We’re used to seeing trees lining our streets and parks and in suburban gardens. But when you see a tree in a conservatory, living room or office, it becomes even more magical. Trees, like plants, have the ability to remove toxins from the air. So if you’ve ever needed an excuse to bring the outdoors in— this is it.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvate)
It might look a little messy, but there’s something quite endearing about the Ponytail Palm. It’s hard to miss with its wild tangle of weeping leaves and is best suited to rooms that get a lot of light.
When the palm is young, it resembles an onion plant, but as it grows slowly, the trunk develops a bark that resembles texture of an elephant. That’s also why it’s sometimes called ‘elephant foot tree’.
The Ponytail Palm only needs to be watered every one or two weeks. But the leaves do contain a high amount of saponin, so if you have dogs or cats that like to nibble, keep this plant away from them.
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
The Weeping Fig is a popular indoor tree that can be found in many homes. Their trunks are often braided, giving the tree a topiary look. Like most indoor trees, it’s a slow grower. But you can prune the branches slightly to control the growth and shape the tree.
Weeping Figs don’t react well to change and tend to drop their leaves if moved too often. Find a spot that gets a lot of indirect light and leave it there. There’s no need to overwater your Weeping Fig, and in winter, it’s best to keep the soil a bit drier.
Dragon tree (Dracaena marginaa)
With such a striking name, the Dragon Tree to make a statement in any room. There are three varieties: one with a dark outer edge to its leaves, another with a green centre and red and yellow stripes, and a third which has thick red edges.
Because it’s so easy to care for, it has become a popular tree indoor tree with many homeowners. But the plant is toxic for cats and dogs so you’ll need to keep your pets away from it.
Bamboo palm (Chamaehorea seifrizii)
Potted bamboos are another attractive tree that’s easy to grow indoors. They add a real tropical feel to living spaces and don’t require much care. They require indirect, bright light so pay attention to where you place them if you want them to thrive.
Check the soil in your pots and if it feels a little dry, you can water your Bamboo Palm with a little room-temperature water. Add a little time-release fertiliser during the growing season and your indoor Bamboo Palm with thrive.
Natal Mahogany (Trichilia emetic)
This is the ideal indoor tree for those of us who tend to overwater plants. Although you shouldn’t drench a Natal Mahogany, it will be far more forgiving if you do, compared to many other indoor plants.
It also tolerates low light levels well and will grow indoors. You can always cut back the growth to the height you prefer and the tree will continue to branch.
Indoor trees provide enormous benefits to homes and offices. They improve indoor air quality which has a tangible effect on the health and happiness of the people who live and work in the space.
If you’d like to know more about introducing a tree to your indoor space, give Brands Tree Fellers a call and our horticulturist will happily provide you with the right advice.