Happy Back-to-School season! One of the best parts of starting the school year is getting to decorate your space, whether it is your new home or dorm room. Whether you’re going for a modern look or a homey design, adding the perfect plant to your space can make a world of difference. As the academic schedule can be quite hectic, we’ve put together a list of the best plants for your dorm room to suit your busy schedule.
SUCCULENTS AND CACTI
One of the easiest plants to introduce into your dorm space is a succulent or a cactus, as they require almost little to no care. Succulents and cacti are water-storing plants, and as such, can be watered as little as once a month. In addition, there are so many variations of succulents, from echeverias to haworthias, and so the possibilities are endless!
Light: Succulents and cacti prefer bright light, so place them near a window or natural light source for maximum health.
Water: Because succulents and cacti store water in their leaves and stems, they do not need to be watered as often as other house plants. During the hotter seasons when it's their growth period, water your succulent about every three weeks to once a month. The key here is “water more, but less often.” During the winter, succulents store their water for their dormant stage, water less. Ensure that the soil dries out in between waterings.
AIR PLANTS (TILLANDSIAS)
Another easy-care plant is the air plant, otherwise known as the tillandsia. Unlike other plants, air plants do not grow in soil, as they get most of their nutrients from the air. They make any space look more lively, and can be placed in many unique little pots and containers.
Light: Air plants thrive under bright, indirect sunlight. Do not leave them in bright, direct sunlight for too long, as this can lead to sunburns.
Water: Let your air plant soak in water for about 20 to 30 minutes once a week. After giving them a bath, be sure to let them dry and remove all excess water, especially from their base.
SNAKE PLANTS (SANSEVIERIAS)
If you’re looking for a bigger statement plant to add to your space, snake plants are perfect, as they are incredibly easy to care for and need almost little to no care. There are also around 70 different types of snake plants of varying color variegations, sizes and shapes so you have plenty to choose from!
Light: Snake plants can survive in indirect or low light areas, so they are perfect for little nooks in your dorm that need a little more life.
Water: Snake plants can survive with little to no care, and as such, should be watered accordingly. Let the soil dry in between waterings.
Adding a plant to your space can really spruce up the room. In addition, the plants listed above are easy to care for, making them the perfect addition to your busy academic life.