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20 Indoor Houseplants that work in Winter

Indoor houseplants add a touch of exotic to our gardens. It is possible to have your tropical plants thriving even when it’s winter. Here are 20 tropical plants you can comfortably plant indoors when it’s winter.

Chinese Evergreen

This plant with rich, large leaves and patterns can perform excellently in the winter and thrives with low light. It also has an interesting capacity to maintain its color. Ensure that this plant is not overwatered and that it gets sufficient light. In the absence of enough natural light, you can use artificial light.

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Here’s a drought-tolerant plant in which you only need to water once in about two weeks or so. It is a fine tropical plant that will do just great in your indoors garden during winter. Easy to manage, here’s definitely one of the best picks for your indoor winter garden.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

This plant requires watering once in two weeks during its original growing season. However, you only need to water it once a month during the winter. Keep in mind too that water evaporates faster in a hot room so pay attention to whether the room is hot and dry or damp and drafty.

Phalaenopsis Orchis care
Beautiful Phalaenopsis Orchid


Orchids are another perfect addition to your indoor winter garden. This plant requires watering just once a week during the winter and about twice a week when the weather turns dry. Of course, you’ll have to pay attention to the condition of the room which determines how quick or slow water evaporates.

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ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant

The ZZ Plant the Zanzibar Gem according to Wikipedia is Zamioculcas is a genus of flowering plant in the family Araceae, containing the single species Zamioculcas zamiifolia. It is a tropical perennial plant native to eastern Africa, from Kenya south to northeastern South Africa.

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Elephant ears

Elephant Ears

These ones mostly just require bright sunlight if you’re growing them indoors but the sun shouldn’t be harsh. It is also quite normal for the foliage to die back during the winter. However, they can typically survive in frost-prone areas and within USDA zones 8-9.

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Spathiphyllum (Spath) or “Peace Lilly”


Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum spp.) are prized for their large, dark-green, tropical-looking leaves and creamy white spathes, often mistakenly referred to as the plant’s flowers.

Angel’s Trumpet

This is the perfect pick for your winter garden and it typically requires good exposure to the sun. It also typically requires a good amount of water. However, you might want to cut down on that in the winter season. Pay attention to whether the room is typically damp or dry.

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Succulent plants, are plants with parts that are thickened, fleshy and engorged, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. The word “succulent” comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning juice, or sap. Succulent plants may store water in various structures, such as leaves and stems.

Indoor houseplant Winter


Plant this indoors in a container during the winter season. These beautiful plants will add a great pop of color during the dull winter season. Just make sure you spray your Crotons every couple of weeks. These plants have a problem with spider mites after a couple of months in the home.

The Boston Fern

Place this in a part of your home where it is sure to be exposed to direct sunlight for about two hours a day. See that this place has a temperature of about 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the day time and about 10 degrees cooler than that at night.


Hoyas require quite some more attention during the winter. You should water this plant once in about two weeks during the winter. Also make sure it is kept in a location with more light during the winter and keep them away from air conditioning, cold drafts or heating vents.

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Bird of Paradise Flower

Bird of Paradise

This also does well in the winter even though its growth rate will slow down due to the extreme cold. Indoor temperatures of 65-80 degrees are perfect for this plant. This plant also requires good exposure to sun to flourish well.

Indoor Houseplants Winter


Generally, these plants require about 12-18 hours of light every day both direct and indirect. You can also keep them at temperatures if about 65-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooler temperatures between 45 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit are also fine to encourage dormancy.

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These flowers known for their Christmas popularity need to be kept in warm temperatures and areas free from cold draughts. This plant cannot do well in bright direct sunlight as it scorches the leaves. It rather requires a bright, indirect light to thrive. If watered regularly Poinsettia’s have been known to live years.

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This plant requires a rest period of 6 weeks with little water and at 15 degrees Celsius. Water every 10-14 days depending on the levels of light available. Note that even though this plant doesn’t like to dry out, it doesn’t like to sit soaked in water either.

Indoor Houseplant Winter


Put this plant in a pot and keep it in a part of your house exposed to bright sunlight. This plant isn’t likely to bloom during the winter. However, trim it regularly to keep the size in check and water just enough to keep the plant from getting bone dry.


Jasmine typically requires exposure to bright sunlight but during the winter, reduce direct sunlight for this plant. Ensure that the soil is porous, and you can always modify it with organic materials like bark and coir.

Tuberous Begonias

Keep tuberous begonias indoors in pots and withhold the water to enable it to go dormant. Ensure that your plants are kept in a cool, dry and dark place till the winter is over as tuberous begonias prefer shade to the sun.

Desert Rose

Use a rich potting soil to keep the plant potted. Ensure that outdoor soil is well-drained if you use that. Keep this plant in a warm and sunny part of your house to ensure that it has sufficient heat and light to grow.


Brent Richard Dixon

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