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The 11 Best Plants for Your Kitchen

Adding a pop of green to any space in your home is always a welcome sight. But often, the kitchen is overlooked as a place to grow plants. Houseplants can add a fresh and lively feel that you didn't realize was missing from your kitchen. Many also have air-purifying traits and produce pleasant fragrances.

No matter the color of your thumb, you are sure to be able to keep these plants alive and thriving. Check out our list below of the 11 best houseplants for your kitchen. We cover lighting and watering needs, as well as why they're great for your culinary space.

11 Best Plants for your Kitchen

English Ivy

The English ivy will grow lush long vines full of dark green leaves indoors just as easily as outdoors. The most important aspect of growing the English ivy indoors is light. It prefers bright filtered light, but it can survive in lower light conditions if necessary. When watering the plant, check the soil first. Make sure it is dry to the touch before watering, and let the soil dry out on the top before watering it again.

English Ivy

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is one of the easiest plants to care for. In fact, they thrive when they're left alone. Aloe vera plants can certainly grow in partial shade near a window or sliding glass door, but they do best with as much light as possible. During the summer, water once every couple weeks when the soil dries out. Water even less in the winter.

Aloe Vera

White Jasmine

White jasmine grows easily indoors, working well in a hanging basket or clay pot. They are known for their bright white fragrant blossoms that will fill your kitchen with rich smells. During the spring and summer months, white jasmine will need as much as light as possible, but during the winter months it can tolerate less light. Keep the soil moist during the summer and let keep it dry in the winter months.

White Jasmine

Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese evergreen is a durable plant that will thrive with very little care. They thrive in medium to low light conditions and prefer moderate watering. Be sure not to overwater, as that will lead to root rot. Place it on an empty space on your counter and enjoy the added touch of green.

Chinese Evergreen

African Spear

The African spear plant produces unique spear-like growth which can be braided similar to lucky bamboo. The African spear is light tolerant but prefers bright filtered light. It's also drought-tolerant, but will do best when watered once every two weeks. Put it in your windowsill over your sink and watch as this strange plant thrives.

African Spear Plant

Heartleaf Philodendron

The heartleaf philodendron works well as a hanging plant or table centerpiece. Its dark green heart-shaped leaves makes it a very elegant looking plant. It does best in medium light conditions but can survive low light conditions. When watering, allow the top half of the soil to dry out first, then water lightly.

Heartleaf Philodendron

Fiddle Leaf Fig

The fiddle leaf fig is a tough plant that can adapt to its environment. It's a large plant that can grow to be six feet tall in the right conditions. Set it up in the corner of your kitchen or dining room and let it add some greenery to an otherwise empty space. It prefers bright light by a sunny window but it can tolerate shady areas, too. Water only when the soil is dry to the touch. Water it thoroughly, allowing the water to run out of the drainage holes at the bottom, then let the soil dry out before watering again.

Fiddle Leaf Fig

String of Pearls

The string of pearls succulent is a perennial vine that produces small sphere foliage. Hang it over your sink or in a bright area of your kitchen. It does best with bright light but it can survive with a lot of fluorescent lighting. Water only when the soil dries out and then water thoroughly, allowing the water to soak through the entirety of the soil.

String Of Pearls

Devil's Ivy

Devil's ivy, also known as golden pothos, is a fast growing vine that produces waxy heart-shaped foliage. It's a highly drought-tolerant plant, but prefers being watered about once every one to two weeks. When watering, let the soil soak completely until the water runs out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Devil's ivy grows well in shady areas, with some filtered sunlight.

Devil's Ivy

ZZ Plant

The ZZ plant gets its name from its botanical name, Zamioculcas zamiifolia. This plant is virtually indestructible, preferring moderate indirect light but can tolerate extremely low levels of light. This makes it perfect for a dark spot in your kitchen that could use a decorative touch. Less is more when it comes to watering the ZZ plant, it's able to survive months without watering.

ZZ Plant

Peace Lily

The peace lily is a longtime favorite of homeowners as it is an overall easy plant to care for and rewards its owners with bright white blossoms when healthy. It's also on NASA's list of Top Ten Household Air Cleaning Plants for its ability to break down toxic gases like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. The peace lily prefers medium, indirect light and should be placed about six to eight feet away from the closest window. Knowing when to water the peace lily is easy, just pay attention to when it starts to droop and then give it a drink. Within hours, it will perk right back up. Place the peace lily on a counter, end table or as a floor plant in your kitchen and reap its aesthetic and air-purifying benefits.

Peace Lily

Pick a few of your favorite plants from above based on the level of light in your kitchen and how often you're available to water them, and stop by your local nursery to liven up your kitchen.

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