, as too much unfiltered sun can cause leaf burn," says McFarlane.  "Because lady palms are slow-growing, it is important to check moisture levels prior to watering; water only when the top two inches of the soil are dry."

3 Triangle Ficus

If you’re a new plant parent and you need a beautiful big leaf plant that doesn't require huge amounts of work, consider the Triangle Ficus. The impressive, heart-shaped green leaves with stunning off-white outlines near the edges are shapable for your particular spaces. They love a ton of indirect light—direct light can damage the leaves, so it's best to keep them near well-lit areas without actually placing them in direct sunlight—and a standard potting soil mixed with common garden soil.

4 Hosta
Green Promise Farms

Native from Northeast Asia, the Hostas is shade tolerant and grows as a brilliant emerald green to silvery blue color leaves. Prop your plant in that shady corner of your house and plant them in rich organic soil with a slightly acidic pH.

5 Cast Iron Plant
Wekiva Foliage

The large green leaves of the cast iron plant would be best placed in a visible space in your living room, dining, or sitting room as it can grow up to three feet tall. Place in a location with low to moderate light, and avoid placing it in direct sunlight. It is a hardy, low-maintenance plant that will tolerate many environmental conditions.

6 Pin Stripe Calathea Plant in 6 in. Grower Pot
Wekiva Foliage

An eye-catcher known for its purifying effect, the calathea plant contributes to a healthier indoor climate. It needs only indirect sun to protect and keep its large foliage or leaves. While they can grow flowers indoors, they usually don't bloom. To care for your Calathea, place in indirect sunlight and keep the soil damp at all times.

7 Swiss Cheese Plant
American Plant Exchange

When you have a busy life, a low-maintenance plant is what you need for your space. The Swiss cheese plant favors a warm environment and creates a gorgeous corner in your house being that it is a climbing shrub with lush, glossy heart leaves. This plant likes moderate indoor temperatures with high humidity.

8 Corn Plant
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One of the oldest houseplants in terms of domestic popularity, the corn plant has been beloved by Europeans since the mid-1800s and in the US as early as the 20th-century. For those small apartments or tight spaces, choose the Corn Plant for its tall and narrow structure that reaches around 4 to 6 feet tall in containers. This indoor plant grows well with full shade of sun and doesn’t need a lot of water which will cause yellowing of the leaves.

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