Plants That Can Survive the Heat of Summer (Even Without AC)

With all the thought you put into how much light and water your plants need, you may be forgetting one important factor of plant health: heat. Heat can be a death sentence for some houseplants, specifically those that aren’t used to hot, humid conditions. The following five kinds can survive the next heat wave, though, even if you don’t have the AC pumping.

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is one of the toughest plants out there and can survive quite a lot, including hot conditions. Plus, the gel from the plant is excellent for treating scrapes and sunburns, so it’s the perfect plant to have on hand if you spend a lot of your days at the beach.

2. Cactuses and Succulents

Cactuses and succulents are most at home when they’re in the heat, and with so many varieties to choose from, you can definitely find one to match your home’s décor (they also make stellar housewarming gifts). However, there’s a common misconception that these plants are a breeze to take care of, so we wrote this article to help you keep them bright and healthy.

3. Crassula Ovata, aka Jade Plants

Native to South Africa, Jade Plants have a high tolerance for both heat and cold, making them a great option if your area of the globe sees temperature extremes. They only need to be watered every week or so, but when temps reach 95 degrees, water them more frequently. They should also be planted in rocky soil to mimic their natural environment.

4. Indoor Palm Trees

There’s a reason why you always see palm trees on vacation: they love sunshine and warmth. While you can keep palm trees inside, make sure your home can handle their heights – they can grow up to six feet. These plants are pretty easy to care for, so long as they get lots of natural light and you water them a couple times a week.

5. Pachira Aquatica, aka Indoor Money Trees

This tropical houseplant that’s native to Central and South America fares well when temperatures and humidity skyrocket. Plus, they’re low maintenance and only need to be watered about once a week.

You don’t have to keep your home chilly just to properly care for your houseplants. Instead, look for plants that do well in whatever conditions you prefer to live in.  

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