We’ve found the best low-maintenance plants that thrive in even the smallest apartment. Place them in a statement planter and they’ll provide you with some major style points and purify your air.
Snake Plant or Sansevieria trifasciata can go by a few other common names, including ‘Mother-in-Law Tongue’ and ‘Devil’s Tongue’. It is happiest in bright light but can tolerate low light levels indoors as well. Water them sparingly or they can rot. Only 1 or 2 waterings are necessary indoors during the winter, depending on the humidity. These are long-lived, easy-care houseplants.
Dracaenas are a group of houseplants you just can’t go wrong with. Why? They’re among the easiest and most common indoor plants around. Young plants are small and bushy, making them perfect residents of desks and tabletops. Older dracaenas develop woody stems and can become tree-like.
Pothos is one of the easiest houseplants to grow and almost impossible to kill. These are trailing plants that just keep on growing. Pruning the plants will keep them fuller at the base and each cutting can be rooted in water to create more plants.
Pothos plants like to dry out between waterings, but if left dry too long, leaves with wilt and eventually dry and fall. They are very tolerant of all types of light conditions, even artificial office lights.
The ZZ Plant or Zamioculcas zamiifolia has gorgeous thick waxy green leaves. They do well in low-medium light and can be watered infrequently. This is a great air purifying plant for beginners.
Spider plant or Chlorophytum comosum is an excellent first time plant owner plant. It easily grows small little “pup” plants, which can be rooted and regrown. However, you can also just leave the pups as they are, connected to the main plant.
Spider plants don’t need direct sunlight and when they start to wilt slightly, you can water. They make wonderful hanging plants for that boring corner in your home.
Air plants are low-maintenance and do not require soil to grow, absorbing all their water and nutrients through their leaf system from the air.
This makes them extremely versatile for decorating within most environments.
Selecting apartment plants is a fun task for sure, but take your time doing it. Don’t rush into a buying decision without taking a careful look at the growing conditions of your home and picking the perfect plant partner for whatever those conditions happen to be. And, remember, despite your best intentions, sometimes houseplants don’t make it. Promise not to beat yourself up if you kill a plant or two along the way. Don’t sweat it. Try a different plant next time, and enjoy the many benefits of bringing a bit of green indoors. And, remember, air plants are always another great option.