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Five Indoor Plants for Students

Chic and creative are two words that best describe The Grey Mustard, a blog created by my beautiful friend Vanessa Akibate. When I created Green Contours Vanessa and I decided on collaborating for a few blog posts. Indoor plants are the first of our Green & Grey collaboration. We brainstormed on ways of having indoor plants that would make your home look more alive and also improve its air quality.

1. The Near-Perfect Aloe Aristata 

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This green, almost symmetrical succulent is a perfect indoor plant. It is easy to take care of as it does not ask for much – only sunlight. Because it is a succulent you barely have to water it. This plant gets watered about every second week. It’s wonderful to look at but not to touch.

2. The Peace Lily

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The name is self-explanatory. The Peace Lily will not only promote the quality of your air, it will also bring you peace of mind. Peace Lilies bring any spot in the house to life with their large, luscious green leaves and white flowers. Peace Lilies do take a while to grow. The plant requires very little water and can be placed in any medium-lit place. Do not expose them to direct sunlight as they will wilt (and die). These are wonderful indoor plants to keep but I do not recommend them to people who live in small apartments. If you are lucky you can find a smaller Peace Lily to keep.

3. Delightful Calandivas

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Calandivas are my favourite indoor plants. They are small, easy to keep and pretty to look at. These succulents have colourful blossoms that light up a room and your mood. Calandivas need to be kept in a sunny spot and must be watered at least twice a week.

4. Magnificent Orchids

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The Moth Orchid is the most popular orchid. It is also probably one the fussiest indoor plants to keep. Yes, they are stunning and can make your home more elegant, though they are a little harder to take care of. Orchids require very little light. Never expose them to direct sunlight and never over water them. The flowers take a long time to blossom and the roots and stems must be checked regularly for any sings of disease. You would have to put in a little more effort in taking care of orchids, but it will be worth it once the flowers are fully blossomed.

5. Bonsai for your Chi

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I won’t bore you with how Bonsai trees affect your chi or balance your energy (although they do). The Ficus Bonsai Tree is  little high maintenance compared to other indoor plants. The trees require exposure to sunlight and it needs to be watered once or twice a week (depending on the size of the tree). Some people prune their Bonsai according to shape. It’s not a must although I think the neater the Bonsai the better.

I hope after reading this post you go out and buy a plant (or start taking better care of the ones you do have). You can read more on The Grey Mustard page.

-Kayla Shivana

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