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Best 6 Plants for Your Apartment

No matter what kind of space you’re living in, plants are a great element to spice up the area. Apartments are not quite as spacious as a whole house, but there are many plants to choose from that will fit nicely. Apart from fresh decor, apartment plants can help improve your mood and clean the air. In order to maximize the use of your apartment space, here are some of the qualities for the best apartment plants.

Instead of going to a botanical shop and picking a plant that catches your eye, look at some finer details. Consider how large it will grow, how much light it needs, and other proper care techniques. Do you want small plants for the bedroom? Do you want big indoor plants for the living room? A lot of apartment plants have a few things in common such as:

  • Low-maintenance, as they don’t need as much water and sunlight care for the plant to grow.
  • Tough, so that they live for a long time and are nearly indestructible. 
  • Small to medium sized to preserve the apartment space.
  • Not messy, so a plant that tends to shed bark or drop leaves regularly may not be the best choice.

Before you head off to a plant shop, consider the common traits of a good apartment plant and this list of indoor plants to cozy up your living space.

Aloe Vera

Starting off with a versatile and appealing looking plant, aloe vera is considered a succulent. Sizing depends on the variety of the aloe plant, but for the aloe vera, it can grow up to three feet. This plant contains a clear, gooey substance that can help heal burns, rashes, cuts, and more. It does best under bright, indirect sunlight and moderate temperatures. The plant only needs to be watered once every three weeks.

Lucky Bamboo

Ever wish you were surrounded by the tall forests of bamboo like a panda bear? Me too. Luckily a plant that looks like bamboo is here to fill that want. Native to Africa, a majority of these plants are now shipped in from Taiwan and China where growers twist and curl their stalks into the fancy shapes you see. However, if you have a pet, note that these plants are toxic to them. It prefers bright, filtered sunlight and needs to be watered with distilled water or tap water that has been left out for 24 hours. The roots are sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals that can be found in tap water.

Succulents

These plants are popular for the small sizes and unique textures. These are some of the easiest houseplants to keep alive and they come in a variety of leaf shapes. Hues can also vary between green, purple, blue, and red. They thrive the best with long hours of bright sunlight and watering every other month.

Heartleaf Philodendron

This plant is known to be extremely easy to grow and would look great as a living room plant. The leaves are glossy and heart-shaped, and its stems can grow up to four feet, which would make it a great hanging pot plant. Even with a tropical background, this beautiful plant is tolerant of dry air and will appreciate occasional misting. You can use a damp cloth to wipe down the leaves if needed. It will need low to medium sunlight, and if the leaves start wilting, a quick water soak will bring it back to life immediately. 

Weeping Fig

The Weeping fig (ficus) is a larger plant that features slender branches and dark, glossy leaves. As an indoors plant, the ficus is usually pruned to keep them between three to six feet tall. Their trunks are sometimes even braided for decoration. This plant grows quite fast and may need to be repotted once a year. It’s also a plant that is toxic to pets and humans, so don’t go chomping on the leaves. This plant does well in bright, indirect sunlight and needs to be watered regularly during its growing season. It will require less water during fall to late winter.

Dragon Tree 

This attractive plant features sharp green leaves with red edges. Native to Madagascar, this plant is popular for its easy-to-care for qualities and is also nearly indestructible. It is slow-growing, and can pruned to six feet and less (can grow up to 20 feet in warm, outdoor climates). Like a lot of the plants on this list, it is toxic to your pets if ingested. The dragon tree is tolerant to a wide range of temperatures, so it can be placed anywhere in the apartment. They do best in bright, indirect sunlight, but can also thrive in a variety of light conditions. It is important to plant them in a consistent moisture level soil, though they need to be drier during winter. They should be watered regularly during their growing season.


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Nina Yu is a freelance writer who is currently based out of Salt Lake City. They are interested in topics like social justice issues, travel, and beauty/skincare. When they are not writing, you can find them hiking, laughing to a fun podcast, or reading a good book.

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