10 Best Kitchen Plants to Enliven Your Cooking Space
No matter the color of your thumb, you can definitely keep these kitchen plants alive and thriving. Trust us, they’re all pretty easy to care for. And no, they’re not all herbs.
Houseplants are the trend these days. You can literally see them everywhere. But hey, we’re not mad about it. Adding plants to your home is an easy and inexpensive way to spruce up the space. Additionally, it also offers health benefits such as it increases morale and productivity, it provides first aid, and it purifies your air.
When adding kitchen plants to the space, you need to take into consideration the basic needs of the plants to thrive: light levels, water, humidity, temperature, toxicity (if you have little humans and pets, and more. Most of the kitchen plants we’re going to recommend are perfect for new plant parents. If you’re wondering how to keep them happy and healthy, you can find more in-depth care tips at Omysa’s Plant Care blog.
One of the easiest kitchen plants that you won’t regret adding to the space. They are hardy houseplants that require less attention, and they are perfect as decor to your cooking space. It won’t help you make an excellent dish, but at least you’ll look good with it in the background.
Tillandsia, commonly known as air plants, get their nutrients from the air around them. So you need to take into consideration the type of environment your kitchen has, especially the humidity in your space since air plants love humid places.
Sunlight: Air plants need bright, indirect light to thrive.
Water: Water your air plant thoroughly like 2-3 times per week, especially if you live in a hot, dry environment.
Omysa Plant Care Tip: Avoid placing your air plants in an enclosed terrarium. Air plants need proper air circulation, so placing them in a closed vessel will keep them too wet, causing them to rot or get a fungal disease.
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There’s no denying that Aloe Vera is one of the most popular kitchen plants. Aside from the fact that it’s easy to care for, it also provides aid for burns, cuts, other irritations, and treating sunburns. As a succulent, Aloe Vera needs a bright, sunny spot in your kitchen and very little water to flourish. It can grow one to two feet tall, but it can reach up to three feet in height with proper care.
Sunlight: Find a warm spot in your home where it can get bright light for at least six to eight hours every morning.
Water: Water when the soil is completely dry.
Omysa Plant Care Tip: Be careful not to overwater your Aloe Vera plant because it’s sensitive to root rot.
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The kitchen plant with an undeniable personality and whimsical quality. Considered as an aggressive and hardy vine that it’s banned in the state of Oregon because it’s so invasive when grown outdoors. So before you add this to your home, make sure to double-check that it’s legal where you live.
English Ivy prefers bright light, but it can also thrive well in low light areas. It’s best to grow this plant in a pot and hang it by your window or put it on a shelf. Make sure that the pot you’re going to use can hold its roots.
Sunlight: It grows best in partial to full shade. However, it can also adapt to almost any amount of light, from full sun to full shade.
Water: Water your English Ivy plant when the top inch of the potting mix is completely dry.
Omysa Plant Care Tip: It’s best to keep this houseplant a little too dry than a little too wet. However, if you want to give your plant some extra TLC, we recommend that you mist it often.
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Of course, our kitchen plants list wouldn’t be complete without herbs like Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Mint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, and more. These are the best herbs to grow indoors because it’s easy to care for. Plus, you can grow them under grow lights.
Sunlight: Different herbs require a different type of light to grow. However, as a general rule of thumb, put your herbs in south-facing windows with bright light for at least 4 hours per day.
Water: Let the soil dry a bit before watering. Keep soil slightly moist, but not soggy.
Omysa Plant Care Tip: Before buying herbs, check for pests like aphids, scale, and spider mites. It’s also best to avoid crowding the plants to prevent problems. Make sure that there’s good airflow around each herb plant.
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Aside from the fact that it’s a popular air-purifying bedroom plant, the Peace Lily can also thrive well in the kitchen. It’s beautiful, easy-to-grow, and can bloom all year. Feng Shui experts also believe that the Peace Lily plant converts negative energies to positive, which is something you need when you’re too frustrated to get the recipe right. Remember that Peace Lily is a poisonous houseplant. It contains oxalates which can irritate your pet’s mouth and stomach.
Sunlight: Peace Lily prefers filtered light or light partial shade. It can also tolerate fluorescent lights.
Water: Water at least once a week and keep the soil moist, but not wet.
Omysa Plant Care Tip: As a tropical plant, your Peace Lily likes humidity. It will appreciate a good misting, especially during the summer.
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This is one of the houseplants that are perfect in every room of your home because it’s arguably the easiest houseplant to grow. It’s easier to care for Pothos than to grow succulents. True story. All you need is to give them the right amount of light and water when they start to look wilty.
One of the main characteristics of Pothos is its trailing, leafy vine that can grow about 6 to 10 feet indoors. Another unique characteristic is its heart-shaped, bright, and waxy green leaves with variegation in yellow.
Sunlight: It can tolerate low light, but grows well in medium and higher light areas.
Water: Keep soil moist, but be careful not to overwater.
Omysa Plant Care Tip: Since Pothos loves to vine, it’s best to place them on a shelf or hang them beside the window. This will also keep your children and pets from ingesting the plant.
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Adding to our list of kitchen plants is the Snake plant, which you can literally see everywhere these days. Apart from the fact that it’s perfect for beginners, and it’s one of the top air-purifying houseplants, the Snake plant is also drought-tolerant, and it can thrive well in any environment.
Sunlight: Snake plants will thrive in either very bright light or low light areas of your home. However, it’s best to position your snake plant in your kitchen with bright, indirect sunlight or medium light.
Water: Water when the soil is almost completely dry. Seriously.
Omysa Plant Care Tip: Snake plants would prefer neglect over overwatering. It can go without being watered for a month.
Spider plants prefer bright light, but it will do just fine in low light. Popular as an air-purifying plant because it helps remove benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and xylene. Spider plants are also a drought-tolerant plant, and it can survive if you forget to water it occasionally.
Sunlight: It requires bright to moderate light.
Water: Allow the soil to dry before watering. Water your Spider plant liberally through the summer and mist them occasionally.
Omysa Plant Care Tip: Hang them or place them on top of your kitchen cabinets to save precious counter space.
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Venus Fly Trap
I’m not a fly, but I’m literally scared and amazed by this houseplant. There’s something attractive and magical with the Venus Fly Trap that I feel sorry for the small insects that fall into their trap. Some would say that this houseplant is tough to care for, but the trick is to try to match its native conditions, which is to place it in bright, indirect sunlight and to keep the humidity levels high.
Sunlight: Place in bright, indirect sunlight indoors.
Water: Keep planting mix moist at all times, but not soggy. Use distilled water since tap water can be harmful to this plant.
Omysa Plant Care Tip: We recommend that you plant your Venus Fly Trap in a peaty or mossy medium that drains well.
Lastly, on our list of kitchen plants is the easy-breezy ZZ plant. Trust us, you can grow this houseplant with your eyes closed. ZZ plant is a tough houseplant that basically thrives off of neglect. It can survive occasional watering and low light areas of your home, specifically your kitchen. It’s also a great air-purifying plant that eliminates toxins such as benzene, toluene, and xylene.
Sunlight: ZZ plants prefer bright, indirect light. However, it can tolerate low-light conditions or bright, fluorescent light.
Water: To keep your ZZ plant alive, it’s best to water it regularly, but allow the soil to dry between watering.
Omysa Plant Care Tip: The most common problem of the ZZ plant is overwatering. Remember to let the soil dry before watering. Plus, it’s always best to underwater than to overwater since the ZZ plant is also a drought-tolerant houseplant.
Surround yourself with these calming kitchen plants. It might not help you improve your cooking skills, but it can help you feel relaxed and clean the air you breathe.
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