The 7 Indoor Plants to Brighten Your Winter
1) Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum): The spider plant is considered one of the most adaptable houseplants and the easiest to grow. These tough plants can tolerate a lot, but be sure to give them well-drained soil and bright, indirect light. Not to worry, spiders not included.
2) Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum): If you want to bring a beautiful bloom into your low-light space this winter, look no further than a peace lily. This super-easy to grow indoor plant favors low-humidity and low light. Make sure to keep the soil moist throughout the pot while maintaining a good drainage system. Keep the plant in an area that isn’t going to get drafty or go below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This will keep the flower waving like the white flag it’s named for.
3) Aloe (Aloe vera): Not just for sunburns, this easy to raise plant provides foliage year round. Aloe does go dormant during the winter, so growth slows and water needs decrease. Growers should not be tempted to place the plant in the window. Instead, choose a well-lit end table that sits away from windows and other outdoor draughts in order to keep the plant safe from cold shock. Don’t forget this is a gel filled plant that can provide a soothing medicine to burns throughout the year.
4) English Ivy (Hedera helix): Native to woodland areas, English Ivy houseplants thrive in an environment of bright, filtered light. English Ivy (Hedera helix) prefer an evenly moist environment. Spraying English Ivy with soft water weekly will help prevent spider mites from infesting the plant.
5) Rubber Tree (Hevea brasiliensis): If you want to go with something a little larger, the rubber tree has the capability of growing up to 50 feet tall. If you’re looking for something to fit in your living room, have no fear, you simply need a younger, less mature rubber tree. Your rubber tree really only needs to be watered once or twice a month throughout the winter season, as it is not growing as it would during the spring and summer. For lighting, give your rubber tree a home in some indirect light, for example, near a window with sheer curtains.
6) Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata): If you’re thinking you don’t have room in your small space for a winter plant, the snake plant is just for you. This incredibly tolerant plant tends to grow straight up, as opposed to up and out. They can survive low-light levels, very little water and don’t bring pesky bugs around your home. In fact, NASA research has shown that snake plants are able to help keep the air inside your home clean.
7) Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens): If you spend your winter nights dreaming of sunny days, look no further than an Areca palm to bring the beach to your home. It can also be called the yellow butterfly palm, bamboo palm, or golden cane palm. Long evergreen leaf stems shoot up from golden stalks and arch outward and down. To thrive throughout the winter, the Areca needs filtered light and moist, well-drained soil. Make sure that the container you use to set your palm up has functioning drain holes, and be sure to empty any excess water that may build up after watering.
Bonus: Herb Garden
Spread some green around your house and take your winter meals to the next level with an indoor herb garden. The cold weather is a perfect time to set up a sanctuary of spices. Start with Chives, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme or Parsley. All five of these tasty herbs need about 6 hours of sun a day, so place your herb pot in the windowsill that gets some light throughout the day. You can also begin your indoor garden with established plants you may have started or purchased at the farmer’s market last fall.
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