I’ve been keeping plants in my patio for a while. Gardening is a soothing activity to me, it helps me focus and takes my mind off daily stressful events. Recently, the idea of indoor plants has been dominating my mind. After all, there’s no such thing as ‘too many’ plants, right?

A few simple changes can rev up your home. From simple decor changes to bookshelves, new gadgets, and greenery. These can introduce a fresh spirit to your home, and pump endorphins in your body, as well! If you’ve been spending too much time on Pinterest lately trying to choose a nice indoor plant for your apartment, this article is for you.

Why I’m Keeping Indoor Plants and Why You Should

Adding a lively green plant to your home can boost its appearance. No matter how many antiques or decorative pieces you purchase, I’m sure they look perfect, yet nothing matches the liveliness and freshness of nature.

Here’s why I think we all should opt for having indoor plants:

Beyond Aesthetics

Do you remember science class? In which we learned that we breathe by taking in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. Plants do the exact opposite. You probably know that too.

Breathe Better

An abundance of indoor plants have an air-purifying ability, where they take away chemical toxins from their surroundings. Subsequently, they clarify the air, and this has immense effects on our health.

Relieve Stress

Your indoor green space can be a refuge from stress and noise. A lot of studies have concluded that having greenery in our landscape has a direct effect on our wellbeing.

Reduce Noise

Actually plants’ leaves absorb and/ or reflect noise. Hence, reducing the overall intensity of noise and external loud voices. This, in turn, contributes to the overall calmness and tranquility of the place.

Convinced? Here’s a list of outstanding plants that are perfect for an indoor environment. They require minimal care and can withstand some neglect.

1. African Violets – A Beautiful Bloom

Kicking off our list with these beautiful violets from mother Africa.

When you think of an indoor plant, you rarely think about flowers, and this makes a lot of sense, as they require direct sunlight and special conditions.

On the contrary, African Violets bloom indoors, several times a year actually. They just need moderate indirect sunlight, moist soil, proper drainage, and they’re good to go!

You can free your head of the ‘frequent watering’ fuss by purchasing a self-watering pot. Yes, they do exist.

Expected Price: $35

2. Sansevieria – Natural Air Purifier

Expected to pay: $50 – $80 per plant

That’s a tough one.

It’s a cool-looking, edgy indoor plant that will introduce an exotic touch to your home. The uniquely colored thick upright leaves caused people to call it names, among them: Snake Plant and Mother-in-Law’s Tongue. Scary, isn’t it?

The most notable feature of Sansevieria is its ability to absorb some nasty chemicals like Xylene and Formaldehyde. Hence, purifying the air in the room.

Sansevieria is a resilient plant that doesn’t require much care from you. It can withstand a lack of water and light. However, it prefers bright light and moist soil. Optimally, you should water it from time to time and let the soil dry in between.

Please note – this plant is known to be PET TOXIC so best to avoid if you have a cat or dog running around.

3. Jade – A Good Luck Charm

Expected to pay: $12 to $80 per plant dependent on maturity.

To me, Jade plant is a personal favorite. It’s just so cute!

Aesthetics aside, there are a bunch of reasons to love Jade. It’s a small indoor plant that won’t take up much space. Its thick dark green glossy leaves are not only good-looking but also durable, and can withstand casualties.

To take care of Jade, keep it at a relatively high temperature and try to let it get a few hours of direct sunlight daily. As for water, they like moist soil.

Originally from South Africa, Jades are succulent plants that know how to retain moist well. They also can handle neglect, where they simply go dormant when they don’t get enough water.

Plus, they’re considered a symbol of good luck in Asia, especially financial growth, that’s why it’s sometimes called the Dollar Plant. This makes it a nice gift.

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4. Monstera – For a Tropical Vibe

Expect to pay: $25 to $40

Wide bright green leaves with occasional natural holes give the Monstera Deliciosa its extinguished ‘tropical’ look.

It’s no surprise that it’s gaining popularity as an indoor plant. It requires minimal care and grows rapidly.

Monstera doesn’t like direct sunlight. It’s best to place it in a bright or medium lighted space with indirect sun rays. Moreover, it can strive under fluorescent light.

It needs to be watered regularly, though. Sure, it can miss a couple of waterings, but it won’t tolerate it if this happens frequently.

Please note – this plant is known to be PET TOXIC if ingested so best to avoid if you have a cat or dog running around.

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5. ZZ Plant – For the Human Sloth

Expect to pay: $30 to $75 dependent on maturity.

The name is pretty self-explanatory, right?

ZZ Plant thrives in dim light and on minimal water, making it a perfect candidate for those who love to keep an indoor plant without putting effort into it. Yes, I’m talking to you!

Zamioculcas Zamiifolia is its botanical name. Its natural habitat is dry grassland and shaded forests, so it knows how to survive without help. Seriously though, water it every two weeks to keep it healthy and fresh.

ZZ Plant has a slow to moderate growth rate, especially in dim lighting. It can grow a tad faster if it’s kept in a warm environment, though.

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6. English Ivy – Elegance & Grace

Expect to pay: $10 – $30

Whether you put it in a hanging pot, or place it on the floor so that it can climb up on something, Ivy is an indoor plant of sheer elegance.

The heart-shaped leaves are a bliss to look at. No matter how and where you position it in your home, you’ll never go wrong with English Ivy!

It strives on regular watering and moderate lighting; a few hours of direct sunlight while being in indirect sunlight for the rest of the day can do well. As for temperature, it favors a cool room.

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7. Happy Bean Plant – Keep’n it Simple

I know that this isn’t the most attractive name, yet it’s a nice friendly indoor plant that’s convenient for indoor use. They’re so easy to keep that you might have recognized them in a cafe or a library.

It’s optimum for limited-space rooms, as it’s petite and its leaves grow up to no more than 10 inches.

Pincushion Peperomia is the real name for this succulent plant. It likes dim light and moist, yet it gets irritated if you overwater it.

You should water it less in winter. In case you notice any wilted leaves, it means you’ve gone the extra mile with that underwatering thing, get back and give your plant some water!

Expected Price: $30 – $40

8. Philodendron – People’s Choice Award

Expect to pay: $30 to $80 depending on maturity

Saving the best for last. If you’ve been into the indoor plants field, then you must’ve stumbled upon the Philodendron.

It’s delightful to look at, and easy to keep at the same time. Exactly what we’re looking for!

Philodendron speaks for itself. If its leaves turn yellow, it means that it’s getting too much sunlight. While shrinking leaves mean they’re craving some nutrition.

Droopy leaves signal you’re doing something wrong with water, either too much or too little, you’ll learn how to adjust that by time.

Watering it once a week is enough, as it prefers dry environments. It’s also a fan of low light.

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Wrap Up

You don’t have to be living in a duplex or have an over-spaced living room to fulfill your mini indoor garden dream.

I hope this article has inspired you to get some indoor plants and start unlocking a new level of comfort in your house!

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