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Plants for Your Dorm Room (Our Top 10)

When moving out of home and settling into your new dorm room, having plants in your room will add happy, green accents and create a sense of warmth and home. These 10 low-maintenance plants are perfect for you and your new living space.

Plants that you will love when moving into your new dorm room/living space.

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera in pots on an outside patio.

Aloe vera is a low maintenance plant that is multipurpose! It has been shown to benefit your skin in healing and reducing the symptoms of sunburn, dry skin, mosquito bites and scratches as well as being used in many skin care products.

To use your aloe vera plant, break off a leaf and cut or squeeze the end to extract the clear gel that is within. Rubbing the gel onto your skin promotes healing natural and helps to soothe symptoms of burn and itch.

2. Spider Plant

Spider plant sitting on the top of a desk.

Spider plants are known as an air filtering plant but mostly it is just fun to look at. These plants self propagate by producing small off-shoots on long branches that quickly root once they touch the soil. Breaking the long stems that attach the baby plant to its mother once roots have established creates a whole new plant!

When taking care of your spider plant ensure that you have sufficient drainage to prevent root rot. A shading, cool position is preferable for your new spider plant friend.

3. Orchids

Orchid in a pot on top of a desk being admired by a cat.

Orchids are a tropical plant that prefer temperate to warm climates. The flowers that orchids have come in a variety of colours including white, purple and pink. An interesting thing about orchids is that they increase the air humidity which is great for those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies.

Keep your orchid in moist soil that has sufficient drainage as too much moisture can lead to wilting. A preferred position to place your orchid in your dorm is on the window sill as it casts filtered sunlight onto your plant. These beautiful flowers will add a colourful pop to your room!

4. Cacti and Succulents

Succulents on a wooden surface.

Cacti and succulents are an all round favourite indoor plant. They can be places on your desk or window sill and amazingly need very little care and watering. With so many varieties, colours and shapes of cacti and succulents, you are bound to fit one that you love.

To take care of your succulent or cactus, place them in bright light near a window or under your desk lamp. Take time between waterings to ensure the soil is completely dry.

If you accidentally break a leaf off your succulent, don’t fret! You can easily propagate more succulents from your broken leaf, check out article Succulent Propagation 101 on how.

5. Lucky Bamboo

Lucky bamboo, like succulents, is a household favourite. They come in a multitude of shapes and sizes as bamboo are fast growing plants that can be trained to take on different shapes.

Bamboo have a preference for low light and can grow in low to medium light. Ensure that your plant isn’t placed in direct light because this can cause your bamboo’s leaves to burn.

You can grow your lucky bamboo in soil or even just in a glass of water.

6. Pothos

Pothos in a hanging pot

Pothos come in a variety of colours and variegations. Their lush foliage and winding stems make them a versatile plant that can climb, hang and trail to suite your room.

Pothos enjoy low to medium indoor lighting which is perfect! Allow the soil to dry out almost completely between waterings.

You can hang pothos from your ceiling in baskets, drape them down your bookshelf or simply place it on your nightstand.

7. Snake Plant

Snake plant in a black pot on a white surface.

Snake plants are a designer favourite. Also known as mother-in-laws’s tongue or Sansevieria, the snake plant is sturdy and almost impossible to kill.

Snake plants are extremely easy to grow and thrive in all lighting conditions which is why snake plants are perfect for your dorm room no matter what! Their tough and thick foliage means you don’t need to water snake plants as often as you do your other thinner leafed plants.

8. Ferns

Fern hanging off the edge of a desk

Ferns are a household classic because their leaves are delicate and lush green, making them an attractive plant to decorate the interiors of your dorm room. There are a variety of fern types, each coming with its own leaf shape and size.

Ferns do best in medium to bright lighting. Ensure that you fern does not dry out. You need to keep the humidity in your room high, so placing it next to your orchid will be ideal! Like orchids, ferns are also a natural humidifier, so pairing the two together will ensure that they both get the humidity they need.

9. Scallions

scallions chopped up

While not as aesthetically pleasing as our other picks, scallions are your perfect dorm companion because they are an edible plant! Using scissors to snip off the tip of your scallions will promote growth as well as giving a nice garnish to your midnight ramen snack.

Placing your scallions in a tall, narrow glass of water filled to cover the roots and white base will ensure that your scallions are getting their required water. Placing your scallions along your window sill will also make for good window decor.

Now you have infinite scallions whenever you want!

10. ZZ Plants

ZZ plant leaves

ZZ plants are another designer favourite for their plump leaves and hard stems. Only water your ZZ plant once it has completely dried out. They are similar in care to a cactus which makes it your ideal dorm companion.

ZZ plants enjoy bright, medium and low light. They are practically indestructible and the only possible way you could kill a ZZ plant is if you overwater it.

Neglecting your ZZ plant is the best you can do to ensure it stays happy in your dorm.

Hope you found your new favourite dorm room plants!