Quickly die: Which houseplants should not be kept in the kitchen

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Predatory plants will only attract more flies to the kitchen and flowering plants will cover everything with pollen.

Choosing the right location is half the battle in growing indoor plants. And the kitchen, as it turns out, is not in itself the best place for many of them.

The Express interviewed experts who tell us which plants don't belong in the kitchen. And they explain why.


These orchids are unlikely to do well in a room that holds fruit. The fact is that apples or bananas, beautifully arranged in a vase, release ethylene gas into the air. There's nothing wrong with that. But phalaenopsis plants are extremely sensitive to this substance and react to its presence by dropping their flowers prematurely. The buds can also be affected.

Carnivorous plants

Predatory plants such as the Venus flytrap or Sarracenia seem like good choices for your kitchen because flies like to swarm in here. But in fact, they will only increase the number of pests. It's all down to the pheromones that predatory plants use to attract their prey. Even more flies will fly to them than to an open rubbish can.


Lush green sultanas of all kinds of ferns can decorate any room. But in order to thrive they need plenty of light and regular watering. Kitchens, meanwhile, are often fitted out in such a way that light is badly lacking. This will cause the fern to shed its leaves, which, among other things, creates additional clutter.



There's nothing stopping Monster from thriving in the kitchen - it's an undemanding plant. However, the size of the monster can be a real problem. After all, it grows quickly and takes up a lot of space. A single monster leaf can reach up to 70 cm across if it gets enough light. If there is enough sun in the kitchen, the monstera will very quickly take up all the available space, and if the room is dark, it will not be able to grow the beautiful openwork leaves for which it is planted.

Crested wormwood Rowley

These indoor plants are beautiful succulents with unique leaves which remind of strands of pearls. But they need plenty of bright, diffused light in order to grow properly. Kitchens, on the other hand, are often quite dark, as we've already mentioned.

Ficus liriformis

The beautiful fan-shaped leaves also need plenty of light. In a dark kitchen there is usually not enough light for the Ficus liriformis to fully perform photosynthesis. In such a case, the plant will start to turn yellow and shrivel up. Another reason for moving it to another room is that the plant needs more vertical space because it grows taller. And in the kitchen, the upper tier of the room is mostly occupied by cupboards and shelves.


Flowering plants

Even if the conditions in the kitchen would be suitable for such a plant, it will itself be a source of a lot of pollen. And this pollen can end up on dishes and food. At best, it is just another source of dust pollution. At worst, it can trigger a serious allergy attack in a sensitive person.

Previously OBOZREVATEL told which indoor plants can not be brought outdoors, even in summer.

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