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5 Houseplants You Can Neglect in The Winter

Houseplants are a great way to brighten up your home and improve your air quality, but many people mistakenly believe they need to be kept in perfect condition year-round. 

In reality, there are a few houseplants that you can ignore in the winter without too much trouble. So, if you’re looking for a easy way to spruce up your home this season, read on to discover the five best plants you can neglect in the winter!


four different succulents and cacti in white pots on a window ledge
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Cacti are low-maintenance plants that make great additions to any home. They’re easy to care for and don’t require much attention, making them perfect for busy people or those who don’t have a lot of experience with plants.

Cacti need bright light to thrive, so place them in a spot where they’ll get plenty of sunshine. If you live in a warm climate, you can even put them outdoors. Just be sure to bring them indoors if the temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

One of the reasons cacti are so low maintenance is because they don’t need a lot of water. Overwatering is one of the most common mistakes people make when caring for cacti. Only water your cactus when the soil is completely dry to the touch, every two weeks or so. During the winter months, you can decrease watering even further.

Snake Plant

A sansevieria trifasciata snake plant in the window of a modern home or apartment interior.
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If you want to find an uncomplicated houseplant for the winter, consider a snake plant! It not only looks beautiful but is also easy to care for and will brighten up your indoor space.

Give your snake plant water when the soil is dry to the touch. It could be every two weeks in the summer to every couple of months in the winter. These plants don’t need much water, so be sure not to overwater them. If you do, you risk those fantastic, erect leaves toppling over. 

Snake plants like bright, indirect light. If you have a spot in your home that doesn’t get a lot of sunlight, this is a good place to put it. These plants can also tolerate a wide range of temperatures, so you can keep them in warm and cool rooms.


Succulent houseplant Crassula on the windowsill against the background of a window
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Succulent plants are drought-resistant and can store water in their leaves, making them perfect for those who want a low-maintenance plant. They come in a variety of colors and shapes, so anybody can find something suitable to put on their shelves. 

While they require little care, there are a few things to keep in mind when growing these unique plants. When planting succulents, use well-draining soil; It will help prevent the roots from rotting. Succulents also need plenty of sunlight, so place them in a sunny spot.

Water your succulents when the soil is dry to the touch. Overwatering can cause the leaves and roots to rot, so let the soil dry out completely between watering.


Pothos stems and leaves
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Pothos plants, or Devils Ivy, are one of the most popular houseplants, and it’s no wonder why. They’re low maintenance and look great in any setting. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, it is a great choice for anyone looking for a hassle-free plant.

These plants are tolerant of different conditions and can even thrive in low-light situations. When it comes to watering, pothos like to be on the drier side, so allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again. 

Overwatering is one of the biggest mistakes when growing pothos, so it’s important to err on the side of caution.


heartleaf philodendron
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Philodendrons are beautiful plants that make a great addition to any home. They are easy to care for and require very little attention, making them the perfect plant for busy people or those with little experience.

Philodendrons do best in bright, indirect light but can also tolerate lower light conditions. Gardeners recommend placing them near a window facing east or west.

They’re tolerant of drought and prefer to be kept on the drier side. Water your plant deeply, then allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again.

Don’t Let Winter Stop You!

So, if you’re looking for a low-maintenance way to spruce up your home this season, these five houseplants can take some neglect over the winter months.

Of course, no one recommends completely neglecting your plants, but if you forget to water them every once in a while or let the soil get a little too dry, they should be just fine.

Maybe by taking a break from caring for your plants during the winter, you’ll be even more excited to jump back into it when spring arrives!

Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping houseplants alive and healthy during the winter? Leave a comment below!