5 Beautiful Houseplants that Thrive in the Heat

Heat can wreak havoc on many houseplants, but there are some plants that like it hot!

By Kathleen Wolak

 

One factor that can seriously affect plant life is heat. Some houseplants simply can’t handle the heat and humidity that the summer months bring. Even with air conditioning, plants that are not meant for warmer climates can shrivel and die when the temperature outside reaches sweat-pouring levels. Never fear! Here are five beautiful houseplants that will not only survive but thrive during the sweltering days of summer!

 

1. Indoor Money Trees (Pachira Aquatica)

Unfortunately, this isn’t a tree money grows on. However, it’s a beautiful tropical houseplant that does very well in warm, humid conditions. These plants are native to South and Central America, so they can definitely take the heat. They’re pretty low-maintenance, and only require watering about once a week.

 

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2. Cactuses

Talk about low-maintenance. Cactuses are a great option if you want some plant life in your house that you don’t really have to worry about. We have all been guilty of neglecting our plants, and when it’s hot out, we’re usually thinking more about hydrating ourselves than our plant friends. Cactuses are at home in the heat and sun. They are also pretty self-sufficient, and there are a ton of different cactus varieties to choose from.

 

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3. Jade Plants (Crassula Ovata)

These South African natives have a pretty wide tolerance for both heat or cold. Jade plants can maintain themselves in temperatures up to about 95 degrees before they need additional watering. Jade plants are succulents, which means that they require less watering than most houseplants. Also, be sure to keep the soil rocky, as this is the type of environment Jade plants grow in natively. Don’t be alarmed if the tip of the leaves turn red, as this is a common feature of these plants.

 

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4. Indoor Palm Trees

These plants are a great way to add a tropical feel to your home all year long, and they thrive in warm, sunny weather. Please keep in mind that these can grow to be about 6 feet tall, so make sure wherever you place the plant receives adequate sunlight and has enough room for the plant to grow. Water your palm tree twice a week, and enjoy the feeling of living in a tropical paradise!

 

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5. Aloe Vera

This tough plant can survive all manner of conditions and doesn’t require much attention at all. The best part about having one of these around the house is that it’s a plant that gives back. Aloe vera gel can treat minor burns and scrapes, which makes this plant the perfect roommate if you get a sunburn at the beach.

 

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These are just a few great options if you want a houseplant that can take the heat of the summer and don’t require a ton of upkeep. Summer time does not have to mean living in a plant-less home. Just remember to give your tropical heat-loving plants plenty of sunlight to keep them happy!

 

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