If you’re stumped looking for ways to decorate your new apartment, why not try the addition of a few carefully selected houseplants? Indoor plants are one of the greatest ways to enliven your apartment. The right plant in the right spot can really make a house a home by providing a nice splash of green and a nice touch of nature. Psychology tells us that the color green and time spent in nature reduces stress and calms our minds. Don’t you want to feel at ease in your apartment? Well, an indoor plant is certainly a step in the right direction.
But more than aesthetics and effects on your mood, indoor plants have a ton of practical applications which can help to make your apartment a bit more homely.
Here are six of the best indoor plants and the reasons they’d each make a welcome addition to your new apartment.
Succulents are currently all the rage. There’s even a video game solely dedicated to cultivating them. It seems that apartment dwellers all over of are opting for succulents to enliven their indoor space because they look great, they’re quite clean, and their incredibly easy to maintain. Watering once a month is about all that a succulent needs. That, and about 6 hours of sunlight a day, so make sure you put it in a sunny spot!
2. Ponytail Palm
The Ponytail Palm isn’t actually a palm tree but a semi-succulent. Opt for the Ponytail if your new apartment has a little less light than you think a plant may need. This robust plant does well in low, indirect, and direct sunlight. Plus, the lower part of the trunk of the Ponytail Palm bulbs out, allowing it to store water for extended periods of time. This plant is slow growing and requires little maintenance making it ideal for beginner indoor plant enthusiasts.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is the real workhorse of indoor plants. You’ve probably heard of all it’s healing properties; the gel from the inside of the plant works wonders on burns and cuts, especially sunburns! But, did you know it’s also great for purifying the air in your apartment! It’s true! Aloe can help filter out a lot of the harmful pollutants found in household cleaners. The only downside is that Aloe usually needs a lot of sun, but not a lot of water!
4. Hardy Garden Mum
The Hardy Garden Mum, also commonly known as the Chrysanthemum, are another popular plant for apartments. Selective breeding and hormones have created varieties of Mums that bloom all year round, making them an obvious choice if you want to quickly brighten up your apartment by adding some color. Garden Mums also help purify the air by absorbing various chemicals. This plant requires a bit more maintenance and is less tolerant of varying light conditions; keep it in steady light during the day and in the dark at night, no streetlights. Finally, while these plants look great and are great for indoor air quality, they can be toxic to pets, so if you have a four-legged friend living with you, it’s best to opt for another plant.
5. Spider Plants
Widely considered to be one the most adaptable and easy-to-grow houseplants, Spider Plants are also a great choice for pets because they are non-toxic and resilient. They also have air purifying properties, helping to reduce the presence of chemicals like formaldehyde. One of coolest things about spider plants is how easy they are to propagate. Spider plants have Spiderettes, long dangly threads that hang down from the mother plant. These can be pruned and placed within a new pot, and voila: you now have a whole new Spider Plant. Other than that, all that’s need to help a spider plant grow is indirect sunlight and semi-frequent waterings. Careful though, too much water and you plant may develop root rot.
Everybody loves orchids! Not only are they incredibly beautiful, but modern varieties of orchids have incredibly long bloom cycles (sometimes on the degree of 3-4 months) providing the best bang for your buck if your primary concern is adding color to your apartment. Plus, orchids are entirely pet-friendly! Careful though! Orchids are certainly high maintenance plants. They require frequent watering but need to dry out between waterings, so it’s best always to check if it needs water rather than just assuming. They also require a good deal of light (6 hours a day) and are quite susceptible to fluctuations in daytime and nighttime temperatures. Tip: Lowering the temperature of your apartment by ten or so degrees each night will enhance an orchid’s flowering potential.
Choosing the right plant for decorating your new apartment will depend heavily on your layout, your floor plan, whether or not you have pets, the amount of natural light in your space…the list goes on and on. You’ll have to be careful in your selection for sure, but trust us when we say that any plant is better than no plant!
Indoor plants definitely make a house a home by improving air quality, adding color, and providing practical uses. But more than that, it says that you care about your space, that you want it to be a living, breathing, thoughtful place in which you can excuse yourself from the hustle and bustle of city life.
In short, the presence of houseplants in your apartment means that you’re living thoughtfully, and Thoughtful Living is the cornerstone of our philosophy here at Osprey. Thoughtful Living means that we design everything with form, function, comfort, and convenience in mind.
If you’re looking for a brand new Portland apartment, in which you can Live Thoughtfully, check out Osprey Apartments in Portland’s South WaterFront. You and your houseplants won’t regret it!