Today we are BACK at you with another post and we are going to be going over the best plants you should be growing in your apartment!
We’ve all been there, right?
Some of us are still there, and that’s okay. That’s why we’re here, to help.
We want to discuss with you our favorite plants to grow in apartments and smaller living spaces that will absolutely thrive in your home.
We curated this list specifically for growing plants under this condition:
Having little to no direct sunlight in your home.
Not having a yard to create an outdoor garden.
Not living in a humid environment.
And just generally not having enough space.
But why should we let that stop us? Because it definitely shouldn’t.
So wait no more, let’s get right into it.
You might be surprised when I tell you that Avocado plants are extremely easy to grow, even in an apartment!
What do you need to start growing? Simply another avocado!
It’s nothing new to the process of how you do it of course, but if you don’t know already:
Stick 4 toothpicks into an avocado pit.
Place on top of a glass of water so the toothpicks hold the pit.
Fill the glass with wate so the bottom half of the avocado is submerged.
Wait 2-6 weeks for it to sprout and you can plant it!
#2: Chinese Evergreen
These plants are extremely popular for growing indoors because of how easy they are to take care for and manage.
Chinese Evergreens prefer low lit areas as well as warmer temps so keep that in mind when finding a place for your plant!
They are also part of our top 10 favorite plants to grow indoors anywhere!
Yes really, tomatoes. They are actually extremely easy to grow indoors and are very tolerant to a lot of indoor settings!
If you would also like to try your hand at starting them from seeds, they are an extremely good plant for beginners to grow!
On average it can take about 6-8 weeks to produce fruit from starting from a seed, but they sprout very quickly (within 1-2 weeks)! It’s extremely gratifying to me watching them grow up and it’s definitely a proud moment when they produce their first yield!
#4: Aloe Vera
I love growing Aloe for so many reasons! First and foremost, the medicinal properties! This is almost always my go to for fixing up scrapes and cuts and works amazingly!
Aloe Vera is also a very easy plant to grow. They really only need to be watered once every three weeks and have bright, but indirect sunlight!
Herbs! These are honestly our favorite household plants that we have growing. They require a little more care than most plants on this list here, but don’t let that put you off to starting your own indoor herb garden!
You can buy your own already grown herb of your choice, but we of course always recommend growing from seeds!
We’ve also already curated a post to growing & caring for your own indoor herb plants!
#6: Snake Plants
Snake plants are honestly just too cool to not grow in your apartment. They are stunning plants and a great conversation starter!
And more so, everybody will be impressed you grew your own rather than those nasty plastic ones!
They are tolerant to many indoor settings and great for beginners!
We love some unique succulents! You would be surprised by how many varieties of them are out there!
They are very small cacti that you can put nearly anywhere! We love ours as a middle-piece in our dining room table, coffee table, and on our desks as decor pieces! The possibilities are endless!
If you are looking to get into Bonsai growing, these trees are probably the best for beginners to start off with!
They are also fairly easy to grow! They require humid environments so it would be best to have a glass tank over them that you can artificially create! Nearly full sunlight is required as well, so if you have any windows in your apartment that get more light than the rest, then that would be the place for them.
#10: African Violets
In full transparency we have yet to grow African Violets yet, we aren’t actually super huge to growing flowers, but these are the one exception for us that we look forward to starting one day!
They are absolutely gorgeous and unique and would make a great centerpiece! Definitely give growing this a try and come back to let us know how it’s doing!
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Well, first of all, you will save a tremendous amount of money in the long run, because (from just a quick google search), Walmart sells their fresh herbs ranging between $2-$5 each, and if you’re growing your own, then you have an endless supply of your own!
Plus don’t forget that plants are just gorgeous and growing them indoors has benefits all by itself; cleaner air, reduces air-born dust, reduces carbon-dioxide levels, and more!
Always have ready and fresh herbs to put on your meals!
Growing them yourself puts you in charge of how they’re grown, which means that you can control the fertilizer that’s put in, the pesticides used, and overall care!
so, just how easy is growing herbs with the water jar method?
Well I’m glad you asked, I actually did a test study of this beforehand to see just for myself how practical it is to start a herb garden with this method.
Literally all you need to start is some mason jars (just because they’re transparent) that you can watch the roots grow beneath the water.
Like I said, simple and very efficient for home gardening.
