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 it can survive in the desert, it can certainly survive in your apartment. Cacti are among the most low-maintenance, best indoor plants. They don’t require a great deal of watering and can be left alone for a few days if you plan on going away for the weekend. Simply place them in front of a window to make sure they get plenty of sunlight, and don’t repeat waterings until the water has completely dried out from the pot.
Succulents not only provide some gorgeous greenery, they’re also practically indestructible–so they are the perfect indoor plants for renters without a green thumb. Succulents are extremely adaptive and can survive any number of terrible conditions you may expose them to. Just make sure they’re exposed to bright light, and give them water once every other month in the winter.
3. Braided Ficus Tree
Because it’s a bit large, this indoor plant is particularly suited to apartments or rental homes with tall ceilings and room to spare–but if you have the room, Braided Ficus Trees are a great low-maintenance indoor plant. They prefer bright and indirect sunlight, so stick your plant in the corner of a room with windows. Water it every two to three days and give it a bit of fertilizer each year.
4. Chinese Evergreen
Chinese Evergreens are among the easiest indoor plants to grow and care for. They can tolerate a wide range of light and only need moderate watering, so they will generally last for years, even if you aren’t a master gardener. They can also act as an indoor air purifier. Bonus!
5. African Violet
African Violets are not only beautiful, but also pretty inexpensive and easy to maintain. They will bloom for approximately nine months at a time, and need moderate, indirect sunlight. If there are any extreme changes in temperature, simply move them away from the window. Over-watering is the most common way to kill African Violets, so only water your plant when the top soil is dry to the touch.
Want some greens in your apartment that can also save you money at the grocery store? Grow an indoor vegetable garden!
(According to Forbes)
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