Even if you do not have the greenest of thumbs, these indoor plants for Hong Kong apartments are pretty simple to look after and will add a burst of life to any home of office.
If you’re a fan of outdoor activities like hiking in Hong Kong, swimming at the best beaches or experiencing forest therapy walks, then chances are you are going to want to bring some nature into your home. But ever-changing weather in The 852 can cause problems when you’re trying to keep indoor plants alive. There are some very hardy varieties though, that will survive with a little TLC, so here are five indoor plants for Hong Kong apartments, that will keep growing despite typhoons, humidity and chilly winter weather.
1. Spider Plants
Spider plants are amazing. They are practically impossible to kill and thrive in a variety of weather conditions, making them the ideal addition to any Hong Kong apartment. Available in either variegated or green varieties, spider plants – or chlorophytum comosum – are so called because of the spiderettes which grow out the plants and dangle down like spiders on a web. We have one of these plants hanging in our office and we only water it once a week, as the plants are prone to root rot if they are overwatered (perfect for people with thumbs that are less than green!). Make sure your spider plant has a source of natural light and that there’s adequate drainage for it to flourish. We also find that naming and talking to our spider plant on a regular basis has seen it thrive.
Who doesn’t love a cactus?! These spiny delights make perfect indoor plants for Hong Kong, and there are so many different types to choose from! Whether you like them tall and thin or round and short, once you have your cactus, simply place it in indirect light and water it whenever the soil feels dry to touch. Much like our friends the spider plants, cactus plants can become root rotten if they are overwatered, so don’t go too crazy on the hydration front. During winter these tropical beauties do appreciate some time in the light, so try and give them a few hours outside every day to make them truly happy.
3. Snake plants
Snake plants could very well be the most tolerant of all the beauties on our list, which is why they’re ideal as indoor plants in Hong Kong apartments and offices. Sansevieria, as they are otherwise known, live easily in situations with low light and can survive for many days without watering. It’s a similar situation when it comes to care as for the cacti; just use your finger to feel if the soil is dry and if it them give them some H2o.
Beautiful succulents can do very well indoors. They love light, so make sure that they have a home close by a window. If you notice that the leaves are starting to stretch out, then they don’t have enough light, and you’ll want to move them somewhere brighter in your home. During winter, they’ll require much less water than during summer when it’s best to water them around three times per week, or when you can feel their soil is dry. We love the different looks you get with succulents, and find that the greener they are in colour, the better they do indoors.
5. Rubber Plants
Rubber plants, or Ficus elastica, are lovely indoor plants for Hong Kong apartments. If you can, try and get a young plant, as these will adjust to living indoors much easier than the more mature types. Rubber plants do need access to light, but it can’t be too direct, so a location near-ish to a window is always good. During summer, you’ll need to water the plant more than during winter, when rubber plants only need watering once or twice a month. During summer, they also seem to enjoy a little spritz directly on the leaves, but who doesn’t?