10 Best Plants for Apartments

There are many types of apartments; from studio to penthouses.

When you are choosing plants for your apartment you need to take into consideration the type of apartment, space for plants, and how much time you can devote taking care of them.

10 Best Apartment Plants

It is a fact that not every houseplant can thrive in an apartment.  Apartment house plants have to be hardy enough to survive the humidity and low light.  They also have to have a bold look so they stand out in the small place they have.  

1. Rex Begonia

Rex Begonia

This plant has spectacular colors of funky pink swirls that mingle with smoky greens and moody purples.  Sometimes their foliage looks more like a piece of stained glass than leaves.  The leaves are lobed, puckered, and hairy.  They like moderate light, fertilizer, and water.

2. Philodendron


This inexpensive house plant is a houseplant that is the first a person gets when they move into an apartment.  They have large heart-shaped leaves that will tumble over the edges of a hanging basket.  You can also train them to go up a pole for a vertical accent.  It is perfect for those busy with life but wants a houseplant.  All you need to do is water them once a week and give them indirect light.

3. Jade Plant

Jade Plant

This is a succulent and has fleshy leaves growing on semi-woody stems.  These stems can be trained in a bonsai style.  You need to have an area in your apartment with bright light.  You will only need to water it when the soil is dry.  The jade plant does need to be check occasionally because if the plant has grey leaves it is not getting enough sun.  Shriveled leave means there is a lack of water.  The leaves will be red-tinted if it is healthy.

4. Bird’s Nest Fern

Bird’s Nest Fern

Having any healthy fern in your apartment is a big mood-booster but you need to have just the right fern.  Many of the have high humidity needs so they are hard to grow indoors.  This fern just needs average humidity and low light conditions.  The leaves of this particular fern are not the typical lacy fonds.  They like a chunky potting mix to allow air circulation around their roots.

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5. Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig 1

Many people will fill their apartments with small plants.  If you want to make a bold statement, then have a large houseplant like this one.  The large sculptural leaves will give a lift to an apartment bedroom or living room.  They do need regular care.  They need enough water so that the soil will feel like a sponge that has been wrung out.  They need lots of natural sunlight but not direct sunlight

6. English Ivy

English Ivy 1

This is a tough houseplant and can tolerate a range of indoor temperatures, dry or moist soil, and low or high light conditions.  It has dark green toothy leaves.  It is a great plant to decorate any apartment.  They are partial to part to full shade and are a climber.  If you put them in a hanging basket, they will grow down.  

7. Spider Plant

Spider Plant 2

This is a houseplant that has graced many homes and apartments since the 1970’s so if you have one in your apartment, you are adding a retro vibe.  It does not need much water, can help to fill out those corner spaces that are hard to decorate, and can adapt to different light conditions, including artificial light.  They are great in a pot or hanging basket.

8. Moth Orchid

Moth Orchid 1

This is one species of exotic orchids that are popping up everywhere.  This is a great plant for apartments with its color vibes.  The main difference between caring for other houseplants and orchids is that orchids do not grow in soil.  They need a chunky orchid mix that will help their roots get the air it needs.  They do need to have temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit but if you want to lower the thermostat a little at night it okay because that helps trigger blooming.  To help with the humidity that the plant needs to survive, fill a tray with water and gravel to sit the planter on and placed in an east or south window will help keep it looking good.

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9. Air Plant

Air Plant 1

This is a great plant to have in your apartment because it does not need soil to grow.  You can put them in different containers like teacups or glass orbs.  You can even mount it on driftwood.  Once a week you will need to spritz it with water until it is completely saturated.  Every two or three weeks you will need to soak the air plant in water for 30 minutes.  You need to make sure it is kept under filtered light. 

10. ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant 2

This is a relative of the Peace Lilly and is from Africa. It is a slow-growing plant and will do great under fluorescent light.  They like to live on the dry side and you should need to water them about three times a month.  This is a houseplant that rarely attracts pests.  It is also a low light plant.

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These are just some of the different plants that would be great for an apartment no matter what the size.  Always check to see, when choosing houseplants, how big it will get because you do not want to get one that will outgrow the space you have chosen and not have a large enough space where you can move it to.  You also need to look at how often it needs water because if you have a job that requires traveling you need a houseplant that does not need watering every day.  

Learn about the plants before you buy them so you will know how to take care of them.  The best houseplants for an apartment would be a succulent, some type of fern, or the air plant.  Plants can liven up an apartment but if you do not have the right ones, it can make it look clunky and seem out of place.

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