Choose a spot out of direct sun, keeping in mind that wandering Jew plants with more light will be more likely to produce flowers. Shop For your monster plant to get the signature slashes and perforations in its leaves, you’ll need a spot with lots of bright, indirect light to display it in.
Shop The ever-adaptable, easygoing snake plant can grow in a variety of conditions from low light to full sun, giving you lots of flexibility with where you display them. However, the ideal is somewhere in the middle, so it’s best to put this low-maintenance plant in a window with lots of bright, indirect light.
Shop Good light is a must to successfully grow this cute, trendy houseplant, making it the perfect candidate to display in a brightly-lit window. Since its leaves will naturally gravitate towards the light, it’s a good idea to rotate your pile peperomioides occasionally to help it grow evenly.
Written by Jamie McIntosh Reviewed by Debra LaGattuta Many houseplants come from jungle regions where the tree canopy constantly filters sunlight. However, some plants, especially those native to South Africa and Australia, need ample sunshine to thrive.
You can transform a bright room with a pretty planter and one of these houseplants that crave the sun's rays. Add to your first aid arsenal with a low maintenance aloe Vera plant.
The sap provides ready relief for minor cuts and burns, and plants are easy to propagate by repotting the pups. Plant your aloe Vera in a heavy terracotta pot that will both support the top-heavy growth, and encourage air circulation.
With its sturdy stems and interesting, fleshy leaves, jade plants have endured as a popular houseplant for those with sunny windowsills or bright conservatories. Keep your jade plant moist by watering it when the soil surface is dry to prevent shedding leaves.
It produces no flowers and rarely sheds its leaves, making it a tidy choice for the bright bedroom or living room. Although not a cactus, this succulent does grow sharp spines that can make repotting a challenge.
The African milk bush is strictly a tropical plant, and if you give it a summer vacation outdoors be sure to bring it back in before temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are lucky, your snake plant might even reward you with a flush of fragrant white flowers.
The same plant the Egyptians used to build boats and make paper also happens to be an interesting houseplant specimen for sunny spots. The key to growing a happy papyrus plant is to give it constant moisture.
Do not overwater your proton plants ; only water when the soil surface feels dry. The swollen trunk and frizzy foliage of the ponytail palm make it a fun accent plant for the sunny kitchen or family room.
A site with strong light is essential to achieving blooms when growing the hibiscus indoors. Pinch your plants monthly to keep them compact and branching and feed them regularly with a potassium-rich houseplant fertilizer.
To keep your hibiscus healthy, provide regular, even moisture and avoid soggy soil. The area palm is a grand specimen for entryways or living areas with vaulted ceilings.
Gardeners covet jasmine vines for their highly fragrant flowers that appear in late winter. White jasmine blooms are simple but plentiful, and a few cut stems make any flower arrangement special.
They need humid conditions, and a summer vacation outdoors will increase their longevity and performance. Seneca Orleans plants are a fun conversation piece tumbling over the edge of a container or hanging basket.
The succulents like bright indirect light, sandy soil, and infrequent watering. It’s easy to assume that you can toss any old plants together, so long as they’ll thrive in a window container.
If you live in a house or apartment that doesn’t get much light through your windows, then choose shade-loving plants for your windowsill garden. We’ve touched upon some ideas for plants to choose from when designing indoor container gardens, but there’s a lot more info to cover on this topic.
When you’re planning and researching which plants you’d like to cultivate, make detailed notes about their respective soil and water requirements. If you plant a heavy-feeding, water-loving species in the same container as those that prefer dry, well-drained soil, it’ll wither and die.
Fortunately, it’s easy to sort out ahead of time with proper research and planning. The same type of symbiosis that works well in outdoor gardens is absolutely vital indoors.
If you’ve ever shared a house with a bad roommate who just didn’t fit in, you know how uncomfortable that can be. You’re aiming to cultivate happy, healthy species, so make sure the ones you choose to thrive in the conditions you’re providing them.
If your home is hot and dry, and you get a ton of south-facing sunlight all day, for example, then choose vegetables and herbs that do well with a lot of heat and sun. Tomatoes, hot peppers, eggplants, Mediterranean and/or Southeast Asian herbs, etc., will thrive in that kind of space.
In contrast, are you cultivating a windowsill garden that only gets moderate light in a cooler climate? Smaller species are perfectly adapted to container gardens, so try to get your hands on those instead of some full-scale varieties.
If you’d like to grow tomato plants on a windowsill, choose a long, rectangular planter that you can secure into place on the sill. The chives will help with soil health and fend off potential insect issues.
These species tend to have tough, fibrous stems and roots and do best in sandy soil that drains well. If you’re using standard potting soil, you’ll likely need to work sand and/or per lite into it for extra drainage.
They need more nitrogen-rich compost in their soil, and amendments that help to retain moisture, such as peat moss or vermiculite. This type of companion planting for windowsill gardens lets you keep a ton of different, delicious species within easy reach.
That said, if other rooms in your house get better light, then set up your container gardens in the most optimal conditions possible instead. There are few things as devastating as cultivating plants for medicine, only to accidentally kill them off because they don’t have the right growing conditions.
Herb companions for windowsill gardens work the same way culinary plants and veggies do. Tender Medicinal/Tea Herbs: Here’s one recommendation, however: grow individual mint species in their own pots.
Many species in the mint (Lauraceae) family, which includes peppermint, catnip, sage, and lemon balm, need a lot of legrooms. Climbing peas and beans are ideal for taking advantage of vertical indoor space.
They allow you to grow all manner of gorgeous plant friends, and you can enjoy the fruits of your harvest year-round. Many houseplants will thrive on a windowsill, but there are a few important points to consider before making your choice.
Cacti and succulents are the obvious choice for east- and south-facing windowsills, as most need several hours of direct sun to thrive. The low light levels of a north-facing windowsill are perfect for shade-loving houseplants, such as streptococcus.
Bear in mind that day and night temperatures on your windowsill can vary dramatically and can drop significantly in winter. Some houseplants that are happy in summer may need moving to a warmer spot in autumn, even if it gets less light.
Work out which direction your window faces and how much, or little sun it gets, and choose your houseplants based on their light requirements. Measure the windowsill and choose your pots or planters based on what will fit.
‘Polly’ is a compact avoid cultivar with glossy, veined leaves with attractive margins. It thrives in bright, warm conditions, with high levels of humidity.
Low-growing and tolerant of a range of light levels, many succulents, such as aloes, agave, Cheerios and capsules, are perfect for growing on windowsills. Plant your cacti in porous terracotta containers in a gritty compost, to provide them with adequate drainage and reduce the chances of them rotting.
Grow Venus fly trap, Dionne muscular, on a sunny windowsill, ideally in a bathroom, as the humid conditions will mimic its native subtropical habitat. While pelargoniums are usually grown outside in summer, they’re not hardy and benefit from being moved indoors for winter.
They make perfect houseplants, often continuing to flower well into autumn. The glorious large, white, star-shaped flowers blushed with pink of this magnolia are a spectacular sight in March and April and signal the arrival of spring.