15 Fast Growing Houseplants

You look at that empty corner if your living room, or your office and you tell yourself, “It really would need a houseplant,” but then you don’t have time for it to grow?

Don’t worry, then; there are indoor plants that grow quite fast and which will fill your indoor spaces with beautiful green (and not just green) foliage and sometimes even flowers!

There are many houseplants that grow fast, especially herbaceous houseplants, all you need to do is choose one that will get the right light and conditions in the spot you have in mind and, of course, that will look good and in keeping with your room.

However, fast growing flowers can give you that much needed boost of indoor space If you’re in a rush to get things growing.

First of all, then, look at that corner you want to brighten up with a houseplant; then, look at the pictures in this article, the description and the tips included and you will find the fast growing houseplant your room so desperately needs! 

In addition to the quick growth habit, these indoor plants are also extremely easy to care for! 

How to Make Your Indoor Plant Go Fast

How to Make Your Houseplant Go Fast

Even if a houseplant is naturally fast growing, it does not mean that it will do its best. Here are a few tips to make sure that your plant grows as fast as it can.

  • Give your plant the correct light exposure; careful with direct light, as many plants do not like it and remember that full Sun means more than 6 hours of bright light a day, partial shade between 6 and 3 and full shade less than 3.
  • Make sure your plant has good ventilation; form many indoor plants, a few weeks or months outside in the hot season is very invigorating.
  • Feed them regularly and with correct fertilizer.
  • Check the roots regularly, and make sure the plant is not root bound.

Things to Avoid to Make Your Plant Grow Fast

Then again, there are a few factors that can stop your houseplant from growing properly:

  • Overwatering is one of the most common causes of plant disease.
  • Under-watering too will cause your plant’s growth to slow down.
  • Small pots are another major cause of stunted plant growth. Do check them and change them if necessary, usually, with one that’s 25% bigger in diameter.
  • Shocks, including sudden and drastic changes in temperature can easily cause your plant to stop growing.

Keeping these things in mind, now, get ready to choose the plant that will make your office, sitting room or kitchen a much more beautiful and livable place…

Fastest Growing Easy Care Houseplants

Chosen for their outstanding beauty as well as for their growing speed, here are the best 15 fast growing houseplants to add to add instant charm to your home:

1. Winterbourn  (Philodendron Xanadu)

Winterbourn (1)

Philodendron Winterbourn, commonly known as Xanadu or cut-leaf philodendron is a classic fast growing houseplant, loved for its beautiful, waxy and deep green leaves, but I would challenge you to be original…

Winterbourn, or Philodendron xanadu will set your office or living room alight with its long lobed shiny leaves, rich emerald in color and with brighter ribs running along the lobes. The leaves can reach 16 inches in length (40 cm) and 12 in width (30 cm)!

This plant is very decorative, with upright stems and then long arching leaves in clumps, which make it suitable also for large pots, where it will create an impressive exotic corner.

  • Light: bright but indirect light.
  • Size: 2 to 4 feet tall and in spread (60 to 120 cm)
  • Soil requirements: rich potting soil, loose and well drained, with pH between 5.6 and 7.5.
  • Watering: keep moist but allow the first 2” (5 cm) of soil to dry before watering.
  • Waterning: this plant is poisonous to people and pets.

2. Purple Passion Plant (Gynura Aurantiaca)

Purple Passion Plant (1)

Get ready to wow your guests with the amazingly deep purple color of purple passion plant, so bright and strong that it looks unreal, in fact!

With frilled margins of the most amazing violet purple color and dark green middle parts, the rich foliage of this plant will take center stage in any room you put it.

Their texture is velvet like, so, this will add to the amazing effect of “natural drapery” you can have on your desk.

It does, however have some small drawbacks; you need to be careful with watering, as it may develop root rot, and sometimes it flowers… “How can this be a drawback,” you may ask? Because the flowers have an unpleasant smell, so, you may wish to deadhead them.

  • Light: no direct light, in a partial shade position.
  • Size: 1 to 2 feet in height (30 to 60 cm) and 2 to 4 feet in spread (60 to 120 cm).
  • Soil requirements: high quality potting compost or loam with perlite for drainage, as it needs to be very well drained. The pH needs to be neutral.
  • Watering: keep humid but always allow 25% of the soil to dry up before watering.

