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11 of the Best Kitchen Plants for Your Home

There's nothing more peaceful than an element of fresh green in your kitchen. But if you don't have your window overlooking a wild garden, you can bring the outdoors inside. The real difficulty comes from finding the perfect plants.

Are you looking to add a bit of nature to your kitchen?

There’s nothing more peaceful than an element of fresh green in your kitchen. But if you don’t have your window overlooking a wild garden, you can bring the outdoors inside. The real difficulty comes from finding the perfect plants.

But it doesn’t have to be hard! Read on for our top 11 picks for the best kitchen plants to add to your home.

1. English Ivy

When designing a kitchen, try to incorporate plants and elements of green. It gives a homey sense of nostalgia for the country and ties our homes into their surroundings.

The rich, long, lush dark green vines of English Ivy are the quintessential country plant. It can thrive both outside and inside, but the key is to provide it with enough light. Its preference is bright filtered light.

Before you water this plant touch the soil to make sure the top is dry. Then let the soil on the top dry out again each time before the next time you water it. If you have pets though, ivy can be toxic to cats and dogs.

2. White Jasmine

This plant finds it easy to grow indoors and works well in a hanging basket or clay pots. Their fragrant bright white blossoms will fill your kitchen with delightful scents.

In spring and summer, you’ll need to get as much light on your White Jasmine plants as you can. Throughout winter though it can handle less light. Keep the soil dry in the winter but make sure it’s moist through summer.

3. Aloe Vera

When it comes to the best indoor kitchen plants Aleo Vera is right up there as they’re super easy to look after. In fact, they’re more likely to thrive when left alone.

You can grow Aloe Vera in partial shade but you’ll get healthier plants with as much sunlight as possible. In summer you only need to water once every few weeks once the soil dries out. In winter you water them even less.

4. Chinese Evergreen

When decorating a kitchen with plants the Chinese Evergreen is a top choice. They’re low maintenance, not needing much care, and thrive in low to medium light levels. They prefer moderate watering too but be careful not to overwater. This could cause root rot.

5. African Spear

The African Spear plant has unique spear-like, pointed growth. You can even braid it for a similar look to lucky bamboo. This plant is tolerant of light and prefers access to brighter filtered light.

It’s also tolerant to drought but for best results water every 1-2 weeks. It’s perfect for a windowsill by the sink, where you’ll watch this quirky little plant thrive.

6. Heartleaf Philodendron

You can use the Heartleaf Philodendron as a centrepiece or as a hanging plant. It’s a very elegant, opulent-looking plant with its dark green leaves shaped like hearts.

For the plant to thrive it prefers medium light conditions but Philodendrons can thrive in low light. You want to let the top half of the soil dry out then water a little. Keep repeating this.

7. Fiddle Leaf Fig

This plant is a tough cookie that’s easy to adapt to new environments. In the right conditions the Fiddle Leaf Fig can reach 6ft in height, so make sure your kitchen has space.

In the right kitchen corner, it can add a bright pop of green that brings nature inside and prevents an empty space. This plant can tolerate shade, but it would prefer a spot by a bright sunny window.

You should only water Fiddle Leaf Figs when the soil is dry to the touch, then water it well. You want the water to run out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Let the soil dry again before repeating it next time.

8. Devil’s Ivy

Don’t let the name put you off, Devil’s Ivy is one of the best indoor plants. It’s a fast-growing vine with green, heart-shaped waxy leaves. This plant can tolerate drought conditions but does best when watered every 1-2 weeks.

When you water Devil’s Ivy, soak the soil until water drains out the holes at the base of the pot. You want to place it in a shady area that gets a little light filtering through.

9. String of Pearls

The String of Pearls is a type of succulent classed as a perennial vine. It produces long vines filled with small, round leaves. It makes a spectacular hanging plant you can hang over the sink or in a bright area of the kitchen.

Bright light helps keep it at its healthiest, but it can survive in areas of fluorescent light. You only need to water it when the soil is completely dry and then water it well. Let the water soak into all the soil.

10. Peace Lily

For a long time, the Peace Lily has been a favourite for homeowners. It’s easy to look after and when it’s kept healthy your kitchen is bursting with white, bright blossoms.

It ranks on NASA’s top ten list of household plants that improve air quality. This is due to the Peace Lily being able to break down toxic gases like carbon monoxide.

This plant does best in areas of medium but indirect sunlight. You want to place it 6-8ft away from the window. To know when to water, watch for a little drooping then water it.

Within hours it’ll perk up, but this plant is not suitable for households with cats as it’s very toxic to them. To keep your furry family members safe, always choose pet-friendly plants.

11. ZZ Plant

ZZ is the short name for Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (you can see why it has a nickname right!?). If you’re someone who only looks at a plant and it keels over, this is the one for you; it’s almost indestructible!

It prefers moderate indirect light. This means it’s the perfect plant to brighten any darker areas of your kitchen. When it comes to watering, ZZ plants prefer a less is more approach. It can go months without needing watering.

Best Kitchen Plants to Bring Nature Into Your Home

So, there you have it! Now you know the best kitchen plants to bring into nature into your own home.

When choosing plants for your kitchen consider the amount of light and where it shines. Think about your pets too, as some plants can be toxic with very serious consequences.

You also want to consider how much time and commitment you have to plant care. Some plants need a lot more hands-on maintenance than others who thrive when left alone.

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