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6 Houseplants to Grow on Your Windowsills

With so many houseplants out there, have you ever wondered which are the best ones for your windowsills? The answer depends on many factors, such as available light, water, indoor temperature, and windowsill space. Here are some great plant ideas to decorate and brighten up your windowsills.

Direction of Light

Window Frame and Plants
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Before highlighting plant choices for your windowsills, it’s essential to know more about direction-facing windows. The more accurate you are, the more your windowsill plants will thrive.

The rule of thumb is that south-facing windows get the most light and are the hottest. North-facing windows don’t receive much light, and the window and sill can get cold.

East-facing windows have excellent morning light, but the light fades in the afternoon and cools your window. Finally, west-facing windows get lots of afternoon light that is hot and strong in intensity.


Haworthia in a Pot
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Haworthia (Haworthia limfolia ‘Variegata’) are sturdy succulents that grow well on windowsills with low light. They also grow slowly and are, therefore, ideal for windowsills that can accommodate other plants as well. They add color to your space with their cream-to-pale yellow markings that contrast the green in the leaves.

This haworthia type likes half to full shade with some light. It does well in an east or west-facing windowsill with indirect light and temperatures between 68 and 79 degrees Fahrenheit.

For lower-lit windows, Haworthia cymbiformis tolerate partially shady conditions more than Haworthia limfolia ‘Variegata.’

Water lightly only when the soil dries out. This succulent does not like to be drenched, or it might die.

Painted Lady Echeveria

Pink Echeverias
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Painted lady echeveria (Echeveria derenbergii) comes in shades of blue, grey, and pink. It’s a perfect choice if you have a sunny space on your windowsill. A south-facing position is ideal because they need at least six hours of sunlight daily.

Without extended sunlight, the leaves will become elongated and leggy. Indoor temperature will vary based on the season of the year: Daytime temperatures are between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and dip down to 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night.

Echeverias are not water hogs as they store a lot of moisture in their roots and stems. From October to February, the plant is in dormancy, so reduce your watering. Allow soil to dry between watering when it’s in active growth from March to September.

Design Tip: Place a collection of these 4-inch beauties in a shallow rectangular container with pebbles and a well-draining cactus soil mix on your windowsill. Remember that although echeveria are not tall succulents, they can spread in width, which is something to consider when measuring your available sill space.

Nerve Plant

Red and Green Nerve Plants
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Nerve plants are ideal for an east or north-facing window where there is dappled light and partial shade as they cannot tolerate direct sun. They make perfect windowsill plants because of their small stature reaching up to 8 inches with a width of 1 to 1 feet 6 inches. They also add color to your sill because of their oval-shaped leaves marked with intricate pink, red, and white veins.

A good room temperature for these cuties is 70 degrees Fahrenheit and it cannot withstand temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. As nerve plants prefer humidity, you can add moisture with a humidifier or by misting the leaves.

Your soil should be consistently moist. Water every few days as nerve plants have been known to “faint,” but easily redeem themselves after being quenched.

Fun Fact: This plant is also great for terrariums!

Spider Plants

Spider Plant in Windowsill
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How about a trailing spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) against the backdrop of a white-painted windowsill? They are easy to grow, pet-friendly, and prefer medium to bright light. An east or north-facing window is ideal. Because this plant does not need bright light all the time, it’s perfect if you have a windowsill with some shade.

Soil should be dry between watering and room temperature should be between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spider plants reward you with small offshoots which not only look pretty dangling off your windowsill, but you can also propagate them. Not to mention, this is an amazing plant for air purification, so why not add it to your living room or bedroom windowsill?

Snake Plant

Snake Plant on Windowsill
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Snake plants (Dracaena) are excellent choices for your windowsill for their air-purifying properties. As an air-purifying plant against pollutants like formaldehyde, nitrous oxides, xylene, and allergens, it is an absolute must-have for your windowsills.

They store water in their leaves, so no need to water these plants frequently. Snake plants thrive in temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. They don’t need a lot of light, so place them in an east-facing window.

Pancake Plant

Pancake Plant on Windowsill
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Native to damp and rocky areas of China, pancake plants (Pilea peperomioides) get their name from the flat shape of the leaves that pucker in the middle. They can grow just over 1 foot or more in height.

Pileas prefer indirect light to partial shade for optimal growth. That said, they do well in an east or south-facing window with a gauze covering or blind.

Because the plant’s root system is shallow, do not overwater; however, they do love humidity. Place your potted plant and run off dish over a pebble tray. This will help with maintaining humidity because of the water vapor trapped in the rocks. Pileas go into dormancy in the winter, so the less watering, the better.

This little plant thrives in daytime temperatures of 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Note: Pileas can suffer from powdery mildew build up on the leaves.

Brighten Your Windowsills With Greenery

Here are six beautiful plants that will add vibrancy to lacklustre windowsills. Whether, you prefer succulents or vining plants, decorative or edible, small or tall, there are many excellent choices out there. These plants tolerate a wide variety of light conditions and for this reason, they accommodate all types of windowsills.

Will you try placing any of these plants on your windowsills? If you have any tips or tricks, please leave then in the comment field.

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