The weather outside may be frightful, but the fire—and indoor plants—are positively delightful. Or so we like to sing around the Bloomscape office.
As we enter the coldest months of the year in the Northern US, we decided to share our top five favorite houseplants to buy in winter.
No matter which way you slice it, the snake plant is one of the hardiest houseplants around, making it our go-to recommendation for winter foliage.
But beyond just being generally hardy, the snake plant actually prefers the type of dry, hot air produced by furnaces and fireplaces. This is because snake plants are native to dry climates and need very little moisture to survive.
A stately winter winner
Like the snake plant, ZZ plants are famously adaptable. They can withstand a wide spectrum of lighting conditions, they don’t mind flexible watering schedules, and they can be very forgiving if overnight temperatures just happen to nose dive.
By no means are we saying let your ZZ plant freeze—very few houseplants can tolerate freezing temperatures. But if any of your greenery is going to survive a cool evening, it’s this sturdy plant.
A beginner-friendly option
One of our favorite indoor plants for beginners is the pothos plant. Despite it’s delicate, glossy leaves, the pothos is actually extremely durable and forgiving. It can withstand cool windowsill temperatures, and it doesn’t mind dry air.
Place your pothos in a hanging pot or put it on a bookshelf and watch its elegant vines cascade down.
Cold-resistant and air-purifying
Despite having native roots in fairly hot African and Asian environments, the Dracaena is surprisingly resistant to cool temperatures, low light, and dry air—the three main hurdles houseplants often need to overcome to thrive in North American winters.
And though it takes a lot of plants to make a measurable difference, it’s worth noting NASA specifically listed the Dracaena Marginata (Dracaena reflexa var. angustifolia) as one of the best air purifying plants in the world.
Small but sturdy… and surprisingly adaptable for winter
Succulents are known for their low-maintenance indoor care needs. In fact, they’ve spent centuries adapting to dry climates and droughts. In other words, the dry air in your winterized home won’t bother these plants.
While succulents are resistant to varying temperatures and low-humidity, they can be picky about lighting. Your succulents will be happiest if they receive four or more hours of direct sunlight each day, so while a south-facing window is best, an east- or west-facing window can also work.