Pretty Indoor Plants That Are Impossible To Kill

Pretty Indoor Plants That Are Impossible To Kill

No green thumbs necessary, I promise.
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Do you love plants but hate gardening? Or maybe you love plants but your living situation doesn’t allow for a garden. Or maybe you just want a plant because your friend has plants in her room and they look super cool and now you feel the need to step up your plant game. Whatever your reasons may be, I can assure you that there is a plant out there for you. And I promise -- no green thumbs necessary.

1. Succulents

Succulents come in so many different varieties, which is part of what makes them so much fun. Succulents prefer lots of bright sunlight but can survive under fluorescent lighting as well. They only need to be watered about once a week, but it's important to make sure that they are potted in soil that drains well or they'll get waterlogged.

2. Cactus

Cacti are notoriously hard-to-kill plants. They come in lots of colors, shapes, and sizes. Cacti prefer bright light, but be careful not to give them too much direct sunlight, because they can actually get sunburnt. They only need to be watered once or twice a month. Your cacti might shrivel up a little bit in the cold winter, but that's normal -- they're just cold!

3. Lucky Bamboo

Lucky bamboo is a no-fuss kind of plant. They can grow in rocks (which makes less of a mess than soil). If you choose to plant your bamboo in rocks, make sure there is enough water in the container to cover the roots. Try to use filtered water instead of tap water to avoid harmful chemicals, and change the water every so often if it starts looking cloudy. Bamboo doesn't like direct sunlight, so try to avoid placing it near a window.

4. Air Plants

Meet the air plant: another mess-free plant that doesn't require soil. Their versatility makes them great to decorate with because the possibilities are endless. They prefer indirect sunlight or fluorescent lighting. To water your air plants, spritz them with a spray bottle a few times per week. For optimal results, experts recommend giving them a “bath” about once a month.

5. Aloe Vera

This variety of succulent has long, pointed leaves and is commonly used in medicines (like the after-sun lotion you use when you get sunburnt). Some varieties can grow up to three feet tall, so they're great if you're going for some visual impact. They thrive in bright sunlight and temperatures around 70 degrees, so keep this guy near a window. Aloe prefers dry soil, so you only have to water it about three times a month.

6. Ponytail Palm

These funky dudes will add some cheer to any space! Ironically enough, this “palm” is actually a member of the succulent family, which are known for being low-maintenance plants. It prefers bright light but can survive in low light as well. The ponytail palm only needs to be watered about two or three times a month.

7. Snake Plant

This is one of the most low-maintenance plants you’ll ever find. They can grow in a variety of light conditions and only need to be watered every few weeks when the soil is completely dry. As an added bonus, NASA research has found that snake plants can purify the air in your room by removing toxins like formaldehyde and benzene.

8. Sago Palm

This cute sago palm will put you in a beachy mood. They like bright light, but not direct light, so be careful where you put them in relation to your window. Sago palms like humid environments and moisture, so give them a little water whenever the soil starts to feel dry. Be careful about where you place it if you have pets because they can be poisonous!

9. Rubber Tree

If you’re looking to make a statement, the rubber tree is the plant for you. It can grow up to 8 feet tall! If you don’t have that kind of space to spare, you can trim the stems to keep the tree on the smaller side. They prefer indirect light and are comfortable at normal room temperature. Rubber trees require more water during their “growing season,” from late spring to early fall. For the rest of the year, they only need to be watered about twice a month. Make sure not to let the leaves get too dusty, though -- it prevents the plant from breathing.

10. Fiddle Leaf Fig

The fiddle leaf fig is another one that can get fairly tall, so make sure you have space for it to grow! They need to be watered about once a week or so, whenever the soil starts to feel dry. Fiddle leaf figs like bright light, but not direct sunlight, so make sure they're not right in front of a window.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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The Reality Of Cat Shows

Go in with an open mind, because cat shows may seem totally bizarre, but are incredibly fun and special.

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As a self-declared cat lady, when I decided to attend my first cat show I was hyped to pet all the kitties, and watch them do tricks, or show off their beauty. After attending a few, I know they're totally unique and amazing events that everyone should be attending.

Upon arriving, you will probably need to pay an entry fee, and maybe there's an area for donations for local animal shelters (yes, animal breeders support animal shelters!). You might be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of cats, as far as the eye can see. Having a game plan of cats to visit might seem fun, but just roaming and visiting is a lot more fulfilling, and you may discover breeds of cats you never knew you would love. Usually, cat shows will feature visiting areas for guests attending the show to view, and sometimes pet, the cats. As well as areas where cats are judged and given awards, sort of like miniature stages.

Visitor areas are pretty self-explanatory as you can roam around and look at the dozens of different breeds, of kittens and cats alike. The diversity will amaze you and the cats are all special and loved by their owner. Because cats can catch sicknesses while surrounded by so many other cats, it's important to sanitize your hands before petting, as well as asking the owner if you can pet their cat or kitten. Some may even let you hold their cat, but this would be rare and you shouldn't get your hopes up! While viewing cats, you may find some that are up for adoption and could find a new family member. Some cats are actually people's household pets, and are scored differently from a cat who was bred for its looks!

The competition side is where the cat shows get interesting. You can view any and all competitions, although there will be many occurring at a time. That's because cats will initially be ranked against the cats of the same breed as them, and within those breeds, by gender and color style. Winning best in the breed is the first step to becoming the champion of a cat show. Watch as owners get nervous and excited as the tiny plastic awards go up, showing which cat was victorious. Although all judges can be different, it's fun to see beautiful and friendly cats win awards and look pleased with themselves as their owner smiles with pride.

Later in the day or weekend, one cat will be chosen as the grand champion out of the best in breeds. Usually, fans can vote on their favorite as well, and award a special cat a top prize, although unofficial, for its cuteness and spirit. A hairless cat has won fan favorite at every show I attended!

Go in with an open mind, because cat shows may seem totally bizarre, but are incredibly fun and special. The group of people who participate will love to tell you about their amazing cat and let you in on cat show secrets. A place where cat lovers unite, what could be better?

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