In interior décor, houseplants are the best way to get clean air and liven up the room. More often your green friends are in the living room or bedroom but rarely in the kitchen. Aside from edible herbs more plants can be brought into your culinary space to elevate it. You will have a wonderful mash-up of edible, decorative and improved air quality greenery that boosts your environmental wellness. The right green buddy can step in when you need first aid.
As a plant parent, you forget that your cooking space can offer a great environment for them to flourish. However, this doesn’t mean that any plant will be nurtured properly in every kitchen as environmental factors play an important role in growth and maintenance. Your kitchen has its unique temperature, light and humidity which you need to consider before purchasing or growing houseplants.
After you check your kitchen’s conditions, look at the recommended 16 plants to see which fits in your home. Some are easy to maintain and harder to kill if you don’t have a green thumb. Let’s explore how to bring the great outdoors indoors with a list of houseplants you should consider adding to your home.
Plants to add to your kitchen
They are one of the easiest plants to care for even as a beginner plant parent. Their adaptability to different conditions including light makes them very tolerant. The way their vines hang gives an aesthetically pleasing look without using up your counter space. They also eliminate toxins from the air in your kitchen.
Tip: Can survive in both water and soil as long you make sure not to overwater it when in soil. Infrequent watering is your best choice as it allows the soil to dry.
If you are on the hunt for a beautiful basket plant philodendrons should be a top choice. These houseplants come in various colors and shapes and are air purifiers. They are low maintenance, tolerant to drought temperatures and don’t have strict light requirements.
Tip: Medium to bright light is enough to make them flourish.
Cooking at home has many benefits such as growing relationships, healing your mind and body and saving money. A home cooked meal should be a wonderful experience that you want to keep doing and fresh herbs make the food better. These houseplants need a location that gets direct sunlight most of the day to grow happy and flavorful so you can elevate your culinary experience. A grow light is an investment you should consider if you don’t have the right amount of sunlight due to seasons changing or an unfavorable kitchen location.
Tip: Each herb has its preferred conditions. Some appreciate more light than others so always be conscious of that. The same applies to water and soil. Mint grows in bright locations so your windows are your best choice. Chives need frequent watering and at least 6 hours of sunlight.
With a bright sunny window, succulents should be at the top of your list of houseplants to purchase. They are drought-resistant plants that store water in their leaves and stems making them a low maintenance option. The popular choices of succulents are sedum, aloe vera, haworthia and crassula
5. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
These beautiful hanging houseplants are an old-fashioned choice for a great reason; they are easy to maintain. They are also communicative in the best way; if they are happy flowers bloom but keep in mind not to put them in direct light or else their leaves will burn. Their long stems can be pinched off and planted so you have a constant supply. With slender, attractive white-and-green leaves, spider plants are a marvelous addition to your hanging plants collection. They are also nontoxic to your pets.
Tip: Hard to kill but to get the best out of it place it in indirect sunlight and humid space.
6. Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
If you’ve watched a video by fellow plant parents then you have probably seen a snake plant in their homes and for good reason. They offer variety in terms of color, size and shape so you can have color diversity without being too much to handle as they are low maintenance houseplants.
Tip: To have happy, healthy snake plants light exposure is important with them being space saving tropical plants. For better drainage have them in terracotta or clay pots.
7. Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica)
When it comes to décor everything has its place and size matters a lot in creating balance. The rubber tree is a statement piece houseplant as it is large and easy on the eyes. They are very adaptable in growing conditions and need your attention.
Tip: Make sure to prune them properly to maintain size you want, if not you will lose the shape you want and have a full sized tree in your home.
8. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
With a name like Zanzibar Gem they wouldn’t be a tough plant to handle. These plants have great adaptability to different light conditions and hardly need watering since they grow from rhizomes. They have lovely waxy leaves and are tough when grown and should be moved to a darker corner so the leaves keep their color.
9. African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)
Flowers in the kitchen are a pleasing visual experience. The African violet flowers nearly all year round and those flowers come in multiple colors. If you want to get this beautiful compact plant make sure not to place them in direct light instead bright indirect light is what they prefer to flourish. If you have a furry friend that likes spending time on raised ground, the African violet is not toxic to them so you don’t need to worry when they get too close.
10. Peperomia Plant
As a beginner, you need a plant that you can easily keep healthy and the peperomia plant should be a go-to. Keep them in bright indirect light and hydrate them and you will have the lovely foliage you want.
11. Ponytail Palm Plant
The walls and countertops aren’t the only areas of our kitchen that need plants. Your entrance is another great space to add some houseplants and the ponytail palm plant is a top option. If you aren’t home all week this is the plant for you. They are semi succulents that survive without constant watering and thrive in semi- dry conditions. So with the little work it takes to keep them happy, you get that gorgeous flowing foliage that brightens up your entrance.
12. Money Plant
A name that promises wealth and experts claim it balances out negative energy. So with this one plant, you get the aesthetic value, air purification quality, positive energy and luck. The money plant is an easy sell with its benefits so get yourself one.
13. Asparagus Fern Plant
If your fascination leans toward having feathery friends then this plant is for you the asparagus fern plants have feathery foliage that is pleasing to the eye as a lightweight visual. They are happy indoors in slight humidity and indirect light while occupying very little space so they are suitable if you have a small kitchen.
14. African spear plant
As striking as its name this plant makes a statement. The African spear plant has cylindrical leaves that stand upright giving the spiky appearance and leaving it top heavy so where you place it is important. Unlike its relative the snake plant, the spear plant needs a location away from feet to avoid bumping and harming it.
15. English Ivy Plant ( Hedera helix )
When planning your kitchen décor you might want a fast growing plant. The English ivy is the one for you as it not only grows fast; it adds air purification and looks lovely. It is a trailing plant that can be trained to suit your growth needs. Whether it’s hanging from a shelf or around the basket, the choice is yours. The soil should be moist and they can adapt to different light conditions to grow and thrive.
Tip: if you have pets you should remember that the English ivy is toxic to them so should be kept out of reach or avoided.
16. Aloe Vera
An aloe plant is known to have numerous benefits you can enjoy. With spiky edges and long thick leaves that carry the gel, this plant is a healing haven. You can apply it to burns or add it to your meals. The gel’s healing properties help with your hair, body and even internal healing which makes it the holy grail of houseplants.
Tip: Aloe Vera plants grow well in warmer climates and don’t need constant watering making them a low maintenance plant you should get.