Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen is my favorite for growing houseplants. You spend a lot of time there every day, making it easy to keep tabs on your plants, and the sink is right there, so you have zero excuses not to water them.
For example, have you ever noticed that your plant is looking a little under the weather while you’re sitting on your couch wrapped cozily in a blanket? You think, “I have to water that when I get up”—and then three Netflix episodes later you’ve forgotten all about it. That doesn’t happen in the kitchen because you’re already on your feet and the sink is right there.
Let’s start with the obvious: Herbs are the perfect kitchen plants because they add greenery you can eat. Mint, lemon balm, parsley, and basil are all manageable when grown indoors. Another great feature of kitchen herbs is that they’re relatively easy to contain in small- to medium-sized pots so you don’t need to sacrifice a lot of space.
Aloe vera is another functional kitchen plant. The gel inside the leaves is useful for treating burns, or even just moisturizing dry dishwashing hands. Plus it’s small, compact, and easy to care for.
Spider plants are good kitchen plants for two reasons: They’re really easy to grow and they look good in a hanging basket. Hanging baskets are often a great option for kitchens because they don’t take up any precious countertop real estate. Plus you can easily hang them by a window or sliding glass door where it might otherwise be hard to take advantage of the natural light.
If you want a colorful bloom, go with an African violet. They’re not hard to grow, but they do need a little extra attention when it comes to watering (they like their soil moist, but not wet, and never dry), so keeping them in a high-traffic area will make it easier to remember to check on them. African violets also like warmth, which cooking heat easily provides.
If you want a floor-dweller for your kitchen, a snake plant is a good choice. Its leaves are very compact and upright, so it won’t ever be in your way. It’s also super easy to grow, even in low light. Just throw some water on it every once in a while and it’ll be fine.
I don’t know about you, but the less I need to worry about watering a plant the more likely I am to forget about it. Fortunately cacti can survive a long time without water, but it’s still helpful to keep them somewhere you’re likely to remember to water them. Plus they really like the heat and they generally won’t impose on your precious kitchen space.