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Summer is just around the corner and a lot of places are getting really hot already. It is almost like summer is already here for a lot of places. I know my own plant room tends to get to about a 100ﾟf in the summertime and some plants struggle with that. Some plants don’t struggle with that at all. I want to talk about today the plants that handle it really well and even thrive in such heat. They are 7 plants that love heat:
First, on our list, today is my personal favorite. Calathea are big, leafy, bushy, plants and they actually really love heat and humidity. They tend to grow in tropical rainforests. They are an understory plant so they love to be watered constantly. They do not want to dry out completely all the time. They will start to give you crispy edges if you let them dry out too much or have too low of a humidity.
However, they love the heat and I guarantee you that as soon as your room starts heating up and you get a little bit of higher temperatures those Calathea are going to start popping out all kinds of new growth for you. You are going to see their little rolls unfurling and it’s going to be beautiful.
They are beautiful plants! They come in a variety of colors but they do get huge! they love their heat and they actually go dormant if it is too cold for them. So, in order to have them show off their beautiful colors and their almost translucent leaves, you are definitely going to want to bring on the heat. Because they will love it and they will grow so much! Even if you even get just 1 or 2 bulbs you can have multiple plants growing from that 1 bulb in a variety of colors. It is really cool to watch and experiment with. I highly recommend it.
The one caveat with this is that it does not want to dry out. Caladium will drink water like crazy because the leaves are almost translucent and they are so thin. They do not hold on to water very much so you have to constantly have it sitting in water and it will grow like crazy for you. Make sure you keep the room toasty warm to because they love that.
There are a lot of different Hoyas out there but Hoya Pubicalyx is the one that thrives in heat. If you give it a lot of light and you give it a lot of warmth it will take off like crazy! They love their humidity too but if you can’t give it humidity this Hoya will be alright with that.
This Hoya will not need a whole lot from you. You just let them dry out and you give them a little bit more water.
As long as they have sun and warmth Our water as long as they have sun and going to keep growing for you they’ll extend their little vines out and then from those vines, the leaves will grow so don’t be concerned if you have your Hoya growing out the vines that’s where the new growth is going to come from it will wind and twist around things so if you have something nearby you can grab onto that’s actually a climbing plant so they tend to go pretty crazy and grab on all kinds of stuff even if you have it as a trailing plant you might find that it starts to get entangled in your other plants especially as the warmer temperatures come on
Ficus, in particular, the tree Ficus varieties. The Fiddle Leaf Fig especially loves to have a warm room to rest in. They need quite a bit of light because they are trees but they definitely love to have the room warm. Having a room be humid and warm is actually going to do a lot more for the Ficus than just having it in bright light and a cooler temperature.
Definitely make sure that you are keeping your rooms really warm when you bring your Ficus home because they are going to push out new growth like crazy for you.
They come in a variety of different colors. You can get green on green variegation, white and pink variegation. There is also the ruby out there which is a cream and pink combination and it is really fantastic looking. Then you have your standard green Fiddle Leaf Fig that will just pop up and grow so quickly. If you want to get more foliage you can notch or chop the top off your Ficus to encourage growth. You can actually go on propagate that top and have another Ficus tree as well.
You are probably going to see this plant on every single list out there because it is such a hearty, versatile, plant. Also, invasive where it comes from. Be warned that wherever you plant this tends to be an invasive plant, unfortunately. However, when inside that just means that it is a super prolific grower and it just tolerates everything that you could possibly throw at it.
Epipremnum (commonly referred to as Pothos) are really amazing plants. These particular ones will vine and trail. Enabling you to have them climb up or you could have them trailing down. Their foliage will get really large if you allow them to climb. In nature, they do climb trees. However, as they trail they will get smaller and smaller foliage.
They produce a lot of colors. Mainly Greens, Whites, and Yellow shades. They can also come in a variety of shapes and sizes for you and you can make them fit almost any esthetic. Also, they love it when it is warm. You are going to end up having to take a lot of propagation because they grow so quickly. They will end up taking up your entire room if you allow them to.
Tradescantia comes in a wide variety of colors. Generally, they tend to stick to the pinks and the purples but they do have green and white albo striped ones as well. The latter will actually glitter in the sunlight.
These plants love a lot of light and they love it to be warm. They will enjoy as much warmth as you can possibly give them. they grow prolifically down south so you know that they love that sun and that heat.
They are going to grow very prolifically for you if you give them those two things. They actually don’t need a very high humidity so if you have a lower humidity that’s perfectly fine.
Try to bottom water them instead of water from the top because if you leave water on the foliage for long periods they will end up getting little brown spots the foliage. This tends to ruin the cool color effect they have.
They are really amazing plants. They grow very quickly. Even if you just propagated them a few days ago you will already go to be seeing new growth. To propagate them we just basically cutting them. Then stick it in right back up top with the node in the media. Then they will continue to grow and get bigger and trail.
Like I said before, they do come in a variety of colors. So whatever aesthetic you have going on or if you have a favorite color they will probably have it in the Tradescantia varieties for you.
Succulents and Cacti
My number one plant category for hot rooms, in general, is probably not going to come as a shock to anybody. Succulents and Cacti. They grow in desert environments. They love their sun and you know they love their heat. So, if you put them in a very hot room with a lot of light they are going to grow and sun stress beautifully.
Lighting is key with Succulents and Cacti. In order to get them to produce new growth and to keep them compact, they will need that light. They can etiolate or elongate(stretch out looking for light) if you don’t give them enough light. However, having that heat is also going to help them grow like crazy and it definitely will not hurt them if you give them a lot of heat. Rooms that tend to be on the nineties and the 100ﾟF side will be fine for these plants. They are going to do really well.
Another bonus with them is that they actually dry out really quickly and they can handle drying out for a really long time. So you do not have to be watering them constantly every day depending on the media that you have them in. Even though you have them in a very hot room. With a lot of other plants on this list, you would have to water regularly and these are some plants that just tend to love being neglected.
This is definitely not an all-inclusive list but we definitely wanted to make sure that we got some of these out here for you with summer coming. That way you know what to expect or if you are a new plant parent you now know some of the plants that might thrive in your environment this summer.