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Best interior plants for your apartment

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For centuries, plants have been included as important elements of the interior of almost all home.  Originally, not so much for their looks or style, plants were utilized for holistic and medicinal purposes and having them handy directly in your home offered a world of benefits.

Not only that, but a majority of interior plants have air-cleaning abilities, removing toxins and unnecessary bacteria from the environment of your home. It is a common occurrence that some people shy away from planting and gardening, even with tiny indoor plants, out of fear of maintenance, lack of skill or lack of knowledge.  Trust us, if you follow our guide, we will explain the best indoor plants to place in your apartment that will offer you the most benefit for the least amount of work!

Succulents

Succulents are perhaps the easiest on this list to maintain!  They're also available in a plethora of styles, types and colours—and because of their availability, they're quite affordable as well.

Requiring minimum, low-lighting and weekly or bi-weekly watering, succulents are the perfect indoor plants to start with!  They can be small enough to fit on any shelf or ledge and also large enough to make a grand statement in any room—if that's what you're looking for! There's a reason why succulents are known to be the fat plants—they tend to be more thick and fleshy than their other plant counterparts and this is because they are most exquisite at retaining water, thus making your life easier!

We suggest to place succulents in kitchens, bathrooms and any other areas where growing plants would normally be difficult—they're quite strong! Here's a great example of correct placement for low-maintenance interior plants!

Orchids

Orchids are one of the most recognizable and beautiful plants chosen for the interior of homes.  They can also be the most frustrating.  The demise of many orchid plants is overwatering, or sitting in a drafty environment that is too cold or chilly.  

Orchids require lots of natural light, but the output of this natural light doesn't have to be strong—so they will do perfectly fine sitting in windows during the winter—just make sure no cold air is coming through!

As orchids come in a variety of styles, heights and coolours, they are an ideal choice for house plants—yet we should advise you on how to water them.  Either use your finger, or a toothpick and stick them down in the soil as far as you can go. If you sense any wetness, wait one or two more days to water.  The orchid's soil should be completely dry before you decide to water.  When you do think it's ready, hold the entire plant under the kitchen faucet for about 15 seconds and let it drain for several minutes before placing it back.  It's also best to water in the morning, as it will allow the water to absorb or evaporate, thus not rotting the roots!

Begonias

Native to subtropical and tropical climates, Begonias are a wonderful flower that has over 200 different species.  This means your range is quite wide when deciding to decorate with them!  From colours, leaf shapes and styles, Begonias can fit into almost any room and mix well with almost any style of interior decorating.

They are great as ornamental house plants, requiring minimum light and watering.  They also are known to be eaten in some parts of the world! However, we strongly advise against this as Begonias contain amounts of oxalic acid.

Dypsis lutescens

A tropical palm that is native to Latin America, Africa and many tropical islands including Jamaica and the Antilles—the dypsis lutescens is a larger-style house plant in most other areas of the world.  Requiring minimum lighting and watering, even if you're not good with plants you might feel as though it's impossible to kill the dypsis lutescens.

With varying degrees of height, lutescens are great in larger rooms like living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms and should be considered a decorative highlight (like seen in this example!)  Even though theyr'e large, they tend to be both incredibly low-maintenance and affordable for anyone!  Give them a try!

Pothos

Native to the French Polynesia, the pothos plant is the perfect go-to plant for those of you looking to ease into home gardening.  If you tend to forget about plants, or find them dying or withering away too quickly, it is best to start with a simple pothos plant.  Not only do they need little-to-no maintenance, but they will continue to grow and prosper, making you feel like an interior gardening pro!

As with any houseplants, the way you water your pothos can greatly affect its livelihood. Pothos can be grown in either soil or just water, and if you want to place more of them around your apartment, all you have to do is cut a few stems from the mother and place them in water—voila! 

Lucky bamboo

One of the easiest indoor plants to maintain in your home is lucky bamboo. It requires minimum care and low, indirect light to be fully sustainable. It's important to note that this plant isn't actually bamboo at all, but rather a type of water lily called the Dracaena sanderiana originating from Africa.

It's typically referred to as lucky bamboo because legend suggests that it brings good luck and great fortune to anyone living within the home! Lucky bamboo is interesting because it can grow in both water or soil—we suggest water with some smaller drainage stones to make it easier to change and minimize the chance of a mess.

When choosing the right lucky bamboo plant, make sure you choose one with bright green leaves, as well as a consistent-coloured stem that's all one, great green colour with no soft or yellow spots—these are early signs that the plant is either diseased or dying.

This shelving system proves just how versatile smaller plants like succulents and lucky bamboo can be in your home!

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