Best Indoor Plants for Winter and Cold Weather

Plants for Cold Weather

Do you live in a place that's more cold than hot throughout the year? It's important to find a houseplant that can tolerate the cool temperature as temperature is one environmental factor that can have a huge impact on the health of houseplants. Here are the indoor plants we recommend for winter or for places with cool weather.

Plant Name Space Needed Edible Safe for Pets Watering Frequency

Dracaena Marginata

Dracaena Marginatas are popular houseplants that can grow indoors during the winter season. They will, however, need plenty of sunlight during the day to maintain some warmth. You will need to maintain a minimum room temperature of around 65 degrees Fahrenheit for the plant to survive. Anything below 55 degrees for an extensive period of time will damage the Dracaena plant.


Clivias are one of many winter-blooming plants. They make great alternatives to other winter-blooming plants like azaleas, chrysanthemums, and amaryllis. Caring for a clivia is fairly easy during the winter. You don’t need to add fertilizer to the soil. Water is also not needed until the foliage starts to show signs of wilting. They also do well in cool rooms where night temperatures can drop below 50 degrees.

Jade Plants

These hardy houseplants will thrive in cool temperatures. Their cold weather tolerance is so strong that they can even live outdoors during the winter season, specifically in frost-free areas such as the West coast. At night, the jade plants prefer slightly cool temperatures of around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Snake Plants

Snake plants are one of the best indoor plants for beginners because of the level of tolerance they are able to handle. These plants grow best in room temperatures of 65 degrees to 8 degrees Fahrenheit but may occasionally be able to handle lower temperatures, as long as it’s not for an extended period of time.

Cast Iron Plants

These plants are good for homes that aren’t able to maintain warm room temperature all day long during the winter due to drafty windows and doors. The ideal temperature for this plant is anywhere between 45 degrees and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. In some cases, the cast iron plants may be able to handle room temperature as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Common Questions About Cold Weather Plants

Here are some common questions we get from people interested in growing houseplants during winter or in cold temperature conditions.

What Temperature is Too Cold for Plants?

A lot of houseplants you see in the market are native to tropical environments. These plants prefer temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Some plants could be able to tolerate slightly cooler conditions assuming they get enough heat from the sunlight. Generally speaking, anything lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit will start to pose a problem for houseplants.

How Do You Keep Houseplants Alive in the Winter?

In addition to maintaining an optimal room temperature, there are many other things you can do to keep your houseplant in good shape during the winter season. For example, you could the plants closer to the window if they are fine in part or full sun conditions. You also need to maintain the humidity level since the central heating system will be blasting out a lot of dry air. It may also help to add some artificial lighting systems like grow lights since the days will go darker.

Why Are My Indoor Plants Dying in Winter?

There are many reasons an indoor plant can die in winter. First, make sure you are maintaining an appropriate room temperature. Unless it is a plant that can tolerate cool temperatures, you may need to maintain a room temperature of at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit. To achieve this, you may need to set the home heating system at a higher setting which may reduce the indoor humidity level. For this reason, it may also be important to mist the leaves of your plants.