10 Plants That Will Brighten Up Any Student's Apartment

10 Plants That Will Brighten Up Any College Student's Apartment

Student housing isn't always the most ideal. If you live in a stark dorm or apartment, here are some great plants you can use to add some color to your space.

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When I first moved away from home last summer, I was spending much more time by myself in my apartment. In addition to being alone more, my apartment was also really dark because of the tree cover outside. This was starting to affect my mood but I quickly found a few solutions. In addition to adding some decorations, I also purchased a few house plants to spruce things up a bit. Here are ten great plants that you can add to any home to improve your space and your mood.

1. Pothos Jade

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The Pothos Jade, also known as Devil's Ivy, is a popular houseplant that thrives in temperate regions. This plant is great for low light environments, as they don't fare well in direct sunlight. This houseplant is really easy to take care of too, as you only need to water it weekly.

2. Snake Plant

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The Snake Plant is both a tropical plant and a succulent. They tolerate low light settings but thrive in medium to bright light. These qualities make the plant super hardy and I think, hard to kill. In addition, this plant only needs to be watered every two weeks. The Snake Plant also releases oxygen at night which helps to purify the air, as found in a study conducted by NASA.

3. Bird's Nest Fern

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Unlike the Snake Plant, the Bird's Nest Fern is pet-friendly! This plant is great for beginners to and is perfect to add color and texture to any room. This plant only needs medium indirect light and requires weekly watering. These plants are also unique in that they never produce flower or seeds but reproduce using spores. Because of this, this plant can tolerate a moist environment.

4. Succulents

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When I first became interested in plant parenthood, I started with succulents. While Florida is really humid, it is also VERY sunny here. Because of this, succulents are relatively easy to take care of as long as you don't over water them or leave them outside in a Florida summer storm. Succulents require bright, direct sunlight and only need to be watered about every two to three weeks in full sun. Succulents don't tolerate humidity too well because they are desert plants. However, don't fear! Place your succulents on a sunny window sill or on a desk that gets a good amount of sunlight.

5. Philodendron Silver

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The Philodendron Silver has been used as a houseplant since Victorian times. This plant has beautiful heart-shaped leaves that vary in size with age. This plant should be placed in medium to bright indirect light (not fully direct sunlight) and should be watered weekly. This plant is a trailing plant which means it will develop roots that can attach to wood, walls, and other structural elements especially if in the presence of high humidity. While this plant will do just fine indoors, it would also be great to place on a balcony or porch railing!

6. Peperomia Marble

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The Peperomia Marble is another pet-friendly houseplant that is great to keep on a desk! These plants are often confused with succulents because of their hardy leaves. However, these plants require less light and weekly watering. These plants do well in medium to bright indirect light. This plant, like succulents, can also be propagated through leaf-cuttings which is great if you want to start another plant!

7. Monstera

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Ah, the Monstera, the plant you see in many drawings and illustrations. This plant is a great houseplant especially because of its intricate leaf shape. This plant needs bright indirect sunlight to thrive and requires watering about every one to two weeks. This plant is nicknamed the 'swiss cheese plant' because of their natural leaf holes. These holes are "theorized to maximize sun fleck capture on the forest floor by increasing the spread of the leaf while decreasing the mass of leaf cells to support."

8. Calathea Medallion

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These beautiful plants are nicknamed 'prayer plants' because of the movements they make during the day. They raise and lower their leaves from day to night as a part of their natural rhythm. These plants have adapted to use these movements in order to follow the sun to absorb as much light as possible. The Calathea Medallion requires medium indirect light and weekly watering.

9. ZZ Plant

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The Zanzibar Gem is a tropical plant that evolved in drier conditions found in Africa. These plants utilize rhizomes, plant stems that send out roots and shoots, to crawl to new locations. This plant thrives in medium to low indirect light and requires watering every two weeks. If you are a bad plant parent, this plant will forgive you as they tolerate neglect well. This plant is also an air purifier that is specialized in removing toxins in the air. While this plant is beautiful and skillful, don't let children or pets get a nibble as it is poisonous when ingested.

10. Aloe Vera

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The Aloe Vera plant is an amazing plant that many Floridians are very familiar with. This plant has been used for medicinal purposes since the time of the Mesopotamians. Aloe Vera was actually used as a preservative for skin during mummification. While you may not be mummifying anything anytime soon, you may want to take advantage of its sunburn-healing properties. This plant requires bright direct sunlight and watering about every two to three weeks.

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Since finals week began, I believe I can say for all college students that we were ready to come back to our hometowns for the summer. We had grown tired of eating at the dining hall, spending countless hours in the library, and pulling laundry from the dryers for it to still be damp. Being home for the summer rids you of those worries and only provides a sense of comfort and security with a furnished home and bedroom to yourself. We sometimes forget how things were before college, with a fully stocked refrigerator and even a dishwasher to keep things clean. Coming home often makes life much easier.

Coming home means revisiting all of your favorite places around town — restaurants, parks, or museums — with fresh eyes. Being away from these places for months on end only causes you to develop a deeper appreciation for the little things. In my case, the first thing I did upon arriving home was take a trip to my favorite local coffee shop. Not only is the coffee delicious, but going back to the shop itself also brings back numerous memories made over the past four years.

That is one of the best things about coming home — it's as if you're rediscovering parts of yourself that you left behind.

Being back in your hometown also enables you to reconnect with only friends and classmates whom you haven't seen in months or even a full year. Whether it be going for a walk together or grabbing breakfast, being able to update one another on your year of college life makes for great connections. You oftentimes find yourself missing your old friends more than you thought, but once you all get together again, it seems like nothing has changed.

One of my favorite parts of being home is spending more time with my family. I have never felt so grateful for home-cooked meals or a real washer and dryer until I stepped into my house again. Rather than talking on the phone with my parents about our days, I can sit down with them at the kitchen table and have a conversation in person. I also never realized that I would miss my parents — or my dog — as much as I did over the past year.

Though finding activities to pass the time can sometimes get "boring" in one's hometown, spending some time away can reinstate plenty of ideas. My sister and I found ourselves making a list of things we can do throughout the summer, and though some of the things we had done before, it sounded so much more exciting after spending the school year in a different city.

In the end, coming home makes you appreciate your town even more.

Even if you didn't love it before, being home for just a few months keeps you from taking life's finer things for granted. Especially when it's summer, you can relax on your own couch without the stress of school in front of you. Enjoy your city while you can, because it is always there to welcome you back.

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