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Which Outdoor Plants Can Grow Indoors?

Turning your surroundings green is all about temperature tolerance

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If you're new to gardening, you're probably thinking plants are either reserved for your garden or in a little patch of land in one corner of your home. While this is partly true, there are also some varieties that can cross the borders. The trick to finding out if an outdoor plant can survive indoors is by checking the temperature it can tolerate—if it can withstand heat and high humidity, you can probably find a place for it in your living room. If you can't be bothered to test your favorite green wonders, we've put together a handy list you can use as reference. Check it out below: 



If you're looking for something that propagates quickly, begonias make great foliage plants—specifically Rex begonias. They come in unusual colors and textures—making them double as an accent piece, too! This plant prefers high humidity and little soil so growing them on a pebble tray makes a huge difference. 



For those who constantly forget to water their plants, geraniums are the perfect choice for you because it can go dormant for months. All you need is a bright, south-facing window and it will never stop blooming all year round. 


Tropical Hibiscus

Hibiscus adapts well indoors as long as it is placed near a very sunny window. These grow quite quickly and might need trimming every few weeks but other than that, all it needs is a soft mist of water everyday. 

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Caladiums are said to be a great houseplant as it can tolerate full shade to little indirect light. This plant also doesn't like cold temperatures, otherwise the leaves will start to yellow and will rest until summer time. 

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Plants growing under shade

Try Philodendrons, Syngoniums, Dieffenbachias, Aglonoemas, and Ferns—place these in low jars, tabletops or under glass tables. These plants can fill corners and soften interiors.

Bromeliads and orchids

Bromeliads include Anthuriums, Spathiphyllums, Guzmanias and Vrieseas; you can also get the ever reliable Dendrobium.

Architectural plants

Palms, Ficus and Bamboos are perfect for indoors! These fill empty walls and lower ceilings. To avoid the sudden yellowing of their leaves, gradually move these plants in shady areas. Wait a few weeks before bringing then inside. 

SOURCE: The Spruce

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