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September 30, 2012, 9:16 am

Best Plants for Dorm Rooms

Life as a student can be stressful, particularly if they are living on their own.  Dorms are often small and cramped. But growing plants in the dorm rooms can help make the school year more pleasant. Plants add life and positive energy to any space, including small spaces.  Plants can improve the air quality, especially since dorms aren’t known to be airy and spacious. They can also help relieve stress and create a calming and relaxing environment.

Students don’t need to have a “green thumb” to be able to grow these plants. Here are some plants that are affordable, low-maintenance and easy to grow.

LavenderLavender

Every dorm room show grow lavender! Lavender is easy to grow and care for.  The fragrance will freshen up the room and it will even deter mice and other unwanted pests. In addition, lavender has been known to relieve anxiety and stress-ideal during exam times. Lavender plants need sun and well-drained, sandy soil to thrive. Place near the window.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera, a succulent plant,  is a popular indoor plant grown for its medicinal properties.  The gel inside the fleshy leaves can heal minor cuts, burns and other skin irritations. Good for accident-prone students or students learning to cook for the first time! It is also ideal for busy students.  You can pretty  much leave the plant alone. It’s low maintenance; it doesn’t need regular watering or much sunlight.

African Violets african violet

African violets will add colour and life to the room. The plant will produce flowers all year round. Plus, they are also known to clear the air of pollutants. They will thrive in any light condition, including artificial, fluorescent lights. But don’t put the plant under direct sunlight. Keep soil moist.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

The spider plant is another easy plant to grow. It has a nice green-white foliage and blooms pretty little white flowers.  It’s low maintenance and very resilient. It will even survive neglect and doesn’t require much watering. And as a bonus, the spider plant even clears the air of indoor pollutants, like beneze, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.

lucky bambooLucky Bamboo (Dracaena Sanderana)

Adding positive energy to the room, the lucky bamboo has become one of the most popular plants to grow. Probably because bamboo is said to bring good luck and fortune (hence the nickname).  Moreover, it’s easy to care for and doesn’t require much attention. The plant does well in low light environments and doesn’t need soil to grow. Just place the bamboo in water and change it every 2-3 weeks.

All of these plants are readily available at any retailer. Start growing something today! It’s easy and it will be good for you!

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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