Your college student-living dorm or apartment is where you’ll spend the next few years of your life, so it’s essential to make it feel like home.
This will be your new living space, you need to decorate it in a way that makes you happy!
And one of the best ways to “spruce up” this living space is with a brand new window plant.
Luther Burbank may have said it best:
“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”
Of course, not all window plants are flowers. But that’s ok. Window plants of all kinds have something to offer. And in this post, we’re going to explore some of the best, most creative options.
Here are five of the best window plants to help make your new student living space finally feel like home.
Commonly known as the “friendship tree,” jade is a beautiful succulent with a rich history of interesting lore.
It originates from the Cape Province of South Africa, where it’s known by its botanical name of Crassula Ovata.
The jade plant is said to give off nourishing positive chi energy. Some believe that it brings prosperity and success when placed near the entrance of a location or business.
They tend to grow to be somewhere between two and four feet tall. They’re woody plants with thick branches and trunks.
One little-known fact about jade is that it’s pretty resistant to disease. This is one of the primary reasons why it’s so well-liked among indoor gardeners.
2. Aloe Vera
Another succulent that makes an exquisite indoor windowsill companion. Aloe vera is probably most well known for its medicinal properties.
You can use the juice from its leaves to soothe burns when applied topically. In fact, the plant has a rich history of medicinal use. According to documentation, ancient cultures in Greece, Mexico, India, Egypt, Japan, and China all made use of it.
Possibly the Egyptian queens, Cleopatra and Nefertiti, may have used it as part of their daily beauty regimes.
Alexander the Great even used the plant to treat his wounded soldiers.
3. Areca Palm
Areca palm is one of the easiest tropical foliage plants to grow indoors.
It’s a beautiful plant with reed-like stems that boasts bright green, narrow pointed leaves.
It’s probably best known as an “air cleanser” and for bringing a tropical mood to any home or office. It’s so good at cleansing the air that it’s often hailed as the best air purifying plant in existence!
The areca palm belongs to the Araceae family. It originally came from Madagascar, where it grew naturally in the humid, tropical heat off the east coast of Africa.
If you prefer a window plant that requires a bit of hands-on maintenance, then Jasmine may be a fantastic option for you.
The most common type of Jasmine grown indoors is Jasminum polyanthum. It’s best known for its sweet, fragrant aroma.
Originally native to Asia, it’s believed that this beautiful herb first crossed the Red Sea into Egypt around the year 1000 B.C. It’s been said that the emperors of the Sung Dynasty in China loved the fragrance.
Supposedly kings in many different cultures (Nepal, Persia, and Afghanistan, to name a few) loved it so much that they had it planted around their residences.
There are about 200 different species of the plant in existence throughout the world. Although, the very first species on record in history was the Arabian Jasmine.
5. Money Tree
Why wouldn’t college students want a money tree?
Unfortunately, we don’t mean that kind of money tree. What we’re referring to here is actually a Chinese Money Tree, also known as Pachira Aquatica.
This attractive Chinese tree is easy to identify, thanks in part to its traditionally braided trunk.
We can’t guarantee it’ll bring you wealth and good fortune, as legends suggest, but it is sure to bring a unique and stylish touch to your college dorm room.
To get technical about it, a money tree usually consists of several small Pachira Aquatica trees that are braided together as they grow.
The trees are native to South and Central America. In the wild, they can actually get quite large — growing up to 60-feet tall in some cases.
Money trees are popular as gifts in East Asian culture. Not only are they believed to bring good luck and fortune, but they’re also easy to care for.
If you’re looking for a no-fuss houseplant to ease you into the experience of balcony gardening, this may be a perfect option for you.
4 Basic Tips For Window Sill Gardening
So, you’ve chosen a plant.
Now, it’s time to prepare your window sill.
Here are a few super-basic tips to help you get started:
- Make sure that your window sill gets adequate sunlight. Window Plants need sunlight to grow. Lightbulbs alone won’t cut it.
- Choose the right-sized container. Not every plant requires the same amount of room, so make sure to do a bit of research to choose a suitable container for the job.
- Water and sunlight are crucial for window plants. But make sure to provide them with a bit of natural liquid fertilizer every few weeks as well.
Hopefully, this post has made you aware of some of the best window plants to grow in your student living facility or dorm room.
Window Plants offer a myriad of benefits:
- They help to freshen the air
- They serve as lush, beautiful decor
- Window plants give you something “alive” to spend time with … that doesn’t need you to take them on walks or comb their hair!
Just remember to do your research and choose the very best plant for your personal tastes, desires, and style.
After that, it’s just a matter of bringing it home and starting a new “green thumb” chapter of student life!
Karen Lein is the General Manager of Grove at San Marcos. She is a Fresno State alumna and enjoys traveling and watching football. #GoDogs