A Guide For Turning Your Space Into a Plant Oasis

October 10th, 2017 at 1:00am

The space you live in has a huge impact on your well-being. Plants not only make great décor, but are proven to positively affect mood and productivity (cue the psychology major in me). You can add plants to your bedroom, office, or dorm to help boost happiness and clarity when stuck inside cramming for exams. Better yet, many tiny plants pack a big punch when it comes to purifying the air from household pollutants. Not sure how to incorporate plants into your space and actually keep them alive? I am here to help!

PHOTO: Cassidy Clark

If you’re looking for a traditional and leafy houseplant that thrives in dark interiors, then the heartleaf philodendron is perfect. It only needs water when the soil is dry and its fast-growing vine, paired with a hanging basket, makes for your own personal oasis. (Sadly, the leaves are toxic if eaten, so skip this one if you have pets).

Another lush alternative to the above is pothos, an entry-level, low light plant that thrives in a wide range of conditions (you can let this one dry out between waterings). Even better, pothos is wonderful at absorbing formaldehyde and also looks lovely in a hanging planter.

Want something virtually indestructible and a bit smaller than the last two? Then the snake plant is for you! It handles low light extremely well and holds up in dry spells (and should only be watered occasionally). According to my research, this is one of the hardest houseplants to kill and is also known for its air filtering abilities.

PHOTO: Amber Sudra

If you’re a decorator with classic taste, then you’re probably happy to see ivy in this article. Most ivys do well in low light and grow best when left to dry out between waterings. A study found that English ivy actually reduces airborne fecal-matter particles, so this one might be handy for adding greenery to your bathroom.

African violets are perfect to add pops of color. They are one of the easiest flowering houseplants to grow and bloom year-round. Filtered sunlight and warmer temperatures do these plants justice.

Aloe vera is one of my personal favorites and packs a triple punch. It’s low maintenance, clears chemical byproducts from the air, and can be used topically. The leaves’ liquid is full of healing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory goodness. Aloe is perfect for a sunny window ledge and even that pesky red breakout on your forehead.

PHOTO: Kelly Rogowski

Last but not least, a special shoutout to succulents and cacti. Both do well in bright light and in containers with adequate drainage. Make sure all of your cute containers are able to drain. Another option is to buy a well-draining soil with large particles. Overwatering is the number one killer of succulents and cacti; they only need water when the soil becomes dry.

Feeling inspired and armed with some knowledge? Head to your nearest greenhouse and share your indoor oasis with us on social media by tagging @Cfashionista! 

Featured photo by Amber Sudra.