There is no doubt that Instagram can be confusing. When a influencer of the plants shows a huge olive tree growing in his living room, the demand for these trees is skyrocketing.
But, unless you have high, practically glass ceilings at home to get through the winter (they love the light), these trees are destined to languish. And finally die. Too sad for a project that was intended to brighten the room.
Now, does this mean that we can not put any trees inside the house? Not quite. But let’s not think of huge specimens or sculptural towers that provide a green canopy of shade to the living room.
Rather, it is about choose discrete-sized trees, but that will continue to provide an imposing touch at home. [Más ideas verdes: aprende a construir un jardín vertical en tu casa.]
1. Are you looking for a tree for the living room? Try the Ficus triangularis
If you are considering having a tree indoors, this beautiful ficus is one of the first options you can consider. As its name suggests, the Ficus triangularis It has triangular, speckled leaves with a smooth pattern.
Now: for it to grow happily at home, you need to keep this tree away from the direct scorching sun, especially in summer. Although it will be happy if it receives the softest rays of light, first thing in the morning or late afternoon.
For the rest, the Ficus triangularis it copes quite well in low humidity conditions (don’t overdo it with the shower); and it is enough to water it every ten days, or when the soil in the pot is dry. Offers here.
If you live with cats or a dog, keep in mind that most plants of the genus Ficus they are toxic or irritating to them. Plus? These are 30 common plants that are dangerous for your cat.
2. Narrow-leaved fig or Ficus Alii
If you can keep it moist, the narrow-leaved fig tree, technically Ficus binnendijkii “Alii”, usually grows at a good rate; and it will present you with abundant long and fallen leaves, reminiscent of those of the weeping willow.
Another good news: the narrow-leaved fig tree will withstand your carelessness with the watering can almost stoically, and even resists the lack of abundant light with less qualms than other species of ficus.
However, it will appreciate that you keep it warm, with temperatures between 15 and 26ºC. A trick: remember to turn it during its growing season, so that your tree grows evenly in all directions, and does not shoot out of its pot in search of the sun’s rays. Deals here.
3. The fiddle fig tree (or queen of Instagram)
She is the undisputed queen of the moment on Instagram, and she is called the violin fig tree. Or, if we get your botanical passport, Ficus lyrata. But here social networks can be, again, tricky.
This beautiful tree, with huge leaves, and objectively beautiful, is a demanding option, and I would not recommend it for someone new to the universe of indoor plants; nor for those who are easily frustrated.
As much as you see it everywhere, the violin fig tree requires special pampering: watering every seven or ten days, and (almost essential) buying a humidity indicator (hygrometer), because this tree does not like the soil neither too dry nor too wet.
What’s more: for their leaves to stay beautiful, they need you to wet them, every other day, with a sprayer. It will also ask you to clean its sheets every week. Come on, the fiddle fig tree will test your patience. Deals here.
4. The common fig tree (Ficus carica)
A less exotic and less Instagram option, but safer? You can try the common fig tree (Ficus carica). This tree requires less intensive care than its fiddle-leaf cousin and will also gift you with a fragrant scent of figs.
Although, to grow happy (this is essential), you will also need a well-lit room. Water it once a week, and wait for the soil to dry (one or two days), before taking the watering can again. Deals here.
5. The avocado tree. And you can get it for free!
Are you looking for a tree for your home, beautiful, lush and, above all, free? Try the avocado tree! Its price in a nursery or store specialized in plants can easily be around 25 euros. But you can get it for free: you only need the pit of the avocado that you just ate.
In this article we will tell you how to transform an avocado bone from a supermarket into a tree. When you have it, remember that the avocado tree does not like soil that is neither too dry nor too wet; and that it will appreciate if you fertilize it or fertilize it every six or eight weeks.
In return, this relatively fast-growing tree soon it will fill your living room with a splendid green. And all of this for free. Deals here.
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