Houseplant Hacks for the Plant Parent in a Small NYC Apartment

The love for growing plants, once kindled, is an undying one! A person who is aware of their green thumbs – or even trying passionately to convert their regular thumbs – just cannot be content unless there are plants around. It’s an obsession we at Roomi understand!

But when you live in a small apartment in a city like New York with not enough space for those dear plants, things can seem despairing. But, of course, you’ll try your best to fit some in!

We have some tips for accommodating indoor plants in a NY apartment:

Get houseplants that thrive in low light

A small apartment doesn’t get enough light all around. Get plants to keep in spaces darkened with shadows, which in turn will balance the cheeriness across your apartment. The space next to your bed and the top corners of your kitchen shelves are such spots.

Some low-light loving indoor plants include the snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata), ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia), maidenhair fern (Adiantum), and Swedish ivy (Plectranthus australis).

Click here for tips on how to take care of your indoor plants!

Make a wall planter on your empty wall

Hang a wall planter with small pots for small indoor plants, and this will double as décor. There are many types of wall-mounted planters, but the easiest to take care of is the one with narrow shelves on which you can place your small pots with trays underneath to hold water and any spilling dirt.

Try planting Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera), pothos plant (Epipremnum aureum), English ivy (Hedera helix), and herbs (oregano, sage, rosemary, mint, and thyme).

Hang plants by your windows

Grow the plants that like direct sunlight in hangers; this way you’ll be mindful to keep your windows open and your room bright. It’s a good thing because both you and your plants can benefit from bright natural light in the middle of New York! Lighter plants and vines work great in pots held in midair with macrame hangers, as do air plants.

Some good options for hanging houseplants are arrowhead plant (Syngonium podophyllum), Chenille plant (Acalypha hispida), staghorn fern (Platycerium), and trailing jade (Peperomia rotundifolia).

Hang the ones that don’t like direct sunlight in the kitchen or by the wall planters!

Related read: A Simple Guide To Taking Care Of Houseplants In The Fall

Place a big pot in the corner or fill an odd space

Did you think you can’t fit in a beloved big plant in your tiny apartment? Wrong! You’re forgetting corners where you can’t keep small houseplants, or that a big plant can be used as a great piece of décor that also hides the ugly bunched-up wiring on the wall. You can even make that empty corner by just pulling your desk a little this way along the wall.

Get a couple of good-looking pots and you can grow your tall cacti, rubber fig (Ficus elastica), majesty palm (Ravena rivularis), and Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa).

Grow plants that love humidity in the bathroom

There are many species of indoor plants that thrive in humid conditions. Add some color and joy in your tiny bathroom with such humidity lovers. It is, after all, the place of your utmost privacy and where you give yourself pep talks!

Alocasia plants, Watermelon Peperomia (Peperomia argyreia), orchids, peace lilies (Spathiphyllum), and prayer plant (Calathea medallion) will bring a rainforest vibe to your bathroom that you’re quite pining for while stuck in your small New York apartment.

While you’re at it, keep your bathroom spotless with these cleaning hacks.

So, there you go! Succulents on tables aren’t the only houseplants that can survive indoors. Try these indoor plants out in different parts of your cozy NY apartment!

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