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Dec 29


It's no surprise that houseplants are still popular due to the numerous benefits they provide. Houseplants actually have it all, from their air purifying properties to the way they organically connect a room's dcor together. These plants, namely those in the "bright light" category, stand out the most in your house or workplace. They take center stage since they thrive in strong, indirect sunshine coming in through your windows.

Light-loving houseplants are often found in tropical and subtropical climates across the world. They thrive in open, sunny locations with only a little shade in their native warm climates. This category includes a wide range of species with varying sizes, shapes, and colors. Closer to your windows, skylights, and exterior doors is ideal, but keep them out of direct sunlight at all times.

We stock our greenhouses with a wide variety of high light indoor plants, just like we do with our low light and medium light houseplants. Take a peek at a few of our personal favorites.



Only Schefflera actinophylla and Schefflera arboricola are classified as "Umbrella Trees" among the hundreds of Schefflera species. This easy-to-care-for houseplant has a long lifespan inside and looks wonderful in almost any setting. It has a leafy appearance yet a tropical feel, and its distinctive growth pattern adds intrigue. Because of its glossy, oval leaves grouped in a palmate pattern that like umbrella stokes, the Schefflera is sometimes referred to as the "Umbrella Tree."

Schefflera actinophylla is a fast-growing plant that may grow up to 8 feet tall. As a result, it may need to be pruned to match your intended space. In general, you can trim as much as you like each Spring and still see new growth. The Schefflera arboricola, its dwarf sibling, has gained appeal as a shorter, more manageable variant of the actinophylla. The arboricola grows to a maximum height of 5 feet, making it a good fit for your house or workplace. The leaves of both Schefflera cultivars have variegation. Water only when the soil is dry, and dust leaves regularly but lightly to keep them clean.

The Schefflera arboricola may also be cultivated as a bonsai tree.



The Fiddle Leaf Fig is one of the most attractive and popular houseplants available. Ficus lyrata should be at the top of your list of high light houseplants to add to your collection because of its size, glossy look, and leaves that resemble fiddles (thus the name). They may grow to be 6 feet tall or greater, making them ideal for entertainment areas in your house. Because of their size, they are frequently used as floor plants, and as they develop, they will require larger pots. They have a reputation for being difficult to care for, but they make fantastic indoor plants provided you follow precise instructions to maintain their happiness.

Rotate your Fiddle Leaf Fig every few months and keep it near a sunny window. Before watering your Fig with lukewarm water, make sure the top inch of soil has dried off. Never let your plant sit in water, and keep an eye on its leaves for indicators that you need to adjust your watering schedule. Brown edges and falling leaves indicate that it needs more water, whilst spotting indicates that it has been over-watered. Wipe your Fig's leaves gently to remove dust as well. Provide them with nutrient-rich potting soil, moderate humidity, and room temperatures of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fun fact: They are native to West Africa and may reach heights of 40 feet in the forest!



Bromeliads are popular among gardeners because of their lovely foliage and magnificent flower centerpieces. Reds, pinks, purples, yellows, oranges, greens, and even striped and spotted combinations are among the color options. The "cups" in the heart of these tropical houseplants store water, which aids in the plant's nourishment.

Water should be placed among the bottom leaves of indoor plants, and any extra water in the cup might harm them. To avoid rot, replace the water in the cup often and spray the foliage of your Bromeliad. Both of these methods can help your houseplant live longer. As a general rule, the more light, humidity, and temperature your Bromeliad is exposed to, the more water is ideal for the cup. Temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal for your plant. Allow the plant cup and soil to nearly dry out between waterings. Drainage holes are required, and a well-drained soil is highly desirable.

Fun fact: They cling to trees and other structures in the wild to better collect moisture and sunshine.



It's true, we promise! This tropical houseplant has an apt name, since it appears to be made of rubber at first look. However, it is just this feature that distinguishes it from the rest of your collection. The Ficus elastica's exceptionally glossy, burgundy foliage contrasts nicely in their brightly-lit area in your house or workplace. Though they tolerate low light, the leaves will become green if grown in this environment. The majority of people claim that their Ficus elastica grows best near bright windows with sheer curtains, as the drapes help filter light and heat.

Water when the top inch of the soil becomes dry, like with most high light indoor plants. Water thoroughly until the water begins to drain, but be careful not to over-wet or water the leaves. Keep your Rubber Tree wet during the spring and summer by wiping the leaves with a damp towel. In the spring and summer, keep your space at a comfortable temperature and humidity level, and trim the height to your preference.

Ficus elastica is a near cousin of the Ficus lyrata, sometimes known as the Fiddle Leaf Fig.



Finally, English Ivy is a lovely vining houseplant that looks fantastic on windowsills and in hanging baskets near brilliantly light windows. Although they are classified as foliage plants inside, these evergreen perennials act as both groundcover and climbers. Your ivy may grow up to 50 feet long in its first year, with modest growth that accelerates dramatically in succeeding years. On either side of its stems, it produces heart/star-shaped, green leaves that vary in size and tint.

Cooler environments with abundance of indirect sunlight are preferred by English Ivy. In the winter, keep the soil wet with fewer waterings. It will be several years before you have to repot your Ivy since it generates aerial roots that continue to grow outside of the container. When it comes to propagation, just clip the stem tips and gift them to friends and family as stem cuttings!

Fun fact: English ivy is regarded as one of the best indoor plants for air purification.