House plants are some of the perfect decorations to include in any home, especially apartments. However, many of them require lots of care and attention to maintain. There are many kinds of plants to choose from that require little to no attention while adding an earthy charm to an urban apartment. Small space? No problem either. Here are some of the best plants to add to an apartment for a busy individual:

Peace Lilies

This beautiful house plant is perfect for small spaces with its long, dark green leaves and elegant white flowers. While appearing extravagant and simple at the same time, it also reduces air pollution. Direct sunlight can actually damage the plant’s foliage, as they actually grow well under fluorescent sunlight. Water them once a week and you’ll have a peaceful and happy house plant.

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Cactus

Cacti are available in all wonderful shapes and sizes to suit your personal style. As they easily thrive in the desert with little to no water, they only require watering once a week. During the cooler, winter months, they may require a little more watering. Cacti have a unique aesthetic that blends with a various range of apartments styles, from bohemian to modern.

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Aloe Vera

You’ll have instant medication on hand with this multipurpose plant. Cut off part of the aloe and use the gel to soothe burns and cuts. Keep these plants near a window and water regularly, allowing two inches of soil to dry between waterings. This prevents the aloe from appearing droopy and brown.

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Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo adds a major sense of zen and feng shui to any apartment, perfect for those thriving in the stress of busy cities. They add the perfect amount of greenery to the darkest parts of your apartment.They are also meant to create a positive living environment. Keep them in dim, indirect sunlight and change the water every 2-4 weeks, as they grow in water and not soil.

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Palms

These tropical-looking house plants are great for any large or small living room spaces. If taken care of very well, they can grow up to 6 feet or more. Palms thrive in low, indirect sunlight and require watering once a week. Be careful to not overwater them and if kept in the sunlight for too long, temporarily move them to a shadier spot.

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Monstera

Monsteras bring an artful, bohemian look to an apartment. These house plants prefer bright light, so it is best to keep them beside a window. They require watering only once a week. The best way to check when to rewater them is when the top inch of soil begins to feel dry. Reduce watering in the winter to prevent waterlogging them.

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Orchids

Orchids are delicate flowers that are stunning, yet simple display. They are also non-toxic and pet-friendly. They prefer bright, indirect light with a few hours of sun. Water them twice a week or when the soil feels dry. Orchids grow best when planted in a tight container.

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Bird’s Nest Fern

Bird’s Nest Fern are easy to grow and adds a tropical touch to an apartment. When grown alone, they make quite the specimen plant. They like moderate to low indirect light and are great for small apartments. They also prefer humid environments and require watering once a week. When watering, avoid watering the center of the plant as it acts as a cradle which can cause the plant to rot.

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