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  • Antoinette Prinsloo

Adding Plants to Your Kitchen

Raise your hand if you’re one of the thousands of people who developed a green thumb (or at least tried to) during quarantine. There are so many great indoor plants that thrive in the kitchen, and we don't just mean decoratively. Some indoor kitchen plants can be added to the meals you create, some have a calming effect, there are even plants for first aid.


Working with plants can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with how to care for them. The good news is that there are endless varieties to choose from, including many that are perfect for beginners. If you’re looking to add plants to your kitchen, but aren’t sure where to start, here are five of our favourite easy houseplants to try.


English Ivy

This versatile vine works in nearly any space, but will definitely thrive best with regular exposure to light. English ivy is known as an excellent air purifier. Just be sure to keep this guy out of reach of cats and dogs and other four-legged friends, because English ivy is toxic to them



Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera likes bright light, so you’ll need a window for this one. Nearly impossible to kill, Aloe Vera is a succulent that does better when you leave it alone. Keep it next to the stove and it’ll come in handy the next time you inevitably burn yourself.

Snake Plant

This plant is perfect for kitchens that receive limited light exposure, as they don’t need much to survive. They also don’t take up much space either, making them ideal for tight spaces. This is another great choice if you’re looking for an air purifying plant.


Pothos

If you want a virtually unkillable trailing plant to add some drama to your kitchen, the always-reliable Pothos is your best bet. Also known as Devil’s ivy, it is drought-resistant, which makes it a smart pick for anyone who occasionally forgets to water. It also grows well in shade with filtered light, and its cascading vines work well on cabinets and floating shelves.


Basil

Why settle for store-bought herbs when you can pick them fresh from your kitchen garden? Basil really is one of the easiest herbs you can grow in your kitchen. Just know that it loves plenty of sun, dislikes cold, drafty areas, and likes a moist soil.





Plants make for versatile kitchen decor. There are all kinds of chic and creative ways to display them in your space. That said, different plants have different needs, and these should be taken into consideration when deciding where in your kitchen they should go. Adding plants is just one of the many ways you can make your kitchen completely your own. And it’s an inexpensive way to do up your kitchen, with very little fuss.

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