15 Best House Plants for Apartment Living
As every smart apartment dweller knows, only special types of house plants will flourish in their home. Apartment plants face the unique challenges of being stout enough to prevail in spite of low humidly and lack of natural sunlight, while also displaying enough brilliance to liven up a small room where every addition counts. The following 15 house plants can release moisture, purify the air, perk up your apartment, and might even invigorate your decor.
1. African Violets – These delightful blossoms add a vibrant hue of purple to your apartment’s decor. Additionally, they are among the few blossoming plants that do not need a lot of care. African violets need to be watered only once per week. Be sure to keep water off the leaves as this causes water spots.
2. Air Plant – Air plants, also known as Tillandsia, are epiphytic, which means that they do not require any soil to grow. These plants can be found in forests growing out of tree boughs. They have special leaves that pull moisture from the air. Air plants make great houseplants because they can be kept in unique containers such as teacups, glass orbs or even be mounted to a scrap of driftwood. Air plants require filtered light and you need to spray them with water once per week.
3. English Ivy – This is one sturdy plant. An English Ivy plant can endure all indoor temperatures, dry or moist soils, and low or high lighting conditions. The contemporary Helix hedra, sporting deep green leaves is quite alluring in an apartment scene. There are also a variety of English ivy cultivars possessing ruffled leaves, dwarf growing habits, or with yellow or white variegation. With such an assortment, you should be able to find one that satisfies your desires.
4. Ficus Tree – If you are fortunate enough to live in a larger apartment or a luxury apartment and have the space for a full tree, then the ficus is perfect for you. Also referred to as the Braided Ficus or weeping fig, this lovely, low-maintenance plant is great for your indoor sanctuary. Know that the braided trunk is not a natural occurrence. If you weave its multiple trunks together before the plant matures, it will grow into a braid.
5. Fiddle Leaf Fig – Too often, while decorating small areas, people make the mistake of filling them with little things. For dramatic effect in a well-lit apartment, try adding a large plant such as the fiddle leaf fig. Recently this has become a very popular houseplant. The big, sculptural leaves add drama and heft to an apartment bedroom or living room, however, they require regular care. Water once per week, adding just enough moisture to make the soil feel spongy.
6. Iron Plant – The iron plant is among the most resilient of houseplants. This plant can prevail in poor soil, very little light, and without much water. Its dark green leaves add a striking burst of color to your home.
7. Jade Plant – If you love the succulent plant varieties, the jade plant is an excellent choice. Its plump leaves grow in plenitude on partially woody stems that can be shaped in a bonsai fashion, if wanted. Set your jade plant in a brightly lit spot and only water it when the soil becomes dry. To ensure that you maintain a healthy jade plant, examine the leaves regularly. Shriveled leaves mean it’s not getting enough water. If the leaves are gray, your plant needs more sunlight. If your plant is vibrant and healthy, the leaves will have a red tint.
8. Moth Orchid – Exotic orchids are appearing all over the place, so why not in apartments? What better to decorate a small apartment space than a plant with huge color vibes. You should be aware that orchids don’t grow in soil. Instead, they need a thick orchid mix that allows air to get to the roots. Moth orchids thrive in temperatures above 60 degrees. However, turning the thermostat down at night stimulates blooming as well as decreases energy bills. A tray full of water and gravel helps with humidity and an east or south-facing window keeps your moth orchid vivacious.
9. Peace Lily – This lovely plant sports graceful white flowers and tall deep green leaves. The peace lily can thrive in extremely dim lighting, which is great if your apartment looks out at other buildings instead of the open outdoors. You need only water this plant once per week. Furthermore, peace lilies will grow under fluorescent lights, which makes them a great choice for bathrooms.
10. Philodendron – As it is available in abundance and inexpensive, the philodendron is the starter houseplant for a lot of apartment dwellers. This plant consists of big, green heart-shaped leaves that spill freely over the confines of a hanging pot. If you want, you can train the leaves to climb up and around a pole instead. The philodendron is great for the active apartment inhabitant who doesn’t have time to fuss over a plant. Indirect light and to be watered weekly is all a philodendron needs for years of flourishing growth.
11. Pothos – This green leafy plant is perfect for adding vibrant accents to high places in your apartment. They are great either as a climbing plant or a hanging plant. They also possess purifying qualities that allow them to strip and absorb common household toxins, such as formaldehyde, which is frequently found in area rugs or carpets. Furthermore, these plants thrive under an assortment of lighting conditions.
12. Rex Begonia – The striking hues of the rex begonia might change how you think about houseplants. Quirky pink spirals blend with moody purples and deep greens on vegetation that, at times, resembles stained glass more than leaves. Lobed, furrowed and hairy leaves are the icing on the cake. Rex begonias only need moderate amounts of water, fertilizer, and light, which makes them a great option for apartments.
13. Snake Plant – These are among the most tolerant plants around. Snake plants can endure neglect for weeks while continuing to look fresh and maintaining their shape. Furthermore, these plants can survive with very little water and under low light conditions. Snake plants also purify the air, absorbing toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde.
14. Spider Plant – Occasionally, a house plant acts as a visible reminder of an item we had in our house as a child. The spider plant was a common house plant back in the 1970s. You can bring that nostalgic aura into your apartment today. The spider plant’s attributes remain relevant. That is, it adapts to a wide range of lighting conditions, it doesn’t require a lot of water and fits well in those difficult to decorate areas.
15. ZZ Plant – The Latin Zamioculcas zamifolia is a bit much to say, hence we call this the ZZ plant. This relative to the peace lily is also called the Zuzu plant. This African plant is slow growing and thrives under the fluorescent lighting often found in apartment kitchens. Even though ZZ plants endure a vast range of moisture conditions, dry conditions are best. You only need to water these plants three times a month.