Do you love to fill your home with houseplants? It can make a house feel more like home, adding both character and tranquility. But nothing’s worse than a houseplant that thrives and blossoms in spring only to wilt and die when you have to turn on the home heating system in winter. Fortunately, some house plants do very well indoors during heating season and even thrive with very little attention. Here are a few of our favorites:
Succulents are a popular choice for homeowners who love to have indoor plants but don’t have the time, energy, or know-how for constant care. They store moisture so they need far less frequent watering than other plants and they do particularly well indoors, especially when placed next to the window. Succulents can also be as beautiful and fashionable as vines or flowers. Here are some popular and stunning succulents that might suit your home:
- Aloe Vera
- Panda Plant
- Bear Paw
Ferns are another popular houseplant, offering a variety of shapes and sizes. They don’t need direct sunlight, as they grow best naturally in dense forests. They’re also used to heavy humidity, so indoor heating won’t be a problem. This is the highest maintenance option on the list, however, as they do need regular misting and watering in order to create that humid environment and remain healthy. A few beautiful fern options for your home include: American Maidenhair, Japanese Painted, and Bird Nest fern.
When we think of cacti, we often think of tall, needled plants standing alone in a vast desert. So it’s no wonder that cacti survive quite well in heated environments. They also come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and even colors. A cute, round cacti with a fuzzy exterior might be just what the room needs. Maybe you’re looking for something a little taller and more verdant. You can be sure to find a cactus plant that suits your aesthetic needs, and when placed near a window, they need only be watered once a month.
#4 Devil’s Ivy
You may see Devil’s Ivy spilling out of a pot on a windowsill or shelf, or you may see it hanging from a chain, sprawling along the surrounding area. Either way, it creates a beautiful and somewhat wild effect. Devil’s ivy can handle both low light and indirect light, and like the other options, it needs only to be watered infrequently. This plant can even cool itself by allowing larger leaves to “breathe,” releasing excess water into the air. Talk about self-sufficient!
#5 Indoor Palm Lily
Even in the midst of winter, palm lilies can create the illusion of a tropical location with their dramatically long leaves, deep reds and greens. Palm lilies can survive in both direct sunlight and low light and thrive with less water. In fact, you should watch their leaves for yellowing to ensure that you’re not watering them too much.
The right houseplants can make your house feel like home. The right heating and cooling will ensure that you stay as comfortable as your plants. Contact Service Champions today for more information or to schedule a visit to have work done on your HVAC system.