Most people have heard of apartment therapy plants before, but not everyone fully understands the concepts involved. Plants are not always easy to incorporate into a houseplant atmosphere, especially if your environment is already crowded and chaotic. But once you’ve gotten your houseplants settled and your gardening implement handy, you’re well on your way to apartment gardening bliss. A bit of trial and error is what it takes, so don’t be afraid to experiment and make mistakes as you go. This is all part of growing, learning and taking it one day at a time.
So how do you take care of your apartment therapy plants? Like most houseplants, you have to identify the type of plant that will best serve you and your home’s requirements. There are five main types of apartment plant life: epiphytes, flowering ground covers, epidermal plants, woodland shrubs and flowering ground covers. It’s also important to remember that there are sub-types of each of these types, just like there are sub-types of any other kind of plant. You should familiarize yourself with your chosen apartment plant type and learn about how best to care for them.
If you’re not familiar with any of these types or their respective care requirements, keep reading. Epiphytes are air-breathing plants that are epiphytic or self-sustaining, which means they require no external water. In fact, they cannot survive without moisture, so it’s important not to over-water them. Moisture content can be increased by spraying your plant occasionally with a water hose, using an even spraying pattern rather than a deep spray.
For flowering ground covers, you have two options when it comes to caring for your plants and keeping them healthy: regular watering and misting. When you choose to list your houseplants, you simply take a watering hose and mist the area where your choice of plant grows. You can do this weekly during spring up to late summer. You can also use a regular watering when you’re trying to avoid some of the drying effects of high temperatures during the winter months.
Most houseplants need a lot of direct sunlight. Some varieties, such as those that grow in the shade under an apartment building’s roof, do not need much sunlight at all. Other plants, however, will reward you with a lot of the morning sun if you provide them with direct sunlight throughout the day. However, try to avoid planting direct sunlight in your apartment, as doing so can cause the plant to get burned or damaged. If you do find that your chosen plant is prone to sun damage, you may consider putting a plastic cover over the plant during some of the hotter parts of the day.
Fiddle Leafeds and Bulrush are a great choice of low-maintenance plants for apartment living because both of them require almost no care at all. These plants both grow quite well in almost any soil conditions and can survive even the worst kinds of pests. If you’re looking for some quick, easy maintenance, then you should consider growing a fiddle leaf or two. Fiddle-leaf plants usually grow just about anywhere where there’s enough light and they’re quite easy to maintain.
Bulrush and succulents have been proven to be some of the best houseplants on the market. Both of these types of plants can tolerate most kinds of soil, although you’re going to want to avoid clay and sand if you’re growing them in your apartment. However, you’re going to need to give both of these plants regular, direct sunlight to encourage strong growth. Once you’re growing Bulrush and succulents in a container, you’re also increasing the chances that they will one day flower and bloom.
Some of the most popular houseplants are easy to take care of and don’t require much attention. But what exactly do you mean by easy to take care of? Well, houseplants should only be taken care of if you’re willing to commit some time and do some hard work. Many plants require regular watering, for example, and some, like succulents and cacti, must have their soil checked on a regular basis for fertilizer. Other plants, like the ones mentioned above, don’t really require any special care, but you might want to give them a once over every couple of months to see if they’re getting any better.