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The Best Plants For Dorm Rooms

August 31, 2021

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 as 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 plant

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. 

Money trees

Money trees are thought to bring good luck and fortune to their owners, and who needs that more than college kids? 

Money trees love bright, indirect light and need 2 ice cubes of water each week. Their unique braided trunk adds a delightful structural design element to your room and the crisp, green leaves add a brilliant touch of nature.



These breathtaking flowers will brighten even the dullest dorm rooms. Flowers are known to boost your mood, help you de-stress, and accelerate learning. 

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 every day. With proper care, this orchid will follow you through your college career.



Bromeliads are tropical plants that are perfect for any indoor space. They are tough plants that don’t require much care. They’re perfect for adding pops of color in a dull room.

Although bromeliads originate from the rainforest, they require very little light to grow. In the rainforest, they grow under the shade of 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.

Lucky bamboo 

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 of 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.

Check out our collection and find the perfect plant to take with you when you head off to college this fall! 

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