Plants are a wonderful addition to any rental because not only do they provide beauty, but they also come with some pretty wonderful benefits.
Plants add extra moisture to the air which can reduce the occurrence and severity of colds, sore throats, and dry skin. Naturally during photosynthesis, plants convert carbon dioxide, viruses, and other indoor air pollutants into oxygen which improves our attention, productivity, and concentration.
When looking to brighten your rental with greenery, opt for hardy plants that require minimal maintenance and sunlight. We’ve picked out our favourite low-maintenance plants, and as a bonus, all of them are kid and pet friendly.
The Spider plant is a hardy plant that takes lots of abuse and can survive with minimal watering. This plant will also propagate itself with little spiderettes that can be planted on their own. The Spider plant is pet friendly; however, if too much is consumed, it can cause an upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea.
The Pilea plant comes from Southwest China and was believed to bring its owner good fortune. Also called the friendship plant, this plant produces offshoots that grow alongside the mother plant and can be cut and rooted to pass on to a friend. The Pilea plant is easy to care for, likes indirect sunlight, and only needs water every 1 to 2 weeks.
Add colour to your rental with a blooming African Violet. These hardly plants grow lovely flowers throughout the year and love indirect sunlight. Water this plant when the soil is dry; try a self-watering pot because it doesn’t like its leaves getting wet.
Orchids offer gorgeous blooms and require little maintenance. While orchids may seem like a delicate plant, they don’t require much care and are safe for kids and pets alike. These plants need a loose planting medium and water once a week with plenty of drainage.
For a tropical feel in your rental, try a Parlor Palm plant. This tall palm likes low light and will grow slowly, so there’s no worry about it getting too big for your space. The Parlor Palm is non-toxic and only needs watering when the top inch of the soil is dry.