After summer vacation spent soaking up rays on the patio, houseplants have moved back indoors for the winter. For plants, it must feel like moving from a tropical rain forest to the desert. Lack of humidity, the furnace’s parching heat, drafty rooms and uneven lighting can take its toll. Then there’s the overwatering-underwatering and “should I fertilize?” conundrums.

Many houseplants require less frequent watering in winter. Water when the soil is almost dry to the touch. Succulents need to be bone-dry before watering, and ferns require moist soil. Water to saturate soil and then empty the saucer. Plants should never sit in water.

You can solve some of those problems by growing these four houseplants that will survive winter with few complaints:

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Arts/Special Sections Editor

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