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Want to add a little more greenery to apartment living? You already know how plants on an apartment patio can beautify apartment living. But did you know that indoor plants can be just as beneficial to apartment life? Plants don’t just spruce up your apartment; they’re actually good for you, as well! Apartment living with plants can improve the air quality of your home, since there are many plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds from the air you breathe. Top contenders include Gerber daisies, chrysanthemums, red-edged dracaenas, weeping figs, azaleas, English ivy, and heart leaf philodendrons.
Here are some more top tips from ApartmentSearch for keeping plants in your apartment to improve your apartment living.
Take Care of Your Plants
There are a lot of plant-keeping basics that many apartment-renters forget when tending to their houseplants. First, find out how much water each particular plant requires, and how frequently it needs it, then remember to water them regularly. (This includes spritzing the leaves, not just watering the roots.) Next, add rocks to the bottom of your plants’ pots for better drainage, so the excess water won’t rot your roots. Last, make sure your plants get the right amount of sunlight, and once you give them a home in your apartment, let them stay in the same place.
Plants in the Bathroom
Plants thrive in moisture-rich environments, so your apartment bathroom is a natural choice for a houseplant. Try orchids, which are great tropical plants, or low-maintenance plants like bamboo or spider plants.
Clean Your Plants
You might not think of houseplants as things that need cleaning, but they can get just as dirty as the rest of your apartment. Living plants like ficuses have waxy leaves that can collect dust, dirt, and allergens, making them both unhealthy and unsightly. Take some time approximately every two months to prune dead leaves, dust the rest, and wipe down their leaves with water.
Keep Your Pets Safe
If you are a cat or dog owner, be wary of certain plants; some plants are actually toxic to animals if ingested! If your pets don’t tend to nibble at your possessions, you ought to be safe by simply keeping your plants out of reach. However, if you have a rambunctious puppy or an overly-curious cat, you should avoid these plants, and other poisonous plants, altogether:
- Aloe vera
- Asian lily
- Asparagus fern
- Baby’s breath
- Calla lily
- Jade plant
- Pencil cactus
- Ribbon plant
More Apartment Living Tips from ApartmentSearch.com
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Houseplants Can Make Your Apartment Feel Like Home
You’ve heard of going green, but what about including a little green in your apartment? Houseplants can up the comfort factor in your apartment while also complementing your decor with some extra color and texture.
Perhaps you’ve had some bad experiences with plants in the past. Wilted flowers, brown leaves, a gnat infestation — any of that bring back bad memories? Or maybe the whole taking-care-of-houseplants thing just sounds like a pain and you’ve never tried it. That’s understandable, since there are countless types of plants that each require different levels of sunlight and water. One dead plant can be pretty disappointing; several can lead you to think you’re cursed with the dreaded houseplant “black thumb.”
But we’ve come up with some suggestions for houseplants that you’ll find easy to take care of and that require minimal maintenance. Hard to kill and easy to enjoy, these houseplants are perfect for apartment living.
Our Houseplant Suggestions
Snake plant. No, this plant won’t attract a bunch of snakes into your apartment. We’re guessing it gets its name from its appearance — large, long, skinny green and yellowish leaves. Incredibly easy to take care of, the snake plant requires very little light and is resistant to insects. The only thing you have to be careful of is that you don’t water it too much, as it can result in root rot.
Succulents and cacti. You’ll want to make sure you keep your succulents and cacti in a place where they’ll get plenty of sun. They don’t require a lot of water, and there are a ton of varieties to choose from.
Ficus. Requiring semi-shade, a ficus is another easy-to-take-care-of houseplant.
Spathiphylium. Also known as “peace lily,” the spathiphylium features dark green glossy leaves and white waxy blooms. A great indoor houseplant, the spathiphylium does well as long as its soil isn’t allowed to dry out.
Try one of these houseplants in your apartment – houseplants are inexpensive ways of brightening your apartment space and freshening the air you breathe. And if you’re trying to find apartment renovation pointers, try our guide to decorating your apartment!