There are many benefits to having an indoor plant, i.e., reducing stress levels, brightening up a temporary home, and improving air quality. But, as we know, travel nurses are never tied to a given location for too long, so the probability of having a houseplant is slim to none. But, fear not, we have crafted a list of houseplants that may be doable for a travel nurse. And before you ask, the TSA does allow plants on planes in both carry-on and checked bags as long as they comply with baggage rules. But, be prepared to take your plants out of your carry-ons for inspection!
Fresh cut flowers
The great thing about fresh cut flowers is they come with all the added benefits – boosts mood, purifies the air, compliments a home, smells nice – without the long-term commitment. Flowers like lilies, gerberas, and bromeliads even remove harmful toxins from the air. There are a few steps to keep fresh flowers alive longer, cutting the stems with multi-purpose scissors, using a low vase, changing the water every few days, and avoiding direct sunlight. Also, roses, lilies, freesia, daisies, and sunflowers tend to stay fresher longer. For more helpful tips, visit Green Fresh Florals.
Air plants are low maintenance and need no soil, making them the perfect plant for travel nurses. And the best part is that you can purchase just one! Air plants produce sprouts called “pups” that can be grown separately and sprout pups themselves. And there are different varieties, with the most popular being Tillandsia xerographica, Spanish moss, and bulbous, so depending on if you want a short or long-term commitment, you are bound to find one that’s best for you. Once you move, you can pack them in your carry-on or checked bag without worrying about them dying! For air plant care, visit Pistil Nursery.
Similar to air plants, succulents require minimal care. And with a wide variety, you can choose the size of your succulent that’s right for you. Be mindful that despite low maintenance, succulents require direct sunlight, frequent rotations, and proper drainage. It would help if you watered them during the non-winter months every other week. In the winter, they only need to be watered once a month. Popular succulents include the Sweetheart Hoya, Burro’s Tail, Crown of Thorns, Jade Plant and Flaming Katy. For more helpful tips to take care of succulents, visit Architectural Digest.
Traveling from city to city doesn’t mean you can’t reap the benefits of having plants in your space. Plants like succulents, air plants, and flowers are all perfect choices for on-the-go nurses. Unless it is your mission to kill these plants, they can survive with minimal care, water, and effort! If you’re interested in growing as a travel nurse, learn more at Stability Healthcare! Visit the travel nurse blog for more information.