What House Plants for Southern Exposure?

If your home has windows with uninterrupted sunlight on the south-facing side of your home, you can take advantage of the natural light to grow a variety of houseplants. Many houseplants that enjoy southern exposure require more than 12 hours of light each day, so you may also need to supply additional, artificial lighting.


Aecbmea miniata discolor and Aecbmea fasciata, from the Bromeliad family, are among the types of houseplants that prefer southern exposure. Place the plants in a warm room with artificial light or bright, filtered light between 12 and 14 hours each day. Keep the soil moderately moist during the growing season, but make sure to always keep water in the center cup formed by the plant. Maintain good air circulation in the space, and mist your Bromeliad several times each week. The plant will flower in autumn or winter. Repot your Bromeliads as they begin to actively grow; they prefer to be slightly pot-bound.


Aloe barbadensis, Aloe harlana and Aloe variegata are members of the Liliaceae family and prefer southern exposure. These cactus-like succulents are houseplants that require artificial light or bright filtered light from 12 to 16 hours each day. Keep the soil slightly moist during the growing season, but reduce the water during dormancy. Aloe plants prefer low humidity; misting is not recommended. Re-pot your aloe plants each spring when new growth appears.


Ascocenda Chris Miles, Ascocenda Yip Sum Wah and Ascocentrum Sagarik Gold are types of orchids that thrive with a southern exposure. Many types of orchids prefer southern exposure, but care is not the same for each type. Provide these houseplants bright light or artificial light from 14 to 16 hours each day in a room with warm temperatures and moderate humidity. Mist these orchids daily, and keep their soil moist. Make sure that your orchids enjoy good air circulation at all times. These houseplants flower several times each year.

Coleus 'Saber'

Coleus 'Saber,' commonly called coleus, is a member of the Labiatae family, which prefers artificial light or medium to bright light from a southern exposure for between 12 and 14 hours daily. As with many houseplants, the Coleus 'Saber' enjoys warm ambient temperatures. Mist this plant daily and keep the soil moist. Provide good air circulation and good drainage; add charcoal or gravel to the bottom of the pot to help with drainage. To encourage a leafy growth pattern, pinch off flower buds as they appear.

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