Here’s a quick list of many of the different herbs you can grow using this method:
Repeat this method each time your original stems grow large enough, then snip and replace again and again, and it will begin looking like this:
You can expect to have large enough stems to snip and replant every 2-3 weeks on average. (disclaimer: not all herbs grow the same, so be educated and look up proper care sheets for specific herbs!)
This method also gives you the perfect opportunity to start a little aquaponics garden!
But for the purpose of this article I’m not going to delve into aquaponics much.
If you’re only using the water jar method to eventually start a full herb garden in soil and pots, then you’ll need to keep on the lookout for growing roots in the herb jars.
It’s important to not be too impulsive, because the moment you see the first root grow, you will be super excited and want to transplant it immediately, but let me tell you this, 1 root is not enough for a very productive growth.
You will want to transplant them when the jar is covered in roots down under, I’m talking like maybe 20-30 solid roots knotted down under, that’s when you know it’ll be a good time to transplant them into their forever home.
Personally, this is what I strive for before I transplant my own herbs.
You will have much better results and they will grow much quicker and healthier once they’re in the soil because they have a very solid structure to come from at that point.
Herbs are also a great plant for beginners to grow! Once planted they flourish and take over your garden. One herb specifically to watch out for when planting it with others, is Peppermint.
They are extremely invasive plants and if planted with a group of other plants, they will spread and may overcome the others and get in the way of their growth as well, so if you want to plant them with another group of plants, here’s my suggestion:
Get a decent sized pot and fill it with soil and plant your peppermint in that first, then dig a hole in the garden area you want the peppermint to be in and plant the entire pot in there, that way the pot contains the roots and spread of the herb from taking over your garden.
Be sure the pot you use doesn’t have cracks of holes in it too! Their roots grow fiercely will spread quickly, trust me.
Keep up with their basic care, and like all herbs, trim them regularly so they grow properly and continuously throughout their life!
Well folks, thank you once again for stopping by today to read along! You mean the world to us and the support we have been receiving lately is overwhelming and we can’t thank you enough!
So, looking into growing trees are ya? Well, you are in the right place. This week we’re going to go over our 10 favorite trees that can grow and flourish indoors, AND how you can grow them yourselves!
Why would I want to grow trees inside of my house? Well, first of all, Karen, there are MANY different benefits to growing trees, well almost anything actually, indoors.
Here’s a cute little graphic I made for you with them all on it. (help our community grow and share these pins to your boards!)
But without further to do, our top ten.
1. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)
Chinese Evergreens are durable plants! They can survive through , drought, low light and dry air! They are amazing for beginners and can make nearly anyone look like expert gardeners!
They are extremely easy plants to care for and grow and are also very popular house plants.
Just make sure their soil is well drainable (to avoid root rot of course), not placed in direct sunlight, and they also love humid temperatures!
Bathroom plants anyone? I think yes!
2. Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans)
The Corn Plant is such a beautiful tree to grow in your home! Their leaves stay green all year and produce little white blooms when cared for properly!
Unlike the Chinese Evergreens, these trees need soil that can retain water well but can also drain water so it doesn’t get waterlogged.
These trees also love sunlight, but indirect light specifically. They would prefer to be in low-light rather than direct sunlight also, so keep that in mind with placement of your tree.
Also note, they are sensitive to the temperatures they are in, they need to be in consistent temps of 60-70 and cannot tolerate cold weather at all, so be careful and watch your tree because it will give you physical signs of its health!
3. Dragon Tree (Dracaena draco)
Yet another gorgeous tree that prefers indirect light over direct (which makes them perfect houseplants!) Direct light may cause the tree’s leaves to burn.
Dragon Trees grow best in well-drained pots, and to see best results water their roots with distilled water! They will highly appreciate that from you! Only water the tree again once the top of the soil has dried out
If you see the leaves browning or even falling off, you may be over-watering, so watch for the signs! Although you should expect to see the bottom layer of leaves fall off, which is totally normal so don’t be too alarmed by that, they’re just making room for more!
4. European Olive (Olea europaea)
So, the European Olive tree does require plenty of sunlight, so if you have a window that let’s in light all day, that just might make it the perfect spot for this beauty!
These trees do not grow very quickly, on average you’ll see them grow about 12″ a year or less even. They are okay in dry conditions and like always, need a well drainable pot to live in.
The best part about these trees though is, they grow edible olives! You will begin seeing black or green olives that you can totally add to your meals! Or if you don’t like eating them directly, they can also be pressed for their oils!
5. Fishtail Palm (Caryota)
I especially love these palms because of their elegance. When deciding placement for these, make sure you pick a spot that gets plenty of sunlight!