3. Dieffenbachia (Dieffenbachia Oerstedii)

Dieffenbachia (1)

With the waxiest, shiniest deep green elliptical leaves you can imagine, dieffenbachia has become a very popular houseplant maybe because it even looks like an artificial, plastic plant thanks to its amazingly smooth texture.

There is a light colored rib at the center of the leaf that draws your eyes along the long and large leaves towards the point, then, regular grooved veins that give it a slightly undulated shape as they grow in opposing pairs on green stems with an upright habit. The effect is very lush and exotic, perfect for an office.

  • Light: plenty of diffuse light but absolutely no direct light, as it will damage the leaves.
  • Size: 5 feet tall (1.5 meters) and 3 feet in spread (90 cm).
  • Soil requirements: good quality potting compost with a slightly acidic pH and lots of organic matter (leaves etc.) with drainage like pumice or perlite.
  • Watering: regular but limited watering, about half a liter every week in summer and half a liter every 2 or 3 weeks in winter.

4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosus)

Spider Plant

Add a touch of elegance to your living room with spider plant, which, with its long and pointed leaves coming in tufts of from a central rosette and draping off the margins of pots and containers, also looks great on shelves and in hanging baskets.

The long, blade like leaves are light lime green in the middle and cream at the margins, which gives them a good architectural and sculptural presence.

  • Light: lots of bright but indirect light. It will also grow in shade, but it will lose the cram stripes.
  • Size: 1 foot in height and spread (30 cm).
  • Soil requirements: regular potting soil or a mix of peat and clay, well drained and with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0.
  • Watering: water regularly when the top inch of the soil or so is slightly dry.

5. Wandering Jew (Tradescantia Pallida)

Wandering Jew (1)

Super fast growing and unfussy, wandering Jew is an excellent houseplant with a lot of character! In fact, its long, partly trailing branches will have beautiful lanceolate leaves with the most amazing colorful stripes: cream, green, magenta and purple!

The coloring may depend on lighting, but this plant will always be an eye catcher and it can grow even in shallow pots or hanging baskets. And if you want, you can even grow it on your terrace.

  • Light: bright but indirect light, partial shade is fine.
  • Size: 1 to 2 feet in height and spread (30 to 60 cm).
  • Soil requirements: it is very unfussy as long as well drained, any good potting soil with some perlite will do, but even clay or sand with pH between 6.0 and 8.0.
  • Watering: it needs very little watering, and you should allow all the soil to dry up before watering; drought resistant, you should not leave any water in the saucer.

6. Dumb Camille (Dieffenbachia Sanguine Var. Sanguine ‘Camille’)

Dumb Camille

An original variety of dieffenbachia, dumb Camille has a very special quality: the leaves are snow white with green edges! You can imagine what an eye catcher it will be if you have an elegant, even minimalist office or living room.

The coloring may change according to the specimen and the lighting, from white stripes or even “shards” to leaves that are almost fully white with just a thin rim of green all around.

  • Light: plenty of diffuse light but do not expose it to direct light by any means or the leaves will burn.
  • Size: 5 feet tall (1.5 meters) and 3 feet in spread (90 cm).
  • Soil requirements: use good quality potting compost with a slightly acidic pH; add pumice or perlite for drainage.
  • Watering: regular but never excessive watering, give dumb Camille half a liter every week in summer and half a liter every 2 or 3 weeks in winter.

7. Asparagus Fern (Asparagus Setaceus Plumosus)

Asparagus Fern (1)

With an amazing lacy texture, elegant and very fast growing, asparagus fern is a delicate looking plant with leaves as light as butterfly wings that will float in the air of your living room like gently bending and waving sails on thin and slender upright stems.

The feathery leaves may also partly trail on the sides of your pots, forming silk veils of rich emerald green.

This is a plant that expresses a refined, sophisticated taste, non intrusive in its appearance and yet always regaling you with an intricacy of shapes and texture to keep your guests gazing for hours!

  • Light: plenty of bright but indirect light; if the light is too strong, the leaves will scorch, while if it is scarce, they will turn yellow. So, be careful with its position.
  • Size: between 4 and 5 feet tall (120 to 150 cm) and 2 to 3 feet in spread (60 to 90 cm). This plant, however, in a large pot can even grow to a whopping 10 feet tall (3 meters)!
  • Soil requirements: rich and well drained potting compost, preferably on the slightly acidic side, though it will tolerate a pH between 5.6 and 7.8.
  • Watering: water regularly when the top 1 inch of soil is dry, but never allow it to stand in water; reduce watering in winter.

