Is your thumb very, very far from green? You can still improve the air quality and overall aesthetic of your apartment, provided you choose the right plant. Here are just a few ideas of many—for more, ask your local nursery staff! And always check whether a new plant might be poisonous to dogs or children.
The vertical leaves of this succulent are both unusual and attractive. It requires very little watering and does well in pots.
Light: bright, natural, indirect
Water: let soil dry completely before watering
These palms grow slowly, probably because they only require watering every week or two. Get one if you’re looking for a plant life partner.
Light: bright, direct (place near window)
Water: every 7-14 days
Aloe is incredibly easy to care for and its leaves can be used to treat burns or minor cuts. Just remember if you break off part, it will scar (but hopefully you won’t!).
Light: bright, direct (best if kept in a window)
Water: let soil dry before watering
As the name suggests, it’s very difficult to harm this plant; it will survive a huge range of temperature and light, and requires little water.
Light: low to bright, indirect (ideal light conditions are low)
Water: evenly moist spring and summer; barely moist summer and fall
Air: 45-85 degrees F
A unique-looking species, jade plant sports fleshy leaves and sometimes white flowers. This plant grows slowly.
Light: bright, partially direct
Water: let soil dry slightly before watering
Air: 65-75 degrees F; 55 in winter
There are myriad kinds of cactus, so ask for varieties at your local nursery. A great plant for small spaces and dry climates.
Light: bright, direct (south-facing windows are ideal)
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