Got a bachelor pad?
Wish you could have a little green in the place but worried that you might not get around to watering the plants before they died?
What you need is a plant that’s hardy enough to require just a little water and not too much light and which provides another useful quality such as air purifying.
And there are plenty of plants like that to choose from. So check them out!
It doesn’t get any more low-maintenance than the bamboo palm.
It looks great, fits perfectly pretty much anywhere in an apartment and all it needs is a bit of bright light and the occasional watering to thrive.
They also filter formaldehyde from the air making it cleaner and nicer to breathe.
The Garden Mum is bright and cheerful and bound to impress any companions that grace your pad for a few hours.
It’s also, according to NASA, one of the best plants at removing pollutants from the air.
It’s a cheap plant to buy and very easy to care for, after flowering, you can pop them on the balcony or in the garden until their next bloom too.
OK, this isn’t the most attractive plant that you’ve ever seen and it doesn’t grow to formidable heights either but with some basic care, the Jade Plant will outlive you!
In fact this species can last over 100 years! Give it some direct sunlight and the occasional touch of water and it will go on and on.
They’re also said to bring good luck to the home!
The Zanzibar Gem or ZZ to its fans (seriously) is a great indoor plant that doesn’t need much care but does a great job of purifying the air that it breathes.
Don’t put it in direct sunlight, leave it somewhere with indirect light and then water occasionally (let the soil dry out completely before watering it again).
If you don’t get much light in the apartment, then the snake plant is your pal as it requires almost no light or, indeed, water.
It’s going to hang on through almost anything.
One exception to that rule is that you cannot over-water this plant or you might drown it, water it sparingly and it will be fine.
The Devil’s Ivy likes a middling light and is the ideal thing to break up the monotony on a bookshelf as it has a trailing leaf that hangs down from the planter.
Water it once a week and it’ll be fine, but don’t leave it in direct sunlight as it will develop burn marks on the leaves.
The Peace Lily shrugs off neglect as most of us shrug off a rude taxi driver.
It’s fine in low to medium light. It’s not a big fan of direct sunlight but it will need indirect sun if you want it to bloom.
Just water it once or twice when you see it drooping and it’ll soon be perky again.
A small and exotic-looking plant that can really act as a conversation piece.
The Pilea peperomioides loves a bit of morning sun or long-term indirect light but isn’t a fan of full force sunlight, and needs watering just once every three days or so and the soil needs to provide good drainage.
As the name suggests, the Iron Plant is a hardy fellow that can handle the kind of conditions that would leave most other plants 6 feet under (or however deep it is that you bury a plant).
It doesn’t care what kind of soil you put it in, needs almost no light and can handle irregular watering with no problems. It grows kind of slowly though.
Everyone should have some aloe vera in reach as it’s the ideal thing for soothing a burn or a cut and all you have to do is pick a leaf and split it and put the sap straight onto the wound.
It takes little looking after and will quickly recover if you need to use some of it in an emergency.
The best plants for a bachelor pad are low maintenance with an air purifying or other useful property.
If you find you like having plants in your bachelor pad, you might also consider an indoor herb garden to spice up your eating habits too.