What Indoor Plants Can Be Found in Students’ Rooms
The majority of people won’t find dormitories as comfortable places to live. Students are definitely agreed with them. For many first-year students, it is unbelievably challenging to switch from their usual home comfort to a relatively small room with a neighbor they don’t know. No wonder they need help writing a paper so frequently.
Still, here comes the good news. That transition from sweet home to an unusual dorm can become much more pleasant. You only need to choose a suitable plant.
Plants are Useful
A set of experiments with both students and adult workers as their participants showed that a person could boost their performance, memory, and focus easily if their workspace has enough plants. According to various research results, the effectiveness of plants can even be measured: they improve our ability to memorize new information by roughly 20%.
The US scientists from NASA are among the people most interested in air quality improvement. They surely need to know how to make air better inside isolated environments. Their experiments let them conclude that leaves and roots of room plants can remove toxic materials from the air inside such environments by capturing and consuming them along with carbon dioxide molecules.
Wild plants let the water they gain with roots vaporize through their leaves. The same process is true for living environments. That’s how a student, for example, can regulate air humidity inside their dorm room.
Most Suitable Dorm Room Plants
Of course, students rarely can pay a lot of attention to their room plants. So, the list below contains only the flora species that are not too demanding in terms of care. These indoor plants will filtrate the air inside your dorm living space, leading your health and mood towards significant improvement. Additionally, the mentioned plants will decorate the room and make it look cozier.
The point is, all these plants are not demanding and not pretentious. At the same time, they are resilient. So, this set of qualities makes all the species mentioned below perfect for gardening newbies. Additionally, they all will be ideal for students who don’t always have enough time to care about their plants properly.
These indoor flowers and trees won’t mind if you forget to water them on time or leave them in the shadows for weeks. Still, providing them with at least minimal care is a time investment that will surely pay off with purified air and maybe improved academic performance.
The first plant on our list is an aggressive monster when it comes to its natural environment. Growing as a wild plant, Epipremnum Aureum will most probably turn into a titan able to dominate even trees with its gigantic leaves. It grows perfectly on its own as an indoor plant in a flowerpot, even with little to no care. However, caring about it will pay off with a beautiful bloom. This is the best plant for a newbie showing the effect of regular care without too much responsibility.
Chlorophytum (aka Spider Plant)
It’s a resilient flower that will be enough with minimum comfort: some light and a little water. The Spider Plant does not fear windy places and draughts, too. Additionally, it is highly tolerant of newbie mistakes. You can give it a lot of water, especially during warm summer days. It feels better with that, unlike many other less durable plants.
By the way, Chlorophytum is easy to cultivate and reproduce. Moreover, it is of the best indoor air filters, so they frequently prefer keeping it inside hospitals and other medical facilities.
Different Dracaena Species
Dracaena plants are incredibly durable. That’s obvious when you know about their natural wildlife area: South Asia and Africa. Dracaena will be grateful for abundant watering during the spring and summer months and feel okay with almost no water in winter.
Dracaena Sanderiana (aka Lucky Bamboo)
Most probably, you’ve heard about this tree as that “Lucky bamboo”, that’s its frequent marketing name. Of course, this dracaena does not have anything in common with bamboos, and there is no guarantee for it to bring you luck. However, Dracaena Sanderiana will make it through the most terrible living conditions (which are regular to happen in dorms).
Lucky Bamboo won’t mind if you water it irregularly, make it breathe with bad air (for instance, if you or your roommate are a smoker), and stand in a dark room corner. So, you can add a bit of coziness to your dorm place with Sanderiana, even if you doubt there is a plant able to survive in your incredibly toxic environment.
Dracaena Trifasciata (aka Snake Plant)
This plant is also known as a “mother-in-law’s tongue” or “Saint George’s sword” for its featured shape. Although it likes lots of light, it won’t be a problem for the Snake Plant to stand in a shadowed corner if your room does not suppose a lot of sun rays to get through its windows. Trifasciata never dies after the lack of water. In turn, too much humidity can kill it.
Cactuses (A LOT of Them)
Cactuses are among the most widespread indoor plants all over the world. They’ll live well in any conditions except too much water and humidity. Their advantage is the ability to survive with a newbie or careless owner and to bloom for someone who mastered the art of caring about them well enough. Yes, cactuses can bloom, and they are surely beautiful when that happens!
Mostly, experienced gardeners don’t like bromeliads. They say it is almost impossible to make such a plant grow and bloom well indoors. However, a plus of bromeliads for students is different: their leaves are mostly wonderful, so they’re able to become your eternal dorm flowers. These plants are actually eternal: they don’t need much care. That’s all a student can wish about their indoor plant, isn’t it?
One more species to grow well in a dorm room is a fern. The point is that the fern you most probably think about is not the only one. There are various kinds of ferns different in their colors, leaf shapes, and textures.
Additionally, the size of ferns is also variable. There exist plants not growing larger than a regular medium flower pot might contain. That’s why a fern may become your perfect floor or desktop plant. It only needs enough sun rays to make you happy.
Zamioculcas (aka Zanzibar Gem or Emerald Palm)
Finding a more durable plant than this one would be a challenge. Zamioculcas can stay green and full of life regardless of environmental conditions. It doesn’t care about no natural light, low humidity, and insufficient watering from its owner. It can grow under any lighting and survive entirely dry soil. The only way to harm this plant is to give it too much water.