Best Windowsill Indoor Plants

Maria Johnson
• Saturday, 02 January, 2021
• 7 min read

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.

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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. 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.

Sansevieria trifasciata does great in bright light, but it will grow in shady conditions as well. If you are lucky, your snake plant might even reward you with a flush of fragrant white flowers.

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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.

Papyrus grows as a pond margin plant, so it is accustomed to having wet feet. 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.

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White jasmine blooms are simple but plentiful, and a few cut stems make any flower arrangement special. Seneca Orleans plants are a fun conversation piece tumbling over the edge of a container or hanging basket.

Shop Most varieties of spider wort family plants commonly referred to with this name are highly adaptable and easy to grow, with most preferring moderate to bright indirect light. 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.

While it’s helpful to know which houseplants can thrive in low light, it’s just as important to put light-loving plants where they can grow best. Many houseplants will thrive on a windowsill, but there are a few important points to consider before making your choice.

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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.

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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.

Your garden will brim with color from March to October with this all season collection of clematis. If you already have an abundance of indoor plants in and outside the home, start by taking cuttings from some of your favorites, using a sharp knife or a pair of pruners.

In the beginning, it’s important to change the water on a regular basis (this should be weekly) in order to avoid bacteria from forming. If you don’t have any types of plants to take cuttings from, pop down to your local garden center or order online at Serena ta Flowers.

This will increase humidity, whilst preventing pests such as spider mites from attacking the plant. Bay is another popular type of plant for an indoor garden and one that will add a delightful fragrance and color to your home.

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They are often used to flavor stews and hearty soups and are good for coughs, colds, chest infections, stomach bugs and kidney ailments. You can also massage the oil of the bay leaf onto sprains and swellings, and it can be used to help ease headaches and rheumatic pains.

If you already have them in your garden (or have a friendly neighbor who will share a section of theirs with you), you’ll need to replant a clump of chives in a small pot. Pop it in a cool space for the first few days, such as a shaded area in the kitchen or basement, before moving it to a bright window spot with plenty of light.

This fragrant smelling, heat-loving herb requires plenty of light and as such, it thrives best when placed on a south-facing, warm window. Growing this type of plant indoors is an excellent way to add an abundance of flavor to your food.

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