If you want something green in your apartment, but you’re not sure what you want or what you’re capable of taking care of, no worries! Here’s a handy guide to getting a leafy friend for your Kapi apartment!
How much light do you get?
Most plants species you find at the market or gardening center require some kind of natural light to grow, so it’s not realistic for you to expect even a low maintenance plant to grow in a dark room. If you have a space with decent lighting (you keep open your blinds/curtains during the day), you can provide a nice, cool area for a pretty snake plant (decent growth) or rubber plant (can get tall). If you get more than the normal of amount of lighting in your apartment or you just want to grow something on your terrace, you can get a succulent/cactus or chinese money plant if you want something small, or an umbrella plant (if you want something a little bigger).
What fits your aesthetic?
If you picked out plants for your apartment before, chances are that you picked them out because they fit with your decor scheme. Unfortunately, that cute little succulent you got from the supermarket didn’t do so well in a space with minimal lighting. That’s alright though! There are dozens of plants out there that will fit your style. Want something beachy, but doesn’t need direct sunlight? Why not get a small areca palm plant? How about a classic boston fern or spider plant? They’re cute and easy to take care of! You can look online for dozen of other suitable apartment plants that will look good in your Kapi Apartment!
It’s a little dark, but I still want a plant!
Succulents are, unfortunately, not an option if you want to keep a plant in a shadier space. A lot of people think that because they are low maintenance, you can water them at least once a week and they’ll be fine, which is true. They just need a lot of sunlight to grow. So if you have a shady space and want to put a leafy friend there, why not get a ZZ (Zanzibar) plant that can tolerate low light and is super easy to care for! If you want something more luscious and leafy, get a pothos plant or a cast iron! They’re also super easy to care for and will brighten up your place!
Extra tips for maintaining a houseplant:
- If plant leaves have burnt tips: move it out of the direct sunlight
- If plant leaves are getting thin or losing their color: give it some more water
- If plant growth has stagnated: give it more light
- If plant collapses when soil is moist: give it less water
Take care of your leafy buddy! They’ll do their own thing, but when they need it, a little extra love from you can go a long way! You can also split plant responsibilities with your roommates and make it easier!
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Written by: Jessica Tsien