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The Best Indoor Plants for East-Facing Windows

By T.M. Samuels ; Updated September 21, 2017

Indoor plants can get some natural light depending on what window they are closest to. The best plants for east facing windows will be the ones preferring indirect light with cooler temperatures. East window houseplants will get their sun in the mornings when it isn’t as warm and their shade during the afternoon.


Pothos (Epipremnum spp.) is from the Araceae family. This is a climber that needs semi shade or bright light, so facing an east side window for indoor use. It needs regular watering except in winter. Misting is preferred. Propagate via spring or summer stem cuttings or by spring or summer layering.

Blunt Leaved Peperomia

Blunt leaved peperomia (Peperomia obtusifolia) is from the Piperaceae family. It is an evergreen perennial. Leaves are 1 to 6 inches and the white tiny greenish white flowers bloom on spikes 2 to 4 inches tall. Plant this in light organic soil with filtered light with an east side facing window for indoor use. Propagate via division, stem cuttings, or leaf cuttings.

Spider Plant

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is from the Liliaceae family. It is a fast growing perennial. Leaves are 8 to 16 inches with tiny white flowers and seed capsules. Baby plants are on the ends of the stalks. Plant in bright light without midday sun, such as near an east facing window. Propagate via division of the root mass or via plantlets at the end of stalks.

Dumb Cane

Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia spp.) is from the Araceae family. It is an evergreen perennial that is easy to grow. It can reach over 5 feet tall. Plant a dumb cane in partial summer shade and bright winter light, or indoors near an east facing window. Water it regularly. Propagate via stem cuttings, layering, or by potting up daughter plants.


About the Author


T.M. Samuels has been a freelance writer since 1993. She has published works in "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living" and "Mature Years," and is the author of a gardening book. Samuels studied pre-medicine at Berry College.