After four months of social distancing, weekly Zoom parties just weren’t cutting it anymore. I began to feel lonely and lamenting that I couldn't invite my friends over to end my isolation. Given my dilemma (and my obscene amount of free time), I decided to find a way to fill the friend-shaped hole in my heart. Eventually, I found a much less contagious solution to my loneliness: plants!
If you miss your friends as much as I do, here are six houseplants to replace your non-leafy buds during quarantine:
The Mom Friend – Aloe Vera
Sure, Aloe Vera can’t physically bring you soup when you’re sick or make sure that you don’t overdo it on Zoom margarita night, but it will definitely make you feel cared for and comforted. You can always rely on Aloe Vera to get you through rough times. Got a bad sunburn? Aloe can help you with that. Is your digestive system not doing its job properly? Aloe’s got you. Do you have a stubborn scratch that won’t heal? Let Aloe take care of it. Just like the mom friend, Aloe is nurturing and reliable, constantly letting you know, “Hey, aloe-ways be there for you.”
The Free-Spirited Friend – Golden Pothos
Like your free-spirited friend, the Golden Pothos just goes with the flow. It can hang from your shelf, climb up your walls, or just sit in a macramé planter. It’s all chill with the G.P. Even if you neglect it for a bit, it’ll keep making its path through your home, gladly adapting to any new obstacles it encounters.
The Frenemy – Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree
Just because the Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree can’t actually roll its eyes at you doesn’t mean it won’t have you wondering why you even bother trying with it. One day, its gorgeous foliage may be breathtakingly green and vibrant, like it’s most content when hanging out with you. The next day, though, the finicky Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree will be sad and droopy as if you’ve betrayed it, ready to go to plant heaven so it doesn’t have to be with you for one more second. Remind you of anyone?
The Confident Friend – Desert Rose
The Desert Rose is actually a succulent, and – like the confident friend – it definitely knows it. Its bright trumpet-shaped flowers and bulbous trunk turn the heads of anyone who walks by. But the Desert Rose isn’t all flash and no substance. Its leaves contain a highly poisonous chemical that can be lethal. So watch yourself if you dare prune it, because it’ll prune you right back.
The Friend You’ve Had Since Middle School – Cactus
It’s been well over a decade since you’ve known this friend, and, even though sometimes you accidentally don’t see each other for months, your friendship is still intact. Similarly, a cactus won’t remember that you forget about it for a while. It’ll be happy sitting there by the window, watching you grow from a distance as the years go by.
Maybe plants aren’t the ideal companions. After all, you can talk to them for hours and get no replies back. You can’t take them to social outings that thin out your wallet. They can’t run away from you no matter how hard they try… Actually, plants are pretty ideal companions.
If you’re feeling a bit isolated during quarantine, check out our shop and find some plants to keep you company! Because really, who needs friends when you can have fronds?
By Maria Veronica Perez