Tenant Gardening Part 1 – Excellent Indoor Plants

Most renters don’t have the option to have a full-fledged garden, and many don’t even have the option of a raised bed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow something. There are many indoor plants that are easy to care for and many don’t even require a lot of sunlight. Here are a few of our favorites:

Prayer plant (Maranta leucoreura)
This unique plant gets its name because its big leaves fold up in “prayer” at night, reopening in the morning. Tolerates low light, but prefers a sunny spot near a window. Keep moist, but not soggy – allow the soil to dry a little before watering again. Occasionally blossoms tiny white flowers in spring.

Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Also known as Mother-in- Law’s Tongue, this plant can be neglected in a shady corner for weeks without dying.

Lucky Bamboo
A popular house plant – just stick it in a container with water and add some pebbles for stability. Red/orange roots are a sign of health.

Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum)
This lush green plant tolerates low light and dry conditions.

These beautiful flowering tropical plants sound more complicated than they are. The most important part of caring for Orchids is to have well-draining soil (you can buy an Orchid Mix at most stores that sell plants) and not to overwater.

If you have lots of light, try succulents!  Succulents love lots of light, and there are some nice local Portland shops that sell beautiful succulent art fixtures. Try the Saturday Market!

If you’re lucky enough to have a bright sunny patio or raised bed option, then stay tuned for our next post on growing edibles.

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