Updated: Nov 10, 2019
People often forget that their homes provide indoor plants with a variety of "ecosystems" in which some areas receive more or less light, humidity and air flow. We often have customers seeking advice about dark rooms and low-light plants; however, high light locations can also be a challenging space to have plants in. This is because many indoor plants have a Goldilocks-like temperament, thriving in conditions which are neither too bright or dark, too moist or dry and with enough air flow but not drafty.
If you have a high light location in your home, here are 5 indoor plants which will thrive in that south-east or south-west corner of your home! Some of these plants like varying intensity of heat and sun, so there is something for everyone in this list!
1. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
Ponytail Palms are a fun and interesting addition to a bright room. Their squirrelly foliage is light and feathery which offsets their chunky thick trunks. These gorgeous plants should be planted in well draining soil such as the ProMix Cactus Soil and in a pot with good drainage. The trunks of these plants provide ample moisture storage, so there isn't a need to water it too frequently, so let the top 1" of soil to become dry before watering. Decrease water significantly in the winter as the plant is in a dormant stage. As for light conditions, Ponytails like bright, but slightly filtered light, such as behind a sheer curtain or open blinds.
2. Jade (Crassula ovata)
Jades are a great option for a bright windowsill or desk in an office with natural light. As these plants are a succulent, unlike their sun-loving counterparts Cactus, these plants need to be watered to maintain their fleshy foliage. When repotting your Jade, be sure to choose a hefty pot as these plants get quite top heavy as they grow and this will ensure that your Jade won't tip over. Also, aim to repot your Jade in the Spring or Summer and use ProMix Cactus Soils for best results. With good sun and water, expect your Jade to grow nicely into a bonsai-like tree shape, which is another reason to bring one of these amazing plants into your home!
3. Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
Bring a truly tropical and exotic feel to your space with a Sago Palm. These plants have interesting foliage which is both feathery and soft looking, while also being exceptionally rigid. This ancient variety of plant is in the Cycad family which were around 280 million years ago, growing in massive numbers along side Dinosaurs in the late Paleozoic era. This ancient linage of plant has resulted in the modern Sago Palm being exceptionally hardy and beginner friendly. Keep your Sago in a bright location and be sure to not over water it as they do not tolerate wet soggy soil conditions. Additionally, these plants are heavy feeders, so fertilize it once a month during the growing season with a good tropical plant food, such as the Schultz Liquid Plant Food 10-15-10. This prevents a common problem with Sagos, which is nutrient deficiency - a telltale sign of this is yellowing fronds. If you have dogs, cats or young children you may want to skip the Sago as they are toxic when ingested.
4. Buddhist Pine
A true champion of high light tolerance, Buddhist Pines can tolerate direct sunlight for a good portion of the day. These frilly trees are often brought into our store in 4" pots, but don't be fooled they can become large 15 ft trees. If your goal is to grow your Buddhist Pine into a larger specimen, repot annually in the Spring just one pot size up. As for growing these conifers, these plants are hardy, tolerant of cooler draftier windows or hallways and bright light. So if it sounds like your conditions, grab one of these plants!
5. Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)
The first time I ever saw a Croton plant was actually in hedge-form in Mexico. These tropical plants come in a wide variety of leaf shapes and sizes while providing a shot of colour to any space. This also means that Crotons of different varieties need differing quantities of light, but that being said a good rule of thumb is that the brighter and more colourful your Croton, the more light it will require due to the limited amount of chlorophyll content in their leaves (it's what makes leaves green). Provide your Croton with huid conditions by misting regularly and water only when the surface of the soil is dry. But a word of warning about Crotons, they don't like change or to be moved. In a dramatic fashion, Crotons are known for loosing a good portion of their leaves when brought home from the store. They aren't dead, just dramatic, so maintain a regular care regime and they should leaf out once again.
So there you have it! If you are struggling with a difficult spot in your home to grown indoor plants, be sure to come into the store and speak with our help and knowledgeable staff. They are always available to help you through the process of picking the right plant, and choosing all the right materials you need for success!
Want more suggestions for high light tolerant plants? Here are another 5 for you to consider!
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