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How to Choose the Right House Plant for Your Boston Apartment

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It goes without saying that indoor plants are trendy right now, especially if you’re looking to make your Boston apartment feel more like home. However, it’s important to know which kind of house plant is best for your way of life and house before you go out and buy the first one you find. Not all plants thrive in the same environment, and some apartments in Boston simply don’t get enough natural light. Here, we’ll review a range of indoor plants, from low-maintenance to high-maintenance, giving you all the information you need to make the best choice for you and your home.

Low Maintenance Plants

Low-maintenance plants are the way for those who don’t want to put in much effort caring for their plants, or have a busy schedule. If this sounds like you, pothos, devil’s ivy, and peace lilies are the three low-maintenance plants that you should consider for your Boston apartment.

  • Pothos is very tough to kill and doesn’t need much water or light.
  • Devil’s ivy is also very resilient but prefers bright indirect sunlight and moist soil.
  • Peace Lilies prefer more shade but love more frequent watering than other low-maintenance plants.

Moderate Maintenance Plants

Moderate maintenance plants are perfect if you want something that requires a little more work but is still relatively simple to care for. These three plants—Monstera deliciosa, also known as the Swiss cheese plant, Philodendron Cordatum, or the heartleaf philodendron, and Maranta leuconeura, or the prayer plant—are worth taking into account. If you love spending time in your Boston apartment, and have a little extra time on your hands for this hobby, these are great plants for you.

  • Monstera deliciosa needs bright indirect sunlight with occasional misting.
  • Philodendron Cordatum requires medium light with regular pruning and pinching of the back of leaves as they grow too large.
  • Maranta Leuconeura needs medium light levels and regular fertilizing to reach its full potential – plus, they change colors throughout the day!

High Maintenance Plants

For those who want a challenge in caring for their houseplants, these high-maintenance options may be just what you’re looking for! These are great options if you work from home, or if you’re a homebody that enjoys spending a lot of time in your Boston apartment. Three good choices here include Cactus species like Mammillaria cactus, Begonia species like Begonia coccinea, and Peperomia species such as Peperomia Obtusifolia “Marble.”

  • Cacti need bright light with much less water than other houseplants—water only when the soil is arid!
  • Begonia coccinea require more frequent watering—you should water once every 2-3 days during summer months—plus they thrive in humid places with bright indirect light.
  • Peperomia Obtusifolia “Marble” need regular fertilizing and misting every few days to reach its full potential!

Your Boston Apartment Will Feel Like Home!

No matter what type of houseplant you choose, ensure it fits your lifestyle and that you can commit enough time each week or month for proper upkeep. Start with one, then consider if you want more. Getting a plant is an easy way to elevate your space- and has many benefits! Plants can help purify the air in your home, provide a nice aesthetic touch, and can even help reduce and absorb noise if you live near a busy street like Commonwealth Ave.

If you don’t love the apartment you’re in now, a plant may not be enough to make you feel at home. You should explore your options and look at other apartments for rent in Boston. At Boston Pads, we can help you find a place you love- guaranteed. We look forward to working with you.

Taylor Oliveira

Taylor Oliveira

Published April 14, 2023

Taylor is a licensed real estate professional that found her passion for real estate in 2020. Thanks to her customer service background, Taylor easily found her stride in rentals and became a top producer with many happy clients. Her keen eye and attention to detail earned her a position as the manager of the virtual tours team, a division of Boston Pads that focuses on obtaining videos and 3D walk- through tours that make virtual showings possible. As of 2022, Taylor is also a manager at Boardwalk Properties- Allston focused on helping new agents reach their goals and training them for success.