The top houseplants that will thrive on your window sill
21st March 2022
We all know with work, holidays, and the general business of everyday life, it can be hard to tend to our houseplants. This, along with the fact that different house plants have different needs, is usually a recipe for disaster.
However, it doesn’t have to be. It's easy to find the best plants to grow on a window sill, and with the right tips and tricks, you’ll be sorted.
Which are the best houseplants to grow?
The best window sill plants include succulents, cacti, venus fly traps, and monstera obliqua. As the majority of cacti and succulents originate from the desert, where conditions include dry air, low moisture, extreme heat, and bright sunshine, this makes them the perfect low maintenance plants for a hot window sill.
As these particular plants are ideal for heavy heat and sunlight, this makes them perfect for people who find it difficult to care for their plants. In fact, most professionals agree that you should only water your cacti and succulents once a week during the hotter months, and only every 4-6 weeks in the colder months. What could possibly go wrong?
Consider the location of your window sill
East and west-facing windows are generally accepted as the second-best locations for your plants, however, their growth will be seriously stunted without the help of a south facing window. South-facing windows are best suited for plants that can withstand luminous conditions, such as the succulents and cacti previously discussed.
If you don’t have access to a south-facing window or are looking to branch out, consider a steamy bathroom window sill that provides the perfect conditions for a monstera or a cheese plant.
How to care for window sill plants and utilise the light
Although houseplants are a sure-fire way to spice up your home and window sill, it can be hard to know which steps to take to give them adequate care. First of all, you should find a suitable container to grow your plants in; whatever works best for the space you have should do, but make sure it has drainage holes at the bottom.
Next, consider a window sill that receives a good amount of sunlight; your plant, on average, should receive about 5 hours of light a day. Once this has been sorted, think about the maintenance your specific plant may need. Whilst some plants may need watering every few days, others will struggle if overwatered- a quick google search will point you in the right direction.
How can window condensation affect houseplants?
Unbeknownst to many, your houseplants can actually help to control the humidity levels in your home. Humidity absorbing houseplants serve dual purpose as they harvest the moisture they need from the air and bring the outdoors in. Since high moisture in the home can cause severe condensation issues, often causing mould and dampness amongst a multitude of other issues, house plants are a perfect counter solution.
In addition to houseplants, consider choosing a casement window to help with issues of condensation and dampness; attached by their hinges at the side, they open easily and effectively which helps with ventilation issues.
Whichever plants you decide to decorate your window sills with, here at Safestyle UK we have the perfect windows to ensure they receive maximum light. Take a look through our extensive window range, find out why over 1 million customers have chosen Safestyle UK and get a free quote today.