Tall Houseplants (10 Plants That Can Grow To 6 Feet Or More!)


Some houseplants take up lots of space and make a statement in your home.  Others climb whatever they can find and seem to trail up and around your house endlessly.

So, what are some tall houseplants?  Tall houseplants include: Blue Ginger, Corn Plant, Croton, Dragonfruit, Dwarf Umbrella Tree, Philodendron, Pink Lantern, Pothos, Ti Plant, and Wax Plant.  Some of these houseplants can tolerate shade, while others need full sun.

Of course, if you have low ceilings, you might want to avoid some of the taller plants, or keep them in a small container to limit their size.

In this article, we’ll talk about 10 tall houseplants for your home.  We’ll also take a look at what they need for light, water, and other important growth factors.

Let’s get started.

10 Tall Houseplants

There are plenty of tall houseplants that make a good addition to your home, but here are 10 to start with:

  • Blue Ginger
  • Corn Plant
  • Croton
  • Dragonfruit
  • Dwarf Umbrella Tree
  • Philodendron
  • Pink Lantern
  • Pothos
  • Ti Plant
  • Wax Plant

Let’s begin with Blue Ginger.

Blue Ginger

Blue Ginger (Dichorisandra thyrisflora) is a houseplant that produces small (less than 1 inch) blue flowers from late summer to fall.  The shiny leaves of this perennial plant are evergreen, and the plant has rhizomes and tubers underground.

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Blue GInger is a houseplant with small blue flowers.
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Blue Ginger needs moderate to wet moisture levels.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Blue Ginger is a tropical plant that likes partial shade and tolerates humidity.  It prefers a slightly acidic to neutral soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.3).

Blue Ginger prefers warm temperatures.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 9a (as cold as 20 degrees Fahrenheit or -7 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 6 to 8 feet in nature.

You can propagate Blue Ginger by division or with stem cuttings.

You can learn more about Blue Ginger from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Blue Ginger bulbs from the Nursery at TyTy.

Corn Plant

Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans) is an evergreen shrub that can be kept as a houseplant.  The leaves are dark green with yellow edges, and the plant has tiny (less than 1 inch) white flowers.

Corn Plant
Corn Plant is an evergreen shrub with green leaves and yellow edges. It makes a good houseplant if you want something that can grow tall.

Corn Plant needs moderate moisture levels, and it tolerates humidity.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Corn Plant can tolerate partial shade, but it prefers full sun.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.8).

Corn Plant can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 9b (as cold as 25 degrees Fahrenheit or -4 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 6 to 8 feet indoors.

You can propagate Corn Plant by stem cuttings.

You can learn more about Corn Plant from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Corn Plant from Plantvine.

Croton

Croton (Codiaeum variegatum) is a tall evergreen shrub that can be kept as a houseplant.  The leaves are broad and green with yellow, orange, or red coloring.

Croton
Croton is an evergreen shrub that can grow quite tall and is suitable for use as a houseplant.

Croton needs moderate moisture levels, but it tolerates both drought and humidity.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Croton can tolerate partial shade, but it prefers full sun.  It prefers slightly acidic soil (pH of 6.1 to 6.5).

Croton can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 10a (as cold as 30 degrees Fahrenheit or -1 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 6 to 8 feet indoors.

You can propagate Croton by layering, stem cuttings, or tip cuttings.

You can learn more about Croton from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Croton from Woodie’s Garden Goods.

Dragonfruit

Dragonfruit (Selenicereus monacanthus) is a tall cactus that can be kept as a houseplant.  The leaves are long with hairy spines, and it can produce large (6 to 12 inch) flowers that can turn into fruit.

Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit is a tall cactus that has thin hairy spines and produces fruit.

Dragonfruit needs moderate to dry moisture levels, but it tolerates humidity.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Dragonfruit can tolerate partial shade, but it prefers full sun.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.5).

Dragonfruit can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 10a (as cold as 30 degrees Fahrenheit or -1 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of over 8 feet indoors.

You can propagate Dragonfruit by stem cuttings.

You can learn more about Dragonfruit from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Dragonfruit from Fast Growing Trees.

Dwarf Umbrella Tree

Dwarf Umbrella Tree (Schefflera arboricola) is an evergreen shrub that can be kept as a houseplant.  The leaves are broad and can have some white coloring when variegated.

Dwarf Umbrella Tree
Dwarf Umbrella Tree is an evergreen shrub that can grow quite tall as a houseplant.

Dwarf Umbrella Tree needs moderate moisture levels, but it tolerates humidity.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Dwarf Umbrella Tree can tolerate partial shade, but it prefers full sun.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.8).

