During the cold winter months, you may be feeling like you're missing a little bit of nature. So why not bring nature indoors with these winter indoor plants? Below, we've compiled a list of the best plants to grow indoors during the winter. Adding a little greenery to your home will spruce up the place immediately, and will also help purify the air in your home! Keep reading to find out which winter indoor plants are best for your space.
#1. Watermelon Peperomia
This pretty plant gets its name from its streaked green leaves, which very much resemble a watermelon's rind. This is a great plant to grow in your home in the winter because it requires minimal care. Simply place in an area where your plant will receive indirect sunlight and only water when soil is completely dry.
#2. Aloe Vera
Another low maintenance plant you can have indoors in the winter, is aloe vera. This beautifully minimalistic plant will add a natural aesthetic to your home and will also help purify the air. Plus, it has some pretty strong medicinal properties and can help treat burns, scars, and inflammation. Place in indirect sunlight and only water when soil is dry.
#3. Colorama Madagascar Dragon Tree
This tropical plant is colorful and has long, colorful leaves that add a stunning touch of nature to your home. Place this plant in indirect sunlight and keep the soil evenly moist at all times. Additionally, this plant also does well in low light, so it's great for spaces that don't get too much sunlight.
This plant, also called “Waves of Love” because of its long, wavy leaves, is a beautiful tropical plant that comes from Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru. Keep the soil evenly moist and place the plant in an area where it will receive bright, indirect light.
This heart shaped plant is great for indoor growing, and also makes an ideal Valentine's Day gift. Hailing from Thailand, the Hoya, also called Lucky Heart/Sweetheart, likes bright like and a little bit of shade as well.
#6. Purple Swedish Ivy
This is a fast growing plant that does best in hanging baskets (think macramé holders) and has soft, fuzzy, purple-tinged leaves. The Purple Swedish Ivy also has a strong scent and can be moved outdoors in the summer.
The Guzmania plant comes in over 120 different varieties and is native to South America. This tropical plant does very well indoors, especially in warm, humid places, such as washrooms. Easy to care for, this plant only needs a quick, daily mist.
Also known as the “Christmas Flower” and the “Mexican Flame Leaf”, the poinsettia is a very popular holiday flower. They make great gifts and add a touch of the holidays to your home. Please be aware that poinsettias may be poisonous to cats if ingested.
The Yucca is the state flower of Mexico, and this beautiful tropical plant is super easy to grow indoors. It actually thrives in the shade so long as you water it every day or every other day. Bonus: it will live for a very long time!
#10. Snake Plant
Also known as “Mother-in-Law's Tongue”, the snake plant is a great low maintenance plant that doesn't need much care. It will thrive in low light as well as indirect light and only needs to be watered when soil is completely dry.
The pothos plant, also called “Devil's Ivy”, is a beautiful plant that will easily grow indoors provided it receives indirect sunlight and is watered when dry. This is a great plant to grow because it's a vine and will therefore keep growing.
#12. Parlor Palm
This tropical looking plant is THE plant to have if you don't have a green thumb and is one of the most popular plants in the world. This is because it's almost impossible to kill it. It does well in low light, bright light, and drought.
Also known as the “Hawaiian Umbrella Tree”, the Schefflera plant is said to bring good luck and fortune. Its dark and glossy green leaves make an umbrella shape, hence the name. Place it in an area where it will receive indirect light and water only when dry.
#14. Weeping Fig (Ficus)
Although not as low maintenance as the other plants in this list, the weeping fig, which is a ficus, is a stunning plant. You can grow it small and put it on a table, or allow it to grow very large and have it as an on-the-ground ornamental plant. Additionally, you can also braid the pliable trunk into different shapes!
#15. Dumb Cane
Dumb name aside, this plant is very popular due to its air purifying properties and large, colorful leaves. It thrives well indoors in bright, indirect lights. Just make sure not to eat the leaves as they can cause swelling and the inability to speak, hence the name.
#16. Peace Lily
These aesthetically pleasing plants are super low maintenance and will even thrive in low light. They make a great gift for any occasion as they complement any indoor space. Bonus: they help purify the air!
#17. Anthurium (Lace Leaf)
Regularly water the Anthurium plant and it will keep blooming all year round! This stunning, red and heart shaped plant is easy to care for, and the more indirect light it has, the more blooms it will grow.
Orchids add a touch of class and sophistication to any home, and if cared for properly, will bloom several times a year. Place in indirect light and water only once a week. For best watering practices, place 2-3 ice cubes on top of the soil.
Succulents are very popular now more than ever, and that's because they're fairly easy to care for and come in hundreds of different varieties, if not thousands. Succulents are drought tolerant, so only water once soil is completely dry.
Filtering toxins from the air, the philodendron is another houseplant that is pretty hard to kill! With its large, tropical looking leaves, this plant will surely spruce up any space. Keep the plant in indirect sunlight and only water when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch.