8 Plants that Even Blair Students Can Keep Alive

Are you looking for an idea to bring some life into your dorm room? Plants are the perfect way to add a little something extra to your decor that brightens the atmosphere. However, if you’re forgetful or simply busy, keeping a plant alive can be difficult. Overwatering, underwatering, too much sunlight, too little sunlight: caring for a plant requires a balance that can easily be overlooked by someone who lacks time or a green thumb. Fortunately, some plants are naturally low maintenance, bringing all the benefits and none of the confusion. Even if you forget to water these plants for a while, they’ll still be perfectly fine. 



Known for its leaves’ healing properties, Aloe Vera is a beautiful and easy-to-care-for plant. It only needs to be watered about every three weeks. For the best results, an Aloe Vera plant should be placed in indirect sunlight. 



The snake plant is very flexible and happy in a variety of settings. It does well in any light. This plant needs to be watered every three to four weeks.



This plant is said to carry good luck, and it is also low maintenance. For this indoor plant to thrive, it is best to keep it in a sunny place, such as in front of a window. As a succulent, it will only need to be watered every two to three weeks. 



There are many species of cacti, but all tend to have similar care demands. They require a little water once every one or two weeks. A good rule of thumb is to water it when the soil dries out. In order to thrive, cacti rely on a good amount of sunlight, so place them in front of a window, and you’ll be good to go.


This may be one of the most forgiving plants in terms of thriving despite neglect. The ZZ plant is flexible in light conditions and thrives in both shade and sun. It requires no special type of soil, and only needs to be watered every one to two weeks. A NASA study shows that they also purify the air, cleansing it of many toxins. According to Gardenista, the one catch to be aware of is that this dream plant is toxic, so if you decide to care for one, remember to wash your hands after touching it to avoid skin irritation. And don’t eat it!


Air Plants, as the name suggests, do not require soil and are most commonly kept in hanging pots, making them a unique and lovely plant that stands out wherever you place it. Watering this plant is very easy, as it only needs to be misted once a week.



Echeveria succulents are beautiful additions to any room, and differ in shape and color. This plant should be placed in an area with plenty of sun and in a pot that allows for easy water drainage. Water your echeveria whenever the soil dries out.



The Panda plant is known for its trademark fuzzy, soft leaves. House Plants Expert advises this succulent should only be watered when the soil dries out, and it should be placed in a sunny area for it to thrive. 

Copyright Evelyn Sharma 2019


Evelyn Sharma

Evelyn Sharma is a junior and writer for the Oracle whose passions include music, reading, art, and anything else you can express yourself creatively through.