When you move into a rental apartment, making it feel like your own can feel a bit tricky at first. Your landlord probably has some restrictions about the modifications that you can make to your 1 BHK for rent, and it’s not like you’ve got a huge space to decorate either. Well, that’s where indoor plants can be a gamechanger for your home. They can add a spot of colour and bring life to your space. Not just their aesthetic qualities, having plants in your home can have a positive effect on your mood and make you feel calmer too. Plus, it’ll improve the air quality in your house. So, say goodbye to claustrophobic spaces and boring decor and check out these incredible indoor plant ideas that are going to level up your rented flat. PS: we’ve made it a point to include a different variety of plants to make sure that you can choose according to your living conditions. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
Best for: small flats with natural light
Requirements: Watering is needed when the soil is completely dry. Should be placed near a window or well-lit area.
Succulents are really on-trend right now and are the perfect plants for those who are new to the world of gardening. You really don’t need a lot of equipment or knowledge to be able to grow your own succulent plants. And since they tend to be quite small in size, they’re the perfect fit for any small flat. Make sure that you place them under an open window so that they receive plenty of sunlight and they’ll certainly grow well. Our bonus tip: Upgrade the cuteness factor of your succulents by getting some cute ceramic planters or DIYing your old coffee mugs into one-of-a-kind planters for your indoor garden.
Best for: flats without natural light
Requirements: A vase or glass jar, regular trimmings
If you’re not someone who likes to get their hands dirty or if you can’t be bothered to research potting soil and fertilizer brands, hydroponic plants or plants that grow in water are going to be a good idea for you. All you’ll need to grow a set of these are some glass jars or vases. You could even upcycle old wine bottles for this purpose. These water-loving plants don’t need a lot of sunlight so they’re perfect for the darker corners of your flat. Just make sure that you prune any dying leaves and trim the plants regularly to keep them from growing too wild. Our bonus tip: The trimmings from these plants work excellently as cuttings that you can gift your friends to grow their own indoor gardens with.
Best for: Flats with high ceilings
Requirements: high shelves or ceiling hooks to suspend the plants from, terrariums or hanging planters.
If you’ve used up every square inch of floor space but are still dying to have your own indoor garden set up, then hanging plants are the choice for you. You’ve probably seen these everywhere on Instagram and Pinterest already, but they’re super easy to grow by yourself. All you need is a terrarium or planter that you can place on a high shelf or suspend from a ceiling. Then plant some quick-growing ferns or vines and let them work their magic. These plants tend to be quite low maintenance and won’t need much sunlight or water to grow well. Perfect if you’re a beginner.
Best for: flats with pets
If you’re sharing your 1 BHK on rent with a furry friend, you need to ensure that any plants that you get for your home are also safe for your pet. Because flowering plants might add to the aesthetics of your flat but they’re often poisonous to your pets. So, make sure that you only grow indoor plants that are non-toxic and won’t harm your pets even if they accidentally nibble on them. Most common indoor plants like the spider plant, gloxinias and areca palms are safe for cats and dogs but it’s best for you to cross check and research any plants you plan to bring into your home.
So, there you have it. These indoor gardens are super easy to set up in your rental home even if you don’t have a lot of experience as a plant parent. Just make sure that you do some research about the type of plant that you’re getting and the kind of care that it requires. With a little bit of effort and patience, your garden is sure to flourish. So, go ahead and happy gardening!