7 Plants Ideal for Apartment Living
If you are looking to add a little “something” to your apartment decor there are lots of directions you could go in. Furniture and art may first come to mind, but maybe you should be thinking about going green. No, not a new green carpet, but by adding some plants to your living space!
Here are some recommendations for plants that are great for apartment living. And the best part is, even if you don’t have a green thumb, you’re bound to find a plant on this list that will work for you.
Commonly called the “money plant” or “devil’s ivy” (because it’s almost impossible to kill), a pothos plant is a great way to add some greenery to your home. The pathos plants can survive in low light making it easy to grow and perfect for places with limited light such as bathrooms. Additionally, it can be grown in soil or water. This is a great plant for someone who may not have much experience taking care of plants.
- Snake Plant
The snake plant has over 70 different species, but all of them are fairly easy to grow. The snake plant can grow in low light and has been known to survive for several weeks without water (just in case you forget to give it a drink). This hearty plant can stay small at around 8 inches or several varieties can grow as tall as 12 feet high!
- Ficus Bonsai Tree
Bonsai trees come in many varieties and while people often consider them to be an indoor plant, many are meant to be outside. But, the Ficus Bonsai is one variety that can be grown indoors. One critical factor in taking care of a bonsai is watering. When the soil is slightly dry you need to generously water your tree. You must also fertilize your bonsai and spend time training and trimming your tree. Don’t let the care of a bonsai scare you away. There are lots of great videos available to show you how to properly care for a bonsai tree.
When you hear the word “cactus” you can’t help but think that it’s going to be easy to care for. After all, how much water is it really going to need? And, while that may be true, and you might not need to water it that often (perfect for someone who has to travel for work often), a cactus does require light. If you have a sunny spot in your apartment, then a cactus might be the answer.
- African Violet
African violets are a little bit pickier when it comes to their care, but those sweet little flowers make them worth it. They prefer lukewarm water and the water should not touch their leaves. When it comes to light, they require bright to medium intensity. This may not be a plant for beginners, but if you’re ready to step up your growing game, try a violet.
Succulents are all the rage right now for several reasons. They come in many varieties with different appearances and colors. Also, while many of them prefer bright light, several varieties can thrive in low light. Additionally, you only water succulents once their soil becomes dry. And finally, they only need to be fertilized about once per year. Do some research before buying succulents so you know what variety will work well in your apartment.
If you love the smell of lavender, you will be happy to know that it can be grown indoors. You will have to place lavender plants in bright sunlight in order to maintain healthy leaves and blooms. Stick with smaller varieties as they have a better chance of thriving indoors and keep plants away from winter drafts.
From the novice gardener to the more experienced plant caretaker, there’s something for everyone on this list. When you’re ready to add some greenery to your apartment, head to your garden center to see what they have available. Be sure to ask their experts for some assistance in picking a plant that will work with both your apartment conditions and lifestyle.