Plant some happiness in your room

Plants can liven up your dorm room and come in many varieties that even the most forgetful student will have a hard time killing

POTHOS PLANT

Epipremnum aureum

Devil’s ivy, money plant, hunter’s robe, ivy arum, silver vine, taro vine–this plant of many names has been around for forever is almost impossible to kill. Being able to grow in incredibly low light and being resistant to drought makes it is a dorm room must. 

Bonus: This plant is super easy to propagate. All you have to do is cut a vine and place it in water in front of a window and like magic you have two perfectly healthy pothos plants ready to trail down your window sill.

DIFFICULTY: EASY
WATERING: BIWEEKLY
PRICE: $

A Madagascar Dragon tree. MORGAN BARCLAY/ THE CAPTAIN’S LOG

MADAGASCAR DRAGON TREE

D. marginata

A palm without the effort? This tropical and colorful plant is actually an evergreen able to grow in shade without much water, making it perfect for dorm rooms. Bonus, it’s relatively cheap and grows up to 13 ft as a houseplant.

DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM
WATERING: WEEKLY
PRICE: $$

LUCKY BAMBOO

Dracaena sanderiana

Not actually bamboo at all, this member of the dracaena genus is so indestructible it can grow without dirt. Bonus, due to its fast growth you can shape it as it grows to create a living sculpture. The only drawback is it requires a good deal of sun to survive.

DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM
WATERING: CHANGE WATER MONTHLY
PRICE:$

PEACE LILY

Spathiphyllum

Most flowering plants are delicate and vulnerable, but don’t tell peace lilies that. These sturdy plants are able to withstand mistreatment and bounce back. That said, they are sensitive to sun and require bright indirect sunlight, which can be difficult to come by in a dorm. However, if you’re willing to take the challenge peace lilies will more than please.

DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM
WATERING: WEEKLY
PRICE: $$

ZZ PLANT

Zamioculcas

A new plant to the houseplant game, these sturdy plants were first widely distributed in 1996.  The plant is also  known as the Zanzibar Gem, or the Welcome Plant. Their waxy dark green leaves create a striking shape and are able to withstand anything you could do to them. While they require pruning every once and while to ensure growth, their funky shape make the perfect decor. 

DIFFICULTY: EASY
WATERING: ONCE A MONTH
PRICE: $$$

A purple passion plant next to a pathos plant. MORGAN BARCLAY/ THE CAPTAIN’S LOG

PURPLE PASSION PLANT

Gynura aurantiaca

Covered in tiny purple hairs, this plant feels like velvet and looks even funkier. Drought-resistant and able to grow in medium light, this plant is the perfect way to bring living color to your room. Brighter lighting intensifies the purple in the leaves, making a more colorful addition to your dorm.

DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM
WATERING: BI-WEEKLY
PRICE: $


MORGAN BARCLAY
MORGAN.BARCLAY.15@CNU.EDU

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