5 indoor trees to install in your home
To bring a touch of greenery into your home, Le Figaro offers you a selection of trees adapted to this enclosed space.
Vegetation, in the form of shrubs, is increasingly entering our interiors.
Polyscias is an evergreen shrub with intense green leaves. Originally from Asia, it can reach up to around 1.60 meters. This tropical plant from the Araliaceae family needs soil, if possible non-limestone, always slightly humid, thanks to regular watering. It must be exposed indirectly to the sun and be installed in a room where the temperature is above 16°C. To make it grow again, you can repot and prune it once a year, at the beginning of spring, with a special potting soil for indoor plants. Due to its toxicity, it should be avoided if you have young children and animals.
The lemon tree
The lemon tree is a shrub native to Iran, from the Rutaceae family. This citrus fruit with evergreen green foliage reveals, depending on the period, white flowers and lemons intense yellow, provided the soil is well drained and its pH is slightly acidic. Install it in a sunny location – ideally facing south or south-east – and away from drafts. You can take care of it with a soil suitable for citrus fruits and by watering it regularly but without excess. Pruning can be done once the lemons have fallen.
Calamondin, a compact citrus fruit with shiny evergreen foliage, comes from Asia. Born from a cross between the kumquat and the mandarin tree, it belongs to the rutaceae family. It is grown in pots in neutral or slightly acidic, light, well-drained soil. It also needs non-direct exposure to natural light and to be sheltered from drafts. It will produce fragrant white flowers and fruits resembling small oranges, which has earned it the nickname “house orange tree”.
The weeping fig tree
The weeping fig tree or ficus benjamina is an indoor shrub native to India, from the Moraceae family. It has evergreen leaves and white flowers. For it to be at its maximum splendor, it needs acidic to slightly acidic soil, non-direct light and moderate watering (twice a week in summer and once in winter). Also spray the leaves with non-calcareous water from time to time.
Place it in a room with a temperature between 15 and 22°C, away from drafts and the radiator. You can repot it approximately every two years, at the beginning of spring.
From the Bignoniaceae family, the jacaranda is a tropical tree with a slender shape and deciduous foliage. It is originally from Latin America. Plant it in a pot exposed to non-direct natural light, in ordinary, well-drained soil, slightly moist. It requires regular watering (twice a week in summer and three times a month in winter) but the water must not remain stagnant otherwise the roots will rot. Its flowers are lavender colored during spring. You can repot the jacaranda every two years.