As a college student, it can be extremely difficult to own pets. Their demands can be hard to meet while trying to keep up with your schoolwork, extracurriculars, and social life. After realizing I wouldn’t be able to own any pets other than a fish during college, I needed somewhere to channel my love. That’s when I began buying plants. Luckily, they require just the right amount of attention to fit within a busy university schedule and never fail to make a room feel homier.
We’ve created a guide to help you narrow down which plants are best for your lifestyle:
Succulents are a great place to start your plant family. They are low maintenance, requiring simply a nice sunny window to live in. All they need from you is a good watering once every one to two weeks. A couple of my favorite succulent types include Haworthia fasciata – Zebra Plant, Kalanchoe tomentosa – Panda Plant, and the Sedeveria ‘Letizia’. I usually buy my succulents from Trader Joe’s or ALDI. Succulents are relatively inexpensive there and are always healthy looking.
If you’re ready for a bigger challenge, I would suggest a cactus. I categorize them as medium maintenance because they can be picky about sunlight. Since they need a lot of sunlight, it may take time to find a spot that will provide this for them. They also desire a pot and soil that will allow them to “breathe.” Terracotta pots that have a drainage hole in the bottom work fabulously. The wonderful thing about cacti is they can live on for months with no watering.
Majesty palms are a great addition if you have some extra space in your home to fill. They require higher maintenance because of their more frequent need for water. I usually water mine twice a week. Other than that, they thrive in low-medium sunlight which means they will probably be happy in any area of a room.
If you don’t have the time for a pet……go get yourself a plant!