8. Ti Leaf (Cordyline Fructosa)

Ti Leaf (2)

Also called Hawaiian ti plant, ti leaf looks like a palm with broad and long, leaves arranged in a spiral around the stem, of an extremely smooth, shiny and glossy texture. Each leaf can be up to 24 inches long (60 cm) and it has a beautiful rib in the middle.

The color too is very attractive; usually dark emerald green, they can also turn purple! This is also a flowering plant, producing long panicles of pink to purple flowers that then produce red, round and shiny fruits.

  • Light: plenty of bright light but no direct light at all, or it will scorch the leaves.
  • Size: indoors, it will keep within about 4 feet tall (120 cm) and 3 in spread (90 cm). However, in the wild it grows to about 13 feet (4 meters).
  • Soil requirements: good potting soil with excellent drainage; 2/3 peat and 1/3 sand should be ideal with neutral pH between 6.0 and 6.5.
  • Watering: only water when the top part of the soil has dried up and reduce watering in winter.

9. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena Sanderiana)

Lucky Bamboo

Called “lucky bamboo”, it is not actually a bamboo species, but a relative of dragon plant, a d it is becoming very common as a houseplant as you can grow it in beautiful glass vases with just water in them!

Lucky bamboo has been grown as a houseplant in Asia for centuries, as it is said to bring good luck. While you may be skeptical of this, you cannot be of its impressively elegant, oriental look!

In fact it has large green stems (like bamboo, in fact) that grow beautiful tufts of long and pointed, bending leaves of a waxy and glossy texture and light green color.

The stems can also be trained to grow in spirals, which makes it ideal for a very elegant and sleek indoor space.

  • Light: it cannot stand direct light; so find it a place with bright but indirect light.
  • Size: up to 5 feet tall (150 cm).
  • Soil requirements: it can grow in water, which you need to keep clean; if in soil it wants a well aerated and rich soil with pH between 6.0 and 7.0.
  • Watering: in water, change and top up the water regularly. In soil, water frequently and do not allow it to go dry.

10. Chinese Evergreens (Aglaonema Commutatum)

Chinese Evergreens

Why don’t you enliven your room with long, glossy leaves of an elliptical shape that grow I two colors from a central stem and then bend downwards?

Chinese evergreen is in fact a popular fast growing houseplant because its leaves are pale green with decorative dashes of darker greens along the veins which can turn into a beautiful and shape defining contour of this plant’s foliage.

There are also other varieties of Aglaonema, if you want some variety with color; for example, ‘Serena’ has central pink to purple ribs, then a cream center and light green spots around the margins, while ‘Prestige’ starts light red in the center, then turns yellow in the middle and deep emerald green around the edges…

  • Light: bright and indirect light; like with many similar houseplants, Aglaonema’s leaves risk scorching with strong light.
  • Size: 4 feet tall and in spread maximum (120 cm).
  • Soil requirements: regular well drained potting soil with pH between 5.6 and 6.5.
  • Watering: water thoroughly, even soak water during summer and never allow the soil to go fully dry. Also must the plant in summer, as it likes high humidity. Reduce watering in winter, but still never allow the soil to dry up completely.

11. String Of Hearts (Ceropegia Wodii)

String of Hearts (2)

If it is a hanging basket you want for your indoor space, then have a look at string of hearts. This semi succulent houseplant with long, trailing branches bearing heart shaped, fleshy and glossy leaves is a natural display of beauty, elegance, color and romance!

The leaves, in fact, are usually silver green with cream veins and often edges, but with bright light, they can even turn yellow and even magenta pink, while the bottom of the leaves, which will be very visible if you hang string if hearts above your head, are of a delicate purplish pink color.

  • Light: lots of bright and diffuse, or indirect light, but this plant too will not tolerate direct sunlight.
  • Size: the branches can grow to about 12 inches long (30 cm).
  • Soil requirements: it needs light soil with excellent drainage, potting soil with 1/3 sand should be good; it prefers a slightly acidic to neutral pH, between 6.1 and 6.5.
  • Watering: water it well only when the soil has dried up completely. Never allow any stagnant water in the pot with string of hearts.

