The gardening season always seems to come and go very quickly. With fickle weather, it seems like there’s only a few safe months each year for growing plants. Luckily, though, the LivingSpace sunroom is a great spot for beautiful indoor plants to grow year-round. Plants thrive in our sunrooms! The climate-controlled environment protects plants against cold temperatures, and the abundant natural light offered by the large windows encourages flowering plants to blossom to their fullest.
Finding the right balance of sunlight
You’ll want to be careful about where you place your plants in your sunroom. Some indoor plants need an abundance of sunlight, while others scorch and spot in direct sunlight. This means that some plants make perfect sunroom transplants, while others aren’t naturally adapted for it. Saying this, you can always find a spot in your sunroom for the flowers you want to grow.
Our favorite indoor plants
It’s so refreshing to see a sunroom filled with plant life, and it’s exciting to see how flowers can prosper when exposed to the open lights in a sunroom. Ivy is one of the indoor plants that thrives in our sunrooms.
There are different varieties of ivies that generally show where the plant originated from. These include English ivy, Japanese ivy, Persian ivy, and Russian ivy. English ivy is most commonly grown in the home, but you should be easily able to locate other varieties as well. The process for growing ivies doesn’t differ much between types.
Sunrooms are the perfect spot for the ivies to grow, since they grow well when exposed to bright light. If the plant isn’t receiving adequate sunlight, it’ll let you know. An ivy’s leaves will visibly droop as they lose some of their springiness. At this point, the plant is more susceptible to corrosion from pests. If this is the case, put the plant closer to the window and watch it redevelop as it comes back to life.
Ivies live best with less water, and you should always check the plant’s soil before watering. The topsoil should be dry to the touch before you water the plant again. Likewise, make sure the pot has excellent drainage, as ivies rot at the roots and wilt in excessively wet soil.
An ivy’s leaves also accumulate dust and pests and will accordingly need periodic cleaning. Letting shower water run on the plant for a minute or two will be an easy and adequate cleaning method.
You should nourish your ivy with nitrogen-rich fertilizer about once a month during the spring, summer, and fall. Do not fertilize your ivy during the winter.
Some plants don’t love constant sunlight, but this doesn’t mean they can’t be placed in your sunroom. Indoor plants like the Chinese Evergreen can complement your sunroom beautifully. It will need extra thought and care, though, to make sure it isn’t receiving too much sunlight and risking its health.
The Chinese Evergreen is one of these indoor plants that best appreciates medium to low light. You can achieve this by placing it on one of the lower rungs of a shelf or in an area that sees the sun minimally throughout the day. If your sunroom is facing east, your low-light plant can be placed by a window, so it’s only exposed to the sun for a few hours each morning.
When exposed to the right lighting, the Chinese Evergreen is a very simple and easy plant to keep flourishing. The online blog Gardening Know How says that even the novice indoor gardener can look like an expert when keeping a Chinese Evergreen. The plant is incredibly durable, and it tolerates dry air and drought-like conditions perfectly.
Certain growing practices will result in a healthier plant, though. One of the best ways to accommodate low-light plants like the Chinese Evergreen is by placing it in well-draining soil. This can be done by using a mixture of potting soil, perlite, and sand.
The Chinese Evergreen enjoys moderate watering and needs time to dry out in between each watering to prevent root rot. It also needs to be fertilized once or twice a year with a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer.
You can easily maintain a small tree as an indoor plant within your sunroom. Making room in a corner gives the tree ample space to grow with an optimal intake of natural light. At LivingSpace, we love the way the Anita cane tree looks with the sun shining on it.
The Anita cane tree is also referred to as the Dracaena Anita or the Anita plant. It’s a rugged and durable plant that tolerates most growing conditions and resists diseases and pests. This makes it easier to tend and grow. You can always be thoughtful about your planting methods so you can optimize the indoor tree’s growth.
