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Plants for South Facing Window

You’ve probably heard before that south-facing windows are the best spots to place your houseplants. But is there actually any truth to this? Actually, there is, specifically if you’re someone who lives in the Northern Hemisphere (North and South America and Europe). South-facing windows in these hemispheres receive the most light throughout the day, so they’re ideal for growing many different kinds of houseplants.

South-facing windows are perfect for plants that require lots of direct sunlight during the day. This is because the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. As the sun moves along your home during the day, the south side of the building will get the majority of the light.

However, as great as it can be, not all plants love direct sunlight, so it’s best to select plants that are specifically suited to these conditions. Read this article to find out some of the best indoor plants for sunny windows, houseplant growing tips, and other helpful info!

Six Best Indoor Plants for South Facing Windows

Certain houseplants are better suited to indirect or filtered light and can burn or become stressed out in south-facing windows. However, the majority of plants love or can gradually adjust to full sunlight. Here are ten beautiful indoor plants that are sure to thrive in your south-facing windows:

Jade plant (Crassula ovata)

Jade plants are a popular succulent native to South Africa. They can live for a long time and are often given as inheritance plants for this reason. They have plump, oval-shaped leaves and a woody appearance similar to a tree. They adore bright, natural light and don’t require much humidity or care. They’re also extremely easy to propagate.

Jade plant (Crassula ovata)

Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi)

Despite the word “cactus” in its name, this popular houseplant is actually native to rainforests! They’re especially loved around the holidays and wintertime when their beautiful, bright blooms add a splash of color to your home. It’s also important to note that they also require more water than regular cacti, but do still take care not to overwater.

Leatherpetal (Graptopetalum)

Another popular succulent, the leatherpetal is also a genus of nineteen different species. They grow in a rosette-shaped pattern and are native to Mexico and Arizona. Their thick, plump leaves can be anything from a rosy gray to a stunning pink yellow. They love bright sun and warm light, so they’re a perfect choice for south windows.

Orchid Cactus (Epiphyllum)

This climbing cactus is actually several different species and hybrids under the Epiphyllum genus. Like the Christmas cactus, they’re native to the tropics and have higher humid and watering requirements than other cacti. They look especially stunning in hanging baskets and well-cared for plants that will even bloom during the nighttime!

Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera Deliciosa)

Monsteras have exploded in popularity in recent years thanks to Instagram and houseplant forums. They’re native to South Mexico and South Panama, where they grow creeping up trees towards the sunlight. Their wide, lush green leaves produce more and more fenestrate leaves as they grow older, which many owners adore. They’re best supported with a moss pole, which they can be trained to grow up.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas)

This particular genus of plants is found all over eastern Africa, from everywhere from South Africa to Kenya. They’re known for being an especially un-fussy houseplant and are popular with many houseplant beginners because of this reason. They don’t require much water either, so they’re a good choice for people who are busy and don’t have much time for houseplant care.

Five Houseplant Care Tips

While houseplants might seem overwhelming at first, most of them are actually quite simple to care for! The most important thing is to ensure that each plant is receiving the nutrients and light that it requires. Here are five tips to help keep your houseplants happy and growing!

1. Water plants according to how soil feels.

Different houseplants have different watering requirements, so it’s actually best not to water your plants on any particular day or schedule. Instead, stick your finger an inch or two into the soil and only water if it feels dry. Be sure to also look up care recommendations for your particular plants and adhere to those accordingly.

2. Ensure pots have good drainage.

Good drainage is also crucial for having healthy houseplants. While many decorative pots can be cute and aesthetically pleasing, they can also lead to problems if they don’t have drainage. Water can quickly build up in the soil, leading to root rot and other issues with your plant.

Keep plants in plastic liners which can then be placed into decorative pots. When you need to water, you can simply remove them.

3. Let your plants adjust to new light.

Many plants that aren’t used to full sun can also grow to adjust to it. However, this process should be done gradually to avoid stressing or burning your plants. Move plants closer to windows a little bit at a time over a period of several weeks for best results.

4. Fertilize your plants regularly.

Plants also need regular fertilization to stay healthy and receive the nutrients that they need to keep growing. Fertilize your plants with a balanced fertilizer according to their needs to keep them healthy.

5. Consider adding grow lights.

If your apartment window just doesn’t get enough sunlight despite the plants you choose or your best efforts, consider adding supplemental living. An addition of a grow light can provide much-needed extra light, especially during winter months when the natural light cycle is shorter.

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