Easy Plants to Grow in Your Apartment

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Adjusting to a new life might be difficult and stressful: different rules, new responsibilities, finding new friends, and settling into an apartment. All of this might be overwhelming. It is hard to juggle all these things at once, especially organizing everything in a new apartment. And if you feel like a stranger in your new room, try to make it cozier by adding familiar things from home and a few plants.

You’re getting acquainted with new forms of activity, communication, and leisure. So, you correlate your own expectations with reality, and your personality is being shaped too. 

Without a doubt, indoor plants add coziness to any room or house, and their benefit is obvious – they clean the air. Unfortunately, there is not always time to tinker with flower pots every day… But there is a way out!

Here are a few plants I would like to bring to your attention and help you green up your apartment without much effort.

Best Choices for an apartment

Aloe

This perennial succulent is valued not only for its decorative qualities but also for its medicinal properties. Thanks to them, this culture is used in folk and traditional medicine and cosmetology. Aloe serves as a source of phytoncides that disinfect the air.

Aloe is easy to grow too. Thick leaves accumulate enough moisture. Thanks to this, aloe maintains an attractive appearance even without regular watering.

Not everyone knows that aloe blooms because special conditions are necessary for the appearance of flower stalks. Those cannot always be created in a student’s room. The flowering of aloe requires a long day of light and a cold temperature in the range of +14-16C. Then, there are racemes or inflorescences of a red, yellow, or orange shade.

Crassula

People often choose it as their green friend due to its unpretentiousness in cultivation and attractiveness. There is also a belief that the plant brings good luck and financial well-being to the house.

Most often, you can hear the second name of the culture – “money tree.” It appeared because of the round leaves that resemble coins.

Crassula reproduces easily: one leaf is enough to grow such a plant. You place it in water or soil, and it might grow into a large tree with rich, dark green leaves in a few years.

Haworthia

This dwarf succulent will not take up much space in your apartment. It is characterized by unpretentiousness to lighting, humidity, and compliance with all care rules. So, it suits lazy or busy owners perfectly. 

The useful properties of Haworthia are not only bactericidal but also magical. If you believe the signs, check this out. Haworthia absorbs and neutralizes negative energy and electromagnetic radiation from household appliances.

The plant has good shade tolerance. So, it is well suited for winter growing in the dorm when the daylight hours are short.

Aglaonema

It’s a renowned plant, especially after its appearance in the “Leon” movie. If watching movies is among your hobbies, you probably know this already. In addition to the fact that aglaonema is the star of the screen, it also perfectly refreshes and cleans the air. The plant is valued for destroying staphylococcus.

It is NOT recommended to do frequent transplants for this plant, as it grows quite slowly. If the flower has green leaves, it is better to put the pot deep in the room. And if the flowers are variegated – bring the plant closer to the window, but preferably NOT under the direct rays of the sun. Leaves of the plant and patents need to be wiped from dust often.

Ficus

Ficus will be a great choice for any place because it is a good filter. Leaves clean the air from harmful substances, unpleasant odors, and microorganisms. The universal shape of the plant and rich green color makes it suitable for any interior design. In addition, the plant tolerates conditions of high humidity and irregular watering well.

Ivy

Long, hanging shoots of ivy have not only decorative but also useful properties. It is a natural sorbent. This potted plant absorbs heavy metal salts, toxins, and various allergens from the air. It grows well in the shade and in poorly lit places, including the dormitory. A high shelf or hanging basket will be the best place for a flower pot. It will make the room greener and will not take up extra space.

Scindapsus (Epipremnum)

It perfectly cleans the room from the carbonation and harmful impurities in the air. According to ancient-time sages, the plant absorbs negative energy, relieves tension, and has a positive effect on the atmosphere in the family.

Being unpretentious, Scindapsus can grow almost anywhere. In addition to its “usefulness,” it can brighten any interior. Scindapsus in a hanging planter, you can safely assume that your place is Provence-style.

Geranium

We couldn’t help but mention a traditional inhabitant of windowsills. And not for nothing! The leaves of the flower contain a lot of volatile (essential) oils that destroy pathogenic microorganisms. 

In addition, essential oils reduce stress and have a beneficial effect on the human nervous system. Your green friend won’t be capricious if you take good care of it – it will bloom almost all year round.

Hoya

Hoyas are also undemanding plants with bright flowers. That abundantly blooming waxy plant can often be seen in public places, and there are many varieties of it. For example, there is Hoya Kerry, which in some countries is given as a “Valentine’s gift” on February 14. 

Hoya should be watered once a week and sprayed a little. But over-moistening the flower pot is not at all beneficial. It will tell you about this by the shape of its leaves. If they are twisted to the bottom, reduce the frequency of watering. By the way, the leaves will also wither in poor lighting.

During flowering, hoya fills the habitat with a delicate aroma. It is recommended to place this pot on a high shelf or a hanging planter. First, hoya has long shoots. Second, wax ivy is poisonous to pets.

Echeveria

Echeveria belongs to the family Crassulaceae. This type does not require special care. All it needs is soil for succulents and occasional watering. For example, it is enough to water once a week in summer, once a month in spring and autumn, and 1-2 times per season in winter.

Summary

Of course, not only these flora representatives can brag about being low maintenance. This list can be supplemented by many others, and you will surely pick a plant to your liking. But this does not mean they do not need care at all: they are alive and want your attention! The most important thing is to learn to observe your green friend and give it what it needs in time – love and care.

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