8 Houseplants that Can Survive Urban Apartments

Snake Plant
Best for: Forgetful plant parents

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Its succulent-like adaptations for surviving droughts make it best for owners who can never remember to water their plants.
It can tolerate low levels of light, making it suitable for first-floor apartments.
A high conversion rate of carbon dioxide to oxygen and its ability to filter out airborne toxins, such as benzene and formaldehyde, mean it cleans air better better than most plants.

ZZ Plant
Best for: Low-light apartments

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Can survive low light levels, even in a dim apartment.
It’s drought-tolerant, thanks to large succulent rhizomes located underneath the surface of the soil that store water for the plant during times of drought (aka, plant neglect).
Native to eastern Africa, this plant thrives in a dry, stable environment.
Grows horizontally (so it won’t collide with your low ceiling).

Philodendron
Best for: High shelves or a hanging planter

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This trailing plant looks awesome, especially when perched on a high shelf.
It grows quickly, and is easy to propagate by rooting cuttings in water.
It prefers medium, indirect light, so you don’t need the sunniest apartment on the block.
Only needs to be watered about once a week.

Peperomia
Best for: Homes with plant-nibbling pets

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Peperomia is non-toxic, making it a safe bet for apartments with curious pets.
With over 1,000 recorded species, there is a huge variety to choose from, with many difference appearances. One favorite is the watermelon peperomia, known for this green-and-white striped leaves.
Prefers medium, indirect light, and can be watered about once a week.

Monstera
Best for: Style seekers

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This lush and leafy plant can make an apartment feel like a jungle. Plus, it’s basically a requirement if you’re going for that whole artful bohemian look.
Monstera grows horizontally in an irregular shape, providing a home with instant character.
Prefers bright light, so belongs in a spot beside your biggest window.

Bird’s Nest Fern
Best for: Apartments that could use a tropical touch

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There are over 10,000 species of ferns, but this is one of The Sill’s favorites for its wavy leaves and tropical vibe.
Prefers moderate to low indirect light, so it’s great for apartments with minimal sunlight.
They’re non-toxic, so safe for Fluffy to chomp on.
Note: This fern prefers a humid environment and frequent weekly waterings, so it’s not great for dry apartments or those who are often out of town.

Begonia
Best for: Those who wish their plants could talk

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If you’re one of those helpless plant owners who wishes their plant could clearly communication their needs, consider the begonia. It wilts dramatically when it needs water, so you’ll never have to guess how it’s feeling.
Thousands of hybrids have been made, so there is a variety for everyone.
With new types being created all the time, begonias are no longer the stuffy, old-timey houseplants you may think it is.

Orchids
Best for: Doting plant parents

Top Qualities:

Hands-on plant parents don’t need to worry about smothering their orchid—it will almost certainly enjoy the extra attention.
Most species, including the popular Phalaenopsis, are non-toxic and pet-safe.
Most species like bright, indirect light, with a few hours of sun.