Indoor plants help bring a small piece of nature indoors, while also providing the benefit of some green space and fresh air.
Studies show people with indoor plants are happier, more productive, and healthier. And since houseplants are relatively cheap to buy and maintain, it’s an easy upgrade to your living space.
If you’re new to plant care, start with a plant that’s easy to care for. Plants from local nurseries will be healthier, and the staff should be able to point you to plants that will work well in your environment. However, no matter your climate, the following five plants are nearly unkillable, and perfect for introducing a green space into your apartment:
Commonly known as Mother-in-Law's Tongue, snake plant is one of the easiest indoor plants since they require little to no maintenance. These plants will still stay healthy for weeks without water, and they do not need much sunlight. This is perfect if you spend a large amount of time away from your apartment.
Snake plants come in a variety of leaf patterns, which makes them fun to decorate with. They also have a unique shape that provides contrast against other indoor plants, and they are a perfect addition to a modern decor.
Spider plants only need watering once a week to flourish. With little maintenance, they will grow really well. One of the best parts of spider plants is that they produce young ones that you can plant elsewhere!
Spider plants are best in a hanging pot, as baby plants will trail down over the sides. There are a few leaf patterns to choose from, and you can plant different varieties in the same pot for a unique look.
Aloe Vera is a wonderful addition to any indoor plant collection. They are easy to care for, and require little water. They also have powerful medicinal properties that aid in minor cuts and burns.
While they will survive in low light, aloes thrive in direct sunlight. The more light they are exposed to, the more water they will need to stay healthy. Plant aloe in a porous pot to make sure the soil does not get too wet.
Succulents come in many weird and beautiful shapes. With over 500 species to choose from, you will never run out if interesting and unique plants for your living space.
Succulents do not need much maintenance. In fact, the less maintenance, the better. Many people have difficulty with succulents because they water them too frequently. In general, plant a succulent in a terra-cotta pot with sandy soil. Place it in the sun, if possible, and water only when the soil dries out.
Devil’s Ivy can either be cultivated as a climbing plant or in hanging baskets. Its purifying capacity is superb as it helps eliminate toxins such as formaldehyde – a chemical used in cleaning many rugs and carpets. This ivy will thrive in any lighting condition. However, it does not survive in extreme light.
Devil’s Ivy comes in a few different leaf patterns and shapes. White variegations will be more pronounced in indirect light, so place this plant in a window that will get morning sun, or indirect afternoon sun.
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