If you’re a first-year student, moving away can be terrifying. It’s up to you to boost the vibe of your new living space to make it as pleasant and close to that feeling of home as possible. College dorm rooms have little color and texture, so indoor plants can drastically alter the design of a room. They are an excellent way to make a room feel cozy and inviting.
The best plants for your dorm room are low-maintenance plants that add flair and style to your space. Here are five of our favorites!
5 Plants for Dorm Rooms
Jade plants are one of the most popular indoor plants because they are easy to nurture and great for small living spaces. These beauties transform a room by giving it personality with its unique shape and texture. Jade plants have deep green glossy leaves that require direct sunlight, perfect for the windowsill of your dorm room.
Jade plants don’t require a lot of water to survive, so make sure you don't overwater them. Wait for the topsoil to dry out before watering them again.
Jade plants can also live for a very long time if they are taken care of properly.
Aloe vera plants are a funky way to get the Instagram aesthetic; it screams "plant goals." A small potted aloe vera plant adds the perfect touch to any minimalistic-style room.
Although beautiful to look at, it's a plant with purpose and not just for show.
It’s used on the skin to numb the pain from sunburn and help cuts heal. (And in college, you never know when that might come in handy.) Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that requires indirect sunlight. It can be perfectly placed on a windowsill or desk near a dorm room window. This plant tends to turn a yellow color if it receives too much sun.
They require very little water to survive, so they are perfect for your new space!
Orchids are easy-to-manage flowers. They require very little natural sunlight and can thrive in an environment with primarily artificial light—making them ideal for dimly-lit dorms.
Watering orchids couldn't be easier. Just add three ice cubes a week or 1/4 cup of water. This is great for college students who probably won’t remember to water plants everyday.
Although bromeliads originate from the rainforest, they require very little light to grow. In the rainforest, they grow under the shade from other plants, making them the perfect indoor houseplant. Try to keep near a window but under direct sunlight.
Watering is simple! Water the center cup of this plant once a week and in the winter months, water less.
Temperature doesn’t affect these plants, although humidity is an important factor in keeping bromeliads healthy because they are tropical plants. Misting them a few times a week should help.
The lucky bamboo plant will make a statement in any room. They have a long, slender structure that will brighten your dorm and bring life to the atmosphere. Although lucky bamboo stalks resemble those of bamboo, they aren’t bamboo at all, but rather a Dracaena plant. Lucky bamboo has been a part of Chinese culture for many years but has been popularized everywhere.
This houseplant is perfect for first time plant owners because it is extremely easy to grow. Lucky bamboo grows really well in bright light but will also survive in low-lit areas. For optimal growth, keep this plant near a window but not in direct sunlight.
Lucky bamboo grows in water, so place the bottom of the stalks in a dish or pot of choice and change the water every couple months.
If you’re looking to brighten up your dorm room next semester, any of these options will be an easy way to start your journey as a plant parent.
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