Most Effective Noise Reducing Plants For Your Window Ledges

Oct 22, 2014 |

In addition to reducing noise from the outside, plants and herbs grown on window ledges also make the interior space beautiful and more inviting. They also play a role in purifying the air you breathe hence improving your mental health. While growing herbs in windowsills, you should try to make the plants as comfortable as they would be in their natural habitat. There is a wide array of plants that can be grown on window ledges to combat noise.  The choice of the plants to grow on a window ledge mainly depends on personal preferences. The following are some of the most effective noise reducing plants for your window ledges.

African Violet

Also referred as saintpaulia, the African violet is capable of flowering round the year. This plant flourishes very well on windowsills. The plant requires abundant sunlight because it flowers continuously. As such, the plant should be placed on the window facing south, particularly during the winter. With regards to watering, you should wait until the soil on the surface, on which the plant is growing, is dry before watering. The plant should be watered directly near or on the roots. The African violet should be kept at a temperature of about 60 degrees F during the winter. Propagating a new plant needs is snip a leaf cutting of the plant and place it in the soil.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera SlicesThe aloe Vera is a succulent plant that is well known for its first-aid benefits. It is easy to grow and requires minimum care. It is most ideal for the absent-minded or busy plant lovers. This plant should not be watered regularly but it should be given enough exposure to sunlight during the winter. Before watering, you must let the soil dry out fully. While choosing the aloe Vera variety to plant on your windowsill, it is advisable to go for the one without plenty of thick or hearty leaves and without brown spots.

Amazon Elephant Ear

The Amazon elephant ear plant is very spectacular, owing to its large, arrow-shaped leaves that have bright white veins and ridged edges. Since this plant is tropical, its environment should be modified to simulate the tropical climate. Most importantly, the temperature around this plant should be kept at about 65° F during the winter and 70° Fahrenheit during the summer. While the plant should not be exposed to direct sunlight, it should be kept in bright but indirect light during the winter and in a semi-shade during the summer. This plant should be watered regularly during the summer and sparingly in winter. Over watering the plant results in the tips of the leaves curling. Therefore, the soil on which this plant grows should be kept moist but not wet. Additionally, you should re-pot it every spring

Boston Fern

Over the years, this plant has become very popular, replacing the leafy sword fern of the Victorian era. In addition to adding the aesthetic: value of the house, the Boston fern is a natural humidifier.  It absorbs common air pollutants in the house and releases water vapour in the house. The environment around this plant should be modified to simulate a tropical woodland habitat. Since these ferns require moderate indirect light, they should be hung on the north or east facing windows. The plant should be watered regularly and kept moist.  The ideal temperature for this plant is between 60° and 70° Fahrenheit. If you notice yellowing fronds at the base of this plant, it is an indicator that the environment is too warm for the plant. If you notice pale fronds with scorch marks, you should keep the ferns away from the midday sun during the summer.


Bromeliads primarily inhabit the jungle and thus require artificial light. They are ideal for use in home or office window ledges. When their environment is moist and warm, bromeliads bloom once every year. There are several bromeliads varieties to choose from, including neoregelia tricolour and Amazonian zebra plant. The bromeliads must be provided with adequate drainage. The soil on which these plants are growing should be kept moist but not wet. You should mist the leaves of this plant in summer.

Clivia Miniata

The Clivia miniata plants are characterized by clusters of red, yellow or orange, red blossoms at the beginning of the spring season. The plant requires cool temperatures of between 40° and 50° Fahrenheit. The plant should not be re-potted unless it is necessary. To prevent the plant from wilting, water it moderately from spring to fall. In winter, the plant should be watered less regularly. To enjoy a season of full flowering, you should choose the plant with buds rather than flowers. Clivias should not be moved when in flower or in bud because they are very fragile.

Crown of Thorns

This is one of the most preferred window ledge plants. This is mainly because the plant flowers with minimum attention. The plant requires direct sunlight. The roots should be kept moist but not wet. Before watering this plant, the soil should be allowed to dry. While shopping for this plant, you should go for the one that is glossy, bushy and with a symmetrical form. As a precaution, this plant should be put away from the reach of children as the thorns are sharp and can prick them. Additionally, the milky latex that oozes out when the stem is fractured can cause blisters and rushes on the skin.

Zebra Plant

The zebra plant is characterized by fall flowers and dramatic foliage which makes it gorgeous. The plant should be properly attended to avoid leaf drop. The plant should be watered regularly and the soil should never be allowed to dry out. In addition to this, you should mist the leaves from time to time. The best temperature for the zebra plant is about 55° Fahrenheit. You should also re-pot the plant every spring.

Other biennials and perennials that are considered to be effective noise reducing plants for your window ledges include showy stonecrop, coral-bells, Japanese iris, Oriental poppy, butterfly weed, gaillardia, columbine and lavender among others. Most people have embraced the concept of planting plants on window ledges to improve the aesthetic value of the house, purify breathing air and to minimise noise.

Just on a side note, be careful that you don’t get Mildew on your window ledges when you have plants out resting on them. It looks horrible and takes a lot of work and effort to remove it.

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