Arizona is full of amazing plant life and many plants thrive under the sun all year long. Adding a plant to your apartment comes with benefits, including purifying the air, reducing levels of pollutants, lowering indoor temperatures and increasing humidity, which is really useful on those extra dry days that give you headaches. Hearty, hard to kill houseplants are especially great for apartments.
Here are six easy-care houseplants that will be happy to live in the cozy space of your Phoenix apartment.
This succulent is known for its large, fleshy leaves, which form large points and have little spikes along the ridges.
Benefits: Blue agave can be grown in any container due to their shallow roots. This is ideal when you are limited in space and attempting to match a certain décor.
Care: It doesn’t require much water. In the winter, even watering once a week may be too much. You’ll know it’s time to water when the top half of the container is completely dry. Make sure to use soil that drains well, and give lots of direct sunlight. Succulent friendly fertilizer food is ideal every two months.
Also known as a Ribbon Plant, this evergreen is part of the grass family. You can recognize it by its tall, green stalky stems that grow straight up with a few thin leaves sprouting sporadically. Some bamboo stalks will give a nice twist and twirl as they grow.
Benefits: The bamboo plant is recognized for promoting calm energy and reducing stress. In some cultures, it is believed to bring happiness and prosperity to those who reside in the home.
Care: It is important to pick a vibrant green bamboo from the start. An unhealthy, yellow and blemished bamboo will be difficult to care for. It doesn’t like direct sunlight, and it can grow in soil or in water with small rocks or pebbles. They don’t require a lot of water.
If you have a little patio you’d like to pretty up, this flowering plant is perfect. It offers extended bloom times and a variety of vibrant colors.
Benefits: They are wonderfully colorful, and do well in dry conditions. When kept outdoors, they attract hummingbirds and butterflies, which add to the loveliness of the plant.
Care: At first, they require a lot of water, but once they’ve settled, these plants require minimal maintenance. A good soaking about once a week is plenty.
This succulent has long, meaty and pointy leaves and can be vibrant green or grey-green.
Benefits: This plant is known for how well it grows indoors. It offers medicinal uses by providing a gooey fluid that helps heal cuts and burns. The sticky substance can be accessed by cutting a little tip off of the plant.
Care: It does best in dry conditions, so make sure the container has draining holes. Aloe vera does not like to sit in standing water.
Named for its long, tall and wavy leaves, this plant is ideal if you want something a little larger indoors. It offers unique, yellow-bordered leaves.
Benefits: The snake plant is a top contender for easy-to-grow houseplants. It requires very little attention. If you are a forgetful plant keeper, this is your best bet.
Care: Much like the other plants, you want to provide draining containers to avoid rotting that is caused by sitting water. Indirect sunlight is ideal and minimal watering is required, especially during the winter.
This is a great choice if you’d like a hanging plant. The long leaves that mimic spider legs hang whimsically over the container. It also boasts "spiderettes" that dangle down like webs and start off as little, white flowers.
Benefits: It is a very adaptable houseplant and super easy to grow, even in dry conditions.
Care: The spider plant is also a fan of well-drained soil, indirect sunlight, and regular watering. Allowing the plant to dry out a bit between waterings is best.
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