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8 Low-maintenance Plants for Your Dorm Room

Add a personal touch and pop of color to your room with any of these easy-to-care-for plants.

Tara Carlson

Aug 31, 2017

"Small," "cramped," "poorly lit," and "drab" are all words that are synonymous with a college dorm room. While you may not be able to do anything about the size of your room, you can do plenty to add a personal touch and pop of color to it — like incorporating plants and flowers.

But not all plants have what it takes to make it through the year (much less four). That’s why we’ve compiled a list of low-maintenance plants that will brighten any dorm.

1. Succulent

Succulents are a college student's best friend. These plants may be small, but they’re extremely tough. Not only will they survive on infrequent waterings — they’ll actually thrive on them. Just be sure to leave them on your windowsill since they do need a decent amount of sunlight.

2. Bamboo

Add some texture and luck to your room with a few strands of bamboo. And if you really want to minimize its maintenance, you can skip the soil completely. That’s right, bamboo can grow in just a container of water!

3. Jade

Jade’s quirky, spoon-shaped leaves can bring a smile to anyone’s face. Plus, their once-a-month water needs can certainly make anyone with, let’s say “less than a green thumb,” happy as well.

4. Aloe vera

A sunny windowsill and occasional watering is all aloe needs to survive for years. This striking, little plant is also a natural remedy for minor cuts and burns.

5. Orchid

Especially if you’re heading to school up north, your room will be in desperate need of some tropical elements. Luckily, an orchid is just as beautiful as it is easy to care for. An orchid also makes the perfect flower choice for rooms without large windows since it shouldn’t be left in direct sunlight.

6. Dish garden

In the mood for a little bit of everything? Have your very own garden right beside your bed in the form of a dish garden. From fresh cut flowers to cacti and succulents, dish gardens let you enjoy all the benefits of a flower garden, without all the work!

7. Rose plant

From elegant to classic containers, rose plants can make even the smallest room feel like home. Rose plants are a great option for people who enjoy gardening a bit (seeing as how they have to be watered and occasionally pruned) but don’t have the time to dedicate to an entire garden or bush.

8. Peace lily

A peace lily can survive in a multitude of climates, including those that are dimly lit and have very little humidity. The best part about peace lilies is that they’ll typically tell you when you need to care for them. When you notice its leaves beginning to sag, you know it’s time for a bit of water!


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