Soon, that cold weather will be a thing of the past and we'll wake up to chirping birds and blooming flowers. Until that time comes, you can prepare your apartment for spring. From replacing heavy drapes with light, airy ones to cleaning your place top to bottom, you can usher in the warm weather and make your living space feel breezy. Additionally, you may want to consider some decor changes. Add potted plants to your apartment and you'll start feeling sunny right away. What's more, houseplants can help improve air quality to help kill the musk of winter. With that in mind, here are the best indoor plants for spring:
These spring flowers are known for their five petals and vibrant color– they range from purple to indigo. Additionally, some violet petals are yellow in the center, then graduate to a deep purple hue. Ancient Greeks and Romans used violets in herbal remedies, including love potions. In fact, Greeks considered violets to be a symbol of fertility and love, making them an ideal ingredient for love potions. While you may not need the plant to woo someone, you can use it to spruce up your apartment. Violets only need a moderate amount of water, but they do require full sunlight. For that reason, place a pot of the flowers near a window or an area of your apartment that gets lots of sun. Additionally, violets can take up to six weeks to bloom, so don't expect flowers immediately unless you buy a plant that has already flowered.
Characterized by their poofy appearance, hydrangeas bloom in balls. You can find the flowers in a variety of colors, from white to pink to blue to green, so select the plant that matches your tastes and decor best. Hydrangeas, even when potted, can grow tall, so make sure you have enough space in your apartment. They'll look nice in a corner or next to your living room sofa, but ultimately, placement is up to you. Just avoid putting your pot on a shelf, otherwise, the hydrangeas will likely bump into the ceiling. Furthermore, hydrangeas have a strong, floral fragrance, so they'll make your place smell like springtime. As the name suggests, hydrangeas need lots of water (Get it? Hydra?). Additionally, they should not receive full sunlight. Instead, place them in an area that gets some daylight, but also plenty of shade.
Want to transport yourself to a tropical locale? You may not be able to catch the next plane to Hawaii, but you can decorate your apartment with hibiscus. These blooms have unique petals that fade from yellow to pink to white, though you can also find them in blue, orange and red. The stamen on hibiscus flowers is also iconic, with its long and yellow form. When in full bloom, hibiscus flowers can reach 8 inches in diameter, so they do take up a lot of space. Place your pot somewhere that the plant will be able to grow and thrive– aka, lots of open air. However, if you have a smaller pot, the plant can fit on an end table. Make sure your hibiscus gets intense sunlight. If your apartment is shady, you may need to pick a different plant. Additionally, make sure the soil is always moist.
The blooms on a flowering maple look like colorful bells ringing in springtime warmth, and they can bring life to your apartment. The plant can grow quite tall, almost like an indoor tree, so you'll need a bigger pot and a place that has open space.
Luckily, the plant grows fairly narrow. If you don't have much room in your apartment for a tall plant, consider placing the maple in a hanging pot and dangling it from your ceiling or a sturdy hook you drill into the wall. You can find flowering maple in orange, yellow, pink or red petals, giving you options within a warm color palette. As the plant blooms, pay attention to the flowers. Normally, their bell bottoms point outward or up. If they start to droop, you may have to water more carefully. The soil should get even moisture. Furthermore, keep the plant in bright to intense light– so, near a window or glass door.
Many of the plants listed so far require space and sunlight, but the peace lily is a little easier to care for in an apartment. If placed in a big pot, the plant could become up to 6 feet tall, but reducing the size of your pot and the number of seeds will leave you with a nice tabletop decoration. Also, make sure your lily is in low to bright light. Peace lilies are known for their white spoon-like flowers and vibrant green leaves. While peace lilies are a summer plant, you can start cultivating yours in spring to make sure it will bloom the following season. These flowers are some of the best indoor plants for making your apartment feel fresh, bright, and beautiful.
Reprinted from ApartmentGuide.com
Article by Jen Jackowski