Opinion: Finding Your Leafy Soulmate

A wide range of flora located in the greenhouse of Olin Hall. Students can stop by and view the plants between classes or during their free time (Photo by Zoya Ahmed).

On Friday, the biology department will be hosting a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Kresge 176. With summer and brighter days just around the corner, plant whisperers are excited to return to the gardens. Whether you’re a budding plant enthusiast or a seasoned green thumb, there’s a perfect plant – or even a whole greenhouse – waiting to brighten your life.

For those who want to get in the game, here are some tips for finding the perfect plant to match your vibe.

Before diving into the lush world of plants, the most important things to consider are your local conditions. Depending on your specific environment, individual needs and schedule, you’ll want to look at different species.

Start by reflecting on the view: Are you into flowering plants, wide shrubs and spiky cacti, or are you contemplating the long game with towering trees?

The next step is to think about heat and climate. Some plants love the heat, while others prefer a cooler vibe. If your location is reminiscent of Wesley Hall during the warmer months, you’ll probably want to go for some succulents or flowering plants like zinnias and cosmos for bright pops of color.

While thinking about heat, sunlight is another important aspect to contemplate; is your space partially shaded, fully sun-kissed or a cozy dim-lit nook? If you’re lacking in light, consider going for a spider plant to add to a dark academic theme. They’re also known to purify the air, which is a great benefit.

Next, you’ll want to evaluate water needs. Are you looking for a low or high-maintenance buddy? Do you have a green thumb or consider yourself a casual observer? For the most hands-off experience, pick up a self-watering Aloe vera or other succulents. For those looking for a big bush or a jungle vibe in your space, you’ll want to look into members of the fern family.

Finally, it’s also important to think about special features and plant personality. For someone seeking balance in their life, bonsai plants are associated with calm and harmony. If you live in a smaller space or love to embrace change, consider an air plant, which represents creativity and freedom.

Albion has plenty of places to check out cool plants. From the Ludington Greenhouse in the science complex to the Whitehouse Nature Center, you’ll find plenty of ideas to help you evaluate what the flora may look like after years of growing.

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned gardener, there’s a leafy companion for everyone. Let your gardening adventures begin!

Correction – Monday April 22, 11:15 a.m. – After an error in publishing, the correct version of this article was published.

About Zoya Ahmed 8 Articles
Zoya Ahmed is a junior from Rochester Hills, Michigan. As a writer, she enjoys the creative and perceptive aspects in journalism, uncovering stories and sharing ideas. She can often be found outdoors at the archery range or painting new scenery. She is a fan of fall flavors and anything dark chocolate. Contact Zoya via email at ZKA10@albion.edu.

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