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Which tree to choose for a green interior?

All it takes is a touch of greenery to add charm to the house. Whether in town or in the countryside, it is always possible to create a green and original interior. The choice will be between decorative or fruit trees. If the available space is limited, the ideal is to opt for flowering plants or cacti for example.

The dragon tree or Dracaena

Dracena deremensis Lemon Lime
Dracena deremensis Lemon Lime

the dragon tree is one of the most widely traded indoor trees. It comes in different species recognizable by:

 

  • their shape;
  • the color of their foliage.

The dragon tree has leaves:

  • between 4 and 7 cm wide for Dracaena fragrans;
  • between 2 and 3 cm wide for Dracaena deremensis;
  • 1 cm wide and with red edges for Dracaena marginata.

Lesser-known varieties like Dracaena sanderiana and Dracaena surculosa are also aesthetic.

Polyscias: an exotic shrub

Easy to grow, the Polyscias stands out for its cut, decorative and persistent foliage. This indoor shrub is perfect to bring a touch of nature all year round in the house. It is generally between 1 and 1.5 m high. To maintain the beauty of its foliage, the Polyscias should be exposed to light, but not to the sun. This tropical plant thrives thanks to generous watering. She likes temperatures above 18 ° C. It is not recommended to install it near radiators which risk dehydrating it. In addition, its leaves tend to turn yellow in an environment that is too dry. Here are some examples of Polyscias species:

Polyscias balfouriana
Polyscias balfouriana
  • Polyscias balfouriana;
  • Polyscias guilfoylei;
  • Polyscias filicifolia;
  • the Polyscias roble.
Phoenix canariensis
Phoenix canariensis

the Phoenix is also ideal for bringing an exotic touch to the home. This ornamental plant is valued for its aesthetic trunk and elegant foliage.

Yucca: the desert tree

Elephantip Yucca
Elephantip Yucca

the yucca appreciates:

  • hot, dry air;
  • a location in full sun.

It offers an impressive flowering that can be:

  • cup or bell;
  • white or cream.
Yucca - Ferm Living
Green zone atmosphere in front of a window with a yucca in the center – Ferm Living

Its enormous cone-shaped ears are capable of reaching 1 or 2 m in height. Nevertheless, this desert plant rarely flowers indoors. The ideal room temperature is between 15 and 18 ° C. Regarding its maintenance, the yucca requires watering 2 or 3 times a week. In addition, the supply of liquid fertilizer is necessary at least once a month.

Jacaranda, Metrosideros and clerodendron

Jacaranda mimosifolia
Jacaranda mimosifolia

The jacaranda, a subtropical tree, is prized for:

  • its superb purple trumpet-shaped bloom;
  • its fern leaves.

To obtain a better flowering, it is advisable to plant the jacaranda in a sunny place. Regarding its maintenance, it is important to remove only the diseased or broken branches. In addition, the jacaranda is likely to attract whiteflies and aphids when grown indoors.

the Metrosideros is arguably the hardiest indoor tree. Often used as a Christmas tree, it is prized for its beautiful bloom with red stamens that blooms at the end of the year.

Metrosideros
Metrosideros

the clerodendron offers cup or tubular flowers. When flowering is complete, the calyx encloses a fruit in the shape of a shiny and decorative drupe.

Clerodendron flowers
Clerodendron

Fruit trees

Fruit trees are the best allies to enjoy a green setting in the house.

This indoor tree finds its place on a bright veranda. To accentuate this country spirit, the ideal is to create windows overlooking a green exterior.

  • The coconut palm or cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera

This indoor tree recalls the beauty of exotic beaches. Successful cultivation far from the tropical climate is nevertheless a great challenge. Young plants are decorative, but difficult to keep.

  • The calamondin or apartment orange tree
Calamondin in pot
Calamondin in pot

This plant is ideal for container cultivation. It gives pretty oranges if it is exposed to the sun and watered regularly.

Where to install indoor trees?

Indoor trees are great for beautifying:

  • living room ;
  • the kitchen ;
  • the bathroom ;
  • an office area;
  • the dining room.

Other ideas for a successful botanical decoration

In addition to indoor trees, various aesthetic plants provide a green decoration if space is limited.

Serissa phoetida Bonsai 8 years old
Serissa phoetida Bonsai 8 years old

Less exotic, bonsai are perfect for creating a exotic atmosphere. These miniature trees are originally from Japan. They are grown in pots to retard their growth and make them decorative plants. It is possible to choose any species of shrub or tree to create a bonsai. It all depends on the tastes and habits of each person in terms of maintenance. Note that bonsai is not recommended for fans of Feng Shui decoration. They will opt without hesitation for flowering plants such as:

  • the yellow chrysanthemum associated with an easy life;
  • the narcissus which symbolizes great luck;
  • the hibiscus which retains love and passion;
  • the lily, prized for its appearance and beautiful fragrance;
  • the peony that embodies prosperity, immortality and love.

Hanging plants are a great alternative to brighten up a blank wall in a small home.

Cacti are timeless, low-maintenance houseplants. They are perfect for those who don’t have a green thumb. In summer, weekly watering is sufficient. When these plants are in winter rest, there is no need to water them. Their stems and roots will be at risk of rotting.

Crassula
Crassula

It is possible to choose between different varieties of cacti such as:

  • aloes;
  • agaves;
  • the crassulas;
  • the echeverias.
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