How to Choose the Right Houseplants to Get You Through Winter
Fill Your Home With Life to Make It Through the Winter
Plants are a great way to liven up rooms in your home with white walls, and to brighten up spaces with green, leafy magic. But plants do more than just beautify space — they also reduce carbon dioxide levels, reduce levels of airborne dust, and lower levels of certain pollutants around the house.
Houseplants also help to decrease stress and have actually been proven by Texas Agriculture and Medicine University to improve concentration and memory, and even to accelerate healing. When deciding which plants to fill your home with as we push through the winter season, you’ll want to get plants that will thrive in your specific home environment. Read on for a guide to choosing the right houseplants for your home this winter season.
Know How Much Light Your Home Gets During the Winter
When it comes to choosing the right houseplant, it’s wise to pay attention to the amount of natural light that a space gets. If you have floor-to-ceiling windows that face south or west and your home gets lots of light all day long, you’ll want to get houseplants that do well with high amounts of light. Meyer Lemon trees and coleus would be happy in a sunny environment because both need lots of light.
If the space that you’re working with doesn’t get as much light, you’ll want to go for plants that don’t require direct sunlight. Anything with a wide, flat leaf will bode better in a low-light environment. Remember that even plants that require low light still need access to bright, indirect sunlight.
Be Realistic With How Much Time You Can Allocate to the Care of Your Plants
If you have a busy family life, work full time, or both, you probably aren’t ready to fill your home up with plants that require constant care. Finicky houseplants demand regular pruning, humidifiers, frequent water, and a precise amount of sunlight. If that description sounds like a nightmare to you, then be sure to avoid calatheas, croton, and mini roses.
For a plant that’s “hard to kill,” succulents and cacti are going to be your best bet. Christmas cacti are wonderful plants for the middle of winter, as they thrive in the heart of the cold season and bloom with temperature changes.
Tough Plants Are the Best Winter Plants
Hardy plants that are resilient to changes in humidity and temperature are perfect for decorating your home during the winter months. Asparagus plants, though traditionally used as outdoor plants, fair wonderfully in a pot during colder months.
Asparagus plants prefer partial shade and mid-levels of humidity. They are uncharacteristically drought-tolerant for ferns and don’t mind being in one pot for years at a time. Asparagus ferns are fairly easy to propagate so you can fill your home with these delightfully fuzzy plants without having to purchase multiple plants.
Choose Plants That Add to the Space
When it comes to choosing the right plants, keep in mind the dimensions of your home as well as the overall vibe you’re going for, and be careful not to bring in plants that may harm your pets if they chew on the leaves or flowers. If you have very high ceilings, a taller plant like a rubber tree or a fiddle leaf fig will compliment the space well. The large leaves of a rubber tree absorb airborne chemicals as well as exhaled carbon dioxide.
If you are going for a more streamlined, Scandinavian look for your home, opt for a Chinese money plant, also known as the missionary plant, lefse plant, or pancake plant. The flat, pancake-like leaves look beautiful in a rounded pot on a coffee table or shelf.
Legend has it that a Scandinavian missionary brought the plant from China to Scandinavia, which is why the plant is widely spread in Scandinavia but fairly rare everywhere else. As it gains popularity in the States, it is easier to find in plant shops and beautifully compliments a simplistic home aesthetic.
Trust in the Magic of Plants
As we plunge deeper into the depths of winter, it’s important to draw energy from the natural world. Remembering the health benefits and aesthetic value of plants is one way to help cope with the darker months of winter.
Ferns, like the asparagus fern, help filter formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from a space. Rubber plants also filter formaldehyde. Houseplants also help filter air pollutants like mold and dust, which can grow with abandon in the home. Invest in a few houseplants this winter, and your mind and body will thank you.