Studies say that just the sight of green plants can help us live longer and keep us healthier, but how do you manage to get your daily dose of greenery in an apartment?
By raising some of our best indoor plants for apartments, of course, they’ve all been selected because they look nice and are super easy to raise and care for.
Philodendron “Jungle Boogie”
If you’re ever unsure how to care for a plant, there’s probably an app for that.
But the basic rule of thumb for this plant is simply “don’t over water it”.
It’s not too fussy about how much light it gets, so any windowsill should do.
Pothos – Epipremnum Aureum
This plant is great in a hanging basket and it will strip toxins from the air really efficiently in return for somewhere up high to live.
They’re fine with almost any lighting conditions but may show variegation on their leaves in low light conditions.
Otherwise known as The Happy Bean, Pincushion Peperomia, is a really simple plant to look after, it likes indirect (but bright) sunlight and can thus, be placed on a shelf near a south-facing window.
They do need watering but can deal with the soil staying on the dry side, and they only need feeding during the May to August season (about once every three weeks should do).
Burgundy Rubber Tree
This handsome plant is very robust and requires much less effort than the fiddle-leaf fig which is quite similar to it in looks.
Give it bright, indirect light and enough water to keep the soil moist and it should be fine all year round.
Snake plants are super hardy and you can even neglect them for weeks at a time without them coming to too much harm.
They don’t need a lot of light or water, they do help extract toxins from the air and can go for weeks at a time without any attention at all.
Silver Sprinkles – Pilea Glauca
A pretty name for a fairly pretty plant which has tiny leaves with, yes, you guessed it, a touch of silver on each of them.
We like it on a table as it’s a low growing plant and it only needs about 4 hours of light a day, it does need watering and prefers its soil to stay moist.
This plant is so hardy that it also made our list of the best plants for a bachelor pad.
It might not win any beauty pageants of the plant world and it certainly won’t grow to incredible heights but it will last and last and last and last.
It’s capable of living to more than 100 years old! So give it some sun, some water and let it thrive!
ZZ Plant – Zamioculcas Zamiifolia
This plant has to come a long way from its native Zanzibar to your apartment but it is, perhaps, the hardiest of them all.
It needs water three times a month, barely any light at all and it’s resistant to most forms of pest, you really have to be trying to hurt a ZZ plant.
Panda Paws – Kalanchoe Tomentosa
Children tend to love these plants because they have a layer of fuzz all over them rather like a panda’s paws might have.
You pop this on a south or west-facing window, and as long as it has sunlight, it needs watering once a month or so, let the soil dry before you give it another watering.
Variegated Arrowhead Vine
This stunning vine really emphasizes its tricolor nature but it’s important never to let the soil completely dry out if you want it to look healthy and happy.
It also enjoys a good misting every now and again. It’s good indoors though because it prefers indirect light or even low light conditions.
As the name suggests, the Iron Plant is as hard as nails and it loves spaces with low light and it doesn’t need much in the way of water, either.
It looks fantastic though and the dark greens really enhance a room.
Zebra Plant – Haworthia Fasciata
A gorgeous small plant that requires almost no maintenance and loves low light too, the zebra plant needs its baby offshoots separating and repotting occasionally but otherwise, it’ll be fine.
Just don’t over water it as it can end up collapsing into a ball of mush if you give it too much water.
Hoya Carnosa Variegata
Don’t put this pretty plant in direct sunlight or it will wilt and die, but pop it anywhere that gets some bright indirect light and it will be super happy.
You will need to give this a regular misting though as it likes a humid environment.
Cacti (Pretty Much Any Cacti)
Pretty much any cactus is a hardy and attractive addition to an apartment and as they’re built to survive desert conditions, as long as you can find them some sunlight and water them rarely, they’ll be fine.
And don’t worry, the prickles on most house cacti are nothing to worry about.
String of Bananas (Senecio Radicans)
This plant gets its name from its banana-shaped leaves and it’s adorably fun to have around, it needs moderate to bright light and you can leave it drier than most other plants and it will be fine.
Final Thoughts On Indoor Plants for Apartments
These awesome plants won’t just look great inside your apartment, but they’re also hardy enough to stand up to the rigors of indoor life.
Give them some basic care and they should thrive without too much effort at all, and, in return, they’ll clean your air for you and make the place look greener and healthier too.
If you’re looking for a guide to some low maintenance outdoor plants too, we’ve got you covered.