Plants are a great way to bring the outdoors indoors if you live in an apartment and can’t have a garden of your own. However, taking care of houseplants can be a tricky business because no matter how well you look after them, most plants aren’t actually built to thrive indoors.
If you’re an aspiring indoor gardener who can’t seem to stop killing your plants, we’ve compiled a list of options that are low maintenance, resilient and therefore perfect for apartment living. If you follow this guide, you’ll never be dismayed by the sight of wilting foliage ever again.
1. Cast Iron Plant
Native to Japan and Taiwan, Cast Iron plants are great for beginner gardeners. Named for their ability to withstand a fair bit of neglect, these plants don’t require a lot of light and are pretty drought resistant. They are very sensitive to direct sunlight and overwatering so they might not be a good fit for the over-enthusiastic gardener. To keep this plant looking shiny and lush, wipe down its leaves every so often. This will prevent them from accumulating dust and looking shabby.
2. Mother In Law’s Tongue
These unusual flowering plants hail from Western Africa, and are very popular due to their striking and slick looking leaves. In terms of resilience, they are known for being able to tolerate direct sunlight and require little watering due to their succulent nature. If you want a plant that has a lot of aesthetic benefits with minimal effort, this one is for you.
3. Corn Plant
Contrary to what their impressive leaves may have you believe, these plants are actually very easy to maintain. Just keep them in a fairly bright room, away from direct sunlight and make sure they are watered frequently enough so that the soil remains slightly damp to the touch. Their dramatic foliage make these plants great focal points in bigger rooms and with proper care, Corn Plants can grow to be about 4 feet tall.
4. Madagascar Dragon Tree
These slow growers thrive in warm, humid conditions and need a solid mix of soft light and shade in order to flourish. However, they’re pretty hardy and can withstand a fair amount of neglect. Much like the Cast Iron plant, they are very sensitive to harsh light and over-watering. These plants are also unsuitable for pet owners as their leaves are toxic to cats and dogs.
5. Parlor Palm
These mini palm trees are great for the indoor grower who has a lot of patience but not a lot of time to spend on maintenance. These plants require very little water and sunlight, but are also very slow growers. Like most low –maintenance plants, they shy away from direct sunlight and suffer severely if over-watered. Parlor Palms also take several years to mature, but once their beautiful drooping fronds and cheery yellow flowers come in, you’ll see how it was most definitely worth the wait.
For more information about indoor gardening in urban environments check out Portland’s indoor gardening center. Located on 82nd Ave in the Southgate neighborhood of SE Portland, Urban Garden Supply has helpful staff capable of assisting in any indoor gardening project even if you plan on going super advanced with Hydroponics. Read More