five hard to kill plants

Go Green without a Green Thumb: Decorate Your Apartment with Hard-to-Kill Plants

January 3, 2013 | Apartment Lifestyle, Green Living

Want to add some life to your living space? No, we don’t want you to throw a party—try getting some plants for your apartment. Using plants to decorate can really help make your new place feel like home.

Even if you’re the opposite of a green thumb, has a few kinds of plants for apartments that you’ll have a hard time killing. These are all hardy specimens and they should do fine indoors (even under your inexpert care).

Best Hard-to-Kill Plants:

rubber plantRubber Plants: These nigh-invulnerable houseplants are a great option for the forgetful. Called Ficus Robusta (if you’re feeling formal), rubber plants have deep red leaves that add a bit of color. All you have to do to keep a rubber plant alive is check the soil every so often; when it gets dry down to one inch, hook your friend up with a drink of water.

African VioletAfrican Violets: When you use plants to decorate you get some natural romance. We’re talking about flowers, of course. While cut flowers may dazzle your date, African Violets in blue, pink, or purple can give your apartment a similar blush of color. Water them once a week and let the love bloom. (Assuming you love your plants, which you should.)

Eternity PlantsEternity Plants: The Zamioculcas zamiifolia is known as the eternity plant because, well, it’s as independent as you are. It needs little in the way of light, you can water it as infrequently as two or three times a month, and it’s resistant to pests. (Hopefully, you are too.) These beauties come from Zanzibar, so if you’re using plants to decorate as well as invigorate your apartment, score one for the exotics.

Go Green Without a Green Thumb_4Spider Plants: These are popular plants for apartments for a few good reasons. 1) You can hang them in pots from hooks so their leaves trail down, decorating upper spaces. 2) They barely need any attention, just the occasional watering. 3) They will periodically send out stems with their own “baby” plants. Look for the little root clusters, separate the baby spider plant from its parent’s stem, and replant it. Soon your house will be filled with foliage. And that’s much better than it being filled with spiders.

cactusDesert Cactus: Still feeling nervous about accepting responsibility for a living thing? No sweat. Find a window. Put a desert cactus in front of it. Send a little water the plant’s way, cross your fingers, and maybe you’ll get a flower or two!


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