Houseplants You Can (Probably) Keep Alive This Winter

For some of us, keeping indoor houseplants alive can be a bit of a challenge, but this doesn’t mean you can’t bring some amazing plant life into your home. Here are a few houseplants that thrive during the winter months.

Snake Plant

The snake plant is sometimes called “indestructible” due to the little amount of maintenance it requires. It is relatively resilient, which means even people who don’t always remember to water their plants can keep it alive in the house.

Aloe Vera

The aloe vera succulent does well in the winter – all it requires is bright light. So make sure you keep it in an area of your home that gets enough sun, and this plant will thrive.

Spider Plant

Much like snake plants, spider plants require very little maintenance. In fact, during the winter, they require even less attention because it takes the soil longer to soak up the water, meaning you can potentially get away with watering every one-and-a-half to two weeks. Plus, it often produces baby plants, which means you can multiply your plant life with just one investment. It’s a win-win!

ZZ Plant

While it is slightly more challenging to care for a ZZ plant than some of the others on this list, this plant can thrive in the winter as long as you stay on top of its care. The ZZ plant is drought-tolerant due to its proximity to the succulent family, making it a great next step for beginners looking to transition to some more varied plant life this winter.

Dwarf Citrus

If you’re looking for a challenge, the dwarf citrus, which is technically a summer plant, can survive the winter – it just requires your care and attention. The dwarf citrus is perfect if you’re looking for a tropical vibe without the tropical weather; just be sure to keep your house at the proper temperature (ideally 65°F)!

Christmas Cactus

If you’re looking for a bit of color with your winter plant life, look no further than a Christmas cactus. Much like the dwarf citrus, this plant is finicky, which means it’s one of the more challenging to care for on this list. Still, if you get the elements just right and give this plant enough care, you’ll have a blooming cactus that will be the envy of all your guests.


Orchids do surprisingly well in the winter, so long as you give them the care they need. This plant is a tad trickier than others, so we recommend it only for experienced plant parents or those with a proven track record of keeping plants alive.

Fiddle-Leaf Fig

Figs are leafy plants that can grow quite large with minimum upkeep. In fact, some even go as long as a month between waterings. So if you want something a little larger that doesn’t require a whole lot of maintenance, a fiddle-leaf fig is your best bet!

Do you have a favorite houseplant or tips for keeping them alive during the winter? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below?

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