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Best Plants for Kitchen Ultimate Guide

Besides the kitchen should be a practical and functional place, we need the kitchen to be a welcoming place. The kitchen is a meeting point, a meeting place for family and friends where share daily stories and prepare new dishes as a gratifying activity for many. Kitchen plants are key to transform and create a cozy environment, adding harmony, and giving a sense of well-being.

Whether you choose herbs, ornamental plants, or spices, kitchen plants create a more welcoming environment.

To grow plants in the kitchen it’s simple, the secret is to choose the right indoor species. Check out our decorating advice and ideas for kitchen plants!

Plant in the Kitchen: Which Ones to Choose?

Although we are thinking about indoor plants, first analyze what are the conditions of your kitchen since the plant should thrive in that environment. Is your kitchen full of light? is it hot most of the time? Is it cool and with little or no natural light?

Be sure to know how the lighting, temperature, and ventilation in your kitchen are before choosing the kitchen plants. Some plants require high light and are sensitive to heat. Some plants such as cacti, succulents, herbs, spices, and foliage adapt well to the kitchen.

Where will be the plants placed? Think of a space where you don’t need to move the plant to perform everyday tasks. It can be on the floor in a corner (thinking of tall plants), on the counter, hanging or even on a cupboard, over cabinets.

Smaller plants can be arranged anywhere, whether on the bench, table, cabinet, shelf, suspended, or fixed to the wall.

Check out These Options for Kitchen Plants:

Best Plants for Kitchen: Cacti and Succulents

Cacti and succulents do not need much light, are heat resistant, and easy to care for. Cacti and succulents can be placed on shelves, cabinets, over counters, or in the shape of a terrarium.  

Terrarium in a Kitchen

In addition, watering can be done two or three times a month, or when the soil is completely dry. If they are in a location with low lighting, we will recommend moving at least once a week to a place with full sun.

As a kitchen decoration also it’s possible to grow different species in cups, teapots, cans, etc. That will certainly help to create a cozy kitchen-related place.

Check out more tips for Cacti and Succulents

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Succulents and Cacti as a kitchen decoration

Herbs, Spices and Vegetables

Who doesn’t want fresh spices always at hand? Growing spices and vegetables in the kitchen are as practical as good investing. It’s the ideal solution to guarantee healthier organic meals and, at the same time, make the space even more attractive, harmonious, and fragrant.

Parsley, basil, rosemary, mint, chives, thyme, and oregano are some of the simple options to grow at home. They don’t need much space. However, they will need light.  Herbs are a good choice for a kitchen with good light. If not, you will need to place them near the window, or you should use lights for growing just for a few hours every other day.

The decoration of a vertical garden is also a great choice to grow herbs in the kitchen. It’s a way to optimize the space while keeping the herbs at hand.

More ideas for grow food

More ideas for Vertical Gardens

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Herbs and a Kitchen’s Vertical Garden

What are you Waiting to Get Inspired?

Thinking about foliage and flowers, there are so many options! It’s just impossible to choose just one plant.

These Plants Will Thrive Well in Kitchens Indirect Lighting and Poor Ventilation:


Aloe Vera

Bamboo Palm (ideal for corners as not to disturb the circulation)

Dragon-Tail Plant (Epipremnum pinnatum)

Purple-Heart (Tradescantia pallida)

Snake Tail / Mother-in-law tongue/ Sword of Saint George

Peace Lily

Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia seguine)

Madagascar Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginate) ideal for corners.




Tailflower, Flamingo Flower and Laceleaf (Anthurium)

Zanzibar Gem, ZZ Plant, Zuzu Plant, Aroid Palm, Eternity Plant or Emerald Palm (Zamioculcas)

Learn more about caring indoor plants.

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Kitchen Plants that will Thrive Well with Indirect Lighting and Poor Ventilation

What are you waiting for to get the perfect and cozy decoration in your kitchen?

plants in a pot

About Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan is an agronomist and a master gardener. In her previous roles, Julia was an advisor promoting large-scale food growing in urbanized areas, introducing the concept of chemical-free produce. She is an expert in putting her hands in the soil, developing organic foods, and improving production processes for decades. Julia is a natural teacher and encourages every person in her way to grow their own food. She split her days between writing and reviewing for The Garden Style Website and offering assessments to cure edible land. Julia enjoys connecting with The Garden Style Community.

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