Hi Friends, today I am turning the reins of the blog over to Kacey Bradley who blogs at The Drifter Collective and who is going to share 6 Plants that Thrive in Sunrooms. Kacey is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully empower herself through exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Ruffled, and more!
Take it away Kacey!
Decorating your house is one of the joys of living on your own. In the spring, many people consider changing up their homes by adding potted plants. They’re wonderful additions that don’t take a lot of work, especially for those who have a sunroom.
A sunroom is a perfect cross between an extra room and a porch. It lets the sun in on the best days and provides a warm, welcoming space for everyone to hang out. You may want to spend more time in your sunroom this year, and adding plants is the perfect way to do that. You’ll love sitting in the warm sunshine in your favorite chair, surrounded by beautiful plants.
Some plants do better in sunrooms than others, though, so be sure to get the right ones.
Whether you have a three- or four-season sunroom, it’s perfect for growing plants all year. A plant that thrives in sunrooms is the hibiscus flower. It can grow into a leafy bush if taken care of correctly.
Hibiscus flowers come in two variations, tropical and hardy. They need regular watering, as well as light fertilizing. Many people accidentally overwater them, which leads to fungus and bugs that eat away at the plant. An easy way to avoid this is to find the right-sized watering container to prevent oversaturation. It may take some trial and error to find one, but learning how to grow any new plant takes time.
Ferns are what everyone goes crazy over at your local farmer’s market. Their leaves are super thick and a gorgeous shade of green, so people buy them up quickly to hang on their porch. If not cared for properly, they get fried in the summer heat and wilt away from the lack of water.
You can easily take care of your ferns this year in your sunroom. Hang them on hooks or plant them in large rolling pots. They’re a versatile plant that will do well in a sunroom — just make sure to take them inside at night if your spring nights dip to freezing levels.
If you want a plant with a classic look, you should think about growing begonias in your sunroom. They produce tiny, colorful flowers with delicate leaves, which makes them sensitive to how they’re cared for. They’ll require plenty of water and equal amounts of drainage, so make sure you use the right pot.
Begonias also require a specific type of watering. You must pour water directly on the base of the plant. If their leaves get misted or soaked, it will cause rapid decay. They don’t do well with alkaline water, because it has a low pH level. Use a store-bought pH test strip to be sure your tap water is within acceptable levels, and you’ll be good to grow begonias.
Spider plants are low-maintenance and do very well indoors, so this is another plant that will thrive in your sunroom. Even if you overwater a spider plant, they’ll make a full recovery if you let them dry out.
The key to growing spider plants is to place them in indirect sunlight. They’ll get easily fried by spending too much time in the sun. Plant them in a medium-sized pot and put them on a coffee or side table in your sunroom. They’ll grow quickly if they have a semi-shady spot to watch the world from.
Known for their classic purple-ringed petals, African violets are one of the best plants to grow indoors. When they’re planted outdoors, they struggle to grow in soil where they have to fight for water and nutrients with surrounding plants. They’ll love the pot you grow them in, and a nice shady spot in your sunroom.
To figure out how well your African violets are doing, do an environment check. Does being in your sunroom make you want to put on a light jacket or snuggle up under a blanket? That means your African violets are cold, too. They thrive in the same room temperature conditions that humans enjoy, so don’t plant them just yet if your sunroom isn’t at a comfortable temperature.
Think about how your sunroom lets sunlight in from almost every angle. That sunlight becomes trapped, warming the room. It’s the perfect environment for tropical plants, especially the passion flower. Consider this as your first plant if you notice your sunroom is especially warm.
The passion flower has many variations to choose from, so you can even match it to your interior decorating. When you grow it indoors, keep the soil moist so it doesn’t get overwatered. It’s naturally a vine plant, so you’ll need to trim it occasionally. It can grow well in a sunroom if given the proper care.
There are many options you can choose from when looking for a plant to grow in your sunroom. As long as you do your research on the ones you like the best, you’ll have a thriving plant family in no time.
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