Dwarf Umbrella Tree can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 9b (as cold as 25 degrees Fahrenheit or -4 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 6 to 8 feet indoors, with a width of 4 to 6 feet.

You can propagate Dwarf Umbrella Tree by stem cuttings.

You can learn more about Dwarf Umbrella Tree from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Dwarf Umbrella Tree from Woodie’s Garden Goods.

Philodendron

Philodendron is an evergreen herb that can be kept as a houseplant.  The leaves are green and can have some white coloring when variegated (such as Philodendron White Knight).

Philodendron
Philodendron is an evergreen herb that has vines that will grow up and around anything it can find to climb on and attach itself to!

Philodendron needs moderate moisture levels, but it tolerates humidity.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Philodendron can tolerate partial shade or full sun.  It prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.3).

Philodendron can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 9b (as cold as 25 degrees Fahrenheit or -4 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 6 to 8 feet or more indoors, and its trailing vines will climb up and across walls if you give it hooks or something else to hang onto!

You can propagate Philodendron by stem cuttings.

You can learn more about Philodendron from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Philodendron from Woodie’s Garden Goods.

Pink Lantern

Pink Lantern (Medinilla magnifica) is an evergreen shrub that can be kept as a houseplant.  The leaves are long, green, and curved, and the plant produces showy tiny (less than 1 inch) pink flowers that can turn into fruit.

Pink Lantern
Pink Lantern is an evergreen shrub that produces long green leaves and tiny pink flowers.

Pink Lantern needs moderate moisture levels, but it tolerates humidity.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Pink Lantern needs partial or full shade.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.8).

Pink Lantern can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 10 (as cold as 30 degrees Fahrenheit or -1 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 5 to 8 feet or more indoors, with a width of 2 to 4 feet.

You can propagate Pink Lantern by stem cuttings.

You can learn more about Pink Lantern from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Philodendron from Logee’s.

Pothos

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is an epiphytic drought tolerant evergreen vine that can be kept as a houseplant or in the classroom.

Pothos
Pothos is an epiphytic drought tolerant evergreen vine that can grow tall as a houseplant.

Pothos needs moderate to dry moisture levels.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Pothos likes partial or full shade.  It prefers slightly acidic soil (pH of 6.1 to 6.5).

Pothos cannot tolerate much cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 9b (as cold as 25 degrees Fahrenheit or -4 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 6 feet indoors, and possibly more outdoors.

You can propagate Pothos by stem cuttings.

You can learn more about Pothos from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Pothos from Woodie’s Garden Goods.

Ti Plant

Ti Plant (Cordyline fruticosa) is a houseplant that produces pink leaves.  This perennial shrub also produces pink flowers in summer or fall.

Ti Plant pink leaves
Ti Plant is a houseplant with pink leaves that can tolerate full sun or partial shade as a houseplant.

Ti Plant needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Ti Plant likes full sun, but can tolerate partial shade.  It likes a slightly acidic soil pH (6.1 to 6.5).

Ti Plant tolerates salt, but it cannot tolerate cold temperatures.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 10b (as cold as 35 degrees Fahrenheit or 2 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 9 to 15 feet (smaller in containers) and a width of 3 to 8 feet.

You can propagate Ti Plant by stem or root cuttings.

You can learn more about Ti Plant from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Ti Plant from Costa Farms.

Wax Plant

Wax Plant (Hoya carnosa) is an epiphytic evergreen succulent vine that produces showy, fragrant, tiny (less than 1 inch) white or pale pink flowers in late spring, summer, and possibly other times of year.  It is native to eastern Asia and Australia.

Wax Plant
Wax Plant is an epiphytic evergreen succulent that can produce showy, fragrant white or pale pink flowers.

Wax Plant needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Wax Plant likes full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.5).

Wax Plant cannot tolerate much cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 10a (as cold as 30 degrees Fahrenheit or -1 degree Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 12 to 15 feet.

You can propagate Wax Plant by leaf cuttings, stem cuttings, or division by rhizomes, tubers, corms, or bulbs.

You can learn more about Wax Plant from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Wax Plant from Pistils Nursery.

Conclusion

Now you know about 10 tall houseplants for your house and how to take care of them.  They might provide inspiration to help you to improve your indoor landscape and add beauty to your home.

If you have trouble remembering to water your plants, you might also be interested in 10 cacti that you can keep as houseplants or 10 houseplants for dry climates.

If you want less prickly plants, you can read about 10 climbing vine houseplants in my article here.

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~Jonathon

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