These are the plants your dorm room can handle

These are the plants your dorm room can handle

Trying to brighten up that beige dorm room? Try adding in a plant or two. Here are some that you almost definitely can't kill.

Above, a spider plant. Photo by Amanda Reza.

Dorm rooms can feel a bit drab, with dull walls and limited space. Want to change this? Just add plants.

Plants can make your dorm room or apartment feel more homey, adding personality to a space. They also work as a natural air filter.

Here are a few easy plants you almost definitely can’t kill.

A snake plant can survive a week without water, in case you’ve got too much going on to remember to take care of your plants. Photo by Amanda Reza.

Snake plant

For busy or forgetful students, this hardy plant will survive even if you don’t water it for a week. Snake plants are succulents, which require moderately dry soil and a moderately warm environment (above 60 degrees). This plant does require some sun exposure, but it will live just fine if the sun tends to shift in your room. Since snake plants can grow up to 48 inches high and expand horizontally, this plant is ideal to keep in a pot on the floor by your desk or bed.

Spider plant

No, it’s not a plant made of spiders. It’s called a spider plant because of its long and skinny striped leaves.

Spider plants can grow up to 12 inches tall and as big as 24 inches wide. They thrive in a moderately warm environment of about 65 to 75 degrees. This plant needs regular watering and a moderate amount of sun exposure. This plant also grows spider plant babies, which overflow out of the pot. Because of that, this plant would look best kept in a hanging basket or on top of a cabinet by a window.

An aloe vera plant can help relieve a sunburn. Photo by enbodenumer via Creative Commons.

Aloe vera

In addition to remedying sunburns and being a good source of antioxidants, aloe vera is a low-maintenance plant. It likes moderately dry soil, so you don’t have to water it often, and it thrives in a moderately warm environment — about 65 to 75 degrees. Aloe vera does best in indirect sunlight, either through thin curtains or dappled lighting, which may filter into your dorm or apartment if you have big trees outside. While this plant can grow up to 36 inches high and 36 inches wide, it is often available in small pots, which are ideal for desks or nightstands.

Crush a few lemon button fern leaves and you’ve got an air freshener. Photo by Tri Minh via Creative Commons.

Lemon button fern

When you gently crush a few of its leaves, the lemon button fern makes a great lemon-scented air freshener. Lemon button ferns like warm environments (over 60 degrees) and need a lot of water to keep the soil most, but not soggy. This plant enjoys a more shaded location, so it would look great next to a large piece of furniture or a room that does not receive as much sunlight. It can grow up to 36 inches tall.

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  • Gary
    August 19, 2017, 4:11 pm

    Nice Post! You mentioned "Snake Plants" in your article. They really are one plant that can handle just about any environment… even college students would have to work to kill it!

    We article on these tough plants at: https://plantcaretoday.com/snake-plant-sansevieria.html

    It could be a nice addition to help your readers.

    All The Best,
    Gary

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