My roommate Alicia Rodriguez and I have a blog where we post college advice-type articles, aimed at women. Check out our latest post about decorating your room with greenery! For more fun articles, visit talesfromroom309.wordpress.com
“We’re starting a new category today about dorm room decor. First up: plants! Seriously, a little greenery in any space can change the entire atmosphere of the room. Any show room you see in a magazine has plants sprinkled throughout. Plants are really not that hard to take care of and they add life (literally) to a dreary cinderblock dorm room – “less industrial,” according to our friend Tobin. I’ve found that bringing the outdoors in has had a dramatic impact on my mood, and our dorm room feels much more “homey.” Even on the rainiest of days, our cheery cacti (Alicia has to have SOME piece of Arizona here since she’s stuck in cold Ohio) still looks the same. Along with my resident plant expert roomie, here is our list of reasons to have some green in your room.
First of all.. They just look cool! Plants are a serious conversation starter. Especially when you have a whole room full (we’ve got 27, at last count). We love finding new types and fun containers at thrift stores.They also make great presents! We’re harboring a few in our room right now for students who aren’t here this semester. And plant sitting is the bomb. Obviously.
Secondly, they give you something to look after, since you cannot (I’m assuming) have pets in your dorm room. Besides the aquatic friends in our room, we have to water, rotate some into sunlight, repot, etc. Most of our plants only need watered 1-2 times a week, especially succulents, while our cacti really only need watered twice a month. . Alicia admits that sometimes she monitors them too closely and might over-water them at times, but its easily remedied by pouring off any water that the soil has not absorbed in a few minutes.
Also, plants are fairly cheap. You can find them at Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, your local greenhouse, etc, for a few dollars. Our university science club holds a fundraiser every semester where they sell young plants for $1-2, so check and see if your school does something similar! Soil for repotting is always super inexpensive. Alicia managed to snag a 10 lb bag at the local gas station for only 99 cents.
Alicia: Plants make great travel momentos! There’s usually a gift shop, botanical garden, or something similar nearby, wherever you should go. When I go home, I like to bring different varieties of cacti back to school. And this summer, I went to San Fransisco and I brought back a Euphorbia Mili (aka “lemon drops”), which looks a little like a spiky bonsai tree. I was able to fly back to school with it no problem – most places I’ve bought plants from are always really nice about boxing it up and making it easy to travel with.
We hope you found this informative and will consider adding some greenery to your space! Even if you start out small, with one little succulent in a teacup, you can always grow your collection, and continue it after your college days are behind you. Check back often for new posts! We’re going to try to keep up a regular posting schedule.
As always, comment your thoughts below.
Meg and Alicia”