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Plants are a lively way to spruce up your apartment and provide fresh air to your space. Whether your home is well-lit or on the darker side— we’ve got the perfect plants for you. Adding greenery to the tables and walls in your apartment creates a more welcoming feeling and brings life to a room. As interior designer Bailey Katherine said in our mini-interview series: “When you think you’ve added enough plants, add a few more.” If you don’t have a green thumb, don’t fret. We have listed the most resilient and tolerant apartment plants for you to enjoy.
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Best Apartment Plants
Where to buy: Eastern Leaf, $2.95
Succulents are extremely trendy recently, and for good reason. These plants are identifiable by their thick leaves used for retaining water in arid climates or desert soil conditions. (Which means they’re hard to kill, too.) Succulents come in all shapes and colors but most have the same simple living requirements which make them easy to grow. These plants require low watering and decent sunlight to thrive, so they are very low maintenance and perfect for busy people!
Light Level: Decent sun/artificial light
How to use it in your space: Table centerpieces, terrariums, fun potting plants
Devil’s Ivy | Epipremnum aureum
Where to buy: Amazon, $6
This plant is *perfect* if you’re a black-thumbed gardener. The Devil’s Ivy plant is named for its resiliency, and because it is almost impossible to kill. Also referred to as Pothos, this fast-growing vine is extremely tolerant and mostly disease-free. While Devil’s Ivy is a very hearty plant, it does best in peat-forward soil that drains adequately. What’s amazing about this plant is it can grow in bright artificial light, so even if your apartment doesn’t receive much sunlight—this plant can flourish.
Light Level: Indirect, bright sun/artificial light
How to use it in your space: Hanging plants, shelf plants
Snake Plant | Sansevieria trifasciata
Where to buy: Plants Express, $12
If you feel like everything you touch dies, the Snake Plant is perfect for you. Also known as Mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant is notoriously easy to take care of. Classified as a ‘low light plant’, they are tolerant of a variety of light conditions but do best with indirect light—so put them in the corner of your apartment that doesn’t get direct contact from the sun.
IMPORTANT: this plant is toxic to cats and dogs, so if you have pets, make sure it’s in a spot that’s unreachable to them.
Light Level: Tolerant of a variety of light conditions
How to use it in your space: Centerpiece, window sill decoration, or bring symmetry to your room with two on either side of your fireplace/TV
Fiddle-Leaf Fig | Ficus lyrata
Where to buy: Amazon, $79
The Fiddle-Leaf Fig is one of the most unique looking plants on this list because of its waxy violin-shaped leaves. Because this plant is used to rainforest conditions, make sure no cold air hits it, as it may cause it to drop its leaves. This plant ADORES sunlight, so keep your Fiddle-Leaf Fig by a window in your apartment that gets plenty of rays. It’s also worth noting that this plant will gradually lean toward the light, so you’ll have to turn it every few months. Fiddle-Leaf Figs are super low-maintenance, only requiring water when the soil is dry.
Light Level: Lots of direct light
How to use it in your space: Corner piece
Spider Plant | Chlorophytum comosum
Where to buy: Home Depot, $37
A Victorian-era favorite; the Spider Plant is one of the easiest plants to take care of. These plants are so impressive at purifying air that NASA even recognized them for that quality. Although this plant is extremely adaptable, Spider Plants thrive in bright indirect light and when accompanied by well-drained soil. Unique to this list, these plants actually prefer a cooler temperature and do best when they’re anywhere from 55 to 65 degrees fahrenheit—but are resilient enough to survive in a multitude of conditions. When daylight starts increasing in the spring, Spider Plants may start blooming into flowers which will eventually turn into ‘spiderettes’ that will make propagating a new plant easier than ever.
Light Level: Bright, indirect light
How to use it in your space: Hanging plant, side table centerpiece