The Best Species To Grow Indoors – Grow Trees Without A Garden!

As more and more people decide to live in the cities, gardening space is sure to be affected. That’s the reason why indoor gardening has started to gain popularity among urban dwellers. It can be very challenging especially if you’re new to gardening, but is always worth the effort!

There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing an indoor plant, from cactus and succulents all the way to foods like garlic. However, having a tree inside your house takes indoor gardening to the next level. Just a single tree in a room is enough as a piece of furniture — that’s how big of an impact an indoor tree has.

If you’re wondering which trees can be grown indoors, read on to get to know them.

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Yucca

The yucca tree is an excellent addition to a contemporary home with its pointy leaves that form in groups of three. They have low water requirements and are even somewhat drought tolerant. There are more than 20 species of yucca plants with colouration ranging from green to bluish.

Caring tips: Try to place the yucca tree in a partially shaded area of the house and avoid direct sunlight for better leaf color. It can grow in a soil with poor quality, but it should be well-draining and heavy enough to hold the plant upright.
Yucca

Umbrella Tree

If your house doesn’t get direct sunlight or you have north-facing windows, the umbrella tree is a good choice. They require very little maintenance so they won’t take up too much of your precious time. It has distinctive horizontal spoke-like leaves which usually have around eight large dark-green leaflets.

Caring tips: Although it can take care of itself, the umbrella tree is prone to mites and scale, so that’s something that you need to keep an eye on. It requires constant moisture but don’t let it sit in a tray of stagnant water. Occasional pruning is suggested, but be sure to avoid the common tree care mistake of over pruning. It can be a fine line between just the right amount, and too much. Going too far can fatally damage your tree.
Umbrella Tree

Citrus

If you want a fruit-bearing tree that can be grown indoors, citrus is an excellent choice. It’s a great way to keep your home smelling fresh and clean. And if you take the time to pollinate the flowers, you’re sure to be rewarded with fruits.

Caring tips: Unfortunately, citrus trees need a lot of attention and time. It requires a lot of sunlight, water, humidity, and fertilizer. It’s highly recommended that you place it on top of a humidity tray and take it outside whenever you can.
Indoor Citrus

Bonsai

Bonsais are beautiful works of art! Although the majority of them are best kept outside, there are certain species of bonsais that can be grown indoors. Growing and caring for a bonsai tree takes a lot of patience so keep that in mind.

Whether you grow your bonsai from seed or a tree cutting, the result is still the same as long as you maintain it properly — a living and magnificent-looking piece of art!

Bonsai trees are also perfect if you’re tight on space and can’t grow a larger plant in your home. Depending on the species, they can be anywhere from two inches to eighty inches tall, though you’re unlikely to grow the latter in your home.

Caring tips: Bonsai thrive best when they get enough sunlight so make sure you place them in areas where the sun shines through. Artificial lighting can also be used if you live in an area that doesn’t get as much natural light. The key to keeping the beauty and grace of your bonsai tree is regular pruning.
Bonsai

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Norfolk Island Pine

These are also known as ‘indoor Christmas trees’, but they make good year-round houseplants as well. Provided that you take good care of them, these trees will look great whatever the season is. Do note, that there isn’t a dwarf variety of this tree.

Caring tips: The Norfolk Island Pine should be kept in an area with medium to bright light. Water it moderately to keep the soil moist but not too much. These things can grow up to 100 feet outdoors, and an indoor tree will grow about 2 feet each year so keep this in mind.
Norfolk Island Pine

Madagascar Dragon Tree

This plan is one of the easiest indoor plants to grow. It has spiky leaves which serve as its distinctive feature and can grow up to six feet tall. If you have pets though, make sure that you put it in a place they can’t reach as the leaves of the dragon tree are poisonous to animals.

Caring tips: The dragon tree can survive on its own, even without being watered for long periods of time. Aside from making sure that your pets don’t get their hands on its leaves, there’s pretty much nothing else that you should worry about.
Madagascar Dragon Tree

Weeping Fig

This is one of the best plants to grow if you’re looking to improve the quality of air inside your home. That’s because it has one of the top removal rates of toxins like formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene from the contaminated indoor air. Aside from that, it can also stand toe-to-toe with a bonsai when it comes to beauty and majestic.

Caring tips: The key to growing the weeping fig successfully is getting its placement right the first time. It’s extremely important because this plant has been known to drop its leaves when moved around. Place it in a bright but with the indirect light area while keeping it away from drafts.
Weeping Fig

Money Tree

The money tree is a nice-looking plant which often has their slender trunks braided together. It requires very little maintenance and is ideal for artificially-lit areas. In Chinese Feng Shui, this plant is believed to bring good luck and probably money to its owner, hence the name.

Caring tips: The money tree rarely needs to be pruned, but it’s highly advised to do so if you see any damaged or dead plant material. It can thrive with infrequent watering but make sure to let the soil dry in between.
Money Tree

Rubber Tree

Rubber trees have large, glossy leaves that are dark-green in colour. Because of this, it adds a good contrast to pale paint colours. The rubber tree makes a perfect focal point as well which is sure to make your visitors admire its simple beauty.

Caring tips: Rubber trees doesn’t like to sit in water, so a well-draining soil is important. It needs a lot of bright light to grow well but not direct sunlight. Signs that it needs more sunlight is when you see the lower leaves fall off, the plant becomes leggy, and the leaves lose their luster.
Rubber Tree

Conclusion

Although they’re a lot smaller compared to outdoor trees, but you should still look after them in the same ways. Indoor trees are a great alternative to common house plants and bring nature closer to you. And don’t forget about all the benefits gardening offers regardless if it’s done indoors or outdoors.
The Best Species To Grow Indoors – Grow Trees Without A Garden!
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Tina Martino
 

My passion is gardening. Along with my husband and children, each year we grow a garden large enough to provide our family of five with over half of our needed produce. Besides vegetables and a small berry patch, I also focus my attention on beautifying our home with strategically placed flowers, herbs, and flowering plants. Gardening is more than just a hobby; it is a way of life.