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5 Plants for Condo Homes

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There's no better way to add life to your condo than to enhance it with plants. Plants soften the edges of any room, not to mention help circulate cleaner air.

Many household greens are low-maintenance, making them perfect even for solo space dwellers. For pet owners, it may be best to read through which ones are safe to have around your animal companions to avoid accidental ingestion.

Ficus Alii

A hybrid plant, Ficus Alii has long, grass-like leaves and can easily grow up on three meters in a well-sized pot. 

Where to place it: Ficus alii are best on balconies, where you can easily prune them as they enjoy good sunlight. 

Maintenance: It's important to always use luke-warm water when watering it, as too cold temperatures may cause its leaves to fall.

Word of caution: For those with pets at home, there are no solid findings about the Ficus alii being hazardous to small pets, however, some plants from the same family such as the ficus carica and ficus benjamina are known to be poisonous to cats and dogs and may cause gastrointestinal and dermatological problems. To be on the safe side, it's best to keep this plant out of your pet's reach.

Photo: Gergerly Hideg via Flickr Creative Commons

Jade Plant

The Jade Plant is a succulent plant with round, fleshy leaves and likes warm environments. In order for it to thrive, it's important to plant it in a pot with coarse soil that easily drains, since keeping its roots damp for long periods may result in rot.

Where to place it: Try placing it by your bedroom window where it can get the sunlight it needs.

Maintenance: Water it once a week, but if you notice the leaves flattening out, water it more often.

Word of caution: This plant is toxic to both dogs and cats, and may cause vomiting and depression.

Photo: François Péladeau via Flickr Creative Commons

Gerbera Daisy

The swaths of red, orange, and yellow on the Gerbera Daisy are commonly seen in bouquets, but with the right kind of care, you can bring these vibrant colors into your flat.

Where to place it: As this is a warmth-seeking flower, it's best to place them in a well-lit area of your room and supply them with at least three hours of direct sunlight.

Maintenance: Water them regularly and try to keep the soil damp during the summer months for it to flourish.

Good news: It is NON-TOXIC to cats and dogs.

Photo: kahumphrey via Flickr Creative Commons

Pothos

Commonly seen in Filipino homes, Pothos is easy to grow, and can have leaves as huge as your hand if left to crawl outdoors. It is known to help purify air in confined spaces.

Where to place it: You can place it in a pot which you can either make into a table centerpiece or hang over your balcony.

Maintenance: It's very tolerant of changes in lighting and warmth and can survive even with erratic watering.

Word of caution: This plant is toxic to both cats and dogs, and may cause oral irritation, drooling, and vomiting.

Photo: ProBuild Garden Center via Flickr Creative Commons

Chinese Evergreen

Another common plant found in Filipino households, the Chinese Evergreen has big, marbled leaves that look perfect for indoors.

Where to place it: Consider adding it to your living area for a refreshing and calming look.

Maintenance: It's very adaptable and can thrive even in low light, but it needs to be reguarly misted and watered.

Word of caution: This plant is toxic to cats and dogs as it can cause oral irritation, drooling, vomiting, and difficulty in swallowing.

Photo: marissa anderson via Flickr Creative Commons

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