The 5 Best Apartment Plants
by James Han
While it may seem like you need a big space with ample sunlight to keep a thriving collection of plants, there are plenty of indoor varieties that are well-suited to the small (and sometimes dark) floor plans of a small apartment. Whether it’s adding a bit of color and life to your corners, purifying the air or improving your mood, there’s no shortage of good reasons to bring home a bit of greenery from your local nursery. Here, we’ve put together a quick list of our five favorite houseplants that are easy to maintain and attractive for any apartment.
1. Aloe Plant
These spiky succulents have a range of benefits and uses, in addition to being attractive in any space. It has potential air-purifying propertiesand the heavily researched gel in its leaves can be used for any number of topical home remedies.
Monsteras, or “Swiss Cheese Plants,” are a popular home plant. Because they need a lot of room (they can grow to be dozens of feet tall in the wild!), monsteras are perfect as a statement piece in your living room rather than a corner accessory.
3. Zebra Plant
Native to Brazil, zebra plants are known for their thick and dark green leaves and the white veins that run through them. Indoors, they can grow up to two feet tall and make a beautiful addition to any space.
4. Rubber Plant
This tree-like plant has dark, large leaves that make for a beautiful medium-sized houseplant. It gets its name from the white latex sap it produces (though it’s not the primary source for rubber).
5. Corn Plant
The corn plant is one of the best low-maintenance plants you can have. With their long, narrow leaves (like those of a corn), the corn plant is also sometimes called the “false palm” because of its appearance. They reach up to four to six feet tall, and are incredibly resilient to poor treatment.
Residing in a small apartment or living a busy lifestyle don’t have to keep you from adding plants to your home. If you’re new to plant ownership and in need of some basic tips to care for them, check out our blog on How to Keep Your Houseplants Healthy and Thriving.
James Han is a writer, editor and content strategist based in Los Angeles. When he’s not deep in a Google Doc, you can find him reading, watching films and taking long walks.
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