We all spend time a lot of time in the kitchen. Why not make it that extra bit special? There are so many great indoor plants that thrive in the kitchen, and we don't just mean decoratively. Some indoor kitchen plants can be added to the meals you create, some have a calming effect, heck, there are even plants for first aid!
When choosing the perfect kitchen plant, you need to consider humidity, temperature, and light levels. Don't worry though, we’ve got you covered. Read on for the ultimate guide in selecting the perfect kitchen plant.
What Are The Perks Of Kitchen Plants?
Bringing the outdoors into your kitchen will add a whole new vibe when you're cooking delicious meals. Not only can kitchen plants help you feel more creative and less stressed, but kitchens also host a great environment for many plants. Not only is the sink at arms-reach away (so you won’t forget to water!), but many indoor plants love the steamy environment.
We all need a healing plant in our kitchen, and what better one than the Aloe Vera. The Aloe Vera is durable, resilient, and full of beneficial properties that make it a perfect choice. For millennia, this plant has been used to create creams and ointments from its leaves. And you can do the same!
The Aloe Vera plant loves sunlight. Therefore, you need to make sure your kitchen gets ample. Ideally, it would make a great kitchen window plant. They also need to be watered around once a week (depending on your climate.) In other words, it’s very low maintenance and one of the perfect kitchen plants to add to your home!
Making Aloe Vera gel:
Harvesting the leaves of the Aloe Vera is very simple. Remove 2-3 leaves from the outer section by cutting them close to the stem. Wash, dry, and trim the leaves edges, and then separate the gel from the leaf. Collect the gel and then voila! You have a soothing, cooling gel ready to use. It can be used on any scrapes or minor burns (including sunburn) for instant pain relief. Not just a pretty plant anymore, is it?
The Peace Lily is a popular houseplant for good reason. Not only are they stunning, but they’re also really easy to care for. Just keep the soil slightly moist and you can't go wrong. In other words, they are very easy to care for.
Peace Lily's are great kitchen plants. So much so they have made it on NASA's top 10 Plants for Indoor Air Pollution. The white blooms are also known to neutralise indoor chemicals, leaving your kitchen smelling fresh!
Similar to the Aloe Vera, Peace Lily's are perfect kitchen window plants because they like the sunlight. The more sunlight, the more flowers. We can’t recommend Peace Lily's enough, they are one of the best kitchen plants out there.
ZZ Plants are another great addition to any kitchen. Also known as Emerald Palms, these plants love indirect bright light and thrive in any condition. They are so tough, they’re also known as the plant of steel. They are superheroes in the indoor plant world.
These kitchen plants are also great at filtering the air. You’ll also be pleased to know the ZZ plant is considered to be lucky! Perfect for those who tend to go for the wing it mentality in the kitchen.
Hanging plants in the kitchen are a great way to save on space, and there’s no better plant for it than the Spider Plant. They are very easy to look after and can thrive in little light. These low-maintenance plants have also made it on NASA’s list of purifying Plants for Indoor Air Pollution.
This plant loves indirect sunlight and is incredibly forgiving. So they’re great for anyone with the greenest of thumbs and novices as well.
Want to add a tropical look to your home? Then a fern is a great choice. They love indirect sunlight so they’re great kitchen window plants, depending on what way your house is facing. A kitchen's humid environment makes it a perfect home for the humid-loving fern.
Ferns are also excellent as hanging plants in the kitchen. They’ll transform your kitchen to make it come alive with lush green foliage. Plus, ferns are low maintenance and stunning, which makes them one of the best kitchen plants.
Want to go for something even more tropical? Do you have coconuts, palm trees, and crystal blue sea water in mind? Well, look no further. The Pineapple Plant is the one for you.
Pineapple Plants need weekly watering. The top 5 cm of soil should be dry before you water it again. And as you’ve probably guessed, they love the sunlight. If your kitchen has a lot of natural light, your Pineapple Plant will thrive! You can eat the pineapple if you like, but of course, we don't necessarily recommend it. It may taste sourer, but it is still edible!
Cacti are excellent kitchen plants for those short on space. Or for those who have exceeded what is deemed as a ‘normal’ amount of plants, but still want to keep adding to our collections. We certainly fall in the latter of those categories. You can never have too many plants, right?
Cacti are great because you can easily place them above kitchen cabinets if that's the last spot you have left. Plus, that way you won't get pricked by any needles accidentally. They also make great kitchen window plants because they love the sunlight. They’re also very forgiving, as they only require watering every two to three months.
To wrap it up
As you can see, there are many different kitchen plants to choose from. Each with different benefits, looks, and quirks. It’s an inexpensive way to do up your kitchen, with very little fuss. If you’re reading this, you’re most likely a plant-lover like us, and you know the difference just one little plant can make in a room.
If you haven’t already, check out our favourite kitchen plants on this list, and we hope this guide has helped make you an informed decision on what plant suits you best. Regardless of whether you choose one of these plants or not, just make sure to bring nature into your home as much as possible. It makes for better living.