Springtime is the best time of the year to bring new plants to your home. Here are seven plants that will thrive in east-facing windows and make your home look brighter and more welcoming.
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) is a popular choice for several reasons. They are well-adapted to low-light conditions, making them an excellent choice for east-facing windows with limited morning sunlight.
They thrive in high-humidity environments, which makes them an ideal choice for growing indoors in areas where the air is dry. Boston Ferns have been shown to have air-purifying properties, which can help improve indoor air quality. They have long, graceful fronds that make them an attractive addition to any indoor space and are relatively easy to care for.
Prayer plants (Maranta leuconeura) are popular because they can thrive in low light conditions, making them ideal for east-facing windows that may not receive direct sunlight. Prayer plants have been found to have air-purifying properties that help to reduce indoor air pollution. They can remove harmful toxins from the air, making them a great addition to any indoor space.
Prayer plants are relatively easy to care for and require minimal attention. They don’t need to be watered frequently and can tolerate various temperatures. For an aesthetic appeal, prayer plants have vibrant, colourful leaves that add a pop of colour and texture to indoor spaces. They are known for their distinctive patterns and shapes, making them a unique addition to any room.
Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis spp.) are a popular and easy-to-grow houseplant. They thrive in bright, indirect light, exactly what an east-facing window provides. Moth orchids prefer temperatures between 65-85°F (18-30°C), the average temperature range in a room with an east-facing window. The cool morning air is particularly beneficial to moth orchids, as it mimics their natural growing conditions in tropical forests.
They are relatively low maintenance and do not require frequent watering. Moth orchids also produce large, showy blooms that can last for several weeks. The flowers come in various colours: white, pink, yellow, and purple. This long blooming period makes them an attractive addition to any east-facing window.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) is a popular houseplant requiring bright, indirect light, typically available in east-facing windows. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, so an east-facing window provides just the right amount of light. The fiddle Leaf Fig is an attractive plant with large, glossy leaves that can add a touch of natural beauty to a room. It can also be used as a decorative element, adding interest to an east-facing window.
While Fiddle Leaf Fig can be a bit fussy when it comes to watering, it is generally easy to care for. It does not require a lot of attention and can thrive in a variety of indoor environments. It is believed to have several health benefits, including stress reduction and improved mental clarity. This can be particularly helpful in rooms where people spend a lot of time, such as a home office or living room.
Areca Palm (Dypsis Lutescens)
Also known as butterfly palms, areca palm needs bright indirect light to remain healthy and full. They have long, feathery fronds and can grow to reach the ceiling. They prefer high humidity but can tolerate less; browning leaves indicate they need more moisture. It is resistant to most pests and diseases when grown in well-draining soil and watered properly.
Keep the household temperature between 65°F (16°C) and 75°F (24°C) to avoid drafts. It’s one of the best air-purifying plants for the home and is listed as non-toxic for pets and humans.
Japanese Fatsia (Fatsia Japonica)
The Japanese fatsia is another shade-loving landscaping shrub with impressive foliage that thrives indoors if given bright conditions. The bold, deep-lobed leaves can reach a foot across and bring the tropics indoors.
Fatsia makes great east-facing window plants, which are generally easy to maintain. It is best to keep the soil consistently moist in a well-draining area and to fertilize lightly over the growing season to keep them healthy. Despite its sap causing skin irritation, the plant is non-toxic to pets.
Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa, Monstera adansonii)
Known for its glossy, fenestrated (hole-y) leaves and vine-like nature, the Swiss Cheese Plant has a uniquely tropical appearance indoors. There are two main species grown indoors: deliciosa oversized and adansonii smaller.
Your east-facing window is the best place for them: they’ll grow faster and healthier when exposed to bright indirect light. The bright conditions also contribute to the development of their striking fenestration.
Umbrella Tree (Schefflera)
It’s called the umbrella tree because it loses lower leaves until it looks like a tufted palm. Spring pruning can keep it bushy and full, but it needs indirect light to thrive. Despite their resiliency to light, Scheffleras do best when planted in east-facing windows.
They prefer high humidity and slightly moist soil, but they can also survive less ideal conditions. They require only light feeding every month and are pest-free. Repot them only when they are root bound.
In conclusion, choose plants that grow well in east-facing windows if you want to enjoy natural light in your home. If you have any questions about which plants will work well in your specific situation, speak to us!
Is it allowed to place plants in an east-facing window?
Because it receives good light throughout the day and full sunshine in the morning, an east window is ideal for indoor plants. Also, the considerable heat that often develops in the south and west windows during the summer will not be forced onto your indoor plants.
Is the indirect light coming in the east windows bright?
Windows facing east and west let in some direct light up to three feet distant and some indirect light up to five feet away. Sunlight enters the east windows in the morning and the west windows in the afternoon. Up to five feet distant, windows with a north orientation offer some shade. The season affects the brightness of the light.
Can I place succulents in an east-facing window?
Ideal windows face south without obstruction, but bright east or west exposures work just as well. Sorry if you live in the woods or have just north-facing windows. Yet apart from their devotion to the light, succulents are adaptable. They are an excellent place to start since they are so undemanding.