It’s shocking how much a little greenery can brighten up an apartment. But if you’re the type of person that could kill a fake plant, you won’t want to take on anything that requires too much maintenance. To cultivate your green thumb, try out these easy indoor plants:
If you have a bad habit of killing delicate lilies, you’re likely to have better luck with the peace lily. 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.
They’re funky and non-fussy, and are probably the poster plants for non-garden environments. Cacti 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.
This succulent is incredibly tough and can survive nearly any environment. The snake plant 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.
It may be a weeping fig, 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 to 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 aloe vera, you’ll have instant medication on hand for scrapes and burns, plus a funky, spiky decor item for your kitchen or living room. Keep 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).
The paddle plant 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.
If you want to add greenery to the darker parts of your apartment, lucky bamboo 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.
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 philodendron 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.
It may be an unconventional indoor plant, but a pot of lavender 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 flat.
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 African violets once a week, but avoid getting H20 on the leaves, which could cause water spots.