Summer self-care tip No.1 - Room plants... and how to show them love.
The simplest way to kickstart a new season in a new space? Add an indoor plant or two. Bring the jungle to you.
While spring and summer may mean flowering gardens and budding vegetables for many, for those with busy schedules or limited outdoor space, outdoor gardening might not be an option. Or maybe your green thumb isn’t so green, but you’d still like a few plants or flowers to decorate your room or apartment.
Not only will your plants cheer you up while you wait for everything outside to green up, they also help filter air in your room - studies also suggest that interaction with indoor plants may actually help reduce stress levels (ideal when your room is also your study spot).
Read below for tips about what greenery to pick when shopping for your place. You can usually buy any of these plants fully grown and potted at your local garden/landscaping store or even an Ikea.
Add some green to your desk to help boost your mood and improve your memory! Place a small plant on top of a stack of books along with a larger, full plant to create a lush space:
Dracaena Lemon Lime - Very easy plant with bright green, striped leaves. Light Requirements: Tolerates low light, but will thrive in medium to bright indirect light. Water Requirements: Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil is dry.
Aloe Vera - Requires only a sunny spot and minimal water to stop it from turning brown. They grow rapidly and you can keep them in the kitchen for easy access to the plants sap which is a natural remedy for burns and great for skincare.
African Violets - This go-to indoor plant, known for its varying shades of purple flowers, needs bright, indirect light and a warm room and should be watered from the bottom to avoid getting the leaves wet.
For a layered look, mix larger plants on the floor with smaller plants placed on stools, boxes, or in a plant stand:
Monstera - trendy, tropical, and easy to care for. Light Requirements: Bright indirect light, but can tolerate low light as well. Water Requirements: Somewhat drought tolerant, water just enough to keep the soil from drying out.
Rubber Tree - adaptable with large, burgundy leaves. Light Requirements: Tolerates low light, but will do best in bright indirect light. Water Requirements: Water toroughly when the top inch of soil becomes dry.
Herbs - Herbs make for beautiful, easy-to-maintain indoor plants with the added benefit of their culinary and sometimes even medicinal uses. Favorites like basil, oregano, parsley, sage, rosemary, and mint can all be grown in small indoor spaces. Most require only small pots, minimal water, and bright light.
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By Hanna Howard & Kate Parrish for Teen Vogue