Indoor gardening for res life

Hey all – seems like I have another pearl of wisdom floating along by, and this one is just as obvious as that entire post about walking from a few days back. If you’re going to be trapped within the fluorescent-lit, blue-mattress-standard dorm we’ve all come to know and expect, sometimes a bit of freshness is appreciated. So if you have the space to spare–and don’t lie, I know you do, even if between yourself and your roommate you have enough (heavy) text books and little trade paper-backs to stack to the ceiling–you can make space for a house plant! Or flowers, if that’s your thing.

Hyacinths in a terribly square container -- the smell is amazing and filters through a teeny-tiny dorm room nicely

Hyacinths in a terribly square container — the smell is amazing and filters through a teeny-tiny dorm room nicely

Plants in general have so many benefits: they remind you of the glory of the outdoors, they’re easier to take care of than a goldfish (And more forgiving), they brighten up the place especially when finals are coming, I suppose you can bounce ideas off of your plants if there’s no-one else to talk to, and you’ve just bought yourself another potential Instagram subject. Go you.

But no, seriously, plants have a lot to offer with their soothing presence, nice scent, and air-purifying qualities.

I’ve kept some dried eucalyptus and some hyacinths and a lovely bunch of daffodils this past year alone — and they’ve all been a nice center-piece to an otherwise tiny, cluttered space.

Dried eucalyptus!

Dried eucalyptus!

Of course — there are many, many in-depth guides and more compelling reasons for keeping indoor plants; I do plan on writing a bigger, and better, well-researched piece after I return home and bug my mother (Who has a bit of a green thumb and lot’s of determination) about some plant-keeping tips!

But for now — please enjoy this lovely informative graphic that pretty much spawned this post in the first place:


  1. Bamboo Palm: It removes formaldahyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.
  2. Snake plant: It t absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldahyde.
  3. Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.
  4. Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldahyde from the air.
  5. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also know to remove formaldahyde and trichloroethylene.
  6. Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen over night.

Personally I come from a family of spider plant collectors — they’re really lovely plants with their stripes and such. An knowing that they remove carbon monoxide and are NASA approved is a plus; you can definitely use that on your common kitchen table or near your window in the dorm!


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