UH Gardening Series: Secrets of indoor planting

Plants are amazing organisms that have evolved side by side with us since the beginning of time. They can survive in almost any environment— even your dorm room!

Finding the perfect plant is akin to getting a pet. There’s a little bit of research involved but it’s well worth it in the end. Also, plants don’t shed and you can still pet them and talk to them! Here are some factors to consider when searching for indoor plants.

  1.  Find its new home


Will it be on the windowsill or in the bathroom? Where do you feel like you will see it the most? Exposure to sunlight is important when determining which plants will best fit your needs.

  1. Environment
  • What is the usual room temperature? Is the room 65 degrees with a fan on or do you keep it a warm 80 degrees with the windows up?
  • What is the expected humidity? For instance, a bathroom will have increased humidity because of steam and a bedroom will be less humid if you’re using a dehumidifier. Dry air causes plants to transpire moisture much quicker than humid air. Many plants require humid conditions, like orchids, so find out what your plant favors.
  1. Time investment

How much time will you realistically be able to spend on it per week? Will you smother it in affection every moment you see it? Or will you remember it is there when you move out?

If you’re looking for a plant that requires very little time or money, Tillandsia plants may be right for you. They may even be right outside your apartment hanging out on a tree – and they don’t even need dirt to live.


  1. Find plants using the above criteria!

Buchanan’s Native Plants is a great resource for information on indoor plants. There are experts in the store to show you exactly what you’re looking for.

The UH Horticulture Society plant sale occurs twice a semester at PGH. They grow a variety of plants that are perfect for most needs. They are also incredibly cheap compared to retail stores!

Be the person with a cool hanging moss wall or a plant that you can empty your tea and coffee grounds in!

-Casey Hall



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