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The 8 Best Plant Picks For An Urbanite: Guest Blogger

We’ve avoided houseplants in the past (NYC apartments are crammed enough as is), but The Sill is changing the way that we buy and display greenery. The start-up specializes in appropriately city-size (read: small) succulents and plants. In honor of our recently launched Birchbox Home: From the Garden collection, we asked Eliza, the company’s founder, and Erin, the social media manager, to bring their plant know-how to our blog. 

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Think your teeny tiny apartment and brown thumb can’t handle a houseplant? Think again! Whether you live in the basement or the penthouse, with a curious Fido or a rambunctious toddler, there is a little green fellow out there who will help make your house a home. Here are our top eight plant picks for the modern urbanite:

1. You have large windows, which let in a lot of natural light.

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Our top pick: Succulent

  • Light: Bright
  • Water: Every 1 to 2 weeks
  • Humidity: Average
  • Temperature: Average 

A succulent is great choice for an apartment that tends to be dry. Conditioned for arid climates, a succulent can otherwise tolerate being hot or cold, however, it does have a preference for bright light. You’re a great candidate for a succulent if you have windows that face east or south. 

2. You refer to your apartment as “the cave.”

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Our top pick: ZZ Plant 

  • Light: Low
  • Water: Every 1 to 2 weeks
  • Humidity: Average
  • Temperature: Average

The ZZ Plant is a popular choice for offices because it can survive in near darkness. Its waxy evergreen leaves make it a great choice for a colorful planteranother good way to brighten an otherwise dark room (or cubicle!)

3. You are a frequent traveler (or a little forgetful…)

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Our top pick: A cactus or succulent

  • Light: Bright
  • Water: Every 1 to 2 weeks
  • Humidity: Average
  • Temperature: Average 

A cactus or succulent, like the Jade plant, is a perfect companion for the frequent traveler. The Jade has very attractive oval leaves on treelike stems, and can be left on its own for a month or more after a thorough watering. 

4. You have a lot of shelf space.

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Our top pick: A Golden Pothos

  • Light: Bright
  • Water: Weekly
  • Humidity: Average
  • Temperature: Average

A Pothos plant is quite the climber—an outlaw free to overgrow as long as you allow it. The Pothos prefers bright light but can tolerate less, as well as the average range of home humidity and temperatures. A hardy plant, it requires little care and has a reputation for filtering toxins from the air.

5. You want something that makes a statement.

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Our top pick: A Watermelon Peperomia

  • Light: Bright, indirect
  • Water: Weekly
  • Humidity: Average to high
  • Temperature: Average

The Watermelon Peperomia is a perfect choice for a kid’s room or for any fun-loving adult. Its fruit-like foliage is candy for the eyes.

6. You want to create a healthier indoor environment.

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Our top pick: A Snake Plant

  • Light: Tolerates most light
  • Water: Every 1 to 2 weeks
  • Humidity: Average
  • Temperature: Average

The Snake Plant makes it to the top of our list for easy care, air-filtering houseplants. They’re known for filtering toxins like formaldehyde, which can be found in a lot of unexpected home goods like our everyday paper products.

7. You need something pet-friendly.

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Our top pick: An Aluminum Plant

  • Light: Medium
  • Water: 2 to 3 times per week
  • Humidity: Average to high
  • Temperature: Average

Some houseplants contain a chemical defense system that can cause burning or swelling of the mouth and throat when eaten by pets or people. Others contain sap that can cause itching or irritation of the skin. So, it’s best to keep all plants out of reach of your pets and small children. A safe bet in this case is the Aluminum Pilea.

8. Your thumb isn’t brown – it’s black

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Our top pick: A Baby Rubber

  • Light: Medium
  • Water: 1 to 2 times per week
  • Humidity: Average
  • Temperature: Average

The Baby Rubber Plant proves it is easy being green. It starts out with oversize spoon-shaped leaves, but eventually will feel in proportion as the plant matures and gains height.

Be on the lookout this Saturday when The Sill takes over our Instagram feed! Think gorgeous vegetation inspiration

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  8. thatredheadblog reblogged this from birchbox and added:
    I have a surprising amount of houseplants on this list and many not for an urbanite. Green is good for ya!
  9. missmelville reblogged this from birchbox and added:
    Succulents in tiny bright pots!
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    Love plants but I have a horrible thumb good looking
  13. fauxroux reblogged this from birchbox and added:
    So glad The Sill is guest blogging with us this week! Their plants are way too cute.
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