The indoor tree grows best when exposed to direct sunlight. The online design magazine Hunker suggests placing it within four feet of a window. In your sunroom, you have a room full of windows that will give your Anita cane hours to soak in uninhibited light.
When it comes to potting the Anita cane, you’ll want to do so in a container equipped with excellent draining capabilities. If you ignore this, your Anita cane’s roots will be more likely to rot. Alongside this, you should use soil that has little perlite in it. Perlite is used specifically to lighten the soil and give roots more air, and it helps the plant improve drainage. Perlite, though, causes uneven distribution within the pot that can compromise the Anita cane’s growth.
With optimal potting, you can water your Anita cane infrequently. When you do water, though, make sure to do so thoroughly. You can stop once water starts draining out of the bottom of the pot. It is best to use distilled water rather than tap water, as the indoor tree is sensitive to fluoride. If you use water with fluoride, you can expect to see yellowing or scorch marks on the leaves of the tree.
You can bring bright colors to your sunroom with flowers. These indoor plants love the warmth that comes from our thermally-efficient sunrooms. We prefer the colors of the Hibiscus and love how it looks alongside bright sunshine.
Most often, a Hibiscus plant dies because of inadequate sun exposure. With a sunroom, you won’t need to worry about this problem much. Put your Hibiscus in a well-lit spot and let it soak in hours of unimpeded natural light.
Even though a Hibiscus is primed for consistent sunlight, it will also need to be watered continually. The best way to understand if your Hibiscus needs water is by sticking your finger into the soil. If you can reach your full finger into the pot without finding damp soil, you should water the plant slowly. Make sure to keep a drainage system, though, to avoid drowning the plant.
A Hibiscus will die if it is exposed to temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. In the LivingSpace sunroom, you shouldn’t need to worry about the temperature falling below that critical level, though. Nonetheless, if you choose to keep the plant outside, keep an eye on the weather reports and bring it in once the fall weather starts cooling the nights.
A Hibiscus grown in a container, like a pot, needs consistent pruning for it to maintain its size and shape. Let the new blooms grow until they have reached two inches in length. Then, pinch the tips to encourage continued growth. If you keep this system, the Hibiscus will stay healthy throughout the year.
The correct fertilizer will be critical if you want your Hibiscus to bloom indoors. The plant’s color and size thrive when given ample amounts of potassium. Too much nitrogen or phosphorus will prevent growth. There are fertilizers manufactured specifically for Hibiscus plants, and you can apply them right after watering.
Succulents are perfect indoor plants for a room filled with light, as they are built to grow in desert climates and soil conditions. The different plants retain water very well and are thickened to withstand constant sunlight.
The String of Pearls is one of our favorite succulents. We love the indoor plant’s unique, marble-like leaves that grow on trailing stems. These leaves help the String of Pearls retain their water best. This makes the plant low-maintenance and easy to grow and maintain.
The plant’s soil should be kept damp throughout the spring and summer months. This helps encourage growth. Meanwhile, during the winter, the watering can be scaled back as the plant works to maintain its form. If the marble-like leaves start to flatten out, the plant needs more water.
During the warmer months of active growth and sunshine, the String of Pearls will react better to temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. During winter months, it can remain dormant and thrive in temperatures between 50 and 55 Fahrenheit.
A String of Pearls plant grows best in a sandy type of soil. These drain quickly after rain and are easy to cultivate and work. Nonetheless, a String of Pearls can grow well in any regular succulent potting soil.
You will want to fertilize a String of Pearls plant twice a week during its growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer. During the plant’s dormant periods, it will only need fertilized once every six weeks.
A Perfect Place for your Green Thumb
We love seeing the LivingSpace sunroom filled with indoor plants. One of our favorite sunrooms is used as a blossoming year-round garden in Coralville, Iowa. The owner loves to garden and be in the sun. She wanted to enjoy her plants, even when she was unable to go outside. With this desire, she worked with our Premier Partner in her area to build a sunroom onto the back of her house. Now, she uses it to grow an eclectic variety of indoor plants.