7 best plants that will thrive in your kitchen

1. Snake plant

Snake plants (Sansevieria trifasciata), also known as 'mother-in-law’s tongue’, are a popular houseplant for kitchens, and are generally low maintenance. These only need watering every two weeks, but are hardy enough to go for weeks without watering.

What’s more, snake plants are known for removing excess moisture in the air, and harmful airborne chemicals — making them ideal for high humidity in kitchens. In fact, snake plants can help to reduce mold in your home, and are one of a few plants that continue to produce oxygen in low light conditions.

2. Aloe Vera

It’s relatively easy to care for aloe plants, and these are known to thrive in humid conditions and sunlight. With their distinct leaves, aloe vera are hardy, and need very little water — making these the ideal plants for kitchens. Like most houseplants, aloe vera grows well at regular room temperature, but it won’t cope with extreme temperatures. Be sure to keep them away from open windows and doors to shield them from cold draughts. Although their leaves can grow in abundance, avoid heavily pruning your aloe plants, and only do so if the leaves are shrivelled and dead.

3. Succulents

Not only can succulents make eye-catching features for any kitchen, but can cope well with tricky conditions. These hardy houseplants can thrive in bright, indirect sunlight and require very little watering. In addition, succulents will naturally need more water in the summer, so watering in the summer once a week is good practice, while colder months will require as little as once a month. Generally, succulents are easy to care for, just ensure you use pots with drainage holes to prevent overwatering, and you can re-use any excess in the tray on other succulents.

4. Herbs

If you’ve always wanted to grow fresh herbs indoors, you’ll be glad to know that the kitchen is the ideal place for them. First of all, you’ll need to research/pick the best herbs, as not all herbs are low-maintenance or give the same results. It’s best to start with only a few types to begin with — basil, chives, parsley, oregano, rosemary and thyme are known for being the easiest herbs to grow indoors.

5. Spider plant

Spider plants tend to do well in bright, indirect sunlight, so are best placed on or near a sunny window in the kitchen. These easy-going houseplants are very adaptable, easy to grow, and are also a shade-loving plant, surviving in low light. Bear in mind, the growth won’t be as lush as when they’re out in the sun. Typically, spider plants need watering or misting only once a week, but always check the moisture level of the soil with a finger beforehand. If the soil feels moist, hold off on watering for a day or two.

6. Pothos

With their trailing vines, and large, glossy leaves, Pothos plants can make an attractive addition to any kitchen. This is especially the case once the vines grow longer, and you can either wrap them manually around a support, or guide the vines across a wall. These houseplants easily absorb water, which makes them ideal for kitchens that have a lot of moisture. Generally, low maintenance, these tend to thrive in direct sunlight, but will also cope well in indirect light.

7. ZZ plant

With its tall, glossy slender leaves and distinct zig-zag edges, the ZZ (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia) plant looks great on any kitchen windowsill. Known to be drought-tolerant and will happily thrive in shady spots or indirect light, this makes it ideal for kitchens with a lack of windows or low light. What’s more, you only need to water the hardy, ZZ plant every 2-3 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Although, increase the water in brighter light and less often in lower light to help it thrive. In addition, it doesn't need regular repotting, which is convenient and low maintenance.

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