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Five cute plants you can actually keep alive in your bedroom

Good news! Houseplants have returned from the interior design wilderness and are totally back in fashion. Instagram and Pinterest are turning green with all the leafy goodness popping out of shelves, on windowsills and above beds, and it’s far easier than you think to get in on the action.

A houseplant is a really cheap and stylish way to freshen up your bedroom – and, even better, they have been proven to improve your concentration, calm your mood and cleanse the air.

If you think plant-nurturing isn’t for you, think again: gardening has seen a huge resurgence among young people in recent years as we clamour for a bit of space and screen-free downtime. I got so addicted to growing stuff after teaching myself how to garden over the past three years that I wrote a book about it, How to Grow Stuff, so other people could learn how to start from scratch, too.

In the meantime, though, here are five unkillable and on-trend plants that will brighten your bedroom and lift your spirits.

Money Plant

What is it?

A succulent, and one of the easiest to keep alive. Money trees are a great plant to start your succulent obsession with because they show when they need watering in their leaves (helpful). They’re cheap and easy to find and grow quickly. Once you’ve mastered your money plant prowess, you can also create new ones by chopping off a branch, which means you can share the leaf love with your friends. Aw.

How do I keep it alive?

Money plants like bright, indirect light, so put it somewhere near a window and avoid leaving it in a dark corner.

Make sure your money plant has drainage – otherwise known as a hole in the bottom of the pot it’s in. All plants need drainage, otherwise their roots sit in water and rot. You only need to water your money plant one a week. Stick your finger in the soil to make sure it has fully dried out before watering it again. If the money plant’s leaves are full, fat and shiny, it’s happy. If they are wrinkled and dull in colour, then it’s time to give it a drink.

Don’t worry if the lower leaves turn brown, crispy and fall off, this happens with all succulents and is totally normal – it just means the plant is putting more energy into growing new leaves at the top of the plant.

Where can I buy one?

Pretty much any flower or plant shop, and usually for less than a fiver.

Sansevieria

What is it?

Also known as ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’ or a ‘snake plant’, sansevieria is a properly hardcore plant that will thrive without proper natural light (it does ok with artificial) and barely any water. If you tend to forget your homework or PE kit, the sansevieria is the plant for you; it will forgive you if you don’t water it for a couple of weeks.

How do I keep it alive?

Make sure you don’t water it too much. Half a glass of water once a week will do the job. If the leaves turn slimy, you’re watering too much. If they go floppy and look a bit pathetic, you’re not watering enough. As with the money plant, make sure the soil has dried out before you go giving it another drink.

If you’re feeling overprotective, carefully (watch out for the sharp edges!) dusting the sansevieria’s long, pointy leaves once in a while will help it to photosynthesise better.

Where can I buy one?

Sansevieria are a popular sight at flower markets and in plant shops, but you can also buy one online at Patch.

Devil’s Ivy

That 6am light 👌🏻

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What is it?

Technically, a pothos, which is the name for a family of Instagram-worthy tumbling tropical vine plants that look totally banging draped over your bookshelf or perched in a macrame hanger. They will put up with being neglected and manage in dark corners, although they love being able to see natural daylight. As with the money plant, it’s clear when they need a drink because they will wilt.

How do I keep it alive?

Make sure your Devil’s Ivy can see some kind of light, ideally near a window. Water it once a week, enough so that the water comes through the drainage hole, then let it dry out before watering again. If you’re feeling protective, you can mist the leaves every few days. When leaves turn yellow or brown, don’t fret, just gently break them off – this will allow new ones to grow.

Where can I buy one?

If you’re lucky, you might find one at Ikea. Otherwise, head to one of the many sellers on Amazon.

Fairy castle cactus

What is it?

A cactus that looks like a fairy castle. I know it sounds too good to be true, but it’s about to get better: these cuties will survive on barely any water and even occasionally put out gorgeous yellow flowers.

How do I keep it alive?

Cacti are used to warm, dry and generally desert-like conditions, so don’t go putting this anywhere too dark and damp. Other than that, though, as long as you’re not watering your fairy castle more than once a week (I mean, it never rains in fairy castle land, am I right?), it should continue looking fierce for a good while.

Where can I buy one?

They’re not super easy to find online, but drag a parent to a local garden centre – c’mon, they’ll love it – and have a look in their house plant section. If in doubt, ask.

Geranium

Oh thank god it's Friday

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What is it?

A flowering plant that’s good inside or out, and frequently on the window ledges of old people’s houses. But they deserve a youthful revival, due to the fact that they are unkillable, have a vintage charm and leaves that smell so good they are turned into fancy soap. Mmm.

How do I keep it alive?

Geraniums look gorgeous inside (just check them out on Pinterest) but as South African plants they thrive on light, warmth and sunshine. This means that they’ll flower best if you keep them on a windowsill. They also don’t need much water – so make sure the soil is dry before you water, otherwise the stems can go mouldy… as I’ve learned through bitter experience.

Once a geranium has flowered, the blooms will eventually go dry and wrinkly. Snap them off and it’ll be encouraged to make more!

Where can I buy one?

Pretty much anywhere that sells plants, and online you can find a geranium in any colour you like. Go on, grow a rainbow!

Alice Vincent is the author of How to Grow Stuff: Easy, no-stress gardening for beginners. She sticks loads of plant photographs on Instagram: @noughticulture.

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