Some easy-to-care-for tropical houseplants include the dieffenbachia, areca palm and the dracaena, as noted on The Today Show and Better Homes and Gardens websites. Each plant has different humidity and lighting requirements.
The dieffenbachia is a plant with large leaves that grows to be around six feet tall. It thrives at room temperature and humidity and as long as the soil is evenly moist, the dieffenbachia is a hardy plant anyone can grow. It is best to keep this plant in medium or low light for best results.
The areca palm plant grows to be around seven feet tall and adds a dramatic tropical look to any room. To help this plant thrive, it should be kept in soil that is moderately dry, with watering done every other week and the plant located in indirect light.
The dracaena has colorful yellow and green leaves and grows best in medium to bright light in a room kept at between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Growers should allow the surface of the soil to become dry between watering. With proper care, this plant can grow to be 10 feet tall and three feet wide.
Pineapple plants are another easy-to-grow tropical plant. They require very bright light, such as that coming from a south-facing window, and can be placed outside during the summer. Ornamental pineapple plants do not produce edible fruit and do not grow as large as other types of pineapple plants.
Orchids are another type of tropical plant that most people can grow. There are more than 20,000 sub-species of this plant and, if provided an atmosphere with high humidity, grow very well indoors. A pot with excellent drainage is best for this plant, which should not be placed in a pot that is too large.