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Best House Plants for Student Dorm Rooms

Updated on October 24, 2015
Photos are my own unless otherwise credited. Article copyright 08/16/2014.
Photos are my own unless otherwise credited. Article copyright 08/16/2014.

House Plants are Great for Dorm Room Décor.

While you cannot take your pet to college with you it is nice to know that you are usually allowed to adopt a living plant to come live in your dorm room with you.

These quiet house guests not only help to create a cheerful and relaxing atmosphere within your dorm room, but they can actually also help to clean the air there as well. They are the perfect companion to take to college with you.

Plants will listen to all your problems, are generally fairly easy to care for, and best of all they don't talk back when you say something that they don't agree with. The only question you have to find an answer for is which houseplant will be the best dorm room companion for you.


A dorm room can look pretty bare when you first move in.

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House plants that are cool and fun to be around.

A plant that will make an excellent conversation piece and a virtual potted pet is the Venus Flytrap plant.

These little guys really do catch and eat flies but in a dorm room setting he rarely has to work too hard to acquire his food. Helpful students are always only too willing to do it for him.

The Venus Flytrap is a plant that tends to be given the honorary status of a green dorm mascot or pet and as such is generally appropriately named. A few names suitable for this carnivorous dorm room companion are Dracula, Spike, Ralph, Frank, Crazy Harry, and Priscilla.

The Bonsai tree is another very unique plant for adding a little extra d├ęcor in a dorm room. It is cool having a miniature tree in your living space.

Adapt a small carnivore to come share your dorm with you.

3 Small Venus Flytraps - Fly Trap - (Dionaea Muscipula) Carnivorous Plant 3 Inch Pot
3 Small Venus Flytraps - Fly Trap - (Dionaea Muscipula) Carnivorous Plant 3 Inch Pot

You get three Venus Flytrap plants in this order so you will have a couple of these little green monsters to pass along to friends. They dine of course on yummy flies and bugs.

 

Plants that purify the air are ideal for a dorm room.

Small enclosed spaces can easily become rather smelly which is why adopting a plant to simply help keep the pollution levels down in your dorm might be a good idea.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration conducted a study on the best houseplants for cleaning the household air around them and one of these very helpful plants might just be the perfect addition to your dorm room.

The common Spider plant and Golden Pothos were two of the best plants for removing formaldehyde from the air around them. (Yes, this is a actually a common air pollutant in buildings, scary huh?)

The flowering Gerbera daisy and the Chrysanthemum were the best plants for removing benzene from the air. If you like flowers than you might want to consider one of them for your dorm.

If you are not so hip on flowering plants then the Bamboo palm, the Dracaena Massangeana cane, the Mother-in-Law's tongue, the English Ivy, the Peace lily, the Fig tree, and the Chinese evergreen species of plants were all shown to be other plants with very good air purifying capabilities.

Keep it Little. Smaller sized plants are naturally a good choice because a dorm room is not all that large. This eliminates most plants which eventually grow into trees, shrubs, or bushes from your list of options.

The golden Pothos is a beautiful fast growing vine.

Golden Devil's Ivy - Pothos - Epipremnum - 4" Pot - Very Easy to Grow
Golden Devil's Ivy - Pothos - Epipremnum - 4" Pot - Very Easy to Grow

Rated as one of the best houseplants for cleansing indoor air this little sweetheart is ready for adoption. Doesn't talk back, loves to be crooned to, and comes without a lot of additional grade requirements.

 

Chrysanthemums are available in a wide range of colors but they do enjoy a well lighted area.

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Plants for good luck.

A good luck charm is always a nice gift idea for a friend or family member so why not gift a lucky plant.

There are a few choices in this category but the top three would be these delightful greenery:

The Bamboo Palm is considered lucky so if you are a superstitious person this might be the plant for you.

Other good luck plants are the Money tree and the Lucky Shamrock plant.


You can share a little good luck with a friend or two.

3 Sets of Lucky Bamboo Arrangements in 3 Different Shapes of Lucky Bamboo Vase with Elephant.
3 Sets of Lucky Bamboo Arrangements in 3 Different Shapes of Lucky Bamboo Vase with Elephant.

Delightful set of 3 lucky bamboo elephant vase planters.

Now this is a indoor decor plant that is just too cute to pass up on. Adorable and sweet symbol of good luck.

 

Would you consider adopting a plant for your dorm room?

Would you consider adopting a plant for your dorm room?

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Plants that do not require a lot of attention or sunlight are ideal for the dorm.

Low light plants are ideal for enclosed spaces which makes them ideal for a student's dorm room. When a student goes off to school getting a dorm with a windows is not always an option. Even when there is a window in the room the lighting can still be quite dim.

Good low light plants are Bamboo Palm also known as Lucky Bamboo, Philodendron, Spider Plant, Janet Craig Dracaena, Dragon Tree, Peace Lily, Snake Plant, and the Pothos Vine. There are others but this list should give you plenty of options for the student on your gift list.

A very low care plant for the dorm room is the poky old Cactus. Famous for not requiring a great deal of water Cacti come in hundreds of varieties and the best thing about them is that they really do require very minimal care.

If you tend to be a little careless, forgetful, lazy, or just plain old confused then one of these green fellows may be the perfect plant for you.

The Snake plant is very decorative and helpful.

Dwarf Zeylanica Snake Plant - Sanseveria - Impossible to kill! - 4" Pot
Dwarf Zeylanica Snake Plant - Sanseveria - Impossible to kill! - 4" Pot

It does not do housework or help with homework but the snake plant does help to purify indoor air. It was found to be one of the best houseplants for cleaning pollutants and toxins from indoor air. What a good little plant. Also very hardy so doesn't ask for much from its owner.

 

Herbs and medicinal house plants are nice.

If you are looking for a plant that will add a nice fresh aroma to the dorm room and be of other beneficial use as well then you may want to consider a herb plant.

Herbs such as mint, lavender, chives, lemon grass, parsley or thyme are plants that are relatively easy to care for. They generally grow well in small containers and they don't usually mind if you snip off a clipping or two to add into your favorite beverage or meal.

An Aloe Vera plant is like having your own personal pharmacy sitting on your desk. The sap / juice of the Aloe Vera plant is known to aid in the healing of cuts and burns.

You can either poke or break off a small section of leaf to acquire the fluid of the Aloe Vera plant. If you are an accident-prone sort of person then you might want to invite one of these helpful plants to live with you.

3 Different Aloe Plants - Easy to grow/Hard to Kill! - 3" Pots
3 Different Aloe Plants - Easy to grow/Hard to Kill! - 3" Pots

With three Aloe vera plants to choose from you can keep one for yourself and pass along the other two to your friends.

Or you can really go green. Keep all three and pretend that you live in a jungle.

 
One of my many spider plants.
One of my many spider plants.

My favorite picks for plants:

There are many houseplants that are excellent for removing toxins from the air. Indoor pollution can be a real problem and especially in the winter months. One of my favorite plants for this is the spider plant. It is easy care and lists high on the list as an air cleaner.

I have always loved spider plants and the golden pothos so I was very pleasantly surprised when I did research on plants and pollution to discover that both of these rank very high for their air cleansing abilities.

I really like the venus flytrap but have heard that they do not like chlorinated water so you have to get them fresh rainwater or bottled water.

I am terrible for killing some plants so easy care plants are high on my adoption list. Jade plants and violets probably cringe if they see me walk by.

Check list of items not to forget.
Check list of items not to forget.

Dorm Checklist: Things to Bring to College

The following are a few of the oh so important things that you might forget if not reminded to bring them.

So grab a piece of paper and title the page "What to bring to College", then place these items at the top of your list so you don't accidentally leave them behind when you make your big move....Dorm Checklist: Things to Bring to College.

Which houseplants are your favorites?

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    • Margie Lynn profile image

      Margie Lynn 17 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

      I have a granddaughter going off to college, thanks so much for this information!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Cool ideas! I shared your lens on our Facebook page today. Come and check it out!www.facebook.com/GreenThumbOnSquidoo

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      JimHofman 3 years ago

      Excellent suggestions! Plants that don't require a lot of tlc are definitely the best for dorm rooms. Golden pothos and aloe are two of my easy care favorites.

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      Christine Dever 3 years ago

      Great lens! I've never had success with houseplants, but you've inspired me to try again. I might just try to get a Venus Fly Trap to help out when I forget to take the compost out for too long! :)

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I like ones that don't take too much effort. If they are too finicky, they will die when I go away for 3-4 days, and I can't cope with that! But I love plants.

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      Moe Wood 3 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Great suggestions. I've always wanted a fly trap one but they are so expensive here.

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      The ones that grow! Just kidding, I love them all! I keep getting ones that require more and more maintenance, just to stretch my boundaries.

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      I love them all, but the mother-in-law tongue is very easy to grow.

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      What great suggestions!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @LauraHofman: I have always loved spider plants and the golden pothos so I was very pleasantly surprised when I did research on plants and pollution to discover that both of these rank very high for their air cleansing abilities.

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Great plant suggestions for dorm rooms! Way back when I was in college, I had a peace lily and a philodendron and both survived. I like the idea of air-cleaning plants and most of my current indoor menagerie are in this category including golden pothos, aloe, dracaena marginata, areca palm, english ivy, spider plant, ficus and more. Nicely done lens!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh wow, that's hard to say. I think my all time favorite houseplant, which I don't have any more, is the Ficus diversifolia, or Mistletoe Fig. I had that plant for twenty or thirty years, but had to give it away when we moved. I kept a cutting, and the cutting died! I've only once ever seen one of these lovelies in a nursery or shop. When I was in college, though, the pothos and the aloe vera were my friends. Both could withstand my neglect as I spent most of my time in the studio working on projects, and the soothing, medicinal properties of the aloe vera came in handy many times. Nice page!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love all these plants, and have owned or do own several of them. I love the spider plant particularly, and the mother-in-law's tongue, because they both are so easy to care for. Nice work on this lens, and it sounds as though it would be a comfort for those students who, for the first time, have left home.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @bead at home mom: I am terrible for killing some plants so easy care plants are high on my adoption list. Jade plants and violets probably cringe if they see me walk by.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @Rhonda Lytle: There are many houseplants that are excellent for removing toxins from the air. Indoor pollution can be a real problem and especially in the winter months. One of my favorite plants for this is the spider plant. It is easy care and lists high on the list as an air cleaner.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I had no idea certain plants could remove Benzine from the air. That is useful info in the extreme. Many new homes and all manufactured homes could benefit from such a plant. Personally, I'm really loving the Venus Flytrap idea. It's fun, funky fresh and adds some living whimsy to these institutional looking rooms.

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

      I love the bamboo plants and anything that requires Low to NO maintenance. Will be suggesting some of these options to my son for his new college suite this coming Fall semester. Great Ideas!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @AcornOakForest: I really like the venus flytrap but have heard that they do not like chlorinated water so you have to get them fresh rainwater or bottled water.

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      Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      The less care they take the better! I love having green things around, but the only thing that usually reminds me to water them is a little brown around the edges. These are great ideas for dorm living!