Aside from mushrooms, are there any decorative houseplants I can grow in a dark and neglected apartment?
April 20, 2011 12:41 PM Subscribe
Does a dark and somewhat uninhabited apartment mean I can't have houseplants?
posted by Vorteks to Home & Garden (20 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to make my apartment feel more "homey", and I was looking at artificial plants the other day, but I can't help feeling I'd be happier with real ones. The problem though, is that I feel it's highly likely I'd kill them.
My apartment is bad for plants in 2 respects:
- It tends to be very dark. My walls are painted a dark color, and my apartment doesn't get much sun. Even when the sun is shining on it, I tend to like to keep the blinds closed or nearly closed because I'm afraid passersby in my neighborhood will be inventorying my goods through my windows and making note of when I'll be gone so they can come take them (I'm not seriously afraid of it happening, but I feel like not advertising my stuff to the world is a good precaution). If I had plants I could probably keep them near a window with the blinds slitted at least, but it'd still be relatively dark.
- I travel on a semi-regular basis and may be gone anywhere from a few days up to 2 weeks. If I knew I was going to be gone 2 weeks I could probably have somebody stop by to take care of my plants once or twice, but I do worry about neglecting them.
I have seen some of the other houseplant-related questions on Metafilter, including this one about low-hassle shady plants
, but most of them seem to assume either planting outdoors, or adequately sunny indoor environments. I worry that my situation is more plant-hostile than theirs.
What do you think? Would any plants I buy be doomed to wither away?
If not, what would you suggest I buy? Hostas? Pathos? Cactus?
I do not have pets. Nobody lives in my apartment besides me.