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Spruce up your downtown Worcester apartment with some greenery this spring.

One of the things that often gets overlooked when decorating an apartment is adding some life to the space, besides you or your pet. Yes, we’re talking about plants. Live plants add a fresh energy to a space that you can’t quite get with anything else. Fake plants don’t look great most of the time, and even the realistic-looking ones have a dust collection problem. Go with the real deal and enhance your home with an air-cleaning companion that requires little effort and adds a welcoming touch to your space. Before going to the home and garden store and grabbing a truckload of houseplants for your Worcester apartment, there are a few things you should consider.

Do you have a pet?

There are special considerations when you have a furry roommate, starting with avoiding toxic plants. We hope that you’ll be able to refrain from nibbling on the leaves of any plant you bring home, but for your four-legged companions, it’s not so easy. Cats are notorious for chewing on vegetation and dogs can do the same. Be sure to select only plants that are pet-friendly, otherwise you could be setting yourself up for returning home to a sick kitty or puppy. Also, standing floor plants are very tempting as digging spots for both cats and dogs, so it may not be in your best interest to put a big pot of dirt in a room to tempt them.

Consider a spider plant or aloe; both are pet-friendly. The spider plant is good for low light areas and the aloe will give you the added bonus of a salve for your sunburn once summer rolls around.

Virginia Orlando, co-owner of Seed to Stem in downtown WorcesterHow much sunlight do you get?

If you live at 145 Front, you have big windows that let in lots of natural light, but which way are they facing? And where would you like to put the prospective new vegetative tenant. Take stock and then search.

For low sun, consider a fern or orchid. A fern will give you a pop of green and that outdoor feel, while orchids have unrivaled appeal, florally speaking.

For sunny spots, consider a snake plant. These are nearly impossible to kill, and do well in full sun. Plus, they may even bloom with aromatic white flowers.

Indoor/outdoor?

If you have a balcony or terrace, like many of the beautiful residences at 145 Front, you’re ahead of the game. Obviously Worcester can be a bit harsh for most plants to live outside, but come the warmer months, your options open up. You can even have your own patio vegetable garden.

Consider patio tomatoes or hot peppers. Each will need a fair amount of water and light, and will only last through the fall, but you’ll have a tasty treat to reward your efforts.

Do you love low maintenance?

Apartment living has certain advantages. If anything goes wrong, there’s someone to fix it for you. And if you’ve gotten into a low to no maintenance habit, think desert plants. They can live for a long time without water and they need sun, but once you find the spot, you won’t have to move them.

Consider cacti, succulents or a terrarium. Cacti and succulents are not only super attractive decorative plants, they also don’t take much on your end to keep them that way, just a little water every so often. For terrariums, take a look below.

Get help from professionals

Head over to Seed To Stem at 138 Green Street. They are a “plant and lifestyle boutique” which means they specialize in chic ways to add plants into spaces. They believe in enhancing your day through objects of natural beauty and have a wide variety of unique goods from which to draw inspiration. Plus you can get advice and tips to perfect your own urban garden, no matter how small.

We hope you take a moment to see what nook or shelf in your apartment would benefit from a splash of natural color this spring. And if you find the perfect plant, but need a home to match 145 Front apartments in downtown Worcester is a great place to find one. Come by for a tour and see!