The Best Plants for College Students

Taking care of ourselves, let alone other living things, can be hard while also managing the chaos of college. However, if you crave the feeling of bringing some life to your dorm room, I have some ideas for you! Here are 5 of the lowest maintenance, hardest to kill house plants that I have personally enjoyed having in my dorm room—and I think you could too!

Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

I am obsessed with my Jade plant; it feels like a sassier and more sophisticated version of a succulent. Don’t let it fool you with its succulent like leaves though, it still needs a good drink about once a week. It becomes obvious when it is thirsty because you will be able to see and feel more wrinkles in the leaves. Also, if you’re clumsy like me and you knock a leaf off, just lay it in some soil! It will quickly turn into a whole new plant under correct conditions! 

ZZ Plant (Zanzibar Gem)

The ZZ plant is near indestructible. When things got weird due to COVID, I left my ZZ in a room with pretty much no sunlight and no water for probably a month. I came back to discover it flourishing. I have heard other plant lovers say that their ZZ “loves to be forgotten about,” hence it literally thriving in the worst conditions I could have put it in. They have these huge bulbs attached to them (which can be found connected to the roots), so they also do fine without water for a while. I usually water mine about twice a month. 

Any Pothos

Pothos are a gift from heaven if you ask me (or almost anyone else who has ever owned one). These babies are relentless and come in some cool different types and variegations. I’ve also turned my one Pothos plant and turned it into many more—thanks to the miracles of water propagation. I just set a clipping of it in a jar of water, but you have to make sure the node is submerged! This is where the new roots will grow from, so it must be under the water. Also, don’t let the leaf touch the water because it will cause your clipping to rot. Even when not being propagated, these plants grow fast. They also only require water about once a week. 

Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

I am convinced you could leave this plant alone in a dark room for 3 years and it would still be alive. In all seriousness though, the Snake plant is probably the easiest to take care of on this list. I only water mine about twice a month, and it is thriving. They produce these cute little baby versions of themselves when they’re happy with their environment—what’s not to love about more plants! 

Philodendron Brasil (Philodendron hederaceum)

This beauty looks complex, but almost any Philodendron is quite easy to take care of. A Philodendron Brasil grows slow, but it is totally worth it in my opinion. I water mine only once a week, and it seems to have no issues with that. The heart shaped leaves and color of the leaves are beautiful, so they seem high maintenance even though they aren’t. 

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