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6 Plants You Can Care For If You're Setting Up An Indoor Garden

Opt for low-maintenance houseplants that can instantly give your space an upgrade

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Photography: @plantladyph on Instagram

It’s not easy to build a home with a fully functioning, landscaped garden these days. When you’re relegated to a one-bedroom condo or a tiny townhouse, the potential to recreate that perfect orchid sanctuary your lola used to have isn’t exactly great. That doesn’t mean, however, that you’ve got to give up on your green thumb (or the hope of one).

With plant delivery services and low-maintenance indoor plants rising in popularity, it’s easy to introduce some greens into your space. Kara Ortiga of @plantladyph shares six plants you can start with when building your first plant family at home.

1. Monstera

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“I personally love the Monstera because of its unique leaf—its cuts and holes are iconic,” Kara shares. “Monsteras are not finicky and can survive in most conditions, though they will thrive by a windowsill where there is bright light. They bloom slowly, but when they do, the results are worth it!”

Tip: Placing a Monstera in a pot will keep its growth compatible with the size of your home. “My Monstera has grown from just a two-feet plant to five feet within two years,” says Kara.

2. Rubber Tree

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“This plant can grow tall and is hardier than the Fig Tree,” says Kara, who recommends livening up your living room with this sturdy plant. “The Rubber Tree plant prefers bright light and won’t become weak even with inconsistent watering schedules.”

Tip: Rubber Trees have all sorts of variegations that make them fun to collect. Whether you go for a deep burgundy plant or one with a fun, pink patterns, this frequently blooming tree will do your space lots of good.

3. Philodendron

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“Philodendrons are one of the strongest type of plants, and the top of my recommendations for indoor plants,” she shares. “They are drought-tolerant, meaning that they don't mind if you forget to water them sometimes. In fact, they prefer that the roots dry out completely.”

Tip: You won’t be strapped for choices when it comes to the Philodendron. The Philodendron Brazil falls like a vine, and the popular Philodendron Selloum possesses lovely drooping leaves.

4. Areca Palm

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“The Areca Palm is on the list of top plants that also have great air purifying abilities,” Kara says. “Just leave this plant by a window and you’ll be good to go.”

Tip: The Areca Palm’s wispy leaves add a tropical feel to any home. Consider adding a pot in the foyer, in the living area, or even in your bedroom.

5. Peace Lily

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“Another great air purifier is the peace lily. What makes this plant a favorite is that they also bloom white lilies once in a while,” she adds.

Tip: The Peace Lily’s leaves are great tropical foliage—if you’re looking for that aesthetic, this should be your top choice.

6. Mini Anahaw

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“Palms seem to work great indoor because they are hardy and not so sensitive. Even when I forget to water them, their leaves don’t droop,” Kara explains. “They also work well with strong light, but survive in shaded areas as well.” The Mini Anahaw, a dwarfed version of the Anahaw Tree is a perfect symbol of local Pinoy culture.

Tip: The Anahaw comes in a variety of sizes. Measure out your space so you find one that will work best with your room.

For inquiries on prices or if you're looking for more plants to add to your space, follow @plantladyph on Instagram.

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