They, of course, need soil that drains very well, but also needs to have constantly moistened soil! Fishtail Palms also do not like being in warm weather.
If you want to successfully grow and flourish your Fishtail Palm, you need to make sure it has constant direct light, well watered, and in humid areas! They are very slow growers and you might not realize their is an issue with them until years after something going wrong with them!
Definitely do not recommend this tree to beginners, it requires lots of care and attention to see best results with it’s life!
6. Norfolk Island Palm (Araucaria heterophylla)
Think of these as little Christmas Trees (well, before they get into adulthood at least). These are tropical plants that do require humidity and lots of sunlight!
Making a humid environment for a tree can be aseasy as using a pebble tray with water, getting a humidifier, or simply misting it’s leaves down weekly.
Although they will thrive best with lots of direct sunlight,they can also tolerate decent amounts of indirect sunlight or an artificial light.
You’ll know when to water these once the top of the soil has dried out. You should expect the lower branches to brown, but if you notice a trend that the branches throughout the tree are browning, then that might be a sign of under-watering, over-watering, or just not enough humidity.
We also do not recommend this tree to beginner botanists.
7. Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
Parlor Palms are slow growers, and are often passed from generation to generation of people. They also do not get very large, they can grow from just a few inches or up to 3 feet.
These palms will thrive with in low lit and shaded areas. Indirect sunlight will actually harm the plant and cause the plant to dry out, which in turn can also lead to pests that come to snack on it afterwards.
They prefer to be in humid environments and like consistent moist soil. They need well drainable soil and pots too, or else you will notice the tips of the leaves browning, which you don’t want of course.
8. Rubber Tree (Hevea brasiliensis)
Rubber Trees make perfect trees in their adolescents, but they can eventually grow up to 50 feet tall! Although if you start off with a smaller one at first, it will condition itself to be a houseplant!
This tree does have specific requirements it needs in order to grow at it’s best, they need a certain level of light and water. Too much or too little of either can end up damaging the plant
The easiest way to start growing your own, is to actually get a small branch from a mature one, and plant it into good soil or in a vase of water until their are roots on it to put into a planter!
9. Triangle Ficus (Ficustriangularis)
Triangle Ficus’ are actually very easy plants to grow! They can reach about 8 feet tall and have a spread of 4 feet at adulthood.
Providing this tree with bright light is the most crucial to its growth! Without proper lighting it will lose it’s leaves and halt it’s growing. They don’t tolerate cold well either and will need to be kept in temperatures of 55 or higher.
Water the soil once the top of it has dried, and place a humidifier next to it to see best results. A well drainable pot and soil will also suit it best. They also grow best when you fertilize them every 4 weeks, they will be very happy!
10. Yucca (Yucca brevifolia)
These trees are easilyone of my favorites! They are very versatile to indoor and outdoor settings. Their size also ranges between 2 and 30 feet! So they make great household plants at a young age, but possibly move them out once they grow up a bit? I know I don’t have that space in my house for a 30-foot tree.
They grow white flowers with a soap like fragrance, so they will make your house smell a bit cleaner! The trees grow much better in lots of sunlight in either indoor and outdoor settings!
Do not let them sit in water, it is not good for their roots! They need well drainable soil and pots to prevent root rot and water logging!
Well everyone, that concludes this weekend’s article! Hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did learning about all of these gorgeous trees!
Are you tight on outdoor space or just want that green home aesthetic with alive indoor plants? Whatever the case, I’m going to show you the 5 best and easiest vegetables you can begin growing in your home.
Going to kick this off with a few pointers on what you should take into consideration before beginning your indoor greenhouse,
If you are growing from seeds (which I highly recommend! Lots of fun!), you will need various container sizes and pots throughout their growth. I recommend getting at least 3 different sized pots for best growth practice. You’ll need an itsy bitsy one to start the seed out, or instead just grabbing a seed starter tray. Then as it starts to stem pretty well after 2-3 weeks, it will need to get into a pot at least about 6 inches diameter so the roots can fully expand. Then after about another month, you’ll need to move it to it’s forever-home which should be no smaller than 8-10 inches deep (mostly for plants such as tomatoes and other tall growing vegetables).
You will also need to make sure that any containers you do put your vegetables in, they have drainage holes for water! You definitely don’t want to get root rot early on because the soil doesn’t dry or have anywhere to go besides the bottom of your pot!
