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We have seen a resurgence of houseplants in interior design in the past years. Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017, Greenery, was even inspired by this trend. Why are houseplants so popular in home decor? Not only are they a beautiful addition to any room, but they are actually very good for your health.

If you remember your high school Biology class, you will remember that when humans breathe we absorb oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Plants do just the opposite, and in doing so, remove toxins from the air around them.

In addition to these cleansing properties, houseplants have been shown to be good for your mood as well. Having potted plants in your home can help improve focus, reduce stress, and elevate your mood. Plus, there are stress-relief benefits of both seeing and caring for a living thing within your home.

Now that I have convinced you to bring a few houseplants into your apartment, you are probably wondering what type to buy. These five plants are perfect for apartment dwellers who live busy lives. They are fairly easy to take care of and they don’t require much space.

Aloe Plant

If you have ever had a nasty sunburn, you know the healing benefits of aloe. Growing aloe in your apartment will help to improve the air quality of your home. Plus, if you have a cut or burn, you can break off part of the plant to apply the aloe to your skin. Aloe does not need a lot of water to survive, but make sure to place your aloe somewhere it is likely to get a good amount of sun.

Peace Lily

Tending to potted flowers in your home can be difficult. The blooms are beautiful, but the plants need quite a bit of water and sunlight to keep them alive. Peace lilies are low-maintenance flowering plants. Even though they are tropical plants they still thrive in cool, low sun conditions. Peace lilies can grow to be several feet tall, so consider placing it on the floor of your rental.

Philodendron

These beautiful leafy plants are easy to keep alive, and they are quite good at improving air quality in your home. Enjoy the plant’s cascading leaves, and keep the plant healthy with regular waterings and indirect sunlight.

Spider Plant

Spider plants are named for the small spidery-looking off-shoots the plant will produce. These plant babies can be propagated to grow new plants. Spider plants are extremely effective at removing toxins from the air. Because they love humidity, spider plants are great choices for your bathroom!

Succulents and Cacti

You have to be living under a rock to have missed how popular succulents and cacti have become in home decor. These extremely forgiving plants growing well even under negligent care. They need very little in the way of water, but do prefer to grow in direct sun or light shade, depending on the variety. Plus, you can propagate your own new plants from cuttings, so can end up with dozens of plants with one purchase!

If you’re a lucky apartment renter with a little outdoor space, also consider these plants to help naturally repel mosquitos —your guests will thank you!

I bet you are ready to head out to the garden store to pick a few news houseplants of your own. Which of these plants do you think would work the best in your apartment?

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I’m Jessica Hill, the slightly-unbalanced blogger of Mad in Crafts. I used to spend my days teaching Shakespeare and Longfellow to high school students, trying desperately to make the classics modern for my students… or at least to keep them awake for the 45 minute class period. Now, I teach readers how to combine classic style with modern trends in decorating, DIY, cooking, writing, and more! And hopefully you stay awake in the meantime! Visit Mad in Crafts

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