Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, houseplants and herb gardens have been in hot demand. It’s a lot of fun picking plants and adding them to your home to watch them grow, but you need to be smart about what you buy. With the cooler winter months here, certain plants will thrive better than others around the home. Here are four winter house plants that will thrive in your home this winter.
All of these plants need minimal sunlight. Depending on where the windows are in your property, you can move your plants around to catch the morning or afternoon sunlight. You just need to make sure you don’t overexpose these plants by keeping them in constant sunlight. Though, in winter that’s usually not as much of a risk as the hot summer months.
A beautiful plant with vibrant and colourful flowers, the polyanthus is a great indoor plant option for winter. It needs to be kept well-watered, so make sure you water it regularly. You can check if your polyanthus needs water by feeling the soil or with a soil moisture indicator from a hardware store.
Another easy indoor plant is the cyclamen. It grows well in cooler temperatures, making it the perfect addition to your home for the winter months. Cyclamen like to be placed in cool, well-lit areas with good airflow. Placing this plant on a windowsill or your kitchen bench next to a window is a good spot. Keep the soil moist but be careful not to overwater it.
One of the best low-maintenance plants available, cacti are an excellent option for the winter months. Cacti are drought resistant, so watering it once a month will be enough to keep it healthy and happy. Interestingly, cacti don’t need soil to grow — they’re an air plant so you can place it in a glass vase or shallow tray, and it will thrive. If you decide to plant your cacti, be careful and wear some gloves to protect yourself from the prickly parts of the plant.
If you’re up for a challenge, try adding an orchid to your home. You can buy orchids with flowers in many colours. They prefer to be placed in low light and need a little bit of water every two to three weeks.
Your orchid may also benefit from a light spray of water with a spray bottle once per week.
As you’re adding houseplants to your place, remember to keep in mind what the sunlight and temperature are like throughout the day in different parts of your home. Some of the plants we’ve mentioned above might work better in some parts of your home than others. And if you’re feeling completely stumped, chat to a friendly staff member at your local nursery.
Remember, this article does not constitute financial or legal advice. Please consult your professional financial and legal advisors before making any decisions for yourself.