It should also be noted that it’s not always wise to take all of the soil from the previous pot to the next, because plants love fresh soil and if there are any harmful bacteria from the previous one, you aren’t bringing it to the next! Of course, throughout the year you definitely need to replace all of the soil in the pot with fresh new soil as well! Your plants will thank you very much for that, trust me!
I also absolutely endorse grow lights because they can play such an important role in plant’s growth from the beginning, especially if you don’t have a lot of natural light getting into your house. You can still grow your plants indoors without them, but they honestly do play a huge role in their growth because without them it might take months for them to fully blossom and produce!
If you can provide your vegetables with 4-6 hours of sunshine a day in your home, then you will have no worries with them thriving and reaching their maximum potential!
Without further to do, my top 5 vegetables that anyone can grow indoors!
5. Red Onion
All of these plants are beginner friendly, trust me, even I couldn’t kill mine. Just look up care sheets for them for further details of course when beginning your garden, and I have no doubt they will thrive!
Now, if you’re just looking for some pretty plants that you can grow without a whole lotta sunlight, then I definitely recommend checking these ones out!
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Welcome back, everyone! Today we’re continuing from our last post series about PLANTS! As you will soon find out, we’re a little bit obsessed with them. But that’s okay though, right?
Let’s just jump right into it!
We’re going to go over TEN of my favorite plants that are PERFECT to grow in your home or apartment that require little to no sunlight whatsoever! These suckers are very easy to grow for beginners and not to mention they’re all absolutely GORGEOUS!
If you would like some very stylish plant pots to put these beauties in, then we highly recommend you check out our last blog post: 15 Plant Pots Under $20 You Need In Your Home Today 😉
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Enough chit-chat for now, though.
Number One: Dracaena (Dracaena Massangeana)
This beautiful tree grows as a wooden stalk and sprouts it’s leaves around the tops of them! It, of course, requires minimal light and is best placed in front of closed curtains, but not in direct sunlight because direct sun can actually burn the leaves! When grown indoors it can also reach to be about 3 feet tall, so that makes it perfect for the corner of your room for a very nice accent!
Watering them as very easy as well, you only really need to lightly mist the soil and leaves and be sure to avoid making the soil soggy by any means! It does not require a lot of water to be a very happy plant! (also they don’t much like tap water, so if you can water it with purified water then it will thrive much better!)
It is also important to note that this can be toxic to dogs or cats as well so be sure it’s not in an area where they will be able to accidentally eat the leaves because it can cause them to vomit and make them a little sick.
Number Two: Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea Elegans)
I especially love these plants because they thrive in low-light! They’re slow growers and can reach up to 2-4 feet as well! Plus: they’re cat-and-dog-friendly!
Again, these do not require a lot of watering as well! They will be perfectly fine with just a light mist to their leaves. These plants also make perfect accents for tabletops or counters!
A tip of how to know how much water they need is the more sunlight they’re in, the more water they will need and so that means, the less light they receive, then the less water they will need to survive as well, which makes them perfect plants for a busy lifestyle if you aren’t able to give them constant attention!
Number Three: Umbrella Plant (Cyperus alternifolius)
These plants are so gorgeous to me and I love how the stems spread around when they start growing! They grow quickly with warm temperatures and medium to low light. Umbrella Plants can reach around 2-3 feet tall and would eventually require a larger pot when it gets older.
Once they do get a little taller and older you will also see they produce small flowers, and that is a very good indication your Umbrella Plant is being well looked after.
They have been researched to be a little toxic to animals as well and could make your small pets sick if the leaves are eaten, so be careful!
Many people also tie the stems together in the middle to prevent the plant from topping over and possibly falling later on because they can eventually get top-heavy, so keep an eye on them when they get bigger!
(side-note: these can be grown in just water as well!)
Number Four: Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Snake Plants are so cute! They are extremely easy to manage and care for and can live in almost any condition, making them virtually indestructible! It is also worth noting that, depending on the variety of plants you get, they can grow between 1 and 8 feet tall!
They will thrive in more sandier soils, and much like any plants, overwatering can damage them so be sure their soil is dry to the touch between waterings!
These plants look so beautiful next to entertainment centers and desks especially once they start to mature and they’re a great conversation-starter! These plants look so interesting it will definitely spark people’s interest once they see it!
Number Five: Peacock Plant (Calathea makoyana)
By the size of the picture, you can tell Peacock Plants don’t grow very large in size so that makes them perfect for desktops and office spaces! They actually really thrive in higher humidity areas, so heck, put them on your bathroom counter and they will be extremely happy living off of you just taking warm showers!
