Houseplants That Like Sun: Choosing Indoor Plants For Full Sun

Sun Shining On Indoor Potted Plants
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The key to growing indoor plants is to be able to place the right plant in the right location. Otherwise, your houseplant will not do well. There are many houseplants that like sun, so it is important to give them the conditions that they need to thrive in your home. Let’s take a look at some indoor plants for full sun. 

About Sun Loving Houseplants

There are many houseplants for sunny windows, and it is important to understand where to place these within your home so that they can do their best. 

You’ll want to avoid northern exposure windows since these do not typically get any direct sun at all. Eastern and western exposure windows are good options, and southern-facing windows would be the best option for sun loving houseplants.

Remember to place your houseplants right in front of the window for best results. Light intensity decreases dramatically even just a few feet (1 m.) from the window.

Houseplants for Sunny Windows

What plants like bright sun in the house? You have quite a few options here, and some of them might be surprising.

  • Aloe Vera. These sun loving succulents thrive in sunshine and are low maintenance plants. You can also use the gel from aloe vera plants to soothe sunburns. Like any succulent, be sure to allow the soil to dry out in between watering. 
  • Norfolk Island Pine. These are beautiful houseplants that can get very large. If you have a large sunny space, the Norfolk Island pine would be a great option.
  • Snake Plants. These are normally touted as low light houseplants, but snake plants actually prefer to grow in some direct sun. They are normally sold as low light houseplants because they can tolerate low light, but they do much better in some direct sun.
  • Ponytail Palm. The ponytail palm is another great plant for sunny windows. The common name is misleading, however, and it is not a palm. It is actually a succulent and it loves direct sun. 
  • Jade Plant. Another great option is jade. These plants really require a few hours of direct sun to look their best. They may even flower indoors for you if you give them the conditions that they like. 
  • Croton. Crotons are beautiful plants with stunning colored foliage that love growing in direct sunshine. Be sure to allow these plants to dry out a bit though.
  • Hibiscus. Hibiscus are gorgeous plants to grow indoors if you have enough sunshine. These plants will produce large colorful flowers, but need plenty of direct sun in order to do their best.

Some things to look out for that indicate your plant is not getting enough light include thin and weak stems. If you see this, your plant is probably not getting enough light. Move your plant to a brighter location.