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Low Maintenance College Dorm Room Plants

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Ponytail Palm 

Add a beautiful plant to your room with dramatic ponytail palm. Low-maintenance and stunning, ponytail palm features bright, pom-pom-style foliage that looks lively all year. 

Ponytail Palm Care
Place your ponytail palm in a bright spot, such as a windowsill or sunny desk. Because ponytail palm has low moisture needs, you only need to water it once the soil has dried—that may be once every seven to 10 days. 

Why It’s the Perfect Pick
Ponytail palm has a unique appearance, which makes a bold statement and sets your dorm apart from the typical college space. 



Create your own desert escape on your desk or windowsill with cacti and succulents. These dry land plants are super easy to care for and come in an array of amazing textures and colors. 

Cacti and Succulent Care
Cacti and succulents love bright light; keep them near a sunny window or right under a desk light. Allow the soil to dry almost completely before you water them.

Why They're the Perfect Pick
With their trendy appearance and low water needs, cacti and succulents are terrific picks for busy and stylish students. 

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Peace Lily 

Peace lily is a popular houseplant that features dark green leaves and large white blooms, making it one of the prettiest houseplants you can grow. This easy-care plant has a resilient nature and natural ability to purify indoor air.

Peace Lily Care
Grow your peace lily in medium to bright light (the more light it gets, the more it blooms) and keep the soil evenly moist. 

Why It’s the Perfect Pick
Peace lily works hard to keep the air clean and fresh; it also adds a charming element to your décor. 


Anthurium’s bright blooms and shiny, deep green leaves bring color and life to cramped rooms.  This pretty plant is easy to care for and tolerates a variety of living situations. 

Anthurium Care
Grow anthurium in bright indoor light for best results. Don’t let the soil dry completely, but don’t drench it either. 

Why It’s the Perfect Pick
With its colorful, heart-shaped blooms, anthurium makes any room feel cozy and homey. As long as it receives enough light, anthurium will bloom all year!



Ferns are classic houseplants that feature fine-textured fronds that add a graceful, elegant look to indoor spaces. Versatile and attractive, ferns work well with any decorating style and make terrific living accessories. 

Fern Care
Keep your ferns in a medium-bright spot and don’t let the soil dry out. Ferns love humidity, so group them together with other houseplants. 

Why They're the Perfect Pick
Ferns are some of the best natural humidifiers out there, and their fresh green color brightens any small space.