Kitchen may not be the first place that comes to mind when you're thinking about bringing a little greenery into your home. But the kitchen is one of the most popular spots in the house, so it deserves to be brightened with a bit of nature. On the other hand countertop space is precious, direct sunlight may be limited, high temperatures and grease can keep houseplants from looking their best.
Houseplants not only they are a great and inexpensive way to spruce up any kitchen, they can also be pretty useful in the kitchen. The right plant can help purify your air, increase morale and productivity, or even step in when first aid is needed.
Choose one of the most easy-care houseplants that thrive in the kitchen.
This lovely hardy houseplant is pretty easy to keep alive. It does well in part-sun, part-shade locations, so it's a good option if your kitchen doesn't get a ton of natural light. Its long, twisting vines might the plant ideal for a high shelf or a hanging basket, which means the plant will be off the countertop and out of your way. As a plus, its leaves absorb formaldehyde, a common indoor pollutant.
It is a great plant for the kitchen. The sturdy succulent doesn’t require direct sunlight and needs a good watering only about every three weeks. Like other succulents, Aloe Vera needs minimal water and lots of sun, so keep it near a warm window where it can get as much bright light as possible.
Referred to as the “plant of immortality,” Aloe Vera is one of the most difficult plants to kill, even if you keep it in your kitchen. A beautiful and distinctive-looking plant filled with vitamins and minerals that are great for your skin, having a potted Aloe Vera is like having 24/7 access to a pharmacy. Keep it next to the stove and it’ll come in handy the next time you inevitably burn yourself. Just cut off a lower leaf near the stalk, remove any spines along the edge, split the leaf lengthwise, and score the gel-filled interior. Rub the gel right on the burn and you’ll feel almost instant cooling effects.
Grow your favourite herbs—basil, mint, rosemary, and more—right on your kitchen windowsill. The aromatic and flavourful plants will get the sun they need, and you’ll have fresh ingredients within arm's reach.
Basil really is one of the easiest herbs you can grow in your kitchen. Just know that it loves plenty of sun, dislikes cold areas, and likes a moist soil. If you have a south-facing kitchen window, this is the plant for you. The plant does best when you harvest fairly frequently.
This exotic may look like it would be a challenge to keep alive, but once you have it set up, it doesn't require much attention. Air plants (also known as Tillandsias) grow without soil. In the wild they grow on rocks, trees, and the ground, but at home you can site them attractively in terrariums, seashells, or even driftwood. Because air plants hail from tropical climates, they prefer warmer environments like the kitchen. The air plant does, however, require frequent watering. Either mists the leaves three to seven times a week or soak the plant in the kitchen sink once a week.
Since they draw nutrients from the air rather than soil, you can keep them in any warm spot in your kitchen - a windowsill, a plant stand, a decorative dish, or even hanging from the ceiling in a glass globe or mounted in a frame on the wall - as long as they have lots of bright, indirect light.
Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra)
Bright green and leafy, the cast iron plant can tolerate much more than your average houseplant, including extremely low light, extreme and fluctuating heat, and infrequent watering. No matter how bad you think you are at keeping things alive, you’d be hard-pressed to kill this evergreen. Put it in the corner of your kitchen, breakfast nook, or dining room. You never know what climate your kitchen will be (one day, it’s sticky and humid from the simmering stovetop; another day, it’s dry and hot from the hours of the oven being on). No matter what happens in your kitchen, though, this plant will survive it.
Aluminium Plant (Pilea)
This trendy houseplant makes a great candidate for warm, sunny kitchens - and not just because one of its nicknames is pancake plant! Pilea need lots of bright, indirect light to thrive, so consider adding one to your brightest kitchen windowsill. Keep eyes on its leaves; if you notice them curling, that’s a sign that your pileum isn’t getting enough light and needs to be moved closer to the window or to a brighter spot.
Have all stainless steel appliances? The aluminum plant’s green and metallic silver leaves will be a fitting addition. Keep this in a hanging basket and away from hot or cold drafts (like your heater or air conditioner). Another plant that is easy to care for, the Aluminium plant’s main appeal in the kitchen is its colouring. And the fact that it’s a good hanging plant means you’ll save valuable counter space.
Spider plants are one of the most common houseplants. They’re nearly impossible to kill and incredibly easy to care for, with its attractive white-and-green leaves and a trailing growth habit that lends itself well to shelves and hanging baskets. Keep this plant anywhere in your kitchen (on top of a cabinet or hanging from ceiling hooks in a north, east, or west-facing window to keep counters clear or on the countertop underneath overhead cabinets) and watch it grow with the help of occasional watering and infrequent pruning.
Spider plants reproduce on their own with proper care, so you’ll soon have new plants to decorate with. It is a great natural air purifier, that helps remove odour, fumes, and pollutants from the environment.
With its tall, colourful, lance-shaped leaves, Snake plant is a great addition to a corner of your kitchen that don’t need much water and it definitely don’t need much light. Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this tough plant can go for weeks between watering and even does better when you forget about it. Just place this plant in a corner (it’s taller than it is wide, so it won’t take up a ton of space) and water it every other week or just once a month, depending on how dry the soil gets.
As an added bonus, Snake plants are one of the best houseplants at clearing toxic chemicals from the air in your home.
Pothos, also known as Devil's Ivy, is so versatile that it can survive in a steamy bathroom or in a comparatively arid kitchen. This hardy, easy-growing plant comes in lots of colours and with its long, trailing vines and pretty, heart-shaped leaves it will make a great candidate for the edge of a tall cabinet, a high shelf, or a hanging basket.
Pothos plants can handle all sorts of light conditions and will help remove toxins from the air in your kitchen.
The ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is an incredibly tolerant of neglect and can adapt to just about any reasonable conditions, from rooms with lots of bright, indirect light to dim, shady spaces. It’s also drought-tolerant, so you can set it in a corner of your kitchen and forget it for a few months between watering with no ill effects.
String of pearls
This adorable and elegant houseplant combines the best traits of a hanging plant and a succulent in one. Its long, thin stems grow long strands of pea-sized “pearls” in an attractive green shade and as long as it’s happy, your plant’s strings will keep growing and growing all the way to the ground if you let them.
Do not to over water this succulent, as that’s a sure fire way to cause root rot and kill your plant.
String of pearls is a great candidate for a high shelf, the top of a cabinet, or a hanging basket, but make sure you choose a spot where it won’t be disturbed or jostled, as the pearls break off easily.
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