How to Keep Plants Alive in a Dorm Room

How to Keep Plants Alive in a Dorm Room

Houseplants are an excellent way of adding a bit of personality and coziness to a space, especially a college dorm room

With neutral colored walls, tile or wood floors, and often one window per room, a houseplant is just what a dorm needs to feel more homey.

And just because a dorm isn't big on square footage, it doesn’t mean you can’t still add plants in—you'll just have to look to wall hooks and plant hangers to help make the space.

And just because a dorm isn't big on square footage, it doesn’t mean you can’t still add plants in—you'll just have to look to wall hooks and plant hangers to help make the space.

The best thing you can do is choose plants that will survive in both bright, indirect light and lower light situations.

Choose Smaller Plants or Slow-Growing Plants You’ll also have to consider space. If you’re in a standard sized dorm room where you’re sharing a room with one other person, you’re going to have to share that area with your roommate.

Choose slow-growing plants or plants that can easily be pruned back. “ZZ plants and sansevieria are very slow growers and will not get out of control anytime soon," advises Aulton. "Pothos, monstera, and philodendron will not grow very fast in lower light conditions

Utilize Your Window Space as Much as Possible If you’re lucky enough to have a ledge in front of your window, definitely utilize that. Some plants love to be placed directly in front of the window as long as it’s not getting really harsh light

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