Lush, exotic houseplants remind us of tropical paradises like Bali and Mauritius. But instead of packing your suitcase, you can simply bring the trendy flair into your own four walls.
Narrow leaves are the hallmark of the long-leaved fig (Ficus binnendijkii ‘Amstel King’). The window leaf (Monstera deliciosa) is pulled on the moss stick to which it clings with its long aerial roots
Urban jungle – with this trend, everything is definitely in the green! With exotic houseplants, you not only bring a piece of nature into your home but almost an entire jungle. Whether standing on the floor, hanging from shelves and hanging baskets, or draped on window sills – tropical houseplants spread their positive energy in the indoor garden at home and ensure that we feel completely at ease.
Particularly large-leaved or exotic-looking decorative leaf plants such as the elephant ear (Alocasia mycorrhizas) or the window leaf (Monstera deliciosa) create a tropical flair in the living room. In the following, we will introduce you to the most beautiful specimens and give you tips on how to care for exotic species.
Exotic houseplants at a glance
- Indoor aralia (Fatsia japonica)
- Window leaf (Monstera deliciosa)
- Elephant ear (Alocasia macrorrhizos)
- Climbing philodendron (Philodendron scandens)
- Flamingo flower (Anthurium andreanum)
- Ornamental pepper (Peperomia caperata)
- Mosaic plant (Fittonia verschaffeltii)
Exotic houseplants for the indoor jungle
Indoor aralia (Fatsia japonica) and elephant ear (Alocasia mycorrhizas) exude a tropical flair
The fingered leaves of the indoor aralia (Fatsia japonica) look like a painting. Creamy white dotted leaf margins make the new ‘Spiderweb’ variety something special. Room items grow quickly and feel most comfortable in partially shaded places. Older plants can develop white panicles between October and November.
Another exotic houseplant is the elephant ear (Alocasia mycorrhizas). By the way, “elephant’s ear” is a very appropriate name for the potted plant, the giant leaves of which create an Amazon feeling. The tropical perennial can grow up to two meters tall in a pot.
The climbing philodendron (Philodendron scandens) is a sophisticated eye-catcher in the room
Climbing Philodendron (Philodendron scandens) can be led upwards on a moss stick or held as a traffic light plant. Tip: The shoots can be draped particularly nicely between dry clematis tendrils.
Nicely lined up: large flamingo flowers (Anthurium andreanum), ornamental pepper (Peperomia caperata ‘Schumi Red’), and mosaic plant (Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘Mont Blanc’)
Flamingo flowers (Anthurium andreanum), which like rainforest plants like it warm and humid, inspire exotic flowers. Decorative pepper (Peperomia caperata ‘Schumi Red’) and the mosaic plant (Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘Mont Blanc’) are delicate companions.
Wallpapers with botanical prints are all the rage
You can reinforce the trendy urban jungle look with matching accessories and colors. Botanical patterns can now be found on many textiles such as pillows as well as on wallpaper and dishes. Natural materials such as rattan, wood, and wicker complete the look. A popular motif – for example on wallpaper – is the window leaf with its striking leaf silhouette. Pots with easy-care zamie, ferns, and climbing plants such as ivy add lively greenery.
These tropical houseplants should not be missing at home
The beloved room green can be found on the wall. Monstera and colorwork (caladium) serve as sources of inspiration. Tip: Individual leaves of potted plants can also be used as stylish and long-lasting vase decorations
Dragon tree (Dracaena marginata) and bow hemp (Sansevieria), two indestructible beginner plants, are ideal for plant lovers with little time. Small potted plants in basket planters can be arranged on a wall ladder and a chest bench
The golden fruit plant (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) is native to Madagascar, the umbrella palm (Livistona rotundifolia) originally comes from Java. Both feel comfortable all year round when they are warm in the room
The Efeutute (Epipremnum pinnatum) develops meter-long shoots with good care and quickly forms a green curtain. Their leaves also filter pollutants from the air
The trio of banana trees, cycads and hare paw ferns (Davallia) is just right for the holiday paradise at home. Its hairy rhizomes wrap around the pot
Practical tips for exotic houseplants
So that your exotic roommates also feel comfortable with you, you should follow these tips:
- Try to avoid dry heating air. Since most ornamental foliage plants come from areas with high humidity, they would only suffer if the air was too dry. If you want to do something good for your tropical houseplants, you can spray the leaves once a week with water that is low in lime.
- Rootballs of exotic houseplants should always be protected from the cold with a mat.
- Large leaves should be dusted off with a soft cloth if necessary. Tropical houseplants also usually have no objection to an occasional shower.
- Water carefully: House plants are often sensitive to a soil that is too dry or too moist.
- In the less light weeks in winter, shade-compatible plants should also be given a place by the window.
- Check your exotics regularly for pests so that you can intervene early if necessary.
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