Having houseplants in your apartment is a great way to keep it oxygenated, while also adding some unique decor to your place. And, although you can easily run to the supermarket to buy some flowers, you might want to do some research beforehand. That’s because some plants are more suited for an apartment life – for instance, they may require less maintenance, which may be a better fit for your home. There’s also the physical aspect – buying just any old flower is one thing but getting a unique plant will totally change the way your apartment looks. Luckily for you, we did the research for you. Here are some of the most amazing houseplants to let grow into your apartment.
Living stones are also known as pebble plants, or lithops – because they literally look like rocks. But, these living creatures from South Africa won’t look like rocks forever as a yellow-colored flower grows right in the middle of it. They also require very little maintenance. In fact, in order to grow them and keep them alive, you have to be sure not to overwater them.
Considered the most romantic succulent, hoya hearts, or hoya kerrii (its scientific name), has its origins in southeast Asia. Due to its heart-shaped leaves, it has become a popular Valentine’s Day gift all around the world. And, being a succulent, it’s also naturally a very low maintenance plant. While most people buy it as a single-clipped leaf, it can also grow into many vines covered with the heart-shaped leaves.
A fun, easy to recognize, and unique plant, the zig-zag cactus (or selenicereus anthonyanus) is a relatively low-maintenance plant. However, it does require a bit more water than the usual cactus. This fishbone cactus, as it’s also referred to, does like light, but make sure it receives it indirectly, rather than by being placed in direct sunlight. Although it usually grows into very long, zig-zag-shaped leaves, it also produces bright pink flowers when it blooms.
The Rex Begonia can make quite a statement in your home given its dramatic, vibrant, spiral-patterned leaves. As it is a lover of humidity, make sure to mist its leaves in addition to regular watering. Originating in eastern Asia, this plant also blooms. However, the blooms just don’t compare to its stunning leaves, so pinch the blooms off to keep the leaves in full view.
Swiss Cheese Plant
A popular houseplant, the Swiss cheese, or monstera deliciosa, is a large, green beauty ideal for filling up your apartment. It gets its name from the holes it develops in its leaves as it ages. Native to the tropical forests of southern Mexico, these plants like to be consistently moist, although not soaked.
Chinese Money Plant
Crassula ovata, as it is officially known, got its name as the money plant from the Chinese art of Feng Shui, which suggests that it gives out positive energy, that can improve one’s financial situation. A succulent in nature, it has a tree-like aspect due to its trunk with branches filled with smooth green leaves. It’s also one of the most long-lasting plants, considered almost indestructible, and is often passed down from generation to generation. Fortunately, the Chinese money plant requires very little maintenance, so you don’t need to worry if you forget to water it from time to time.
Another fortune-bringer from central and southern America, the money tree, or pachira aquatica, is also associated with financial success, good luck and vibrant energy. It’s worth noting that this one looks much more like a tree than a plant and can actually reach a height of six feet. It’s also low maintenance and is just fine with some water every now and then, as well as an occasional feeding of plant nutrients.
String of Pearls
One of the most unique and eye-catching houseplants, the string of pearls (or senecio) is a succulent worthy of hanging in your home. Originating in southwest Africa, it grows quite fast and requires little maintenance. Just keep it out of direct sunlight, avoid overwatering, and let this plant extend its string of pearls throughout your home.
Another unique money plant, the jade plant is one of the easiest succulents to care for and have in your home. It comes from South Africa and Mozambique and has become extremely popular worldwide due to its shiny, green leaves with red tips. The jade plant is also said to bring luck and is associated with friendship, making it a great gift – to give or receive.
The rabbit succulent is quite an original plant to have in your home. Also known as monilaria obconica, this plant will grow long “bunny ears” as its base stays the same. Incredibly cute, this plant requires little maintenance, but will surely receive plenty of attention.
Plants are both an easy and affordable way to decorate your home and keep the air oxygenated. So, don’t hesitate to invest in some of these living decor pieces. But, make sure to do your research to find the best plants for you in the same way you would search for an apartment for rent.