Sunlight is generally considered a necessity for plant growth, but this doesn’t mean plants require excessive amounts of it. Even the amount of water you give plants must be regulated. Otherwise, they might suffer and die eventually.
As seasons change throughout the year, plant lovers can adjust their care routines to best suit the conditions of each season. With different temperatures, water content, and amount of sunlight at play, specific plants appreciate them the most. Even homeowners who keep indoor houseplants can bring them outside, be it in summer or fall.
Here are some houseplants you can move outside as soon as the summer months set in:
Most gardeners start their journey of obtaining a green thumb with succulents. Since it’s not high maintenance, it doesn’t need that much water around the clock. After all, they have water-storage organs found in their leaves, stems, or roots. These organs enable some succulents to survive in harsh environments, even under the scorching sunlight with little water. Thus, many claim they’re almost indestructible.
However, it’s worth noting that only some succulents, like the String of Pearls, can adapt to prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. This particular succulent thrives best in bright yet indirect sunlight. Therefore, ideal locations for placement might include a windowsill or a porch, where it can receive partial shade.
Meanwhile, sturdier succulents, like aloe vera or hens and chicks, have larger water storage. That makes them much more durable despite receiving the full brunt of direct sunlight, which is perfect for summer days. But be mindful of how long they’re outside. Letting their soil dry up could damage their root system. Consequentially, it affects the rest of the plant eventually.
2. Whale Fin Plant
Many plant lovers are fond of whale fin plants, which, despite their name, resemble a cut leaf inserted into the soil rather than an actual whale’s fin. Regardless, they share similar qualities with other plants since they possess root systems and stems. However, unlike succulents, they lack the water storage capacity that allows for prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
Although there’s no water storage found in a whale fin plant, you only need to water it after a week or so. But without water storage, it’s not as durable as succulents under harsh sunlight. Instead, a bright yet indirect or partial light would be much more suitable. While it can tolerate direct sunlight, it must be done for a few hours a day.
Known for their rich colors, amaryllis plants thrive in the summer warmth the most. With fresh air, sunlight, and moisture working together, they’re in perfect condition to bloom fully. But ensure they properly acclimate to the outdoors before letting them stay there. Furthermore, their soil must be kept moist. Apply mulch to retain its moisture better, even at the peak of summer.
4. Cat Palm
The Cat Palm, known for its fronds that resemble a cat’s tail, is an excellent addition to your indoor plant collection. This palm plant, with its distinct leaves, makes for an elegant decoration for one’s home. Bright, indirect light is one of its requirements. During the summer, consider placing it outside to soak in the early morning sunlight. However, avoid leaving it out there for too long. Too much direct sunlight and extreme heat could scorch its leaves.
Although papyrus plants are accustomed to wet environments, they’re great to place on spots that receive direct sunlight. But given their requirements, water must be provided to them constantly. There’s no need to worry about overwatering since having wet roots is their ideal state. Change their water weekly to avoid foreign living organisms growing in the container.
6. Hibiscus Flower
Keeping large flowers indoors may sound like a nightmare for clean-up, but it’s all worth the trouble when they’re hibiscus flowers. Hibiscus flowers, known as tropical plants, require bright light to bloom fully.
Similar to amaryllis plants, hibiscus plants also have specific conditions that need to be met for optimal growth. For instance, while they require a strong source of light, they do not need to be placed directly under the sun. Indirect sunlight is sufficient for their needs. Therefore, an ideal location for them would be a shaded area that still receives plenty of light.
7. Monstera Plant
Like whale fin plants, Monstera plants are a popular choice for indoor decoration among many homeowners. After all, there’s nothing quite like its unique leaf patterns. Additionally, it’s only suitable for bright yet indirect sunlight. Otherwise, exposure to full sunlight can damage its leaves, and low light may inhibit its growth.
8. Citrus Tree
Citrus trees don’t necessarily belong exclusively in an orchard. Dwarf citrus trees are small enough to fit indoors while still bearing normal-sized fruits. These trees, like their larger counterparts, love light.
However, while they do need substantial light exposure, around eight hours a day, it doesn’t necessarily have to be direct sunlight, which could be too intense for them. Instead, bright, indirect light for a substantial part of the day is more beneficial. During hot seasons, remember to check their soil regularly, as it can dry out quickly, especially at the peak of summer.
Keeping a houseplant indoors is a great way to boost one’s mood. After all, watching a plant grow and reach full maturity can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. But some houseplants need plenty of sunlight. Since summer’s about to roll in, consider using this opportunity to place them outside. That way, they can have their fill of fresh air and sunshine.