There are many factors to consider when you decide to have plants in your dorm room. First, whatever you decide, it will be most likely an improvement to the typical, cramped and damp college room. With that in mind, anthing you can do to bring the green outside indoors to keep you company.
To create an indoor garden, your plants will need nutritious soil, water and adequate light. Any market garden shop can furnish those essentials, as well as consultation of which plants thrive best in a dorm room.
The preferred setting would be in a window box, with proper drainage features, either inside or just outside on a large window sill, where your plants will get direct sunlight for at least three hours a day for four days a week.
Unless your college is in a cold, northern climate, try to give them some fresh outside air, adequate humidity and light as often as possible. If that isn’t always possible, check with your garden shop for sunshine-imitating electric lighting you can provide.
If your college is in a very dry climate, such as the desert southwest Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, beyond just watering them, keep them in a humid bathroom that is used frequently for showers and, in addition to keeping their soil moist, water them with a spray water mister at least twice a day.
Dorm plants serve more than as greening decor. They also give off air-cleaning oxygen, and some exude pleasant odors. Mint is an example. It not only smells great when you crush a leaf with your fingers, but it has some medicinal qualities, such as relieving sort throats and easing nausea after one of those all-night parties. Mint plants are very easy to care for, and are happy in moist, well-drained pots. They also crave lots of sunlight.
Lavender is traditional for freshening up a college dorm room, especially when all sorts of smoking, cooking and unwashed human odors seem to be too often permeating the crowded space. The welcome scents bring in the feeling of fresh air and spring flowers, making crowded dorm rooms into veritable outdoor gardens.
The live lavender plants provide the pleasant smell, and their abundant flowers and leaves can be dried and made into sachets to stash in clothing drawers and closets. Lavender plants need lots of sunlight and fresh air, and thrive in sandy soil that is not over-watered.
For lots of green leaves, choose from varieties of pothos. It can thrive with minimum care in a regular plant pot, and will grow rapidly when trimmed. It can also be trained as a trailing ivy, and will edge along walls or from hanging pots, to give your indoor room a feeling of outdoors.