No one needs an excuse to keep a plant in their kitchen, and keeping plants in your home is said to boost your mood, but which plants are best suited for kitchen living?
Before you go adding tons of plants to your kitchen, it is good to know what each plant likes when it comes to watering, light, and care. It is also good to check and see if they are pet friendly - especially if you have cats or dogs that think the kitchen is their own personal jungle gym.
English Ivy is a great low-maintenance option for a kitchen plant because it somewhat adapts to its environment. It likes moderate light but it can easily adjust to living in low light, which makes it good for kitchens with little natural light.
Aloe Vera likes a lot of light so you will need a window for this one. Aloe Vera is great in the kitchen because it is a natural antibiotic - so if you get a cut or burn, you can cut off a little bit and rub it on your wound for quick relief! If you have a serious burn you should seek medical attention.
Care: Let the soil dry out before watering - about every 2-3 weeks
Cast Iron Plant
The cast iron plant got its name back in the 19th century. During that time gas lighting was used to illuminate homes and so the only plant that could survive in kitchens was Aspidistra, also known as the cast iron plant! Since it doesn’t mind low light, it is great for kitchens that might not have any windows.
Care: Keep the soil lightly moist in spring and summer. In the fall and winter, let the soil dry out between waterings
Why buy basil when you can grow it in your kitchen?! Growing basil in your kitchen requires a bit more work than the other plants listed here but it is so worth it for the fragrant smell and delicious taste of homegrown basil. Growing basil inside will work best for those with a window in their kitchen that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight or you can purchase a mini fluorescent plant light if you do not have a window.
Care: Make sure that the pot for your basil has good drainage, water enough to keep the soil moist, usually once a week
I can personally attest that Snake plants can survive in a kitchen with no natural light. These plants like bright light but can adapt to low light. They also require little to no maintenance.
Care: Let soil dry out in between waterings, usually every 3-4 weeks
Pothos can give your kitchen jungle-like vides. This viney plant works well in kitchens because it can be hung, which takes up less space on your counters! And it likes moderate light to low light so it works in any kitchen! D
Care: Let Pothos dry out between waterings
Peace lilies are the perfect kitchen plant, especially if you have a large, sunny window in your kitchen. Peace lilies can tolerate low light but will only bloom in bright light. They are not high maintenance and can be grown in kitchens with no natural light.
Care: Water enough to keep the soil lightly moist, 1-2 times a week.
Air plants are epiphytes, which means that they grow in bright sunlight without soil. Air plants require almost no care, so it is the perfect plant for those who might not have a green thumb.
Care: Mist occasionally or give it a water bath once a week and let drip dry