They also prefer to live in more damp soil as well, and would even like light water showers on them!
The leaves on these plants are so beautiful, and the greener the look, the more healthy they will be! Keep an eye out for browning or yellowing leaves because that can indicate they aren’t properly being cared for.
Number Six: Prayer Plant (Maranta Leuconeura)
Prayer Plants are actually very similar to Peacock Plants, except these ones like to spread out a little more so that really does make them perfect for hanging!
Again, these plants do require moist soil to really thrive and be healthy so be sure their soil is constantly damp. (you could also include these in your bathroom because they like humid areas as well!)
Make sure their pot also has a place to drain water because their roots can actually begin to rot if it sits in their too long without draining!
You will also notice that the less sunlight this beauty gets, the greener their leaves will be, and too much or direct sunlight itself will bleach the leaves!
Number Seven: Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Spider Plants are so unique for their gorgeous leaves! They grow a vibrant green with white stripes down the center of them!
As these are beginning to grow, water these only occasionally but once they start maturing they will need to be watered a bit more often.
They do not like direct sunlight whatsoever, so these are near perfect plants to grow in your home! Or if you have well-shaded areas outside they will also be very happy in there!
Spider Plants produce whats called “pups” and essentially this is their seeds that you can snip off and replant to continue your garden!
Number Eight: Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
These are one of my all-time favorite indoor plants. I am so obsessed with their green leaves and white lily flowers! They’re just all-around gorgeous plants. By the way, they’re also recognized as one of the best indoor air cleaning plants!
You will see them grow between 1 and 4 feet tall and they will start producing their lilies in the Spring for about 2 months.
Very important to note that these are poisonous to cats and dogs and can really make one of your furry critters very ill and unhappy! So please be VERY careful when choosing the location for your Peace Lily!
Your plant will also communicate to you, in the sense when it will show you when it needs to be watered each time. You will notice the stems start to sag down a little bit and that is a very good indication they’re thirsty! So keep an eye out for that throughout your week and water them when needed!
Number Nine: Philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum)
Philodendrons are one of my personal favorite house plants as well because of their hanging vines! You can choose to put this on a table or desk but personally, I would end up hanging them up once their branches really start spreading!
They do like bright indirect light as well, so not next to your window of course but maybe on the other side of your room where a window mirrors it and can feed off of that light. Sunlight isn’t required, you could grow these very happily in places that get little to no sunlight as well and will be happy year-around!
You can tell when they need water as well just by how damp their soil is, check it periodically and if the top inch of soil is dry, it might be a good time to put a little bit of water on it.
Number Ten: Radiator Plants (Peperomia)
This plant is a bit similar to both Prayer Plants & Peacock Plants with the design on their leaves, but I actually prefer these ones over both of these just with how these look! They really do have an almost watermelon look to their leaves that I am obsessed with.
There are very many different varieties of this plant available that differ in the look each of them has! Some can have darker, almost red-like leaves, while others will have a bright white and green design!
They can live and adjust to nearly any light level you grow them in! They can live happily and healthily in any environment! But be careful with watering them though, because it can be easy to overdo it and accidentally rot the plants.
Water them thoroughly and then wait until the majority of the soil has mostly dried, and depending on the season, they could require much less water than normal, so do your research beforehand!
But wait, there’s more!
I want to just discuss the types of soil you should check out before getting some of these plants as well because it does play a huge role in your plant growth based on the soil they’re living with, all soils are not versatile for all plants!
If you have a variety of plants grown indoors and outdoors, it is very important to know that you cannot scoop pre-existing soil from outside to use for indoor plants! That soil contains bacterias that will harm your plants!
There are 4 major types of soil you need to do some research on to see which best fits the plant you’re looking to grow in your home! These types are:
Loam Soil – Containers higher calcium and pH levels with a gritty texture to them.
Sandy Soil – It is the largest particle based soil and allows for proper water drainage.
Clay Soil – You might want to go with clay pebbles with this because naturally, clay soil does not drain easily (which some plants do need actually).
Silt Soil – This is very fertile soil, and the downside to this is that it retains water too well, so be very careful to not accidentally waterlog your plants!
I cannot stress enough though, do your research before you get your plant to see which soil best fits and will benefit your plant the most. I provided links to some soils above that I looked into for each of the categories that I believe will be best for your plants in those sections.
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