Updated: May 30, 2018
Growing plants outside of your apartment is not an option. You don't want to be the old lady that digs up the shrubbery bed to plant a tomato vine (truth, it has actually happened many times at North Gate Apartments). So, what is the best way to bring life into your apartment? First, think about the light you receive in your apartment. Do you have a northern exposure or a southern exposure with bright afternoon sun? Then, think about care and how much you are willing to give for example, succulents require little care while African violets require more. Next, think about your overall decor. Do you want cottage-like plants that suit a traditional apartment or more achitectual plants that suit a more a contemporary abode.
Several plants that work for any interior environment and require little care are snake plants, bromeliads, succulents, air plants, and porthos. Any of these can be found at your local box store like Lowes or Home Depot. Also consider treating your house plants more like cut flowers. Orchids and cyclamen and similar plants can be thought of as a short lived flower to be disposed of after the show is done.
When caring for your apartment plants, watering in the sink before you leave or go to bed is a great way to make certain your plants drain. Always insure you have a hole in the bottom of your pot and you can even mix in a bit of charcoal to ensure your soil stays fresh. Placing your store bought plant in a cache pot or beautiful container also melds your plants with your interiors and gives a very chic look to any plant while protecting your furniture. Don't forget a little water soluble plant food in the water every month or so and to groom away any dead leaves each week.
Enjoy making your apartment a living oasis from the concrete jungle.