Whether a hardy succulent or a lush fern, houseplants represent a quick and easy way to bring the outdoors in. A verdant plant can add a splash of color to an otherwise drab apartment, especially if potted in a bright container. They add visual interest to a room, toning down harsh lines and stark walls with wild, free-flowing elements from nature.
But houseplants are more than just decorative. They have many health benefits for seniors as well. There is evidence that they can help filter airborne toxins to some degree, improving air quality. Plants are also mood enhancers, and can instill a sense of calm and well-being while reducing stress and anxiety. Studies have also shown that they can help improve concentration and memory.
Wondering where to start? There are hundreds of species of houseplants to choose from. Those well suited to senior apartments include the ones that have air-purifying properties, require little maintenance, and are relatively compact and lightweight. Following are some of the best bets.
Best Houseplants for Senior Apartments
Snake Plant. Also known as “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue,” this houseplant has tall green leaves that are often striped with yellow. They don’t need much light, nor frequent watering, making them one of the most low-maintenance plants around.
Spider Plant. The long, thin leaves of this hanging plant resemble the legs of spiders. Spider plants do best in indirect light, and although they need to be watered well, they can dry out between waterings with no harm done. This plant also produces many “babies” to share with neighbors.
Aloe Vera. A classic succulent, aloe vera is known for its fleshy, pointy leaves, which produce an interior gel that can be used to relieve minor skin irritations, including burns. Aloe vera is a low-maintenance choice, as it needs only indirect sunlight and very little water.
Boston Fern. With their lush, bright-green leaves, Boston ferns are one of the best plants to keep your air clean. Because they need ample water, they thrive in the moist environment of a bathroom.
African Violet. Bright purple and pink flowers are the hallmark of the African violet. They need moderate to bright indirect sunlight, and their soil should be kept moist.
Jade Plant. A symbol of good luck, the jade plant is a succulent with small green leaves. Jades need consistent but light water and full sunlight to thrive, as well as a deep, sturdy pot, as they can become top-heavy.
Golden Pothos. Also known as “Devil’s Ivy” because it’s nearly impossible to kill, Pothos is a leafy vine that can cascade over a hanging pot or trail along a shelf. This ivy likes bright, indirect light and should be watered only when the soil is dry.
Indoor (and Outdoor) Plants at Cumberland Village
At Cumberland Village, we recognize the benefits of plants on physical and emotional health. After all, we have lush landscaping and gardens designed for your enjoyment. Perpetuating that greenery inside is another way to get your daily dose of nature. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you’ll find plenty of easy-to-care-for houseplants that are perfect for senior apartments.