15 Best Apartment Plants to Bring Life into your Home

Updated March 21, 2023
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Apartment living may not always allow for a ton of natural light, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t add plants to your home. Bring life, style, and health benefits to your home with one of the best apartment plants

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How to start adding apartment plants?

New plant parent? Welcome to the club! Plants bring so much joy into a home. Start by picking out your plant by thinking about the light in your home, how often you are home to water and how big of a plant you can have for your space.

Purchasing Plants

Find a greenhouse that sells quality plants. These greenhouses also have educated employees who work with plants every day and will be able to answer any questions you may have. The Twin Cities have many great companies that sell the best apartment plants. Tonkadale Greenhouse, Planty Queens, and Mother Co. are all fan favorites for plant parents!


After choosing your plant, you get to pick the pot that your plant will live in! Pots are a great way to express your style. Most greenhouses sell pots of great quality but that tend to be slightly more expensive. For a budget friendly option, Amazon offers a variety of styles, sizes, and colors. You can even get a pot at one of your local retail stores like Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, or Menards during garden season.


It seems easy…you just need a bag of dirt. 

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Yes, it is easy, but what type of nutrients are included in the dirt? Depending on the plant you buy, your soil needs to include certain nutrients for your plant to thrive. Check the bags or chat with someone at the greenhouse to learn exactly what nutrients are best for your plant. 

Gardening Tools

You don’t need a lot to grow a plant or two successfully. Especially as your plants grow, along with the number of plants, there are tools to help you. A small watering can limit the amount of spills with its small, angled spouts. Or stash a small shovel for when your plants grow and need repotted. During the growing season, grab some fertilizer to feed your plant. But when you buy your first plant, you really don’t need to worry about all the gardening accessories.

an apartment living room filled with plants

Where to put your apartment plants

You probably love plants, have many in your home, and maybe (most definitely) even want more. Where should you put them all? Use your plants as decorations! Set them on top of bookcases, especially if they hang low, down over the shelves. Set your plants on decorative books on a coffee table. Keep the plants that need more light next to a window by setting the plant on a window ledge or use a plant stand to move the plant off the ground.

apartment plants decorating the home

Which of the apartment plants is for you?

Snake Plant

  • Botanical name: Sansevieria
  • Light: Thrives in high light but tolerates low light. It can do really well in a dark corner in your home. 
  • Water: Water the soil really well and then let the soil dry int between waterings. This plant is forgiving if you let it go a little while longer. 


  • Botanical name: Monstera
  • Light: Prefer bright indirect light, to medium light. Does not like direct sunlight. 
  • Water: Water weekly. Top in or two of soil should be dry before watering. 

ZZ Plant

  • Botanical name: Zamioculcas Zamiifolia
  • Light: Does great in low light. 
  • Water: Water when the top few inches of soil is dry. This plant can go a few weeks without watering if you forget. 

Sago Palm

  • Botanical name: Cycas Revoluta
  • Light: Bright indirect light. Plant will sunburn if in direct 
  • Water: Water when the top inch of soil dries out

Air Plants

  • Botanical name: Tillandsia Xerographica 
  • Light: Bright and indirect light
  • Water: Submerge plant for 15 mins every two weeks.


  • Botanical name:
  • Light: Bright and indirect light
  • Water: Water every 1-2 weeks and allow soil to dry out between waterings.


  • Light: Medium to bright light. They can burn in direct sunlight.
  • Water: Evenly moist soil and likes humidity – does well in bathrooms and kitchens.

Aloe Vera

  • Light: Should sit near a window for six hours of indirect sunlight.
  • Water: Water about every 3 weeks and let 2 inches of soil dry out before watering. 

Spider Plants

  • Light: Bright, idirect light but can live in shadier and sunnier locations.
  • Water: Water when the top inch of soil is dry. Decrease the watering in winter.

Prayer Plant

  • Light: Bright, indirect light. Sunburn can happen to foliage in direct sunlight.
  • Water: Keep soil moist during the growing season. When the top inch of soil is dry, water.  


  • Light: Bright indirect light. Some succulent variants can tolerate lower light. 
  • Water: Only water when the soil has completely dried out.


  • Light: Needs a lot of bright light. Does really well next to a window.
  • Water: Only water when the soil is dry.


  • Light: Thrives in bright indirect sunlight but can tolerate lower light. 
  • Water: Should always have water in its pot. May need to water twice a week. 

English Ivy

  • Light: Bright light needed but should not be in direct sunlight. 
  • Water: When the top of the soil dries out. When watering, deeply water the pot so it is soaked – drainage is mandatory. 

Fiddle leaf fig tree

  • Light: Bright natural indirect light 
  • Water: Weekly waterings are needed and allow for the soil to dry out between waterings. 

apartment plants on a shelf

Enjoy experimenting with your green thumb! Depending on the plant, it might not always be easy. Sometimes being a plant parent brings trial and error with lighting and water. It’s all part of the fun of growing your own plants. If you are already a plant parent and looking for a new apartment suited for your plant’s needs, the Bigos Management leasing team is happy to help you find the right home!

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