Fresh air and a bit of a breeze is the best thing for all plants, right? That’s true – but there are some plants that can be a bit fussy! Which houseplants like to go outside in summer, and which prefer to live a life of pampered luxury indoors? Let’s explore the answers to this.
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10 Plants That Like To Go Outside In Summer
There are a great many plants that do enjoy a breeze on their leaves when it is warm enough outside. Very few houseplants will be happy at anything less than 50 degrees F (10 degrees C), so bear this in mind when putting your babies out!
Dracaena trifasciata is a very popular choice for a houseplant, as it is striking to look at and relatively easy to care for.
They are tough plants, which can grow in just about any light conditions, as long as they have good, well draining soil and a good drink regularly.
Popping your snake plant outdoors in the summer will cheer it up no end – just be careful that you do not expose it to too much bright, direct sunlight.
Crassula ovata is also known as the Money Plant, although it may not make you rich, it is a really lovely little plant to have around.
This plant is great for bringing oxygen to its surroundings and filtering out CO2, as well as being easy to care for.
This plant is a hardly little thing, which can grow into quite a large thing too! It will love being popped outside in the warm summer months, and you will find that this improves its health going into winter too.
Aloe vera plants are very easy to keep and maintain; in fact they require very little input from you at all!
They will really enjoy going outside in the summer, to give them a boost of light and warmth which can help them to thrive.
They don’t mind poor soil, and will grow well in just about any medium. They won’t need too much water either, but keep an eye on the soil to ensure it doesn’t get too dry.
The pretty flowers of the geranium plant are a great addition to any garden, indoors or out.
Another great thing about this plant is that it can thrive on neglect – you have to do very little to it to enjoy those lovely blooms!
Your indoor geranium will love to spend the summer outside; in fact the more sunlight, the more those flowers will grow. Just keep an eye on the amount of sunlight it gets as it will need a bit of shade too.
The Amaryllis is a lovely plant to have in your house – the foliage is striking, and when it flowers it is just breathtaking!
They like a good, rich soil which is well draining, and they will need to be kept warm and in a bright spot for the best results.
You can happily pop this plant outside in the summer months; it is best to allow it 4-6 hours of morning sun, and shade in the afternoon so that the leaves don’t scorch.
Miniature Citrus Tree
All types of “patio” citrus fruit, like lemons, limes and oranges, do well going outside for the summer, even though they will still thrive inside.
These plants come from warm climates, so they will love to get a little warmer over the summer and spend the colder winters indoors.
When you do pop it outside, go for a place that receives dappled sunlight over the course of the day. A bit of sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon will be perfect!
Fairy Castle Cactus
Acanthocereus tetragonus is a much less pretty name for this lovely plant – but it doesn’t change how wonderful it is to have around!
Like most cacti, the fairy castle will like to have a lot of sunshine and warmth. They come from deserts originally, so natural light is far more of a requirement than water.
Placing this cactus outside in the hot summer months will benefit it greatly. It will do best in a full sun position, but it can handle a bit of partial shade if your garden is not blazingly bright.
The Beaucarnea recurvata is called the ponytail palm because of its beautiful flowing leaves that resemble a horse’s tail.
It makes a great houseplant, and requires little attention to thrive. It can grow in most conditions, although it prefers a full sun position.
Placing your ponytail outside in summer will encourage it to grow bigger and faster. It can grow in shade, but it will do so more slowly, so stick it outside in summer to give it the best conditions.
This elegant fern, which also goes by the name Osmunda cinnamomea, will be a great addition to any home, gracing it with those trailing fronds.
Unlike many of the plants on this list, the cinnamon fern does best in deep shade, with a little dappled light.
It can go outside in the summer, and it will benefit from the fresh air and natural light, but it will need to be kept shaded and moist at all times.
The Croton is a great addition to your indoor jungle; with its highly attractive leaves and its ease of growing.
They put on their best colors when they are grown in bright light, so they are perfect for sitting on a windowsill in the sun.
Popping this plant out in the summer will give it a good boost of light, and you may well find that its keeps its colouring well into the winter.
Now that you know, you can choose which of your houseplants you can safely leave out during the summer, and which would do better being kept indoors.
If you have any of the above, you can happily put them outside to enjoy the warm sunshine, safe in the knowledge that it will do them nothing but good!