Potted Houseplants: Why Are they Important and Which Ones Survive in The Winter?

Potted Houseplants: Why Are they Important and Which Ones Survive in The Winter?Well Pittsburgh we knew the colder weather would come eventually, and while it’s been on the warmer side the past few days in Pittsburgh, it’s finally starting to get a chill in the air. In my most recent blog – How To: Make Your Home POP This Winter, I listed a number of ways that you can still make your home presentable if you’re considering putting your home up for sale. One thing I mentioned was bringing potted plants indoors and putting some mulch over those dead flowerbeds. I even already mentioned a few plants that can survive through the winter including the red flowering quince and the boxwood, both that typically should be planted now in the fall. But what about those potted plants that you brought indoors? Will they survive with lower light? This blog will help you determine some potted houseplants that will still survive in the colder months as well of the importance of why you should keep them alive.

The Importance of Potted Houseplants:

You might be tempted to just throw those houseplants that you decorated your porch with in the summer out because you don’t have the time to care for them while you’re selling your home or during the busy holiday season. Of course you have that option, but this blog is here to convince you to keep caring for them. Apart from potted houseplants giving the home a more cozy feeling, the list blow gives you the 3 top reasons on why you should keep them, according to our trusted source:

  1. Air Purifiers – Instead of going out and buying those expensive air purifiers, just use some of the plants below. Our source provides some great NASA research that states that plants remove up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours.
    • This source also suggests “using 15 to 18 plants in 6-to-8-inch diameter pots for a 1,800-square foot home (also equivalent to one plant ever 100 square feet).”
  1. Health Improvers –If you’ve ever wondered why hospital rooms frequently have tons of plants from loved ones, it’s because a Kansas State University research study discovered that patients with plants in their rooms were released from the hospital sooner because and also required less pain medication, had lower heart rates and blood pressure, and were less tired. Another study indicated that when plants were placed in office buildings the employees experienced a decrease in colds, headaches, sore throats and more.
    • Our source suggests, “To improve health and reduce fatigue and stress, place one large plant (8-inch diameter pot or larger) every 129 square feet. In office or classroom settings, position plants so each person has greenery in view.”

  1. Focus Sharpeners – Finally another study from another college stated that in rooms where plants were placed, students experienced 70% greater attentiveness and even a higher attendance.

3 Potted Plants That Survive In The Winter

If you didn’t have any potted plants that you saved from the cold and are thinking of planting some thanks to the reasons above, the list below provides some great options.

  • Red Shamrock Plant (Oxalis Triangularis) – Often called the shamrock because of its “large, clover shaped leaves” (according to our source) the flowers are usually in beautifully rich purple, white or pink flowers, which add charm to any style, but especially a rustic design!
    • Care Tips – Don’t water too much and allow the soil to dry before watering again to prevent the bulbs from rotting. Also don’t worry if they start to wilt in colder temperatures because it thrives in mild temperatures, but will be okay once it warms up.
  • Cape PrimroseIf you’re living in a smaller space or apartment then this plants’ small size will be perfect for you! Though it may be a compact size it’s long leaves and bright colored flowers (that come in blue, purple, pink, red or white) give it a big presence!
    • Care Tips – This plant thrives in partial sun and cooler temperatures. Unlike the last plant you can water this one regularly as the soil should stay damp (but not soggy!)
  • Christmas CactusIf you’re looking for a unique plant with exotic and bright red or pink flowers then this one is for you! This cone-shaped, thick foliage that blooms to beautiful flowers in only a few days will wow your guests as the table centerpiece at holiday dinners.
    • Care Tips: Similar to the red shamrock above, this plant’s soil should be completely dry between waterings. Uniquely different from the other two plants, this soil should be mixed with some sand to assist with drainage according to our Also, this plant thrives in cooler temperatures and shorter amounts of sun so now is the perfect time to plant one (early-to mid November.)

You want prospective buyers alert and attentive when they come to your home for showings and potted plants are an additional feature that will make your home stand out to them! Especially if you pick one of the brightly colored ones listed in this blog!

With these potted plants and the tips from our previous blog, you should be even more motivated to list your home soon. If you are considering putting your home onto the Pittsburgh Real Estate Market, don’t hesitate to contact me! I’d love to assist you with the process!

Happy Planting!

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