Summer is here, temperatures are soaring, and the heatwave is set to continue for the rest of the week. While you attempt to keep your house cool in the heat, one area that you should be clued up on is your houseplants – after all, they need plenty of care and attention.
If you’ve got succulents or cacti perched on the edge of your window sill or on a shelf, then don’t worry, as they will actually fare pretty well with the extra sunshine.
To help keep you home green during summer, Thejoyofplants.co.uk has created the ultimate guide to houseplants that thrive in the heat and can withstand the hottest months of the year, so if you don’t already own one of these, get down to your nearest garden centre pronto.
It’s no surprise these colourful plants are on trend right now, given their beauty and effortless maintenance. Although green succulents are more suited to indoors than their brighter variants, place your plant near a window that gets light all day so it’s bound to thrive! Since its thick and sturdy leaves store moisture, you only need to water it once a week, and will even be forgiven after two weeks of neglect!
Top tip: Keep your plant as close to the window as you can.
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We’re all guilty of occasionally neglecting our indoor plants, especially in hot temperatures when we’re more concerned with hydrating ourselves. Luckily for us, cacti appreciate a light and warm spot, coping well in direct sunlight and being watered once a month is perfectly fine. And with plenty of choice in shapes and sizes, it’s an easy way to inject green into your home without the stress!
Top tip: Water very moderately – it’s better to underwater than overwater.
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3. Aloe Vera
Renowned for a medicinal ability to heal wounds, it turns out aloe vera plants are quite tough themselves. Often referred to as the ‘plant of immortality’ it’s easy to see how that name was acquired, as they can survive in all manner of environments and require minimal attention. Simply leave your plant in direct sunlight, water it every now and then and you’ll have one healthy aloe vera!
Top tip: Aloe likes to be moved into a larger pot once every 2 to 3 years.
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4. Devil’s Ivy
Devil’s Ivy are a popular choice for indoor plants, both resilient and pretty. Think low maintenance and no nonsense, able to adapt and thrive in bright indirect light and low light. The plant only needs to be watered infrequently, so even when temperatures are soaring there’s no need to worry about it wilting. Their bigger leaves also transpire, releasing excess water into the air cooling themselves and the surrounding environment that helps with the humidity in your home.
Top tip: Devil’s Ivy thrive when you allow their soil dry out between watering.
5. Ponytail Palm (Dracaena)
Ponytail palm trees certainly help to create that tropical, beachy feel in the comfort of your own home. Easy to keep happy and requiring little of your attention to grow and thrive, they are the perfect indoor plant. The Mexican-native is happiest when basking in a bright, sunny spot although can easily adapt to low light conditions. The key is to allow the soil to dry out completely between watering.
Top tip: Beware of yellow foliage or a mushy trunk, this means you are overwatering.