Indoor plants are a popular way to spruce up apartments. Not only do they add energy and vibrance, but they also have numerous benefits for your physical and mental well-being, like air purification and mood boosts. While there are many positives to owning houseplants, they can be tricky to navigate if this is your first time. Let’s explore how to care for indoor plants and some popular choices to help you get started.
What Are Indoor Plants?
Houseplants are grown indoors, either in pots or containers. They adapt to controlled environments and are typically smaller than outdoor plants. When choosing a new addition to your apartment, consider the following factors:
- Light: Different plants have different light requirements. Some need direct sunlight, while others thrive in low-light conditions. Be sure to choose a species that matches the light levels in your apartment.
- Water: Overwatering and underwatering are two of the most common mistakes. Choose a plant suited to your space’s humidity levels, and pay attention to its specific watering needs.
- Size: Consider the plant size and whether it will fit in your apartment.
- Care: If you are a beginner, starting with a relatively low-maintenance variety is best.
What Are Some Popular Indoor Plants?
If you’re not sure where to start, here are some common indoor plants that are known to be beginner-friendly:
- Snake plant: Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant is easy to care for and tolerates low light conditions. It also has air-purifying properties.
- Spider plant: This plant is low maintenance and can thrive in various light conditions. Like the snake plant, the spider plant is known for purifying the air.
- Philodendron: This variety can be identified by its beautiful, heart-shaped leaves. It’s easy to take care of and can tolerate low to medium light conditions.
- Aloe vera: Aloe vera is low-maintenance and has numerous medicinal properties — the gel in its leaves can be used to treat cuts and burns.
How Do You Take Care of Indoor Plants?
Different types of plants require different levels of maintenance. Aside from proper watering and adequate exposure to sunlight, here are some general tips to follow when taking care of them:
- Fertilizing: Most indoor plants benefit from fertilizing once a month. Use a balanced fertilizer and be sure not to overdo it, as this can cause harm.
- Humidity Levels: Some plants, such as ferns and orchids, require higher humidity levels. If the air in your home is dry, consider using a humidifier or placing the plant on a pebble tray filled with water.
- Repotting: As plants grow, you may need to repot them into a larger container to allow more room and refresh the soil’s nutrients.
- Pruning and Deadheading: Removing dead or overgrown branches or flowers can encourage new growth.
- Bugs: Indoor plants can sometimes attract pests, such as fungus gnats. Check your plants regularly and take action if you notice any pests.
Stepping Up Your Houseplant Game
At CLV Group and InterRent REIT, we’re fans of using indoor plants to level up your apartment. Check out our guide for elevating your houseplants for decor-related tips! If you’re in the market for a new apartment and are excited about bringing some vibrant green energy into your space, check out our apartment listings across Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia.