So, you've come to the great, bustling city of Boston to continue your education. You're all set up in your dorm and have taken the obligatory trips to Trader Joe's and IKEA and finally you're feeling like a true adult. What else could possibly be missing?
Plants. A plant is the answer you're looking for.
Adding some vegetation and good vibes to that dorm room will make your new space feel just like home in no time at all.
We've compiled a list of easy-to-care for plants that are great even for first-time plant parents. And yes, we did factor in care for all those last minute trips home, holidays and spring breakers.
Snake Plant (Mother-In-Law's Tongue) Sansevieria
The quintessential easy-to-care-for plant is one of our favorites for dorm life. Yes, they can survive in little to no natural light. Yes, you can go on winter break and come back to it still thriving. And yes, snake plants come in a variety of different colors, patterns and sizes to fit your fancy. The dwarf variety is perfect for a window sill or a desk, while the taller variety looks amazing in the corner of a room, or on a res-life bookshelf. Water weekly to promote growth, but make sure the soil dries out in between waterings.
ZZ Plant Zamioculcas zamiifolia
If you're feeling super lush and love all different shades of green, the ZZ is for you. These plants can thrive in low light and only need to be watered sparingly. The ZZ can survive long periods of draught, but will grow at a more rapid pace with regular watering. They're as resilient as they are attractive. As they grow, they become a great space filler and will certainly become an eye catcher in any room.
Fleshy, flashy and easy to care for if you have adequate bright light, succulents are fun additions to a desk or window sill. They require bright indirect light for most of the day and a good watering every 7-12 days.
If you got lucky and have landed a dorm room with tons of light, these babies are for you. There are so many different varieties that you're bound to find one that you love. And they're super easy to care for. Water once every two weeks and you're solid. Just mind the spines!
If you decide to really go the distance, terrariums are a hip, funky accessory for any room. They can be potted with any plant you'd like, just mind the light and care instructions for each plant. Succulents and cacti go well together, while tropical and air plants are humidity lovers and thrive together. You can pick out a pre-planted terrarium here in the shop or take on a DIY project in the funkiest container you can find.
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