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5 Plants You Can Add In the Kitchen

These are easy to maintain and perfect for one of the busiest areas at home, too!

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Photography: Floradania and instagram.com/kitandnancy (Main Photos)

Without a doubt, plants are powerful additions to any home. Aside from giving the space a refreshing feel, these are also pleasant to look at and some even help clean the air, too! Those who love these fantastic greens may have started adding a pot or two in the living area and in the bedroom—but have you thought about maximizing the available space in the kitchen?

There are more plants you can work with aside from herbs that make the food you prepare extra flavorful. If you’re worried about natural light and the extreme heat in your cooking space, don’t be! These five choices are easy to care for, can thrive indoors, and would look pretty on your countertop:

African Spear

Also known as Sansevieria cylindrica, this succulent plant has round green-gray leaves that would remind you of its relative, Mother-in-Law's Tongue—another favorite indoor plant. You can place this in a corner of your kitchen as it can thrive in minimal lighting conditions.

RL Tip: Make sure you don't overwater your African Spear! You can water it once every two or three weeks—depending on where you place it. If its spot in the kitchen has abundant light, the more water it needs.

Winter Jasmine

Who wouldn't love the charming white blooms of this indoor flowering plant? You can place it by the windowsill in your kitchen as it thrives in full sun to part shade.

RL Tip: Once flowering is complete, make sure you prune it as soon as possible. It also needs normal watering and fertilizer.

Purple Rubber Tree Plant

This plant is the best option if you love cooking so much and you barely have time to water your greens and blooms. The Purple Rubber Tree Plant can survive with frequent watering—just make sure the soil is dry before you water it again. Don't forget to place it in a well-lit spot with indirect sunlight.

Cacti

Another crowd favorite, these cute plants can be repotted into quirky planters—even in colorful mugs you no longer use. Just like your succulents, cacti can be watered at least once a week, just make sure the soil is dry in between watering. Use it to spruce up shelves or group two to three pots together, place it in a tray, and use as part of your countertop vignette.

Bay leaf plant

When it comes to growing herbs, you shouldn't be limited to oregano, rosemary, and basil. Bay leaf grows slowly but over time, it can turn into a shrub or even into a small tree. According to sources, avoid using terracotta pots when cultivating it at home. Use a big planter and a soil with vermiculite.

Looking for a spot in the kitchen? Make sure you place it in an area with plenty of sunlight.

Planning to buy plants for your home? Drop by Angel's Blooms Garden, White Plains, Quezon City to look for lovely greens you can add to your space.

Source and Photos: Oregon Live | Old House Online. Additional photos: Floradania.dk | Wizzley | Instagram via kitandnancy.

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