Adding plants to your Airbnb will spruce up and improve the entire vibe of your living space! Plants are alive and they stand tall and bright and fill the room with clean air and positivity. When you decorate with houseplants, you’re not just adding greenery. Plants are living organisms that interact with your body, mind, and home in ways that enhance the quality of life. That being said you don’t want a well-meaning guest to find themselves guilty of a plant murder they didn’t mean to commit! It is totally possible to curate a plant selection that’s incredibly durable — you just have to choose houseplants that are hard or impossible to kill. Because no matter how well you or your guests tend to your plants, if you don’t find the most drought-resilient ones, the odds of their survival are not in your Airbnb’s favor.
Without maximum sunlight, lots of humidity, and a controlled environment, many tropical plants will wilt and droop. So, what are the key indicators to look for while plant shopping for your Airbnb? What are the best plants for Airbnb’s?
Answer: Deep green leaves and never over-water. Deep green hues show the plant’s ability to photosynthesize more efficiently and they thrive in low light conditions. When living in low light environments plants need less water.
Live Versus Artifical Airbnb Plants
There seems a green light from interior designers to just get plastic plants and forget the hassle. I personally prefer natural fauna as it has so many beautiful benefits. Sure plastic plants look perfect in photos, but you and your guests have to live with them. Here are just a few benefits of live plants.
- Plants are biodegradable, plastic is forever
- Plants clean and purify the air, plastic adds chemicals
- Plants give a sense of calm, focus and well being
- Plants improve humidity and release water in the air
- Plants give an eco-friendly vibe
Of course, some plastic plants are extremely life-like and if your hosting longer stays than 2 weeks, they could be a solution for greenery.
Word on Watering
All the plants listed below will happily thrive with watering once per week (or every two weeks for some). If you fill a bucket the night before ‘watering day’ the chemicals in the water will dissipate more and your plants won’t get brown spots. 1 cup per plant is usually enough. You want the soil to be dry at the next watering day.
Where to Find Airbnb Plants
I found Walmart sometimes has big lovely 3 foot plants in the garden center . Amazon does a good job of shipping plants fast so I’ve listed some links below. There are also some trendier plant sites like Boomscape and The Sill that have amazing plants and you can learn a lot about plant care from these sites.
The Top 9 Plants That Will Thrive & Your Guests Can’t Kill
1. ZZ Plant
The king of indestructible plants. Can’t kill it. Just try. Native to East Africa, they’re good in low light, no light, bright light, low humidity and they can survive a drought. The perfect Airbnb plant. Water them only when the soil feels very dry, and that’s it. Survival Tips Light: Thrives in medium to low indirect light. Not suited for intense, direct sun. Water: About every 2 weeks. Air cleaner: removes toxins from the air
1. SNAKE PLANT
Snake plants grow very tall over time, filling up narrow spaces beautifully. According to Nasa research, they are excellent at air-purifying. They only need to be watered once every week or two and do very well in low light areas. Survival Tips
An easy statement plant is the Monstera deliciosa. This plant is happiest in a bright spot with plenty of horizontal space to grow and vine out. The Monstera originates from the tropical rainforests of southern Mexico and is extremely adaptable to indoor conditions. This impressive, wild plant is also tolerant of the occasional missed watering, making it an ideal for Airbnb hosts.
Survival Tips Light: Thrives in bright to medium indirect light. Not suited for intense, direct Sun. Water: About every 1- 2 weeks. Air cleaner: removes toxins from the air
3. Neon Pothos
Pothos’ heart-shaped leaves are a vibrant pop of chartreuse green. Pothos grows vines that trail down beautifully from bookcases or mantles. Water when the top two or three inches of soil are dry, typically once every week or two— but if you miss a few days, they’ll be fine. Great in low light, and easy to take care of. Survival Tips Light: Thrives in medium to low indirect light. Not suited for intense, direct Sun. Water: Once per week. Air Cleaning: Removes all indoor air toxins.
4. Rubber Plant
Rubber trees can measure over 100 feet tall in their native Asia, but regular pruning can keep the ornamental variety in check. If the broad leaves get a little dusty wipe gently with a soft wet cloth. A gorgeous Airbnb plant. Survival Tips Light: Thrives in medium to bright indirect light. Water: Once a week. Air cleaner: removes toxins from the air
Architectural and very low maintenance. The recipe for a happy yucca is easy: sun, sun, and more sun. Plant in a deep container to prevent the top-heavy woody stems from toppling over. The Yucca plant is a native of Guatemala and southeast Mexico, so it likes to be kept dry. Survival Tips Light: Thrives in medium to bright indirect light. Water: Once every 2 weeks. Air cleaner: removes toxins from the air.
6. Parlor Palm
The Parlor Palm is easy and graceful Airbnb plant, with lush, dark green fronds. A great space filler, it thrives in a variety of light situations. Native to Mexico and Central America, the Parlor Palm requires little care and is a great air purifier. This indoor plant is highly adaptable making it perfect for Airbnb’s with less than ideal growing conditions. Survival Tips Light: bright, indirect light, but will readily adapt to low light as well. Water: Once a week in the summer and every 2 weeks in the winter. Air cleaner: removes formaldehyde from the air.
Who doesn’t love a plant that looks good, is hard to kill and can actually be useful? Aloe plants are awesome to have around for your Airbnb guests, soothing away sunburns and skin irritations! When a guest breaks off a leaf, a new one will grow, making them totally indestructible. Really. It. Won’t. Die. Survival Tips Light: flourishes in a bright, sunny spot. Water: Once every 3 weeks. Air cleaner: Removes formaldehyde and benzene
There you have it! Gorgeous, lush green Airbnb plants that are going to brighten and add life to your Airbnb, and most importantly survive your Airbnb Guests!