Fall is a dreary and underwhelming season for gardeners. Summer plants start to die off or go dormant, and it’s too early to cut down a Christmas tree, right? So how can you keep some of that glorious greenery in your life when the air starts to get chilly? The good news is, you don’t have to give up your green thumb just because summer is over. There are scads of indoor plants that can thrive in your home during the fall season.
Not every indoor plant is suitable for an indoor lifestyle in the fall and winter. Many varieties need high heat and long hours of direct sunlight, which they just won’t get inside your home when the days get shorter. To prevent the disappointment of browning or wilting leaves and reap all the benefits of your fall foliage, look for indoor plants that have a few key characteristics.
Since fall and winter produce shorter days and dryer air, direct sunlight and humidity will be scarce in your home. It’s a good idea to look for hearty, resilient plant varieties that withstand, or even prefer, the low light conditions and lower moisture levels.
Among the dry, recycled air blowing around your HVAC system, there are a lot of toxins and impurities that you breathe in during colder months. Fortunately, many indoor plants can improve the air quality in your home. Through the process of photosynthesis, they filter out those harmful toxins and even give the air a little more humidity.
Our moods and energy levels definitely take a hit during colder months, especially when the trees are bare and the lawn is yellow. Arguably the best quality of indoor plants is their natural beauty and greenery. Amidst the long nights and barren lawns, some pretty greenery around you may be just what you need to brighten up your day.
A great pick for newbie plant parents, Aglaonema doesn’t need constant care. The bushy, pointed leaves of this indoor plant are thick and lush, and they come in a couple of different varieties and colors. Colorful Aglaonema plants have green leaves with a splash of colors like yellow, orange, and red, making them a great match with your fall decor. On the other hand, Spring Snow Aglaonema has green leaves with lovely white spots that make the leaves look like they’ve been kissed by a light snowfall.
These plants enjoy indirect but bright, sunny spots, though they’ll survive just fine in low light conditions. You don’t need to water it very often, as it prefers to dry out between watering. Test the soil with your finger to be sure the top inch of dirt is completely dry before giving it water.
Croton is a tropical plant that naturally comes in fall colors like red, orange, yellow, green, and even pink. Its leaves come in a variety of sizes and shapes, so you can pick one that suits your preference. Having a Croton in the corner is a great way to introduce a touch of tropical paradise.
Since it’s a tropical plant, it prefers some humidity. For best results, set it up near your humidifier or spray a mist of water on the plant occasionally to combat the dry wintry air. Some variations of Croton prefer high levels of direct sunlight, so be sure to check the needs of your specific type before bringing it home.
Known for its incredible resilience, the Snake Plant is a go-to indoor plant for all seasons and is a great pick for inexperienced plant owners. The sharp, pointed leaves have a modern, chic appearance and look great in offices, living rooms, or even bathrooms.
While it prefers medium light, the Snake Plant can withstand low light conditions perfectly. If you tend to forget your watering routine, there are no worries with this plant since it can survive a lengthy drought.
A gorgeous plant with rich, dark green foliage, the Peace Lily is incredibly hardy and will survive the colder months with ease. When winter is over, you’ll be delighted by the white, waxy flowers that bloom in the spring. As a bonus, this plant is known for its top-notch air-purifying abilities.
Not only does the Peace Lily survive extremely low-light conditions, it actually prefers it. If it’s left in direct sunlight, its leaves will start to yellow. This plant will also tell you when it’s thirsty — the leaves will start to droop when it needs some moisture.
Whether you’re a seasoned plant parent or you’ve just started to develop your green thumb, you probably feel that disappointing end to your gardening fun when October rolls around. With these resilient indoor plants, you can keep your gardening hobby alive throughout the fall and winter.
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