Let a little plant life brighten your time social distancing

Emma Bartlett, Arts and Culture Editor

While we all will be home for the next couple of weeks, it may be nice to do a bit of redecorating to create an aesthetically pleasing and relaxing workspace. Whether your work area is in your bedroom or a home office, take a moment to decorate it with indoor plants to brighten your day and make you more productive.

Lucky Bamboo

No one needs more luck than the college student who’s cramming for several exams, writing multiple essays and hunching over the computer all day trying to manage their time wisely. To give you a confidence boost, buy a Lucky Bamboo plant. They can be ordered from Walmart between $8-$13 depending on the size, plus shipping and handling costs. Lucky Bamboo only needs to be watered once a week and can either live in soil or water. If you want to get artsy with your plant, bamboo is also extremely flexible and can be manipulated to bend and curl. Plant owners can choose to braid their bamboo by using wires to hold the stalks together.

Ponytail Palm

This plant is for the person who wants to stand out. With such a unique appearance, the ponytail palm fits well in a trendy environment. Primarily a desert plant, ponytail palms thrive in full sun and grow best in a pot of soil. They can be purchased from Target for $20 or Home Depot for $39, plus shipping and handling costs. These palms grow quickly and starting them as baby plants in the spring allows them to be moved outdoors in the summer when they need more space. During hotter seasons, you should water your ponytail palm every seven to 10 days while cooler months require you to water it every 20-30 days.

Orchid

A windowsill of green plants is soothing, but every now and then, a pop of color is what you need to add flavor to your surroundings. Orchids are beautiful plants with flowers that bloom in a variety of colors. Depending on where you buy them, orchids can cost between $15 and $45. You can pick one up at Stop & Shop as part of your grocery trip or order one online from Home Depot. Orchids also release a natural fragrance, making the room they’re in smell a lot better.

Cacti

It’s the succulent that never dies. If you’re afraid of buying a plant because you think you’ll forget about it and accidentally kill it, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. Cacti come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are pricklier than others and can bloom multiple times over the course of the year. Cacti can be found at grocery stores in the flower section, but if you’d rather have them shipped to you, check out Amazon. For $18, you could be the owner of four miniature cacti. Amazon has multiple deals on cacti, so you’ll be able to find the one that’s right for you. These plants do best in sunlight, so test out the windowsill or invest in indoor wall planters, which should be placed on walls that receive an excess amount of natural light each day.