According to a recent article from the Washington Post, millennials are filling their empty hearts with houseplants. It was a comical title to an article, but in a way, there is some truth to it. Human beings naturally want to connect with nature, no matter how small the scale is. Living in the concrete jungle can sometimes make you feel like a blade of grass is a foreign object. Sure, here in NYC you have many beautiful parks, but do you always want to get on the subway and head across town to enjoy some greenery? Luckily, making NY apartments a bit more lush is pretty easy with a trip to a local hardware store or nursery.

House Plants

A house plant is a basic type of plant that is usually very easy to take care of. There are small ones and large ones, and a house plant shouldn’t be high maintenance, especially if you are new to the whole plant game. Succulents like aloe and cacti are especially easy because many of them only need to be watered once a month, or at the most once every 2-3 weeks in drier seasons. Another good choice is the philodendron, a vine plant with heart-shaped leaves. It tends to grow quickly, filling your space with serene energy before you know it. When purchasing a house plant, make sure you get the information on how much sun it needs for perfect placement in studio apartments in New York City.

Window Boxes

Window boxes are those cute and picturesque floral bins you see hanging out of some windows. Head to your local hardware store to get the supplies you will need to set this up. They are usually filled with colorful flowers and can add some real joy to NYC rental apartments. You want to choose hearty plants that will withstand sun and shade, as they will likely be getting both. For a pop of color, go with red verbena or purple summer snapdragon. Both have a lovely scent to go along with their colorful displays.

Kitchen Herbs

Fresh herbs always add exciting ingredients for cooking in apartments in New York, and they are typically easy to grow. If you’ve got a kitchen window, then you have the perfect spot for a bit of basil, sage, thyme or rosemary. Most herbs need about six hours of sun per day, so keep that in mind when you are picking the spot. Don’t forget to label your herb plants so you don’t forget what they are, because some of them look similar. Happy cooking!

The Advanced Stuff

So, you have had a few houseplants and they’ve lived for a while, and now you want to try something more challenging. There are plenty of finicky plants to choose from that need a bit more attention than the usual. Orchids are famously difficult to please, but when they are happy they blossom with the most beautiful flowers, so it’s worth it. If you really want a challenge, you can even try growing plants from seed, which is incredibly challenging for many types of plants but very rewarding.

You have your plants, and now you just need a place to enjoy them! Find the perfect NYC apartment for you and your greenery at NoFee Rentals.