Indoor Gardening

Tropical Indoor Plants

Here are some tropical indoor plants to start cultivating your plant jungle plus some tips on how to keep them alive and healthy.

Our favourite picks on tropical indoor plants and how to care for them.

1. Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise in a grey pot, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Bird of Paradise plants are great because they are hardy, tolerant of a variety of conditions and create a dramatic impact with their size and large, flat leaves.

2. Elephant’s Ear

Elephant's Ear plant with lush green leaves, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Elephant’s Ears are perfect for cultivating your indoor jungle as they have fast growing foliage and large, bright green leaves.

3. Peace Lily

Peace Lily, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Peace lilies are already a house plant staple, and will add a great touch to your jungle as they produce white flowers to break through the varying tones of green your home will soon become.

4. Ficus Elastica

Ficus Elastica, one of the best trees for indoor jungle cultivation.

Ficus Elastica comes in a variety of colours and sizes, and like the bird of paradise, will create a statement piece for your home. With different colours to match your house colour scheme, you can’t go wrong with a Ficus Elastica.

Need help caring for your ficus elastica? Check out our care guide for more information on how to keep your ficus elastica happy.

5. Bromeliads

Bromeliads, an indoor tropical plant jungle must-have.

Bromeliads are a really interesting plant! Their leaf formation resembles a succulent’s rosette, but its tropical foliage and bright red colour are bound to create an accent of warm colour in your home.

6. Anthurium

Anthurium, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Anthuriums, like peace lilies, have beautiful flowers that are similar in appearance. While most tropical plants are often lush green, this plant is the spark your home needs to add some bright colour and fun.

7. Pothos

Pothos or Devil's Ivy, a tropical plant garden staple.

Here at Botanique Lane, we love pothos. We just can’t get enough! They’re easy to grow, can be styled to suit your room and their leaves are so satisfying to touch. With our other picks being catered toward plants that sit on surfaces of your home, Pothos can be hung in baskets, draped over bookshelves or climb up your walls!

Here is a care guide on how to ensure your pothos is happy!

8. Syngonium

Syngoniums, perfect, fast growing  tropical indoor plants.

Syngoniums come in a variety of colours and variegations. There are even groups of collectors dedicated to sharing their different varieties with one another because there are so many different types! While some can come at a steep price, standard pixie syngoniums will provide a fresh pop of light green to your home.

9. Philodendron Congo

Philodendron Congo, perfect tropical indoor plants.

There are a variety of species like the Jogo, Emerald, Moonlight and typical green. Philodendron Congos are fast growing and like most tropical plants, are easily rooted in water. This large plant will make a statement piece for any room of your house, and is easily shared with friends that marvel at your beautiful plant.

10. Monstera

Monstera, an indoor plant must-have and staple for your indoor plant jungle cultivation.

Monsteras are likely the most popular indoor plant at the moment, and with good reason. They are fast growing, easy to propagate and have unique foliage that feature cut out holes. There isn’t much not to love about monsteras. That’s why they are the perfect addition to your indoor jungle.

11. Pilea

Pileas, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Who can resist a good pilea? Their leaf shape is adorable and when in the right conditions, will sprout new leaves for you constantly. Just give it a skewer to climb up and your pilea will be happy!

12. Parlor Palm

Parlor Palm, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Parlor palms are one of my household favourites because they are so easy to take care of. Unlike our other tropical plant picks, parlor palms have narrow, thin leaves that adds a new visual texture into the mix. They come in a wide range of sizes, from ones that will sit as an accent to your study desk to large plants that could frame your entrance.

Now that you’re ready to purchase your new tropical indoor plants, check out our article on types of plant pots for information on pots best suited to your plants and your home.

Indoor Gardening Maintenance Plant Highlight

Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica) Care Guide

The Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica) is a popular, ornamental indoor plant that range in height from 30 centimetres to 2.5 metres in height.

There are a variety of rubber plants that are commonly available, including the ficus elastica decora, ficus elastica robusta, ficus elastica burgundy and variegated varieties which feature lime green, pink and white leaves.

Common Problems

  1. Loss of leaves – often due to overwatering, low temperatures, insufficient light or cold drafts. To remedy the loss of leaves, move your plant to a brighter location and change the soil.
  2. Leaf edges yellowing – could be due to poor soil, overwatering and under-feeding.
  3. Pests – the most common are mealy bugs, mites and scale.

Common Mistakes

  1. Over watering
  2. Moving the plant around excessively
  3. Placing your rubber plant in a location that experiences sudden drops in temperature and cold drafts

Care Requirements/Guide

Watering: Ensure that your plant pot has sufficient drainage and allows water to escape the base of the pot. Deepwater your plant when the soil is dry to the touch and wait until the soil is dry again to water it again.

Light: Rubber plants can survive in low light conditions, but bright, indirect light is ideal to see your plant thrive.

Temperature: The ideal temperature range for a rubber plant is 15-24 degrees celsius. Avoid temperatures that drop below 12 degrees celsius.

Soil: The soil for your rubber plant needs to be well-aerated. A recommended potting mix for the rubber plant is made from 1 part peat, 1 part pine bark, 1 part coarse sand or perlite to ensure that water flows through and drains properly.

Repotting: Repot your rubber plant when it becomes root bound and stops producing new leaves. Repotting into a larger pot with more soil will encourage new growth of both the root system and its leaves.

Fertiliser: Feed your rubber plant during sprint and summer with a diluted fertiliser every two weeks.

Pruning: If you want a shorter, fuller appearance for your plant, cut off the top branch and prune back any unwanted branches. Pruning in Spring or Summer is ideal.

Cleaning: Your plant’s leaves will need a gentle wipe with a damp cloth to ensure the leaves are glossy and dust-free so they can absorb the sunlight.

Toxicity Warning

All parts of the rubber plant (Ficus Elastica) are poisonous to pets if ingested.

In humans, the sap of the rubber tree can cause serious rash or irritation if handled by bare hands or exposed to bare skin.

If you have pets that will chew nearly any plant, check out our article on pet safe indoor plants.

Where to Buy Rubber Plant

Rubber Tree