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Houseplants To Beat The Winter Blues

by Taylor Duvall for InteriorCrowd
December 14, 2015

The many months of snow-covered ground and bare trees can be romantic and festive, but the continual lack of green leaves and blooming flowers can sometimes leave you feeling a little blue. Adding a few houseplants to your home can be a great way to boost your mood and get you in touch with nature until the spring comes.

We have compiled a list of great options for winter houseplants and even added in some tips to keep your plants happy during the winter months.

  1. Succulents

Succulents do not do well in cold temperatures, so they will love to stay inside with you through the winter. Purchase a soil mix specifically for succulents for the best results. It is important to know that some succulents are dormant in the winter and others in the summer, so check out this list to know which succulents thrive all winter long.

  1. Fiddle-Leaf Fig TreeIMG_2881a640

The Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree is a fashionable houseplant these days. With its large leaves, this tree makes quite a green splash, beautifully juxtaposed against white walls. The care is simple: clean the leaves and water when the soil gets dry. While it does need some bright indirect sunshine, it thrives in cooler indoor temps (60-75 degrees).  So it is perfect for a comfortably heated winter home.

  1. Christmas Cactus

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The Christmas Cactus is made for winter glory. During most of the year, it is a fairly simple, regular green plant. Around Christmas time, however, this plant clues in to holiday magic and starts blooming in a wide variety of colors.  Know that there is some delicate care needed to ensure those beautiful winter blooms. You can read instructions for that process here.

  1. Basil

Why not make your indoor winter greenery practical as well as beautiful? Since winter brings out hearty dinners, basil can be used in a variety of these delicious meals that warm you up. With some houseplant fertilizer and a decent amount of sunshine, basil is an easy – and tasty – plant to grow indoors through winter.

  1. English Ivy

English Ivy can be a wonderful houseplant over the colder months for two reasons. Not only can it handle less sunlight, it will also help purify the air in your home of toxins like formaldehyde. Since your doors and windows will probably be closed frequently to keep out the cold, air-purifying plants are a great idea. Bonus: English Ivy does well in cool temperatures. (Boston Ferns are fabulous air purifiers as well.)

  1. Meyer Lemon Tree

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Did you know that Meyer Lemon Trees actually produce lemons even while they are indoors? Not only will your home benefit from some beautiful greenery and a pop of vibrant yellow, you can also have the fragrance and later use of homegrown lemons all year long. These trees do need full sun, however, so find the window with the most sunshine.

  1. Peperomia

A Pepermia houseplant needs medium to low light, does not prefer direct sun, and thrives on cooler temperatures (though the temps should not fall below 50 degrees). This makes it an ideal choice for living indoors during the winter months, especially if you live in a place that lacks in sunshine.

Once you have chosen your houseplants, here are a few tips for keeping those houseplants happy this winter:

  • If you are bringing your outdoor plant indoors, make sure to clean the plant and pot.  Also check for any bugs. You only want some of nature inside with you this winter, not a bunch of critters!
  • Remember that your heater dries out the air. If your plants need a more humid environment invest in a mister or humidifier.
  • Just like everything else that sits still in your house, plants need to be dusted too. The rain and wind helps keep plants dust free inside, but you will have to do it when they are inside. Try gently using an old white t-shirt.
  • Many plants survive on less water in the winter than they do in the summer, so be careful to not overwater. Though some may plant needs vary, you can often get away with a once a week watering.

If you think you are lacking in the green thumb department, try one houseplant to start out with and research the winter care steps carefully. If you are an ol’ pro with houseplants, why not go wild and turn your home into a winter jungle? Either way, having some green nature inside your home this winter is sure to brighten your mood for the colder months.

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