Adding Plants to your Boston Apartment.
If you enjoy gardening or the outdoors in general, living in Boston apartments might leave you with a craving for a bit of nature in your home every now and then. You need something green and growing in your life! In fact, a view of a tree may be your deciding factor between apartments for rent in Boston. Don’t fret. You don’t need to find an apartment with a killer view. The easiest solution to this form of nature deprivation is to put some potted indoor-friendly plants in your home.
Indoor Plant Selection
Choosing your indoor plants will be decided based on factors such as your gardening abilities, your aesthetic preferences, allergies and if you have any pets! Some plants are harder to maintain than others. Some are easy, but terrible for your pets. Below are some suggested plants based on different priorities.
Don’t have a green thumb, but still want to enjoy some greenery? You can enjoy some fairly low maintenance plants and have no fear of killing them… or at least a much smaller chance of letting them die. Today and HGTV both compiled long lists of easy-to-maintain indoor plants. Below are our top 3 favorites.
- Succulents and Cacti: Succulents are a common go-to but cacti are highly underrated. Both are great for their low water use. It makes them easy to maintain if you’re forgetful. Some need a lot of sunlight, like Aloe, but others do not need much. Which plant you choose will determine the climate yours needs, but the bottom line is, these babies are hard to kill.
- Tillandsia: This dirtless plant, also known as an air plant, is great for germaphobes and people who just cannot stand having dirt inside. They can sit in the open air and require just a misting of water every now and then. Some sites also recommend soaking a Tillandsia in room temperature water every 3-4 weeks for about 30 minutes. Tillandsia is also great for homes with pets because you can put them just about anywhere.
- Spider Plant: This plant comes in a few different varieties and adds some visual variation to your room. They are interesting looking little things, and easy to maintain. Simply keep the plant in a bright room, the soil moist, and the temperature between 60 and 75 degrees.
Healthy Living PlantsSome indoor plants are proven to purify your air and promote better health. If you would like to have better quality air in your home or just love being healthy in all aspects of your life, then these plants are for you.
- Aloe: Really all succulents make for pretty good house plants, but aloe is particularly awesome because of its healing properties. If you spend a long day at the beach and come home with a burn, all you need to do is cut off a leaf, wash it, peel the skin back, and scoop out the fresh aloe inside. Caring for this plant is simple as well. Aloe can grow up to 3 feet high, so it’s a great plant for taller spaces. It likes the room at about 70 degrees Fahrenheit and direct sunlight. So place your aloe plant near the window with the most sun.
- Pothos: This philodendron will thrive in a variety of environments while it purifies your air. Pothos plants help filter the air in your home and keep it clean. A Pothos plant will do well in many ranges of temperatures and lighting, but too hot or too dark will diminish the growth quality of the plant. They like to be watered regularly, but allow the soil to dry slightly between watering.
- English Ivy: This super easy to maintain plant is also a wonderful air purifier! It’s highly recommended by NASA due to its ability to absorb formaldehyde. Sounds like the kind of plant you want indoors, especially if you’re an artist or engaged in a hobby that emits a lot of fumes, like painting. For this plant, just keep it in a moderately lit room with moist soil. They like temperatures anywhere between 55 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Edible PlantsBelow are our top 3 picks for indoor herb growing. With these plants, you can trim off a piece and add a fresh bit to whatever you’re cooking! There are other kinds of edible plants that you can grow indoors, but herbs are the easiest.
- Basil: Usually you can go to any local grocery store, farmer’s market, or home improvement store, and find a potted basil plant. If you want to start from scratch, you can also purchase seeds. But the easiest way is to just buy a grown plant. Basil is great in all kinds of cuisine, ranging from Asian to Italian and more. To care for these plants simply keep the soil moist. Water them once per day when it’s hot and every other day in the colder seasons. Prune the basil before it flowers and toss the leaves into your meal! (Pro tip: Basil also makes a great addition to tomato grilled cheese sandwiches.)
- Thyme: Thyme is great if you want a larger potted plant with a low profile. It likes to take up ground space, but it stays low to the ground. It’s a pretty plant to have in any window sill and looks similar to a clover plant. Thyme also goes well in a wide variety of dishes. To care for thyme, water regularly and let the soil get slightly dry between watering.
- Rosemary: While rosemary is akin to thyme and basil in terms of its use in food, it also brings a great aroma to your home. And, it’s approved for homes with pets! Water this plant on the same schedule as your basil plant, every other day in the winter and every day in the summer.
Pet-friendly PlantsMost pet owners opt out of indoor plants because they’re afraid it might hurt their pet if they get into it, or they don’t want to deal with the mess when their pet does decide to eat the plants. Fear not! There are plenty of indoor plants approved and suggested for use with pets.
- Boston Fern: While most ferns are non-toxic to dogs, we chose the Boston fern for our Boston apartment renters. It’s easy to maintain and blends in easily to any style home. Boston ferns like cool environments with indirect light and high humidity. In the summer months, keeping your fern humid enough is probably not an issue, but you may want to consider a humidifier for those dry winter months.
- Orchid: This beautiful and creative flower is non-toxic to both cats and dogs! It also needs enough humidity, so make sure if your home gets dry in the winter, that you include a humidifier in your care plan. Otherwise, an orchid needs ample water. Let the soil dry out a little between waterings and then give it some H2O.
- Cat grass: Contrary to catnip, cat grass will not make your cat go crazy. It is healthy and will encourage your cat to nibble on a non-toxic plant that is more healthy for them than any other average plant variety. When you first grow the plant, keep it out of reach until the grass is fully grown. This will protect it until it is strong enough to withstand your cat’s nibbling. Keep the cat grass in natural light and water it with a spray bottle daily.