An apartment or condo is not always the most invigorating environment. Often times you don’t have any green space to call your own – no yard, no roof deck, not even a balcony. Growing a nice collection of indoor plants is the perfect way to add a little cheer to your home. Here are eight ideas for bringing leafy goodness inside.
Succulents are not always the easiest to care for, but they are certainly beautiful and exotic looking. They don’t require constant watering, they like dry air, and lots of sunshine – perfect if you have a nice sunny window. Jade, Hen and Chicks, and Mexican Snowball are all common succulents that you can purchase at many garden shops (and sometimes even at Home Depot). It only takes a few to make a bold statement.
2. GROW A VERTICAL GARDEN
When you don’t have a lot of room to work with, going vertical might be your best option. You can easily create a vertical garden using rope or chains strung through a variety of planters. This method allows you to grow more plants in a condensed space.
3. GET A MINIATURE FRUIT TREE
Many garden shops and nurseries have miniature fruit trees available. Common varieties are tangerines, lemons, and apricots. It’s a wonderful way to brighten up your living space. If you have the space and the time, tending a fruit tree can be a very rewarding process.
Terrariums are a great option for crafty or creative people. You can recreate miniature scenes from your favorite movie or simply display an artistic collection of plants, rocks, and artifacts. Terrariums function as mini green houses, so it’s best to use plants that like humid environments.
5. GROW HERBS
Growing herbs in your kitchen is one of the easiest ways to have indoor plants. The plants grow well in smaller pots, they don’t require an excessive amount of care, and once they’re grown you get to eat them! You will save money at the grocery store, your kitchen will smell nice, and your food will taste amazing. Some tasty options are rosemary, dill, basil, mint, chives, thyme, and sage.
6. WALL-MOUNTED POTS
Mounting your pots on the wall or a pallet is a great way to save space while growing a large variety of indoor plants. This works well if you have an exposed brick wall in your apartment, but it also work great on a balcony.
Hydroponics is a great way to grow plants inside if you have the space and the time. It requires no soil, but some setups may take up a little extra space. One of the best things about hydroponics is it allows you to grow edible plants like lettuce, carrots, and tomatoes. You can find almost everything you need in a local “brew & grow” store.
8. OXYGENATING PLANTS
If you have the space, a larger plant may be a nice option for your apartment or condo. Bromelia and Japanese Peace Lilies make wonderful indoor plants. Their needs are simple and they oxygenate the room. After a while, both of these plants bloom with dramatic, unusual flowers. They are a perfect choice for people who love bigger plants with long leaves.