Rachel is a passionate plantsperson, YouTuber and author living in Ireland. She grows a wide range of hardy subtropical and tropical plants.
Houseplants That Do Well in Evening Light
Today I want to tell you about three fantastic plants for a west-facing window sill. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, giving you direct sunlight through your west-facing window in the afternoon and evening, and this suits a variety of plants.
Top 3 Plants for West-Facing Windows
- Jade Plant
- Swiss Cheese Plant
- Air Plant
1. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
The jade plant, or money plant, is the ideal house plant for beginners as it needs very little care. It looks like a bonsai tree with jade green fleshy leaves and pink stems that become woody with age.
- Grow the jade plant in a west window and water thoroughly whenever the top inch or two of compost has become dry.
- Never allow your plant to sit in water.
- Feed with a half-strength liquid fertilizer once in spring, summer, and autumn.
- Grow your jade plant in cactus compost and repot every two or three years in spring.
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2. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
My second plant is the ubiquitous Swiss cheese plant, or Monstera deliciosa. Now, this is a big plant that will need staking. It's grown for its wonderful foliage, and the variegated forms are extremely popular. This plant will really appreciate your west-facing window.
- This is an unfussy plant that prefers to be kept on the dry side.
- Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly when in growth.
- The Swiss cheese plant can be grown in the same pot for many years.
3. Air Plant (Tillandsia argentea)
My final plant is the air plant, and air plants are a wonderful novelty that are grown without any medium. They can be placed on a west-facing window sill or hung.
- Choose silver foliage plants, as these are easier to care for than the green.
- Water about once a week by spraying or dipping the plant in water.
- Water them less frequently in winter.
- Don't submerge any flower spikes when watering.
Choosing Houseplants for Other Windows
- Best Plants for East-Facing Windows
Which flowering houseplants thrive in east-facing windows? Streptocarpus (Cape primrose) and Christmas cactus are two great options. Learn to care for them properly (with videos).
- Plants for South-Facing Windows (3 Easy, Sun-Loving Favorites)
From the endearing star cactus to the glossy forest lily, here are several plants that thrive in south-facing windows.
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