Monday, January 19, 2015

Indoor Trees for the Urban Dweller

Palms are popular indoor specimens. There’s a variety of them to choose from, and their big, leafy fronds are perfect as accents in your home.
These days, trees are a treasure. Many places, especially in urban areas, could use more trees amid the hard, gritty edges of concrete and the smog from the daily traffic. While suburban neighborhoods usually have roomier lawns for large specimens, city-dwellers often contend with very small green spaces, or having no lawn or garden to enjoy at all. 

As an option, look to these small trees that provide that bit of life, and that breath of fresh air, even in indoor spaces. Arrange them as you please in your home, or set them out by your door to bring some life to your exterior.

Fiddleleaf Fig
Named after its fiddle-shaped leaves, this type of fig can be placed under low light; it thrives best under medium to bright light. The gloss of its dark green leaves makes it attractive and easy to maintain -- just spray its leaves with water once in a while to keep the tree clean and dust-free.

Palms
Palms are immensely popular. They're hardy specimens with a wide range to choose from. Their big, leafy fronds are typically welcome in spacious corners or as secondary accents in living rooms, studies, hallways, patios, and other sitting areas. Place under medium light.

Ponytail Palm
Despite its name, the ponytail palm is, in actuality, a succulent. It stores moisture inside itself, enabling it to survive with little water. Its long, arching, needle-like leaves are great for roomy corners that need a touch of green mass and life. Place under bright light.

Rubber Tree
The rubber tree, named for the milky sap in its stems, grows into a fairly large tree, perfect as an accent piece in a room rather than as a corner tree. Prune or cut its stems to keep it in a manageable size, or as your living spaces would permit. Place under medium to bright light.

Weeping Fig
A small tree-like plant that needs a fair bit of watering and light, this type of fig has a dense, wide mass of branches and verdant, pointed leaves that make its presence obvious. Place under medium to bright light.

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