We've all been there; you bring home a thriving plant and position it in pride of place, only for it to look less than it's best a week later.
House plants are a great addition to your home, not only do they add interest, colour and life, but can help to create a healthier living space. Studies show that plants can boost your mood, productivity, concentration and creativity levels, as well as helping to purify and clean indoor air by absorbing toxins and producing oxygen––and with all of us spending so much more time both living and working at home over the last year due to Covid-19, we need all the mood-boosting we can get.
The down side is, that living in apartments, finding the perfect spot for your new green friends to thrive can be a challenge. Whether you contend with little natural light, blasting air-con or high humidity levels, keeping house plants for more than a few days can be easier said than done. However, there's no need to despair, as there are several low maintenance plants which can thrive in most conditions. From the popular snake plants and spider plants, to trailing ferns, ivy and the highly Instagrammable Swiss cheese plant, here we're listing the easier house plants to keep in your Hong Kong apartment, along with some tips on how to care for each.
"Ferns in the wild thrive at the bottom of the jungle, not getting too much light, but enjoying plenty of humidity" states Deborah Choi Founder of Horticure.com.
As a result of this, the plants are a great option for keeping in Hong Kong where it's hot and humid, and if you have an apartment that doesn't get too much natural light.
Gena Lorainne, Horticulturist at Fantastic Services recommends choosing a Bird's Nest Fern as "they prefer moderate, indirect sunlight and are one of the easiest plants to grow indoors." She also notes that "These leafy plants love the extra moisture, that's why many people place them in their bathroom."