10 Sun-Loving Indoor Plants
Updated: Sep 4, 2019
Indoor plants can really brighten up your home. They can help the air in your home feel fresher, add a great decorative touch, and even boost your mood. If your home has plenty of sunshine, you’re in luck! The following plants will thrive in a sunny home or apartment.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe needs as much light as possible. This plant likes a bright, sunny spot – a western or southern window is ideal.
Aloe is a great plant for beginners and forgetful plant owners, thanks to its hardiness and drought tolerance.
Also, it's one of the highest rated plants when it comes to cleaning the air.
Kalanchoe is a drought tolerant plant that loves to get plenty of sun. The more light you'll give to this plant, the better it will look! Place it in front of a South-facing window in the winter, and an East window in the summer.
This thick-leaved succulent will do fine in normal household conditions; just remember to keep it away from drafts and let it dry in between waterings.
3. Jade Plant
Jade Plant (Crassula ovata) is a sun-loving plant which has the potential to be a striking statement-maker when given enough sunshine and water.
It tends to reach about 2-3 feet tall when grown indoors, is relatively easy to care for, and can even bloom!
4. Common Geranium
Common Geranium (Pelargonium) is a lovely, easy-going flowering plant that does well in full sun for most of the day, with bi-weekly watering.
Common geranium is a great choice to add floral color to your home all year round.
5. Dwarf Citrus
Dwarf citrus (Citrus spp.) plants are smaller versions of larger citruses, which makes them perfect for growing inside a lightweight pot.
They need indirect sunlight and plenty of water, and they can also give you a yearly citrus crop!
6. Garden Croton
Garden Croton (Codiaeum variegatum) is a sturdy plant well known for its distinct, vibrant-colored leaves which can vary from greens to oranges to pinks, reds, and even creams.
This plant thrives with higher humidity, so be sure to mist it often.
7. Umbrella Papyrus
The Umbrella Papyrus (Cyperus alternifolius) is a popular house plant for its distinct, umbrella-like appearance and its love of bright windows.
This particular plant thrives in sunny homes and requires moist soil.
8. African Milk Bush
The African Milk Bush (Euphorbia trigona) is a distinct succulent with sharp spines and a tropical look that will definitely add uniqueness to any home.
This particular plant thrives with plenty of indoor sunlight, but make sure not to grow if you have children or small animals who nibble on plants since the sap is an irritant.
9. Ponytail Palm
The swollen trunk and frizzy foliage of the Ponytail Palm make it a fun accent plant for the sunny kitchen or family room.
Care for your ponytail palm as you would a succulent plant: give it coarse soil amended with sand and water weekly.
The Ponytail palm grows slowly and will only need repotting once every year or two.
10. Tropical Hibiscus
Tropical hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) is well-known for its large, beautiful blooms.
Hibiscus plants need intense light in order to bloom indoors, so they are perfect for sunny windows and spots. They need to be regularly watered but avoid making the soil too soggy.