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3 easy houseplants that’ll make your living space feel alive

Whether you’re headed out to enjoy nature under the warm spring sun or you’re busy with your studies, you end up home eventually. So why not liven it up with some greenery? 

There are a variety of benefits that plants can offer, such as improving the air quality of an indoor space or simply making it look nicer. Popular indoor plants include soilless air plants, the succulent Aloe Vera, which is where the gel comes from, and Zebra Haworthia, an easy-to-maintain plant that’s not toxic to pets. 

But if you’re looking for something a little less common to spruce up your dorm room or apartment, here are three more plants that are easy to take care of and well-suited to being indoors: 

Kalanchoes

Kalanchoes are succulents with beautiful blooms of flowers, which can grow to be 12-18 inches tall when mature. Planters should use well-drained soil, usually found in stores under the name succulent soil. Natural light helps this succulent thrive, but don’t put them in direct sunlight. To keep this pretty plant comfortable just stay in the proper temperature range of around 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Watering is necessary whenever the soil dries out, which you can test with a finger. Like many plants this is toxic, so be careful of any pets you have ingesting any part of it!

Jade plants

Jade plants are also known as money plants and can grow to at least three feet tall when mature, if not taller. Use well-drained soil for these as well. Bright, indirect sunlight for at least four to six hours a day is ideal for jade plants. Keep them in a temperature range of 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime, but they can handle temperatures down to 55 at night. Water these plants often to make sure the soil is moist during spring and summer, but wait for the soil to dry out before watering them during the winter season. Once again they are toxic, so be wary of any pets taking a bite.

Peace lilies

Peace lilies produce gorgeous white flowers and can grow to around three feet tall when mature. Use rich, loose potting soil for these plants. Medium, indirect sunlight suits peace lilies well as they are shade lovers. Keep them in a temperature range of 68-85 degrees Fahrenheit, though they can endure slightly lower temperatures at night. Water at least once a week to ensure moist soil. This plant is also toxic to pets that ingest it, so be careful.

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