PLANTS THAT WILL SURVIVE AIR-CONDITIONING THIS SUMMER
As the warm weather begins to return to the Northern Hemisphere, it will soon be time to crank up our air-conditioners and lament about how hot it is outside! While this technology is our favourite invention ever in the Summer, many of our houseplants don’t feel the same way; this is because air-conditioning can greatly dry out the air in our home, something many plants can’t survive. Luckily, there are still quite a few houseplants that can and thrive in the dry air.
These are our favourite plants that will survive air-conditioning this Summer!
Snake Plants (Sansevieria)
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, plants from the Sansevieria genus are some of the hardiest and most resilient houseplants out there, so we absolutely recommend them for air-conditioned spaces. Snake plants are some of our favourites, not just for how well they survive in dry and somewhat arid environments, but for their special photosynthesis process because they are one of the few plants that still produces oxygen at night – a must-have for any bedroom!
You know we couldn’t go through this list without mentioning the dry air loving cactus! Every variety of cactus evolved to withstand extremely dry conditions, some even learning to live in places with zero humidity. The most common killer of any cactus is overwatering, so keeping it in the driest and brightest space in your home may help mitigate any extra moisture you may have given to your plant by accident. Virtually every species of cactus is perfect in air-conditioned environments, so no matter what you get, you can’t go wrong.
Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
The Parlor Palm is a beautiful, upright houseplant that has gradually become one of the most sought after plants during the time of stay-at-home orders and working from home. This is because it can not only survive dry air, but it also survives in low light conditions that other plants shrivel at the thought of. Parlor Palms were even included in the fabled NASA plant study, receiving the stamp of approval for how well it purifies the air in our home.
Air Plants (Tillandsia genus)
We’ve featured Air Plants here on our website before to highlight just how low maintenance they are and the unique look they add to a space. This is partly because these plants don’t need a pot and soil to survive, they just need air (hence the name) and the occasional soak to receive extra moisture. While members of the Tillandsia genus come in all shapes, colours, patterns, and sizes, all are drought tolerant and can put up with dry air, especially that created by your air-conditioner.
Yucca Tree (Yucca aloifolia)
If you have seen a Yucca Tree before, you will remember the sharp-looking green leaves poking out of what look like incredibly thick trunks or stems; it is these trunks that store tons of moisture at all times, allowing this plant to live in the driest conditions. The Yucca aloifolia is a very hands-off houseplant, requiring little to no human intervention outside of watering and the occasional rotation. With a little love and a lot of freedom, Yucca Trees can thrive even in the driest of spaces in your home.