The Best Plants for the Kitchen
We can probably all agree that kitchens are not the perfect place to keep houseplants, as they are likely to come with fluctuating temperatures, which is usually dramatic. Your kitchen temperature may go from cold nighttime conditions with the appliances switched off to extreme daytime heat when busy cooking. What’s more, greasy deposits are likely to endanger the health of a plant. Besides, the amount of sunlight your kitchen gets will go a long way in determining the best plants to keep there. If you are in the market for the best plants for your kitchen, the below selection will prove highly durable.
Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)
Cast Iron Plant is one of the hassle-free and hearty houseplants that can be a great addition to your kitchen as its leafy bright green nature brightens the general outlook of any interior. The plant is considered suitable for this purpose because it can tolerate a whole lot more than most other indoor plants. This includes fluctuating and extreme heat, very low light, as well as occasional watering.
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Even those of us that are hopeless at keeping plants, can successfully keep an Aspidistra Elatior. All you need do is to position it at a good corner in the kitchen since the climate there can be unpredictable. And if you prefer to have your kitchen plants on their window sill; keep in mind that windows tend to get chilly at nighttime. Hence why countertops are often the ideal place to keep a kitchen plant, but they will have to contend with other appliances and utensils; nevertheless, you can always leverage a hanging basket. Regardless of the location, you opt for, the Cast Iron plant is naturally strong which means it will thrive no matter the condition it is exposed to.
E Aluminum Plant (Scientific Name is Pilea Cadierei)
Good kitchen hanging plants don’t get better than the E Aluminium. This beauty of a plant comes with large green leaves and is very easy to take care of. You simply have to keep it inside a good hanging basket well away from cold or hot drafts, such as air conditioners or heaters. Another reason it will make a great kitchen plant is that its major appeal lies in its natural coloring. Besides, being a hanging plant means that you will be able to save some good counter space.
A kitchen with tiny bugs moving around is not a pleasant sight; however, any room that is full of garbage, crumbs, and tantalizing aroma is sure to invite bugs. This situation can be checked by introducing a Venus Flytrap – just position this carnivorous plant on your kitchen counter, and it takes care of the problem. Contrary to popular belief, caring for the plant is rather easy. Just position it away from the direct rays of the sun, in a pot with acidic soil, distilled water or water collected directly from the rain.
We consider Spider Plants suitable for the kitchen for a couple of reasons. They are among the easiest maintenance houseplants and look quite great in hanging baskets. Any plant that can thrive in a hanging basket is a very good option for your kitchen since it won’t take up any counter space. Secondly, they can be easily hung by a sliding glass door or window, where they will benefit from natural sunlight.
Purple Rubber Tree Plant (Ficus Elastica Decora ‘Burgundy’)
This next houseplant is listed among the best plants for the kitchen for several reasons. For one, it can tolerate very low light; what’s more, it hardly needs watering, stays compact, and maintains that radiant, deep purple foliage throughout the year. In fact, this plant is a real winner and can be put to a variety of uses in the home. Important to note that it is averse to cold, and when exposed to varying temperatures that are all below 60 degrees, it begins to sulk and consequently loses its leaves. However, you can maintain this plant during the cold summer season by moving it outdoors to get a real splatter of color in its partly shaded flower border.
Herbs important ingredients that should be found in every kitchen – whether fresh, ground or dried. Now, if you are one of those who love to keep potted plants in the kitchen, it would be a really great idea to also keep herbs. The reason herbs are considered as ideal kitchen plants is that they are edible and, at the same time, contribute some greenery to your kitchen outlook. While lemon balm and mint are nearly indestructible, basil and parsley are quite manageable and can thrive in any indoor situation. Besides, kitchen herbs are comparatively easy to keep in small-sized or medium-sized pots; thus, they won’t take up too much space.
Furthermore, herbs like mint come in varieties and can only grow to a maximum height of 45cm or 18 inches and they also look great in the kitchen. Your basil and parsley are best grown on a windowsill with a sufficient supply of sunlight. And apart from the aforementioned, we still have herbs that are not so suitable for the kitchen because of their large size – hence, the likes of fennel, dill, bay, lovage, and angelica should be kept outdoors.
English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
We cannot conclude the list of best plants for the kitchen without mentioning the Hedera Helix. Its lush green nature makes it one of the best kitchen window plants, and it can still thrive when hanged over the sink, provided it gets a sufficient supply of sunlight. This houseplant can endow any kitchen with an attractive display of colors and it comes with a pointy leaf, sporting different shades of green complete with accents of yellows, whites, as well as blacks. This way, you will be sure to get the variety that will benefit your kitchen.
An even better reason this makes an apt plant for the kitchen is that it can aid in purifying the air since it is among the major reducers of internal (indoor) air pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde, bacteria and also mold. However, keep your Hedera Helix plant away from all household pets like dogs and cats, as it is poisonous to both.