Just because you live in an apartment, does not necessarily mean that you don’t love nature and plants. The are many plants for apartments that are both low maintenance for your busy life style, and satisfactory for your green thumb.
1 – Peace Lilies
Peace lilies are inexpensive, low maintenance, easy to care for, and very pretty. They require low levels of light, which is perfect for apartment dwelling. Place your plant either in indirect sunlight throughout the day or direc sunlight for about 3 hours per day. They are also not picky about their soil, and will grow in most any soil blend. You will be able to tell when the plant needs to be watered because its leaves will start to wilt.
2 – Aglaonemas
Also call Chinese Evergreen, this plant does not need much light either. Medium to low light is fine, which is great for an apartment. Just be sure not to over water them; let the soil dry out first before watering the plant again.
3 – African Violets
If you are saving money, and on a budget, ten African Violets are a great choice. Not only are African Violets low cost and low maintenance, but they are beautiful and long-lasting too. These plants bloom for about 9 months, and then come back after the next 3. They should receive moderate, indirect light, and are susceptible to temperature changes, so if the weather is really severe one day, just move them away from the window sill.
5 – Azaleas
Azaleas are another beautiful, low maintenance apartment plant. They are not fond of direct sunlight, so placement is easy to achieve in most apartments. The only thing to watch with azaleas is the soil. Do not let the soil get too wet or too dry – it should always feel moist.
6 – Philodendrons
These plants prefer bright, but indirect sunlight, and as with the azaleas, the soil should be kept moist at all times. Philodendrons are tropical plants, so they fair well in humid climates, and the temperature changes of most apartments.
7 – Cacti
Perhaps the most durable, low maintenance, easy to care for apartment plant is a cactus. Cacti love the light, so they should be placed in front of a window that receives light. Cacti should not be watered until the water from the previous time has completely dried out. These are one family of plants that if you go away for an extended period, you don’t need to worry about getting them watered while you are away.
Plants for apartments, by nature, cannot be high maintenance. There is not enough space, and not enough light to permit nigh maintenance plants, which require constant pruning and constant fertilizing. Low maintenance plants, such as these, are great for apartment living. They are low maintenance, low cost and highly beautiful. Don’t give up your green thumb just because you live in an apartment.
Emily Gojko: I am a writer, marketer, and manager with a strong background in real estate development and management. I am also a native New Yorker with an obsession for home design shows, so I have personal and professional experience making the most of small spaces, and dealing with good and bad living situations.