It’s natural to want a little greenery to spruce up your apartment. But which plants are best for an apartment dweller? We did the research so you don’t have to.
Plants That Are Low Maintenance
Let’s start with plants that nearly anyone can keep alive!
As long as a spider plant has well-drained soil and bright, but indirect light, it will be happy! These leafy green plants actually do best if left to dry out between waterings because root rot is the biggest cause of their demise. You’ll know your plant is doing well when it starts to produce “spiderettes” that can be separated from the mother plant and grown in its own pot!
This plant is from Africa where it has evolved to survive during low light and drought conditions, making it perfect for the apartment dweller who has little light and forgets to water their plants every now and again. Like the spider plant, the biggest killer of ZZ plants is overwatering.
Did you know that the snake plant is one of the best when it comes to purifying the air in your home? These hearty plants can be ignored completely for an extended period of time without issue. There are about 70 different varieties and depending on the variety, you may find that your snake plant will grow between 8 inches and 12 feet high.
Succulents have become increasingly popular and for good reason! These plants are adorable, come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes and are very easy to care for. Succulents can also be very easy to propagate which means in no time, you may be giving baby plants away to your family and friends.
Known for its deep purple and green colors, this leafy plant is perfect for hanging baskets. It does need some bright light and regular watering, but as long as the soil doesn’t become waterlogged, this plant will grow and grow and grow!
Plants That Are Difficult To Keep Alive – But Worth It!
If you feel like you want a challenge or you have a green thumb, these plants might be right up your alley:
This gorgeous and vibrant green plant if often sought after because plant lovers believe that it will do well in the shade. Sadly, the Boston Fern needs a lot of light. It also prefers a true cool winter and without it, the fern tends to dwindle instead of plumping up to a larger size the next year.
Wouldn’t it be delightful if you could have a small rose bush inside? Unfortunately, unless you are able to provide more than 5 hours of direct sunlight, the perfect humidity, and perfect air circulation, you won’t be able to keep miniature roses alive indoors.
These fun plants don’t go in a pot but instead exist outside of the soil. But they do need specialized care, including a good soaking now and again for moisture and good air circulation. You may go through a few of these plants before you are able to successfully keep one alive!
The Benefits Of Indoor Plants
Whatever you ultimately decide to go with, there is no denying that indoor plants do have benefits. These benefits include:
- Pure air: According to research performed by NASA, houseplants can help to remove up to 87% of air toxins in 24 hours.
- Relaxation: Green spaces full of nature promote a relaxing atmosphere and reduce stress.
- Humidity: Plants release water, increasing the humidity in your home.
- Increased Concentration: According to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, students taught in a room with plants had a higher level of concentration.
Spring is the perfect time to start your plant family – get started today!