Summer is around the corner, bringing long daylight hours, climbing temperatures, and the occasional warm afternoon downpour. You’re probably looking forward to spending more time on your outdoor patio—and so are some of your plants! And while not every houseplant is happy to be outdoors, for the ones that are, outside time can help boost their growth and health.



It shouldn’t come as a surprise that succulents and cacti will thrive outdoors. These plants prefer bright light and to dry out in between waterings, but just because they are desert plants, don’t just move them into the brightest spot outside one day and assume they’ll fend for themselves.



Most people should be able to move their Dracaena houseplants outside for at least part of the year. Putting your Dracaenas outside in the summertime can invigorate them by providing more sunlight over a longer time period and increased humidity compared to most indoor environments.



Plant parents love a ponytail palm, and the ponytail palm loves the outdoors. While it is famously low-maintenance and can live happily indoors, when grown outdoors it might produce flower stalks and could reach heights of up to 20 feet (although most stall out around 3 feet). Ponytail palms prefer full sun, but can tolerate lower light atmospheres, as well. The ponytail palm’s water routine is much like that of succulent plants—let the soil dry out between waterings. 

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The ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) makes an excellent outdoor accent to a shady porch or front step. Besides being able to tolerate low light conditions, ZZ plant requires little water and fertilizer. The plant also grows slowly, reducing the need for frequent re-potting. Reed’s ZZ plant lives in an office with only overhead fluorescent lighting and dark weekends, and she waters only when the soil dries out.

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It seems like snake plants can seriously survive anywhere, including the outdoors. While snake plants can tolerate low light, they can thrive in a variety of light conditions. They prefer to dry out in between waterings.



Hoya plants are beautiful hanging window plants, but they can also be happy on the other side of that window. They prefer bright, indirect light and moist—but not wet—soil. Hoya plants’ waxy leaves are able to hold a lot of moisture, giving them an advantage when it comes to outdoor heat.