Saturday, January 25, 2020

10 Happy, Hardy Houseplants - Beat the Winter Blues


First off, I want to thank turbotenant for contacting me to do this post and for all of the lovely graphics that they made for this post. Plants instantly make me feel better. I personally need more greenery in my life. Especially when it comes to my home.


It is a proven fact that plants do boost moods and create happiness for people. Anyone can benefit from adding a little more nature into their lives. I personally don't know much about plants or the conditions they like... so this guide is super helpful to me too.


Unless you're lucky enough to live in a tropical climate, you're probably feeling pretty sick of winter by now. And unfortunately, we still have several weeks if not months to go before the spring arrives! One great way to help you get through the winter blues is to bring home a few houseplants to brighten your living space. Plants have been shown to have mood-boosting properties, but in this cold weather, not just any plant will do. Take a look at the guide from TurboTenant below to learn about the 10 best plants that can survive and thrive in the winter, and find your perfect leafy companion.





Sansevieria (The Snake Plant) can thrive in many environments.
- Minimum temperature: 55 degrees
- Sunlight: Partial
- Water: Every two weeks
- Flora fact: Snake plants can actually bloom, but may only do so once a year or less




Peppermint can be used as a natural decongestant and digestive aid. Mentha x piperita has a tendency to spread, many plant owners like to contain peppermint in a small pot in the kitchen to take advantage of its fresh smell.
- Minimum temperature: Very cold (-40 degrees)
- Sunlight: Full to partial
- Water: Check the soil for dryness
- Flora fact: Peppermint is actually a hybrid experiment of the spearmint and watermint plants.



This medicinal plant is well-known for its sunburn-healing properties, and its hardiness makes it a good option to keep around in the winter as well. Aloe vera is actually a large succulent and can be easily transferred to the indoors or outdoors depending on the season.
- Minimum temperature: 40 degrees
- Sunlight: Full
- Water: Once per month
- Flora fact: Cleopatra was rumored to apply aloe vera gel to her skin as part of her beauty routine.







There are nearly 3,000 different types of Bromeliaceae
- Minimum temperature: 50 degrees
- Sunlight: Full to partial
- Water: Check the soil for dryness
- Flora fact: Most bromeliads will produce just one flower in their lifetime, after which the original plant will die.






The staghorn fern can live both indoors and out. There are many different variations of Platycerium alcicorne and most are named for animal ears such as the deer and elk. 
- Minimum temperature: 50 degrees
- Sunlight: Partial
- Water: Once every two weeks
- Flora fact: Staghorn ferns are “epiphytic,” meaning they naturally grow on trees and other vertical surfaces.






The rosary vine was named for its unique leaf pattern, which resembles rosary beads on a string. Though it starts out small, you’ll want to leave hanging space for Ceropegia woodii which will grow to drape over and hang past its pot several feet.
- Minimum temperature: 55 degrees
- Sunlight: Full
- Water: Once per week
- Flora fact: When grown outdoors, rosary vines can reach up to 13 feet in length.







Eucalyptus globulus is known for its fresh scent. It will leave your house smelling amazing!
- Minimum temperature: 50 degrees
- Sunlight: Full
- Water: Once per week
- Flora fact: Many species of eucalyptus completely shed their bark every year.





Alocasia x amazonica is often cultivated in greenhouses but can adjust to potted life indoors if treated well.
- Minimum temperature: 60 degrees
- Sunlight: Partial
- Water: Every 5-7 days
- Flora fact: The shape of this plant has inspired many nicknames, including the Dragon Plant and African Mask.






Zebra plants typically thrive in greenhouses, Aphelandra squarrosa will be a bit more challenging than your average succulent. 
- Minimum temperature: 60 degrees
- Sunlight: Partial
- Water: Every 2-3 days
Flora fact: The zebra plant’s flower is bright, saffron yellow and can grow up to eight inches long.






With such a variety of shapes and colors to choose from and the absolute lowest minimum care requirements, even the most plant-challenged among us can create a cozy indoor terrarium with these cactus cousins.
- Minimum temperature: 60 degrees
- Sunlight: Full to partial
- Water: Once per week
- Flora fact: “Succulent” comes from the Latin word for juice, referencing succulents’ ability to store water.







I don't know about you but I love all of these options for plants above. You can never go wrong with a simple but beautiful succulent. Adding plants to your living space can really boost any atmosphere. Surrounding yourself with nature, in general, is very healing. What plants are your favorites from above? I would love to know all of your thoughts in the comments down below.

xoxo,


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