As the darkest days of the year approach, indoor plants are an easy way to add life to any space, no mater how small or dark. You may not think that you have a green thumb but everyone does, if you pick the right kind of plant. The key is to find one that is low-maintenance and fits your lifestyle. We put together a list of easy-to-care apartment plants with descriptions, so you can decide which one is your plant soulmate.
Succulents are cheap and hearty. I bought some from a street fair for $1 a plant. Succulents only need to be watered every 2 weeks, but they do need some sunlight. I’ve heard about 6 hours of sunlight a day is enough. I keep mine by a window and they are doing just fine.
Orchid flowers last a long time and make any apartment look more put together/adult. They require a bit of maintenance, but if taken care of, orchids can bloom 8 weeks and then eventually re-bloom. Orchids like room temperature and should be watered around every 10 days (but this can change depending on type of orchid).
Cacti are a lot like succulents, they are super low maintenance. Just make sure yours gets some sunlight each day and water it about once a month. The Prickly Pear cactus is a great option for an indoor plant. Tip: Don’t over water your cactus. I unfortunately did water my cactus too often and it grew mold.
Are you an budding chef or want your friends to think you are? Fresh herbs are not only a great way to flavor a dish, they are also pretty kitchen decorations. Rosemary, chives, sage and thyme are some of the tougher herbs that can thrive indoors even in winter. All herbs should be kept in room temperature by a window. Rosemary and thyme need to be watered when the top inch of soil feels dry. Chives should be watered once a week. Tip: Add chives to scrambled eggs. Yum.
Confession–I have seen and had this plant my entire life, but I never knew its name. Philodendron readily adapts to indoor life. Don’t keep the plant in direct sunlight and drench with water when soil is dry. If the leaves start turning yellow, it’s getting too much sun. If the leaves start drooping, it’s getting too much water. Be careful if you have pets as Philodendron is toxic to dogs and cats.
Plastic plants can look just as good as real plants and they require none of the maintenance. Well, almost none. Occasionally, they need to be dusted. There are even really great looking plastic orchids.