Plants are a blessing to this planet and we literally would die without them, so it only makes sense you would want to incorporate them into your everyday life. Unfortunately for some, we weren’t blessed with a green thumb nor do we live in a place that allows us to offer the most ideal living conditions for plants. No worries, your urban jungle can still happen, you’ll just need to be more conscious of the plants you decide to fill your home with. Listed below are various plants that can thrive in apartments or spaces with limited lighting and aren’t too needy so your heart doesn’t break when you realized its been 2 weeks since you watered your plants and now its dead.
- Cactus: They thrive in dry, hot climates and only need minimal amounts of water. They are able to store the water they do receive and make it last a good while. Although cacti love the sunlight there are smaller varieties that will thrive in your windowsill or living space. Top cactus varieties I recommend are the Bunny Ears cactus, Old Lady cactus, moon cactus and a star cactus. You can get away with forgetting to water these plants every 3-4 weeks!
- Succulents: Succulents add a very trendy and decorative vibe to any home. This diverse group of plants offers endless color variations, as well as low maintenance options for your indoor space. Unlike most plants, succulents are able to store water for longer periods of times making them a very practical to grow in the dry and warmer conditions typically found in the home. Some succulent varieties that grow well indoors include aloe vera plants, Zebra Plants, and Echeveria.
- Money Tree: This plant can take a beating, let me tell you what. It has survived a move from CA, where I was out of town for a week after the move and it was stuck in a box the whole time and it survived. I constantly forget to water it and the leaves stay green. It’s virtually indestructible, fills a space nicely and is rumored to bring luck and prosperity to the owner. Even practitioners of feng shui often turn to money trees as a means of creating positive energy in living spaces. Basically if you don’t have a money tree in your life, go out and bring a money tree into your life.
- Snake Plant: Besides this plant looking completely badass, it’s also very low maintenance, making it the perfect plant for a newbie. It thrives in almost any climate. Another great thing about this plant is it grows upwards meaning it takes up less space which would be good for the homies living in studios or small spaces.
- Air plants: These little self starters sustain themselves on moisture from the air, and require no soil (yes, no soil) to grow. Making them very low, actually virtually no maintenance. With over 500 varieties to choose from you are sure to find a style and color that goes with your home facade. Spice things up even more and put them in unique stylish holders, the possibilities are endless.
- Monestera: For that mid-century modern aesthetic. This is my favorite plant of all time so I may be biased but you need one of these in your living space ASAP. Looking at it just makes me so happy. Their leaves are big, they have the most gorgeous green color and split into the most unique shape. They grow very quickly and don’t require much work to make them grow big and strong. The best part? They are very easily propagated which means it’s truly is the plant that keeps on giving. You can make a bunch of new Monstera plants from just a single one. So if you’re ballin’ on a budget like me, this plant may just be your best friend. Shoot, why wouldn’t you want it to be?
There you have it, a great starters guide to developing your own personal Urban Jungle sanctuary. I have either personally cared for the plants listed above or know someone with the plant. So from personal experience, I can vouch that these are great low maintenance plants that can thrive in almost any environment. We may not all have a green thumb but we all deserve to reap the benefits plants have to offer in our living spaces. Natural air purifiers, humidifiers, and healers are only some of those benefits plants offer. Not to mention, plants can also improve your mental health, stress and sleep! So now the question lies, which one are you going to get first?