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Houseplants: A Room-By-Room Guide


Decorating with plants can help open up your apartment or small space. Here’s how to place them for maximum growth around your home.
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Want to brighten up your apartment quickly? Use plants as part of your decorating scheme.
Plants not only add visual interest, they freshen the air, freeing your space from stale vibes that can be exacerbated by closer quarters.
Just keep in mind that specific plants thrive in specific rooms of your apartment.
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The kitchen is, not surprisingly, a great place to grow food-related plants.
If your kitchen doesn’t get a lot of sun, you can use special grow lights to help your indoor garden thrive.
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Herbs like chives, rosemary, cilantro, parsley, sage, basil, thyme, tarragon and others do well in sunny kitchen windows. You can try your hand at some fruits and vegetables in your kitchen as well using scraps and seeds — goodies such as pineapple, onions, peppers and tomatoes can all flourish indoors.
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Plants are a natural for your bathroom. Not only do they add a tranquil, spa-like atmosphere, the humidity of the bath is a boon for many plants. Since most bathrooms do not have direct sunlight, opt for plants without high light requirements.
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Avoid succulents, which do not care for a moist environment, and try beautiful, lush varieties, such as orchids, philodendrons, bamboo and peace lilies. If you have no floor space to spare, hang them for a dramatic look.
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If you have a typical living or family room that collects lots of sunlight, have fun with a variety of plants, including aloes, succulents and cacti. The lack of humidity in the living room, plus the natural light, will help these plants along.
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Try putting them in creative containers, such as pitchers, boxes or cups. Have fun with their arrange-friendly nature on end tables, coffee tables, ledges and even just placed on the floor.

Sources:
http://apartments.about.com/od/apartmentliving/a/How-To-Make-Your-Apartment-Look-And-Feel-Bigger.htm
http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/10-best-herbs-indoors
http://www.diyncrafts.com/4732/repurpose/25-foods-can-re-grow-kitchen-scraps
http://www.alittletipsy.com/2013/05/decorating-with-succulents.html

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3 questions
  • Kate
    on Aug 2, 2016

    In my apartment plants can either get zero natural light, or be blasted by strong sunlight for several hours per day on the enclosed balconies. Any suggestions?

    • Brenda
      on Mar 27, 2019

      You might want to look into grow lights. I’ve heard you can buy lightbulbs that encourage plant growth.

  • Kathleen
    on Mar 27, 2019

    I want to make a terrarium but I need some ideas. Also I need to know what kind of soil I should use, how much light is necessary, and how much air it will need. So anxious to start this project.

  • Marge Carney
    on Apr 3, 2019

    what makes the leaves of a purple passion curl?

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  • Raquel Castro
    on Apr 20, 2015

    Beautifulllll!!

  • ForRent.com
    on Aug 2, 2016

    @Kate, that's a shame about your lack of natural light! :( I would try using a few lamps for a few hours a day with a natural light bulb. It's not the same as natural light, but it will do the trick! Thanks for stopping by and best of luck!

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