9 Tropical House Plants and How to Easily Care for Them


December 5, 2020

You want tropical house plants to decorate your beautiful home, but you don’t want to worry about them dying or getting bugs – we get it! This article will help you discover the easiest tropical house plants for your indoor decor!

Note that some house plants may be toxic to pets or children so please keep your house plants away from your beloved animals!

1) Hindu Rope Plant

The Hindu Rope Plant, often referred to as the ‘Krinkle Kurl’ because of the twisted/curly leaves, is a gorgeous succulent which requires little maintenance! This plant is one of our favorites because they have gorgeous flowers that bloom in the spring! Care for the Hindu Rope Plant is as follows:

Water: Only once ever 7-10 days. Wait until soil is partially dry. 
Sunlight: High indirect light or small portions of bright direct light.
Temperature: 60-80°F (16 – 27°C)
Humidity: High humidity. This tropical house plant needs to be misted.

2) Alocasia Polly

The Alocasia Polly has lovely arrowhead-shaped leaves and thrives in a warm, bright area of your home. This plant is native from the Philippines and enjoys humid environments– we have a few of these because they have such a unique look to them + are relatively easy to care for!

Water: Water every 5-8 days. Keep the soil moist, but not wet.  
Sunlight: Medium to bright, indirect sunlight. Do not allow direct light. 
Temperature:  64-77ºF (18-25ºC)
Humidity: High humidity. Mist twice a week.

3) Monstera

The Monstera Plant, often referred to as the Swiss cheese plant, is one of our favorites because of the shadows it casts on the wall during a sunny morning! These have the most stunning leaves and grow very quickly! General care of the Monstera Plant is as follows:

Water: Only once ever 1-2 weeks. wait until soil is completely dry. 
Sunlight: Medium indirect light or small portions of direct light.
Temperature: 65°F-85°F (18°C-30°C)
Humidity: Normal room humidity.

4) Pothos

tropical house plant pothos

The Pothos plant is a vine-like plan that can grow up, down, and any which way you’d like it to! We love hanging it from the ceiling or letting it drape off the side of an end table or Stephen’s piano! These also grow super quickly; we find ourselves propagating them and making more plants from the bigger one we own!

Water: Only once every 10-15 days. wait until top 2 inches of soil are dry.
Sunlight: Avoid direct sunlight. This plant can get burned. Indirect light is ideal.
Temperature: 65°F-85°F (18°C-30°C)
Humidity: These plants thrive in humid environments, but can tolerate dry air.

5) Mini Monstera

tropical house plant mini monstera

The Mini Monstera, or better known as the  Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma, is like the monstera plant but a lot smaller! The Mini Monstera thrives with a moss pole or a trellis so the plant can grow upwards! Again, one of our favorite plants because of its unique look + beautiful leaves!

Water: Every 7-10 days. Mist weekly. 
Sunlight: Avoid direct sunlight. This plant can get burned. 
Temperature: 65°F-85°F (18°C-30°C)
Humidity: These plants thrive in humid environments. Mist Weekly.

6) Spider Plant

tropical house plant spider plant

The Spider Plant has long, thin leaves that drape over the edge of your plant pot! This plant grows baby spiderette flowers in the spring and summer which turn into smaller versions of the plant! These are super easy to care for, and they prefer to be a bit root bound in their pot!

Water: Every 7-10 days. Keep soil moist in summer. 
Sunlight: Bright, indirect light. 
Temperature: 55-65°F (13-18°C)
Humidity: These plants can handle low humidity. 

7) Rubber Tree

The Rubber Tree, also known as the Ficus elastica, is an adorable house plant that is known to grow over 50 ft tall in the wild! They are native to Southeast Asia and are named after their sap. Don’t judge ours lmao, it went through a lot when we moved across states! 

Water: Every 7-10 days. Keep soil moist in summer. 
Sunlight: Bright, indirect light. 
Temperature: 60°F-75°F (15°C-34°C)
Humidity: These tropical house plants enjoy high humidity. 

8) Baby Rubber Plant

tropical house plant baby rubber tree

The Baby Rubber Plant, also known as the Peperomia Green, is a succulent-like plant actually unrelated to the rubber tree! It’s native to the rainforests in South America and is an easy plant to take care of in your home! They come in a lot of varieties and make for a great addition to any plant collection!

Water: Every 7-10 days. Keep soil moist in summer. 
Sunlight: Bright, indirect light or low direct light. 
Temperature: 60°F-75°F (15°C-34°C)
Humidity: Normal home humidity is fine.  

9) Snake Plant

The Snake Plant, also referred to as the Sansevierias, is a tall skinny house plant that many people grow because of how easy they are! These plants act as air filters which can detoxify the air in your home. These are hands down some of the EASIEST plants to care for– just make sure that you don’t over water them! They can survive in most lighting situations and are great for someone who is just starting their plant parenthood journey!

Water: Every 3-5 weeks. Easy peasy. 
Sunlight: Soft, indirect light. This plant is not needy.  
Temperature: As long as your house doesn’t burn down or freeze, your snake plants will thrive. 
Humidity: Normal home humidity is fine.  

Bree + Stephen are adventurous entrepreneurs based in Salt Lake City, Utah! They’re pioneers of the NO BS Podcast and hosts of their YouTube channel where they share travel videos, business tutorials, and lifestyle content! They live with their German Shepherd, Sequoia and are usually chugging coffee while on their way to a hike! Please contact for business inquiries or questions about the products in this list!

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