East Window Plants: Growing Houseplants In East Facing Windows

East Window Plants: Growing Houseplants In East Facing Windows

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By: Raffaele Di Lallo, Author and founder of Ohio Tropics houseplant care blog

Your window exposure is very important when choosing whichhouseplants can grow there. Fortunately, there are many east window plants thatyou can grow. Eastern windows will typically get the gentler morning sun, butthen have bright indirect light throughout the rest of the day. This is idealfor a wide variety of plants!

It is important to note that not all windows are createdequal. The size and type of window you have, in addition to any obstructionssuch has trees or other buildings, can have a great impact on the quality andamount of light that comes through. If your plant growth is weak or spindly,move it to a brighter location.

Indoor Plants for East Window Light

There are many indoor plants for east-facing windows. Greatchoices for flowering houseplants in an east-facing window include:

  • Phalaenopsis – Moth orchids are among the best indoor orchids and can be kept in bloom for many months of the year. These are epiphytes and are typically grown in a bark mix or sphagnum moss.
  • Bromeliads – Various bromeliads (Aechmea fasciata and Neoregelia) are great choices and have beautiful form and striking flower bracts.
  • Cyclamen – Cyclamen is often sold as a seasonal plant but can grow well in eastern windows.
  • Streptocarpus – Also known as cape primrose, Streptocarpus freely blooms in eastern windows and come in pink, white and lavender colored flowers.
  • Gesneriads – Any Gesneriad will thrive in east-facing windows and produce a multitude of blooms. These include African violets, Episcia, and Sinningia.

Some great foliage selections for east window plantsinclude:

  • Cast iron plant – The cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) is a great foliage houseplant that can tolerate quite a bit of neglect.
  • Dieffenbachia – Dieffenbachia, or dumbcane, is an easy-to-grow foliage houseplant with stunning variegated leaves and comes in various sizes.
  • Peacock plant – Like many Calathea species, peacock plant (Calathea makoyana) has beautifully patterned leaves. Be sure to keep this plant on the moister end for best results.
  • Philodendron – Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron scandens) is a robust climber, but is very popular as a hanging plant.
  • Monstera – The Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa) can make a dramatic statement if you have the room. Beware because these plants can quickly take over your space!
  • Pothos – Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is an easy-to-grow and propagate climber which is commonly grown as a hanging plant.
  • Spider plant – Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) offers easy growth, beautifully arching variegated leaves, and pups which are easily propagated.
  • Fiddle leaf fig – Fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata) is a more finicky plant to grow indoors, but a well-grown specimen makes quite a dramatic statement.
  • Boston fern – Boston fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata) is a great choice but keep the soil evenly moist for best results! This is the key for ferns.

These are just some of the houseplants that you can easilygrow in eastern facing windows. There are many more, so experiment and see whatworks best for you!

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Plants absorb light energy and turn it into energy through photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is performed in special cells called chloroplasts. Plants that can handle higher light levels have higher levels of chloroplasts. Chloroplasts also help plants respond to changing light levels by altering their concentrations.   When plants are exposed to reduced light, they line up more chloroplasts to catch the lesser amount of light. This process is called acclimatization and helps explain why your shade-loving plants can sometimes be "trained" to accept higher light conditions.

Plants' unique ability to convert sunlight to energy is a fundamental aspect of life on this plant. It is through plants that sunlight is converted to usable energy, which is then consumed by animals who in turn are frequently consumed by other animals as the energy moves through the food chain.

1. Epipremnum Aureum (Golden Pothos)

Pothos plants are often mistaken for philodendrons. Both of these plants are easy to care for the main difference is that the Pothos has large, dark green leaves with a yellow or white pattern.

Golden Pothos is also sometimes called “devil’s ivy” this name references how hard the plant is to kill. As a houseplant, the hardy nature of the Pothos makes it a great low-maintenance choice that can thrive in almost any set of conditions.

  • Pros: Easy to care for. Loves shady areas, but handles indirect light well.
  • Cons: Requires pruning to keep vines from overgrowing the container.
  • Care Requirements: Keep warm. Prefers high humidity, but will tolerate most conditions. Let soil dry between waterings.

Jade Plant (Crassula argentea)

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With its sturdy stems and interesting, fleshy leaves, jade plants have endured as a popular houseplant for those with sunny windowsills or bright conservatories. Jade plants need at least four hours of sunlight each day, so a south-facing window is ideal. Although the Crassula argentea is a succulent, and therefore drought-tolerant, it is not a cactus. Keep your jade plant moist by watering it when the soil surface is dry to prevent shedding leaves.   Jade plants can live for decades and continue to grow slowly over time, so keep your plant in a suitably heavy pot to prevent it from toppling over.

  • Light: Full sun
  • Water: Water regularly provide good drainage

Should I fertilize my houseplant?

Most plants do benefit from a balanced fertilizer for houseplants, but it’s not entirely necessary. After all, plants make their own food from photosynthesis. But if you want to give them a little boost, feed only during a plant’s active growing season, which is spring to fall for most plants.

If you’re forgetful, use a granular fertilizer, which releases slowly over a period of weeks or months. If want to be more hands-on with your babies, go with a liquid. But reduce the amount to ½ the amount recommended on the package because the instructions always list the maximum dosing. Also, if choosing organic fertilizer, be aware that it’s stinky and may attract your pets. So, keep your fur babies away from your plant babies!

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