Last month we gave you some inspiration about styling your kitchen with houseplants. We discovered more than enough spots for some green friends that don’t stand in the way of the functionality of your kitchen, like the extractor hood or on top of the fridge!
This month we will suggest different types of houseplants for the kitchen. Plants that are (slightly) toxic you would rather avoid, just as plants that leave spores, like ferns. And in addition to that, there are the “standard” factors that you should take into account when purchasing a plant: humidity, the amount of light your plant receives and whether you can easily reach it to water. And finally, some plants are particularly suitable for places in the kitchen, for example due to their way of growing!
Sometimes poisonous plants cannot do much harm, because you can place them high up or hang them, but in the kitchen it gives a nice and sure feeling when there is nothing toxic around. Plants that you have to watch out for are, among others, the Locust, Dieffenbachia and Philodendron. Poisenous plants are mainly a risk for children and pets. The animal ambulance has prepared a list of poisonous plants for pets. Place these plants out of the reach of children and pets. The list may be incomplete, so always carry out research when purchasing a new plant and go consult a doctor when you see any symptoms in your child.
Plants for your kitchen
Luckily more than enough plants are still suitable for your kitchen! First decide how much light there is in your kitchen: is there full sun, medium light or low light? In case your kitchen has full sun: succulent-like plants are very suitable, the thick leaves protect the plant against the sun. The string of pearls is a nice hanging plant that can handle a lot of light well.
Philodendrons do originally come from the jungle where they grow underneath the high trees and where they never actually get full sun. You can therefore safely place these plants in a darker spot. They also like a high humidity, just like in the jungle, this is ideal for the kitchen, because it is often slightly more damp there than in the rest of the house.
For the different spots that were mentioned in the previous blog, multiple plants are suited. A gorgeous plant to place on top of the fridge is the Monstera minima which has a horizontal growth so that it will not grow against the ceiling! This jungle plant can be both lighter and darker, but cannot stand the full sun.
You can also place nice hanging plants on the fridge and extractor hood. For example the String of pearls, the Senecio peregrinus (jumping dolphin), the Parthenocissus amazonica or the Senecio mikanoides. These last two plants give a tough look in your kitchen. Finally, plants on the kitchen table give a cozy feeling. The Peperomia pepperspot will look great on a small elevation on the kitchen table, just as the Chinese money plant or a Rhipsalis.
If you have a large dining room and table, a Philodendron bipinnatifidum can be a real showpiece in your kitchen. You can look through the plant thanks to the large but slender leaves, this way you can still see each other when you dine together at the table!
Next month we will give you inspiration for a festive, green Christmas table. We are dreaming of a green Christmas, how about you?