Plants make for perfect dorm decorations. They add life, color, and personality while removing toxic fumes from your indoor environment. While most college students’ intentions may be good, maintaining a plant might be more work than they are willing to take on. The key is in selecting a plant that is aesthetically pleasing to you and within your maintenance range.
It is common for dorms to have very dry air due to the air conditioning and heating methods. This means that plants that prefer moist environments will require a diligent care-taker in order to sustain a healthy appearance. Selecting a cactus is a better option in this situation because they are built to survive in dry conditions. Cacti are so variable, you will likely find one that appeals to you. Flowering varieties such as the barrel cactus and the prickly pear, can produce striking colors and fragrances.
If your dorm room receives a lot of direct sunlight, Gerber daisies make an excellent choice. These are fantastic dorm plants because they are particularly savvy in removing indoor air toxins from your environment. Besides leaving your room fresh, Gerber daisies produce large, beautiful blooms that last for weeks. You can usually find them at your local plant nursery for under $5 per plant. The flowers are vibrant in color and come in so many varieties that it will be easy to coordinate with the rest of your room.
On the other hand, if your dorm room receives very little sunlight, you would do well to choose Mother-in-law’s Tongue. This is a two-toned green plant that grows well in low light. This is the perfect plant for someone who knows little about care-taking as it practically takes care of itself. It will grow in virtually any dorm environment and can survive on a single watering through the winter months!
Plants that require infrequent watering are great for students who tend to leave for weekends, holidays, and school breaks. Lucky bamboo, for example, only needs to have its water changed once a week. It is considered lucky by Eastern Feng Shui tradition. Another plant that needs infrequent watering is Pothos. This is a hearty, leafy plant that can withstand substantial abuse! As an added benefit, it is also highly effective in removing indoor air pollutants.
Whether you have a perfect dorm environment and a green-thumb to go with it or a dark, dry habit, there is a plant that will thrive in your care. Add some life and color to your dorm with a simple plant.
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