From promoting a positive wellbeing, to naturally purifying the air, plants can be vital in enhancing your indoor spaces. For apartment dwellers, however, the task of keeping a plant alive is daunting. The limited space and lack of natural light can be a death sentence for many plants, and the amount of maintenance can feel overwhelming. But don’t cross plant-ownership off your list quite yet. Here, we break down 15 tough plants that can thrive in almost all homes.
The Chinese Evergreen, also known as the Cutlass Aglaonema, does best in indirect sunlight, and can thrive in low-light spaces with low or high humidity. This plant can even survive on artificial light if necessary.
Bonsai is the Japanese art in which small trees mimic the scale and shape of a full-size tree. Bonsai's are perfect for apartments because of their size, and the Ficus Bonsai is one of the lowest maintenance of all. The Ficus Bonsai thrives in warm environments, so indoors is ideal. They require high sunlight, but can survive occasional over-or-under watering.
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The Pothos plant can be hung from a basket or potted normally, and can thrive in a wide variety of lighting. They are also known for their air-purification properties and can strip your home of toxins that are known to form in carpets and rugs.
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The iron plant can survive in low light, poor soil, and with minimal water, making it one of the most durable indoor plants. The deep green leaves also make for a stunning pop of color in your home.
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The fiddle leaf fig is great for apartments with high ceilings but minimal floor space. The plant is tall but not bushy, and boasts waxy, dark green leaves. It requires medium light, but only needs to be watered when the soil is dry to the touch.
If you have a bad habit of killing delicate lilies, you're likely to have better luck with the . This plant can survive in very dim settings (ideal if your apartment faces another building and not the open sky), and only requires watering once a week. Peace lilies will even grow well under fluorescent lights, making them a good option for bathrooms or offices with little light.
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They're funky and non-fussy, and are probably the poster plants for non-garden environments. only require watering once a week while growing, but during cooler weather in the winter months, watering intervals may be longer. Place in a sunny area but keep out of direct sunlight, which can make the cactus look bleached or even orange. Cacti have an irresistibly unique aesthetic that blends with a range of apartment styles, from bohemian to modern.
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This succulent is incredibly tough and can survive nearly any environment. The has tough leaves that can tolerate low light (though it'll thrive most in medium or bright light). Water occasionally, allowing the soil to dry between waterings. The plant grows best in typical indoor temps—between 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you want to add greenery to the darker parts of your apartment, is your ideal plant. It thrives in dim, indirect sunlight and can add a major sense of feng shui and zen to your apartment— quite helpful for apartments in busy cities. Grow lucky bamboo in water, changing the H20 every two to four weeks.
It may be a , but it could be a green vignette of joy in your apartment. These little trees can add the necessary amount of green we all need for a small space, and only require watering every four to seven days. Place in a window that gets bright, indirect sunlight, turning the plant every once in a while to avoid excess of growth on one side.
With indoor , you'll have instant medication on hand for scrapes and burns, a funky, spiky decor item for your kitchen or living room. Keep it near a window and water regularly, allowing the top two inches of soil to dry between waterings (which also means you can go on vacation and not come home to droopy aloe).
These pretty blooms add a brilliant shade of purple to your interior decor, and are one of the few flowering plants that require little care. Your only responsibility? Water your once a week, but avoid getting H20 on the leaves, which could cause water spots.
The is a succulent with a unique shape and non-fussy requirements for care. Like other succulents, it grows best when exposed to bright light and even some direct light (but the more it's exposed to sun, the more its leaves will turn a tinge of red). This plant does well in indoor environments, withstanding dry air even when you crank up the heat in your apartment during the winter months. Allow the top two inches of dirt to dry between waterings.
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This is a staple interior plant that is great for apartment dwellers because it'll tell you exactly what it wants. For example: Is your turning yellow? That means it's getting too much sunlight. Place in an area with bright but indirect light. Is it growing small leaves? That means it wants more fertilizer. Feed it a liquid foliage houseplant fertilizer with macronutrients, and allow one inch of soil to dry (about the length from your index finger to your first knuckle) between waterings.
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It may be an unconventional indoor plant, but a pot of will add a pop of color and freshen your apartment far better (and far more naturally) than an everyday air freshener. Lavender does best in bright light, so place it near a south-facing window that welcomes in plenty of sunshine. Smaller varieties of lavender are better for the indoors—they grow better in a pot and can be placed under a grow light if you don't have ample sunshine in your apartment.