Having plants in your apartment is all the rage these days – they add “life” to a room and instantly brighten things up. There’s no substitute for the real thing, so it’s best to avoid the artificial kind, but do bear in mind they they require regular watering and upkeep. If you’re not sure of what plants to buy for your space, here are some of our recommendations.
Chinese Money Plant
Chinese money plants (Pilea) look super cool due to their “UFO” like discs. They’re very easy to grow and will often produce baby Pilea that you can cut off to propagate and create more and more plants. Originally from the southwest province of China, the plant became popular in Scandinavia after a Norwegian missionary took home some cuttings and shared them with his family and friends. The plant does best in bright light but not direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves. Tip: Buy a round plant pot to mirror the circular shape of the leaves.
The snake plant is a fantastic plant for apartment dwelling, particularly if you don’t have much sunlight. This plant not only survives in low-light, it also purifies the air and removes toxins. The sharp, sword-like leaves have a snake-like pattern and typically have yellow edges, although some species have all-green leaves.
Remember to consider how much light your apartment is exposed to when choosing plants
If you need a good floor plant, the Fiddle Leaf Fig is always a safe bet. With it’s broad, vibrant green leaves, it instantly brightens up any corner of the room. Originating in the rainforests of central and western Africa, the fiddle leaf fig needs plenty of bright light and should be watered about once a week.
Succulents look great because they come in such a wide variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Not only that, but they are pretty easy to maintain as they store water in their leaves so they don’t need watering too often. Succulents are used to dry, arid climates, so it’s best to keep them in a sunny window if possible. Our favorites are Aloe, Burro’s-Tail, Echeveria and String-of-pearls. Pot them in special succulent mix and if you’e using a pot with no drainage holes, remember to put lava rocks on the bottom.