The Q&A Archives: Apartment Plants And Trees

Question: I have a one-bedroom apartment. I live in Seattle, not much sunlight. I want to spruce things up in my pad. Maybe some small plants, but also maybe a bigger plant or small tree for the corner of my living room. What are your best suggestions, for long living and easy care plants?

Answer: You can successfully grow almost any foliage plant with the available natural light in your new apartment. The challenge comes if you want your plants to flower. If so, you'll need to supplement the natural light. Most houseplants thrive in moderate light levels; some even grow in very low light levels. You can adjust the amount of light they receive by moving them closer, or farther away, from a window.

Some good low-light candidates include parlor palms, Philodendron, Sansevieria, Schefflera, Dracaena and Dieffenbachia. Moderate-light plants include Ficus, Hoya, Fittonia, ferns, Fatsia and Peperomia. There's enough variety in the height and growing habits of these plants to provide plenty of interest in a corner of a room.

For color spots, bring in Gerbera daisy, chrysanthemum, azalea and Begonias during the times they're in bloom.


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