At UppWell, we’re passionate about plants. The benefits of maintaining plants in your home are vast: studies have shown that having indoor plants improves air quality by removing harmful toxins and purifying the air. On top of providing clean air for you and your family, plants are an aesthetically pleasing addition to any home. They bring beauty and warmth, connecting you to the natural world.
All these positive attributes were the impetus for the creation of our indoor plant stand. Fashioned from sustainable bamboo, its elegant versatility is suitable for any style, from classic to modern decor. With so many people quarantining at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no better time to embrace indoor plants. And due to our aforementioned love of plants, we’ve partnered with Eden Reforestation Projects to ensure that every purchase you make from UppWell results in a new tree being planted to combat deforestation.
Turning your winter blues green
Caring for indoor plants takes a bit of dedication and know-how, but if you’re able to avoid some common mistakes, the journey of keeping your green friends happy and healthy can be immensely satisfying. Living in an area with plunging winter temperatures brings an added layer of complication as most plants thrive in bright, humid conditions. Unfortunately your house in the middle of winter is often just the opposite. Short days of limited sunlight and dry heat can be a recipe for disaster (or at least wilted leaves).
Choosing your plants wisely for these less than ideal conditions goes a long way to ensuring they survive the winter and thrive all year long. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the top 5 indoor plants for winter. Not only are they attractive, these beauties are strong and durable, ensuring you can put away that misting bottle and humidifier.
Snake Plant (Dracaena Trifasciata)
All day, every day, no matter the season, the snake plant stands tall. Often referred to as mother-in-law’s tongue, it sits atop this list because it ticks every box. This plant not only cuts a visually arresting figure, it’s one of the best houseplants for purifying air, and it’s a hearty workhorse that needs very little attention. The snake plant doesn’t require much light or water, and rarely has insect problems. Numerous subspecies vary in size and color, giving you plenty of options to choose what’s best for your space.
The dry heat created by your furnace or other heating system during the winter is actually an asset for succulents. This collection of desert plants thrive in dry, arid conditions. Just plop them on your windowsill and water once in a while and you’re all set. They’re inexpensive and small, so you can add character to even the tiniest of spaces. With so many shapes, sizes, and colors, you can let your imagination and design ambitions run wild.
ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamifolia)
The ZZ is about as idiot proof as houseplants get. Also known as the Zanzibar Gem, they need indirect sunlight, water… and that’s about it. Even if watering slips your mind here and there, this plant will persevere. Just one word of caution: if you have pets or small children, the ZZ has toxic properties that are dangerous if eaten.
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)
It’s easy to see why the Chinese evergreen is one of the world’s most popular houseplants. It’s lush tropical foliage introduces a hint of elegant exotiscsm to your home. Additionally, it’s one of the best plants for purifying your indoor air. Little maintenance is needed, and it’s able to adapt to a variety of conditions. Moderate watering and indirect sunlight will keep this plant happy and healthy.
This plant, native to South Africa, can be relied upon to add a striking pop of color to your home. Clivia’s orange and red blooms arrive twice a year, blooming in the summer and after a period of dormancy once again in the wintertime, bringing warmth and vibrancy when the weather is at its bleakest. Considering its stunning features, clivia is surprisingly durable and adaptable.
Bringing nature into your home works as a constant reminder of all the beauty and diversity offered by our planet. Choosing any of these tough yet gorgeous species is a great decision that will pay dividends all winter long.