Succulents Galore! Plants that will Flourish Inside During the Winter Months
Your Green Thumb Doesn’t Need to Hibernate
Whether you are the type of gardener looking to set up a complex and expensive indoor lighting system to keep your plants happy over the winter, or the type of gardener just looking to keep your home green during the colder months — and maybe enjoy some fresh herbs every once in awhile — this article will help you get your winter plant game on point so that you don’t need to put away your gardening tools from November through March.
Just remember to always choose bright and sunny locations for your plants so that they receive lots of natural sunlight. Further, be reminded that different plants have different needs when it comes to sunlight and water, so choose the plants you bring indoors for your winter garden with care. Here’s a few suggestions to get you started, from Homes.com.
A Winter Kale Garden
Kale is a hearty plant that can endure cold weather and does well without loads and loads of sunlight. Be sure to keep it in a location where it can still get 3-4 hours of sunlight a day. In addition, make sure that each individual kale plant has plenty of room to grow in its own pot — kale generally doesn’t get as big during the winter, but it still needs room to spread.
Aloe vera is a common houseplant with very low maintenance needs that does wonders for a space in terms of cleaning and brightening the air. It needs warm air, but doesn’t require direct sunlight.
Aloe vera is a type of succulent plant that originally is found in hot arid climates like northern Africa and the Mediterranean, so it doesn’t need much water. You can water as little as once every three weeks and the plant will remain happy and hearty. Find more aloe growing tips at Gardening Know How.
Spider Plants are originally tropical plants and therefore grow easily indoors where the temperature is warmer. Spider plants will thrive especially well in a bathroom near a small window, as they love humidity and don’t need a ton of direct sunlight.
Spider plants look great in hanging planters because of their long, grass-like leaves. For more information on caring for a spider plant, check out this article about them at Apartment Therapy.
Staghorn ferns look a little bit like the vegan version of a pair of mounted antlers on a wall—they sprawl outward and thrive mounted on a piece of wood. While it may sound difficult to get a plant set up growing vertical on a piece of wood, staghorn ferns are actually hearty and easy to grow.
They actually love growing vertically because it allows for maximum airflow within the branches. They love bright light but won’t fare well if exposed to direct sunlight, so they’re perfect for indoors. Be careful not to overwater your staghorn; every 7-10 days, run water over the entire plant, including the wood it’s mounted on. Find more information on caring for a staghorn at Joyus Garden.
If you are going for those indoor jungle vibes that you can see on Instagram accounts like The Sill and House Plant Club, then you’ll probably want to invest in a palm tree at some point. Palm trees give a space a distinctively tropical flair, and will brighten up any room where they reside.
Palm trees need warmth, so make sure yours is living in a space that doesn’t go below 50 degrees. They do well with indirect sunlight and actually prefer shade most of the time. Find more tips on growing a happy palm tree at The Spruce.
Enjoy a Tropical Getaway From the Comfort of Your Living Room
Plants add so much to any indoor space in the home. Especially during the dark, dreary months of winter, you’ll appreciate having some cheery green life forms in your home. For more tips and tricks on growing indoor plants that will thrive all winter long, check out The Sill’s indoor plant care page. Last note – if you’ve got pets living indoors with you, especially cats, be sure to cross-check whatever you bring inside plant-wise with the ASPCA’s list of toxic and non-toxic plants.