12. Southern Maidenhair Fern (Adianthum Capillus-Veneris)

Southern Maidenhair Fern (1)

Maidenhair fern is not “one” houseplant, but a genus of about 250 species, many of which are popular and fast growing houseplants. But one in particular has become a great hit with indoor gardeners, southern maiden hair fern, or “Venus, hair” in Latin.

The name is very apt, as it has a very lacy appearance with many bright green lobed leaflets that grow like filigree on very thin and arching stems, which also trail along the sides of your containers.

  • Light: it is a perfect plant for shady corners of your rooms, as it likes full shade and will not stand direct light.
  • Size: between 1 and 2 feet in height and spread (30 to 60 cm).
  • Soil requirements: adaptable to most types of soil, from clay to chalk, but it wants it well drained, and good and loose potting soil would be best; it will also thrive in a very wide range of pH levels, from 4.0 to 8.0!
  • Watering: water thoroughly once the top soil has gone dry but do not allow the soil to go soggy at any time.

13. Benjamin Ficus (Ficus Benjamina)

Benjamin Ficus

How could we forget the most iconic indoor tree in the world? Benjamin ficus is in fact a fast growing small tree that has filled offices, corridors and living spaces with its beautiful glossy green lanceolate leaves that hang on elegant branches for decades now!

With an oval growing habit and suitable for fairly small pots (for its size), it is no surprise that this plant should make the final cut of the best fast growing houseplants for your home or office.

  • Light: this small tree too does not like direct light but it wants plenty of indirect sunlight.
  • Size: indoors, they will grow to be up to 6 feet tall (2 meters) and 4 feet wide (120 cm), though in nature they can reach 60 feet (20 meters)!
  • Soil requirements: good potting soil with excellent drainage, loose and rich is what it needs; the best pH is between 6.0 and 6.5.
  • Watering: water moderately from spring to summer, waiting for the top soil to dry up; in winter, water it sparingly.

14. Watermelon Rubberplant (Peperomia Argyreia)

Watermelon Rubberplant (1)

And if you want a living statue for your desk, coffee table or shelves, then watermelon peperomia, or rubberplant, with its large, round and pointed leaves, with the glossiest texture you will ever find, arranged artistically on elegant upright stems will be a wonderful centerpiece!

And… the leaves are of two colors, light and dark green, in swirling stripes that remind us, of watermelons, in fact, and turn this wonderful plant into a living work of art!

  • Light: find a shady spot in a bright room for this plant; it too does not stand direct light and it prefers diffuse sunlight.
  • Size: maximum 1 foot on height and spread (30 cm).
  • Soil requirements: good and well drained potting soil, like 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite will be good; the pH should be between 6.0 and 7.0.
  • Watering: water thoroughly only when the top soil has dried up, and reduce significantly in winter.Careful not to overwater or underwater.

15. Golden Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)

Golden Pothos

Pothos is one of the most popular fast growing houseplants, as it is beautiful, it requires little care and many people even grow it in water jugs or vases.

Its trailing branches with beautiful broad, round and pointed leaves draping shelves hanging from its waving trailing branches have now made indoor garnering history.

But golden pothos has an extra “beauty spot” compared with other trailing houseplants; the leaves are of two colors, green and yellow, though the exact palette may change with the light and season.

  • Light: it likes a mix of some shade and moderate and diffuse, indirect light. Too much light will ruin its leaves.
  • Size: its branches can grow to 6 or even 10 feet long (1.8 to 3 meters) indoors, so, it is excellent for hanging baskets very high up, near the ceiling.
  • Soil requirements: ordinary well drained potting soil is perfectly fine for golden pothos. It prefers a pH between 6.1 and 6.5.
  • Watering: careful! You should always allow the soil to become completely dry before watering, excessive water will cause rotting of the leaves.

Fast Growing Houseplants for Every Corner of Your Home (or Office)!

Now, look again at that sad empty corner of your home or office… Can you now imagine it with one of these fast growing beauties in it? A fast growing plant like these can bring to life even the most unsightly place indoors, and in no time at all!

Adriano Bulla

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Adriano Bulla

After many years as an academic in London, Adriano Bulla became a writer, publishing books like A History of Gardening, Organic Gardening and Elements of Garden Design; he then decided to become a gardener, following his childhood dream, and has been following his dream writing and gardening professionally in Southern Europe, where he has specialized in new and innovative organic gardening fields and techniques, like permaculture, regenerative agriculture, food forests and hydroponics.

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