Looking for a little greenery to spruce up your new home away from home? Look no further, ZEN has got you covered.
If Your Dorm Room Doesn't Get Much Natural Light
Try a heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron cordatum). They come in a variety of colors and can be kept as bushy plants or trailing from a shelf or loft.
Heartleaf philodendrons don’t tolerate direct sunlight, making them perfect for a room with a north facing window. Keep their soil stay moist by watering them once a week. They also appreciate the occasional misting, though not required.
If Your Dorm Room Gets Good Natural Light
Try a cactus. Cacti species come from sunny, dry regions of the Americas, so really all they want is lots of sun. They require very little attention, only needing water once a month. Perfect for a window sill in an east or south facing window.
If You Don't Know What Kind of Light Your Dorm Room Gets
Try a ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamifolia). Rich in shades of green, this plant does well in low to medium light, perfect for any dorm room. To keep them happy, water every two weeks.
If You Want A Fun Conversation Plant for Your Dorm Room
Try a terrarium. Terrariums are a great way to create a mini landscape right in your room. They are also super easy to care for, requiring just a few tablespoons of water a week. Be advised: terrariums do require adequate light, so a room with an east, south or west facing window is best.
If You Have A Record of Killing Plants
Try an air plant. Air plants are easy to care for, and since they have no roots, one less part of the plant to potentially kill. Airplants also do well in low light, just be sure to mist them once a week when dry.
ZEN Bonus: If You Have a Smelly Roommate
Try a snake plant (Sansevieria sp.). They are virtually indestructible plants that can be neglected for weeks at a time and still look healthy. Additionally, they can survive low light levels. The best part, though? They are one of the best air filtering plants you can buy. Perfect for those with a less-than-pleasant smelling roomie.
What plant(s) do you have in your dorm room?