Today’s Solutions: December 03, 2021

There’s nothing like a little indoor greenery to brighten up your home, especially if you live in an apartment where there’s no space for a garden.

This spring, consider expanding your plant collection to your kitchen, which, just like any other room in your home, has its own microclimate thanks to the amount of sunlight it gets, access to fresh air, humidity levels, and temperature. Houseplant expert Cori Sears outlines three types of plants that are not only practical but have the best chances of surviving in most kitchens.

Herbs. Herbs are probably the most functional plants to have in your kitchen; having them fresh and close by while cooking is certainly advantageous. Plus, if your kitchen receives bright, direct sunlight for most of the day, herbs can easily grow year-round. Sears’ top suggestions for indoor herbs include chives, parsley, mint, thyme, rosemary, basil, oregano, and cilantro.

Snake plants. These plants are common houseplants—in fact, you may have one in your home already! Their popularity stems from their resilience; they are easy to care for because they can handle everything from low to direct sunlight. For kitchens that don’t get much natural light, snake plants are a wonderful choice.

Succulents. Though many would automatically conjure up an image of the classic three-pronged cactus when we think of succulents, Sears says that this type of plant comes in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Succulents are also quite low maintenance thanks to their ability to store water. To keep your succulents happy in the kitchen, place them on a sunny windowsill.

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