We want to bring a little green inside for the winter, so we asked our favorite Brooklyn plant store, Sprout Home, to recommend plants that can thrive in typical low-light New York City apartments.
Here is Sprout Home's list of 10 apartment friendly plants:
1. Asplenium nidus “Bird’s Nest Fern”
- These ferns are one of the easier ferns to keep looking nice. The new leaves unroll upward from the center of the plant. Check for water bi-weekly until you become use to your plants watering schedule. Asplenium's are not heavy feeders. Feed three to four times per year. Mist often.
2. Chamaedorea elegans “Parlor Palm” - Table palm, parlor palm or Neanthe bella palm are all common names for Chamaedorea elegans 'Bella', a small low-light interior palm. 'Bella' can adapt to just about any typical office or home interior. Water regularly, but allow top of soil to dry before next watering. Mist leaves in warm weather. This plant is slow growing. This is also one of the few plants that are non- toxic to pets.
3. Pepperomia - Place this plant in bright filtered light. Water when the surface of the soil is dry to the touch. Feed monthly with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Stem cuttings of non-ripple leaf types can be rooted in water or vermiculite. Most varieties are non-toxic to pets.
4. Philodendron “Monstera” – A very easy houseplant to maintain. It tolerates dry air and semi-shade better than most plants. Add some liquid fertilize to the water every few weeks during the growing season. Direct the aerial roots into the potting medium to improve support for the weak stem. Wipe the dust from the leaves with a damp sponge periodically. Water: Allow the soil to dry to within an inch of the surface between waterings. Water less in winter. Tolerates the dry air typical of most homes fairly well, but it appreciates a little misting when humidity is very low. Pet owners should be careful with this plant because it is a toxic plant if ingested.
5. Dracaena “Limelight”
– Great color - bright chartreuse green. Also a good air purifier, removing most pollutants from the air. Tolerates a bit drier soil than most plants. Allow soil to dry down 2”. Mist often.
6. Zamioculcas zamiifolia “ZZ or Eternity Plant” - Native to: East Africa, Zanzibar. Considered by many to be the “Houseplant of the Future”. This plant rarely attracts pests and requires minimal watering (3x/month!). It is also one of the lowest light plants available and thrives on neglect. A great plant for first-time plant owners.
7. Ficus Robusta “Rubber Plant” – A nice contrast plant because of it’s dark burgundy foliage. Also a good air purifier, removing most pollutants from the air, especially formaldehyde. Allow the soil to dry 1” down between waterings. Protect from cold drafts.
8. Chlorophytum “Spiderplant” – I prefer the plain green variety to the variegated one. It’s an excellent houseplant for beginners and makes tons of baby’s that can be rooted in water and planted for an endless supply of new plants. Allow soil to dry 1” down between waterings.
9. Neon Pothos
– This variety is a bright chartreuse green color. It’s as easy as the typical marbled pothos. It makes a good hanging plant because the leaves trail down over the sides of the container and it requires minimal watering.
10. Philodendron hybrids (Bird’s Nest philodendron, Autumn, or Limelight) – These philodendron hybrids do not climb, but instead have broad, spade-shaped leaves. Typically requires less water than other houseplants. Allow soil to dry 1” down between waterings. It’s a good idea to clean the leaves with a soft, damp cloth as dust tends to build on any larger leaf plant.
Remember to rotate your plants since they do tend to grow in the direction of the light. You can always supplement natural light with artificial lighting. If you wanted to get started right now on bringing in the green. Sprout Home is open late tonight, Friday, November 14 (from 11 am to 9 pm) and will have special discounts!
Dracaena Limelight photo from Newsday
Additional Photos form Southern Living.