Nell Matzen - 26 Aug, 2021

Indoor Plants For Your Home

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Houseplants can completely transform the look and feel of a room, bringing a taste of the outdoors into your home. You aren’t imagining the good vibes you’re getting from your indoor greenery, as they are scientifically proven to provide multiple health benefits – cleaning the air and boosting mental health. It’s for these reasons that make adding a plant to your house this winter a no brainer, with more time spent indoors and less sunlight to get mood supporting vitamin D.


However, not all indoor plants are created equal, with some better suited to the low light and temperatures that accompany the cooler months. We’ve created a list of all the best indoor plants that will bring some much-needed cheer to your home. 

Polyanthus

This jolly flowering plant thrives indoors and is relatively low maintenance, making it the perfect plant to brighten up your winter. They come in a large array of colours, which pop against their bright green leaves. They are bi-coloured and come in beautiful combinations of blues, pinks, purples, whites, yellows and more. Polyanthus’ need full sun and partial shade, which will ensure your plant produces the most vibrant flowers. They love moist soil so remember to water frequently. 

Polyanthus plant

Moth Orchid

Orchids are usually a fickle species, but the moth orchid needs little care. With direct light and mid-level soil moisture, this type of orchid will flower multiple times a year, even in the winter months. Due to their resilience, the moth orchid is the most popular kind of orchid, which comes in a pastel palette of pinks, purples and white. To ensure your plant remains healthy, it needs to be planted in a pot with good drainage and plenty of warmth and sunshine – to emulate the tropical forests of Asia, where it originates. 

Moth Orchid

Cyclamen

The cyclamen’s unique flowers are the perfect choice to brightening up your home in winter. They are an excellent winter plant due to their love of cool (10°C), dry conditions, with the added bonus of being very easy to care for. Don’t be fooled by their delicate appearance, cyclamens are quite robust, thanks to their dry Mediterranean origins. Put them in a light, airy location to see them really thrive, as minimal light will lead to smaller leaves and less vibrant flowers. Cyclamens are susceptible to root rot despite their easy-going nature, so good drainage is vital for a healthy plant. The best way to water your cyclamen is to wait until the soil is almost completely dry, then stand the pot in water for around 30 minutes or until the soil is sufficiently moist. 

Cyclamen plant

Jade Plant

The jade plant, monkey plant or money plant is a pretty addition to your home, which will flourish all year round. This symbol of luck is luckily pretty low maintenance. Like all succulents, they hold water in their leaves and are prone to root rot if overwatered. The jade plant prefers a relaxed watering schedule, which should only be done when the topsoil is dry to the touch. They also require full sun to grow to their full potential; otherwise, they can become straggly and stunted. In winter, it’s best to keep them in a heated room as they are comfortable in around 20°C in the day and 12°C at night. 

Woman waters her indoor Jade Plants in the winter

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Cacti

You’d assume cacti would need extremely high temperatures to grow, but they are one of the best cold-resistant plants. They are built to withstand frigid desert night temperatures, which regularly dip below zero. With a lot of sunlight, cacti are the most forgiving plant. You could easily water once a month, or even less, and still have a very happy cactus. In fact, the more water you give a cactus, the more problems you’ll have. They are available in various sizes, shapes and colours – something to suit every taste. 

Girl cares for her cacti plants

Dragon Tree

The shaggy leaves of a dragon tree make it a fun addition to any room. Like most hot climate plants, dragon trees don’t like to get their feet too wet, with roots becoming waterlogged when overwatered. Although they can grow around 2 metres tall, they only require a small space for their roots. The dragon trees subtropical heritage doesn’t mean they won’t survive the winter, as they can tolerate light frosts. As long as your plant gets plenty of sunlight, it will thrive all year round. 

Man sits at work desk with dragon plant next to him

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Sweetheart Plant

The sweetheart plant gets its name from its adorable heart-shaped leaves. It’s the most popular philodendron as it is easy to care for and doesn’t grow too big like other philodendron varieties tend to do. Although it prefers bright light, it can tolerate very low light, meaning it will remain happy during those short winter days. Thanks to its succulent, water-storing leaves, the sweetheart plant will tolerate dry conditions from time to time. But for a healthy plant, it’s best to keep the soil moist at all times. 

Sweetheart plant indoor plant winter

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Fiddle Leaf Fig

The fiddle leaf fig is a bit temperamental, but its spectacular size and lush greenery make it well worth the effort. Be prepared to move your plant around to meet its demands. They don’t like drafts, their soil too wet (or dry), dry air and too much or too little sun. For a happy plant all winter long, keep your fiddle leaf fig in a humid place and make sure you don’t overwater. However, if you get the recipe just right, your plant will potentially grow into a mammoth, glorious tree. 

Fiddle Leaf Fig plant

Snake Plant

The opposite of the fiddle leaf fig, snake plants are a glutton for punishment. You would have to try very hard to kill a snake plant, as they flourish in very low light, with minimal watering – perfect for those with a brown thumb. Once a snake plant is established, they don’t need much water, especially in the winter. It’s even encouraged to let the soil completely dry out between drinks. As an added perk, they are particularly good at filtering toxins from the air in your home. 

Snake plants sitting by window in winter sun

Rubber Tree

If you love the look of the large, dark green leaves of a fiddle leaf fig but don’t want all the hassle, a rubber tree is a great alternative. They are much easier to care for, and when happy, can reach similar heights. Rubber trees like their soil to be moist and prefer bright but indirect light, so they would do well next to a window covered in a sheer curtain. They can survive with little water, and their leaves will turn brown and yellow if overwatered. They can tolerate temperatures as low as 10°C, so perfect for the mild Aussie winter.

Rubber tree next to modern couch

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Aloe Vera

This unique plant can be used to soothe itches and burns, and if cared for correctly, will really come alive during winter. Aloe vera is a member of the succulent family, meaning it’s accustomed to arid conditions and is easily overwatered. Plant in a pot with good drainage, place in full sunlight, and your aloe will flower like crazy during the colder months. 

Aloe vera winter indoor plant


Words by Nell Matzen

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