There's no need to get away when every day's a staycation in a tropical destination. Even if you aren't swimming in sweet humidity, per se, you can still turn your home into a relaxing jungle paradise by making some room for these exotic house plants.
1. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Where It's From: Tropical regions of the Americas and southeastern Asia
Why We Love Them: They're relatively easy to care for and help purify the air.
The Care: These enjoy partial shade and only need to be watered once a week — they'll actually tell you when they’re thirsty because they'll start to droop a little. Peace lilies thrive in humid environments between 65-85 degrees F.
2. Urn Plant (Aechmea fasciata)
Where It's From: Central and South America
Why We Love Them: Urn plants are a beginner houseplanter’s best friend. You don’t really need to worry about upkeep because they thrive in most indoor environments. Plus the silver leaves and bright pink flowers will make you look like a master gardener right off the bat. (Fake it ‘til you make it, right?)
The Care: They love bright light, but keep them out of direct, hot sun. Because they’re epiphytes (plants that grows on other plants), they don’t need soil, but can be kept in a cup or tank with water and a little organic matter like moss, orchid mix or bark. Just make sure to keep the water fresh — the bacteria that grows in stagnant water can infect and ultimately kill your plant.
3. Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes)
Where It's From: Southeast Asia, Australia, India, and Madagascar
Why We Love Them: Not only are they carnivorous, but pitcher plants are the only plant species known to consume whole rats (a story for another day). What does that mean for your life? You can achieve exotic jungle status while also managing pests!
The Care: Pitcher plants like bright light without direct sun, and they need to stay moist with purified water. They thrive in environments from 55-95 degrees Fahrenheit. These only need a couple bugs a month to survive, which most will catch naturally under normal conditions. However, if you boast an especially bug-free home, feel free to add a tiny insect every once in a while to help out.
4. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
Where It's From: Rainforests of Central America and southern Mexico
Why We Love Them: The big green split leaves have a cool, funky look that's different from most houseplant varieties. Plus these plants get huge and live for many years if taken care of, making them ideal for your indoor jungle.
The Care: They prefer indirect light, high humidity and a temperature between 68-86 F. Give it a trellis or support sticks so it can climb as it gets big and strong, and water when the top of the soil dries.
5. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
Where It's From: South Africa and Mozambique
Why We Love Them: Jade plants are a sign of luck and prosperity, and with some TLC, they can last a lifetime.
The Care: Water your jade on a schedule so the top soil stays moist, but not soaked — most issues with Jade are caused by lack of watering. They also love light, so give them all the sunshine.
Bonus tips your plants will appreciate
- Make sure your thermostat is set to the preferred temperature range.
- Keep temp-sensitive plants away from drafty windows and doors.
- Give humidity-happy plants extra moisture — you can set up a humidifier, mist them occasionally or place them on trays filled with pebbles and water so the roots can stay moist without actually sitting in the water.