Indoor Green Thumb: Growing Plants in an Apartment

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Bring Some Green Into Your Apartment

When it comes to apartment living, one thing that really makes an apartment a home is indoor greenery. But what if you have no experience caring for plants and think you might have a brown thumb? Here are some tips on how to bring foliage into your apartment — and keep them healthy. 

Consider Your Lighting 

No matter how beautiful that sprawling basket of greenery looks sitting in your windowless bathroom, it really craves sunlight.  

Regardless of which room your plants are growing in, most plants need to be four to five feet from window access. Some plants that tolerate less sunlight are peace lilies, pothos, and spider plants. Here are some of the most popular, easy-to-care-for indoor and patio plants: 

  • Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree – A favorite for newbies. 
  • Succulents – require minimal care. 
  • Snake Plant – Impressive, but easy-care. 
  • Rubber Tree – Adapts to low-light conditions. 
  • Shamrock Plant – Perfect for mantels and windowsills, and boasts little flowers. 

Repot Your Plants 

While your big, fluffy plants might look healthy when you purchase them, they were probably grown in a greenhouse with optimal conditions — in pots too small to survive in other conditions. Repot your new best friend in a larger pot with a hole in the bottom and a tray or dish to handle the overflow. A pot-bound plant with compacted roots will never be happy. 

Be Considerate to Your Patio Plants 

If you have a patio or balcony, it’s only natural to want to decorate it with beautiful greenery. But if the weather is unbearable during the summer or freezing in the winter, you’ll need to bring those plants indoors to keep them healthy. If you are uncomfortable on your patio or balcony, chances are your plants will be, too.  

Don’t Forget About Veggies and Herbs 

You don’t need a backyard when living in Springfield apartments to grow herbs and veggies. Many vegetables, such as tomatoes, can be grown from hanging planters on your balcony, and you can harvest other veggies from pots on your patio. You can even grow veggies and herbs inside in low-light conditions if you invest in an indoor growing system that features appropriate lighting.  

Check out the Residences at Springfield Station today and start planning your Springfield, Virginia, apartment green-thumb gardening journey.  

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