House Plants I'd Love To Have

I’ve been daydreaming more and more about how I want my own place to look (whenever I can finally afford one). Two of my biggest wants is a lot of natural light, and as many plants as I can fit in there. I grew up watching my grandmother take care of a bajillion plants and always wished I’d have as good of a green thumb as she has. The thought of having mini jungle makes me feel like my apartment would feel extra cozy and with lots of extra oxygen. Here are a few houseplants that are at the top of my list.

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Photo by Hombre on Unsplash

Bamboo

These “lucky” plants were a staple in my house growing up and they’d live forever. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes with the bamboo spiraling around one another. They were relatively easy to take care of too. The roots sit in a bed of rocks and as long as it had ample water it stayed alive. If one of the stalks began to die you could just remove it to save the others.

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Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash

Aloe Vera

This plant saves lives. A long time ago I got an awful sunburn from being at the beach too long without sunscreen and the only thing that prevented me from ripping my face off was aloe vera. My stepmother had a plant so she just clipped off a bit of it, split it in half and spread it on my skin. Instant relief. I’ve also seen people clip off the leaves to use in their hair care routines and their hair turns out amazingly soft and shiny. Besides it being cute, aloe vera plants are so versatile that it belongs in anyone’s home.

Snake

This little one is a snake plant. I can’t tell you why I want it besides the fact that it’s supposedly hard to kill and it’s cute. They grow straight up so no need to worry about it spilling over the sides or taking up bunch of room. I’d put one of these in the corner atop a stool or maybe at the top of a shelf.

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Photo by Mikkel Bech on Unsplash

Cactus

Not surprised to see a cactus on here, right? They’re so adorable and there are so many types. The ones with teenie flowers are my favorite. I can’t decide if I prefer ones that are super spiky like above or have smaller, subtle thorns. My only hesitation is if I have to repot it. How am I supposed to grab it if it would try to kill me when I touched it? I’d place cacti on my coffee table, throughout books shelves, on my desk… everywhere.

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Succulent

Can’t have cacti without succulents! I recently adopted one and it took a lot of trial and error to not kill it. It did end up dying but that’s because I forgot to water it before going to philly for a weekend. Before that, I thought it was dying because it flopped over but new leaves began to sprout from the base of the stem and it brought back hope. Succulents are sold pretty much everywhere so it won’t be hard for me to begin hoarding them.

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Photo by Manja Benic on Unsplash

Ivy

These little guys are known to be super resilient. Instead of growing up, they grow down and out. Ivy plants spread their leaves all over the place to fill up whatever space they’re in. Since they grow down, a lot of people hang them from the ceiling or put them high up on shelves to watch them curl and tangle. When I had the thought of a jungle, ivies were the first on my mind.

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Photo by Mike Marquez on Unsplash

Monstera

Last but certainly not least. Unless you’ve been under a rock I’m sure you’ve seen their iconic leaves. I love how large they get and how they command attention. I’d place mine in a sunny spot in a corner, beside a window. I could also put it beside the couch so I could read under it like a mini tree. Similar to the ivy, it has a jungle feel that I fell in love with.

There’s something about plants that make you slow down and enjoy the moment you’re in. Once I begin fully freelancing, I’m sure there will be days when I don’t leave the house much so the greenery will keep me sane. I want to live in a space where I’m always happy to come home and plants will definitely help that.

Do you have a favorite plant?

Asia Reynolds