Can Plants Survive In Cars? Some Can Be Pretty Tough

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If you have a green thumb and happen to love plants around you everywhere you go, then you’ve probably thought about keeping a small plant in your car. It’s not the worst idea when you think about it. If you have a long commute in the morning and afternoon, having a bright plant in your car can make the ride a little easier. But can plants survive in cars? Surprisingly, some can be tough little suckers and they can survive living in your car.

Other plants might not be able to handle the cold or humidity the inside of your car might face, depending on where you live. Things could south pretty fast if you aren't careful, though. Keeping a plant alive in your car is definitely a careful game of picking the right plant, caring for it properly, and making sure nothing and no one in your car disturbs it. And, believe it or not, there is a lot to consider when you think about keeping a plant in your car indefinitely.

The Benefits Of Plants In Cars

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Because you have to be extra careful with plants in cars, you might eventually decide they aren't worth the trouble. No one will fault you for that, but there are a few benefits to keeping the right plants in your car. You can have a naturally sweet smelling interior, for starters. And it can also play a small role in purifying the air in your car.

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Plus, if you are looking for a way to brighten up what might be a dour and gray or black interior, a bright car-safe plant could be what you need. But is there even such a thing as a truly car-safe plant? There is a lot to think about when it comes to keeping a plant in your car and it can be a little much for some people to take on.

What To Consider If You Want To Keep A Plant In Your Car

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Not all plants want to be as hot as your car can get in the summer months. And if you live somewhere where the air is especially dry, the inside of your car can get stifling or even downright unbearable. You will have to keep your car windows cracked when you aren't in it so that your plants can get some air from outside.

And in the winter months, your car could turn into a terrible place for any kind of plant. Depending on where you live and how treacherous the winters can get, your car can reach below freezing temperatures. There aren't many plants that could survive such conditions, especially with little to no sunlight.

But if you are intent on keeping a plant in your car, make sure you keep it in a place where it is less likely to fall over easily. Your dashboard might seem like the perfect spot to keep a plant in terms of getting sunlight and being able to see it, but one wrong turn and it can fall over and perish. A cup holder would probably be the best place for a plant in your car. It will still get at least indirect sunlight and it will have a little cocoon for its pot.

3 Plants That Could Survive In Cars

Lucky Bamboo

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Lucky bamboo is an easy to care for plant pretty much anywhere. All you need to do is place it in water and keep it hydrated. You can keep it in a cup in one of your cup holders. As long as the water doesn't get too low, it can be an easy to care for plant for your car during the warmer months.

Pothos Plants

Pothos plants
Pothos plants are another option. They are easy to grow and take care of and can be planted in either soil or water. You could easily keep one in your car as long as you know how to properly trim them. They can grow swiftly and vine, so you will need to keep an eye on its growth if you decide to keep a pothos in your car.

Snake Plant

snake plant
Or, you can go with a snake plant. It’s easy to care for and grows straight up, so there is little danger of dealing with an out of control plant in your car. It also requires very little sunlight too, and it’s okay if the soil dries out. For some plant owners, those are not only ideal conditions for in-house plants, but make for super easy to handle car plants.

Should You Get a Car Plant?

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It all comes down to how much you are willing to care for a plant in your car. Technically, it is possible, but there is a lot to consider. You will need to keep a close eye on how your specific plant fares in the heat, cold, and without much direct sunlight. You will also have to decide if you are willing to permanently give up a small area in your car, like one or both of your cup holders. Yes, it is possible for some plants to survive in cars. But it can be a big commitment that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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