5 Apartment Friendly Plants
These low maintenance plants clean your air, help with breathing, deter allergies, boost healing, and thrive inside your apartment with minimal effort. If you’re interested in cultivating the benefits of indoor greenery, start with the help of our top 5 picks:
- Bird’s Nest Fern – Asplenium Nidus
Why we like it: The Bird’s Nest Fern is the black sheep of ferns because it looks nothing like its family. Some say it resembles a bird’s nest – hence, its name. This plant attracts us because it defies preconceived ideas of what ferns should look like. The Bird’s Nest Fern is also more forgiving to forgetful plant owners than its fern family members.
How to care for it: The Bird’s Nest Fern is easy to care for because it doesn’t need the same level of humidity as most ferns. Even better, this plant only needs food three to four times a year.
- African Violet – Saintpaulia
Why we like it: African Violets are great indoor plants because they’re easy to care for, but we love them for their beauty. Is that so wrong? Most indoor plants are green, so it’s hard to incorporate color. However, African Violets come in blue, pink, red, white, purple, multicolor, and they bloom 9 months out of the year.
How to care for it: Beauty takes effort, so this is probably the quirkiest of all apartment plants on our list. Just feed your African Violet once a week and only water it when the top soil is dry to the touch. Overwatering is a fast death for this species.
- Parlor Palm – Chamaedorea Elegans
Why we like it: The Parlor Palm is attractive for sentimental reasons. These plants grow extremely slow and live extremely long. Therefore, Parlor Palms are often passed down from generation to generation. They live long because they adapt to pretty much any indoor environment.
How to care for it: Water your Parlor Palm regularly. Just make sure the top portion of its soil is dry to touch before its next watering. Make a point to also mist its leaves, mainly in warmer weather.
- Spiderplant – Chlorophytum
Why we like it: According to NASA research, Spiderplant has been scientifically proven to eliminate harmful indoor air pollutants. In fact, NASA used their findings to keep their air purified during deep space explorations.
How to care for it: During spring and summer, make sure you feed this plant twice a month. Spiderplants also need to keep their soil moist.
- ZZ Plant – Zamioculcas Zamiifolia
Why we like it: The ZZ Plant is referred to as the Eternity Plant because it’s almost impossible for first-time plant owners to kill, no matter how neglectful they are. Therefore, this plant is quickly gaining popularity as the apartment plant of the future.
How to care for it: The ZZ Plant can thrive in any lighting condition except total darkness. Water this plant twice a week and feed it once a month from spring to summer.