Let your green thumb flourish! The best apartment plants not only deliver serious style, but they can weather the toughest conditions: lack of light, tight quarters, messy roommates, etc.
Even if you're stationed in a tiny studio in Concrete Central, miles away from greenery, gardening in an apartment is still possible (yes, really). We spoke to professionals from The Sill and Lively Root to guide us toward the plants and succulents that make a big statement but require little upkeep, which in turn make a lovely addition to the communal bookshelf.
After you've chosen your green options — and by that we mean you bought everything possible — be sure to also take a look at the clever and cute plant accessories that will keep your babies kickin'.
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As they say, life's short: buy the plants. These particular types do particularly well in apartment settings, for a variety of reasons. Do you have cute planters handy?
Snake plants are certainly resilient. It takes about two weeks for their soil to completely dry out, especially in low-light spaces, which means you're off duty until then. Plus, there's no need for extensive repotting, which saves you the clean-up.
"They can last several years in the same container with only occasional soil changes until they have outgrown their original homes," says Paris Lalicata, plant expert at The Sill.
Sturdy, easy to grow, suitable for pets — what more could you want in a plant? And style comes in spades, obviously.
Look at the Sansevieria Zeylanica Snake Plant for too long, and you might think it's fake. The greenery is nearly impossible to kill. This selection comes in a 4" pot.
These three musketeers come in 2" pots each and only require attention when the soil dries out. The variety might vary from order to order.
ZZ Plants don't need your undivided attention. Just let 'em do their thing!
"They're low-maintenance, very versatile, and can tolerate low light to bright light conditions," Lalicata notes. "They're tolerant of normal room humidity in the home and are even drought tolerant so you don’t have to monitor them as frequently as other plants."
Measuring between 8–15" tall, the medium ZZ Plant from the Sill is known for its bold green leaves and rhizomes that make its upkeep next to nothing. Why not station it in a nook?
Keep this 13-pound plant on the floor to make a statement; its green leaves will perfectly complement these boho living room ideas.
Available in a 6" pot, this ZZ plant gives off a glossy hue but doesn't require much in the way of maintenance — a win-win.
Product operations specialist at Lively Root, Matt Slaymaker makes the case for Alocasia Polly, and it didn't take much convincing for us to fill up our shopping carts. The plant does well out of direct sunlight, which opens up our placement opportunities and gives us more decorating flexibility. Oh, and did we mention it's adorable?
"They’ll bring a whole bunch of style while not using up a whole lot of space," Slaymaker says. "These are perfect for an apartment with good natural light and can fit easily into any aesthetic. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch their precious leaves [and] keep the soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged."
He also notes that you'll want to feed a balanced liquid fertilizer about every month during the growing season.
With their emerald leaves and bold veins, the Alocasia Polly is practically like art. Sizes range from small to large and various pot options are available.
Available in either a 4" or 6" pot, Rooted's Alocasia Polly makes a great statement on any coffee table.
Measuring 14"-18" inches tall, the BloomsyBox Exotic Alocasia Plant is begging for some real estate in your living room.
One thing we can't resist about a Golden Pothos? It knows how to make a statement.
"You can train the plant to trail where you want it," Slaymaker says. "Over time, just one plant can slowly cover your apartment by training the vines up walls, overhead, or anywhere they can be propped up."
To keep this bad boy healthy, place it in bright, indirect light, keep the soil slightly moist, and feed it with a balanced liquid fertilizer about every month throughout the growing season, like the Alocasia Polly.
What's better than an adorable, resilient plant? An adorable, resilient plant in a disco ball.
A beautiful, cheery plant available in a 4" nursery pot, the Golden Pothos will wow you with its beauty... and easy upkeep!
No need for your plants to remain on surfaces; this 6" hanging basket is the perfect pop.
"The Philodendron may grow a bit faster under bright light conditions, but it won’t mind being pot-bound for a period of time until you are ready to repot," Lalicata notes.
Like its friends, the ZZ Plant and Snake Plant, the flexible Philodendron is low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, and humidity-tolerant.
This Philodendron Silver might be tiny, but its beauty is mighty. Style it with one of The Sill's pastel-colored planters.
Think pink like Barbie with these unique leaves. After all, Barbiecore's very in right now. This Philodendron is available in a 4" pot.
These adorable leaves make our hearts full. You'll get 2 plants with this order, both of which are in 3" pots.
Aloe Vera is a go-to in many a gardener's collection.
"This plant is perfect for plant parents of all levels as long as they have a sunny window sill to keep it in," Lalicata says. "You only need to water the plant about every 1-2 weeks in the spring/summer months and every 2-3 weeks in the fall/winter months."
Plus, it'll come in handy for beauty buffs among us.
"Their leaves contain the soothing medicinal gel so you have DIY skincare projects on-hand at all times," Slaymaker adds.
Available in either 7" or 10-12", Costa Farms' Aloe Vera will bring the zen, guaranteed.
Bring home this tropical succulent in a 3.5" pot and embrace its island vibes, regardless of the season.
The perfect small accent, this aloe vera succulent will look great next to frames and trinkets.