Even though it was proven recently that houseplants don’t improve indoor air quality, houseplants are still a great way to add something natural and living to an apartment. If you’re not a pet person or are unsure if you can manage the responsibility of a dog, plants are a great way to show that you are indeed an adult and are able to keep something alive. But some plants can be just as hard to take care of a pet and wouldn’t do well in certain environments. So if you’re looking to add some character to your Kent State apartment and want to pick a few low-maintenance plants, here are the best to choose from.
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6 Low-Maintenance Plants For Apartments
Pothos – Epipremnum Aureum, or Devil’s Ivy
A trailing vine plant, Devil’s Ivy is great for hanging in a basket from the ceiling. This plant needs basic well-drained potting soil and is great for a variety of lighting conditions, from shade to partial shade. Pothos is a great indoor plant as it thrives in temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees and it loves humidity, but is tolerant of dryer environments as well. Watering this plant is simple as well — let the soil dry out completely in between waterings, and you’ll know it’s time to water it when the leaves start to droop slightly. This plant doesn’t produce any flowers, but has a bright green leaf with pale yellow variations.
Snake Plant – Sansevieria Trifasciata
Perfect for beginners, the snake plant is great for indoor pots and can thrive in environments with low light and low water. Use well-drained soil and avoid watering too much as the roots could rot. Snake plants enjoy indirect light, so placing them on an end table by a window in your apartment is a great choice. There are several types of snake plants, but they generally remain around one foot tall, but certain varieties can grow between two and three feet tall. The leaves are thicker with yellow outlines, and this plant also does not flower.
Iron Plant – Aspidistra Elatior
If you want a plant for your apartment that looks great but one that you can basically ignore, this is the plant for you. This plant prefers low light, well-drained soil, and even though it enjoys continuously moist soil, it can survive with low water levels. The good thing about this plant is that you will want to avoid over-watering. The larger, bushy leaves are great for corners in your apartment or by an entryway.
Another very low-maintenance plant, succulents come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Many people think that succulents are a type of cacti, but actually, cacti are a subcategory of succulents. Whichever type you choose, they are great for apartment window sills, coffee table accents, or even bathroom decor if they are able to get some light sometimes. Let the soil dry out completely, and water them once every month to every other month. When it is time to water them, soak the soil thoroughly and allow the water to drain.
Bamboo is another simple apartment plant that gives any space a bright splash of green. Bamboo likes moderate to indirect sunlight, and does not like bright light, so avoid placing bamboo in windows as it could scorch the leaves. Bamboo does like consistently moist soil, but doesn’t need a lot of water to survive. Avoid letting the soil dry out completely. If bamboo starts to turn yellow, it may be getting too much light, too much fertilizer, or there may be chlorine in the water. One thing to keep in mind is that if you do have pets, Lucky Bamboo is toxic and should be kept out of reach.
Ficus Tree – Ficus benjamina
A very common houseplant, ficus trees need moderate light and actually do not like being moved around a lot, making them a great choice for busy Kent State students. The soil should be kept moist, but avoid over watering. If you like to keep a strict schedule, you’ll love ficus trees as they enjoy being watered at the same time every week.
If the responsibility of a pet is too much, but if you want something living in your apartment, these plants are all great choices. Whether you choose to live in our Hickory Mills, Summit Hill, or Whitehall Terrace apartments, they all offer plenty of space and indirect lighting to give these plants a perfect home.
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