Growing Plants In Your Dorm Room
Have you ever thought about growing plants in your dorm but do not know where to start? Growing plants in an area with limited space is easier than it may seem. There are a few things that are required in order to grow a beautiful, healthy plant. You need light, soil type, and water. Plants are autotrophic, which means that they produce their own food to survive. Due to plants being autotrophic, they use photosynthesis to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into energy, glucose (sugar) and oxygen.
Since plants rely on photosynthesis, the first thing that should be considered is how much sunlight the dorm window receives. If the room window receives little sunlight, then consider buying a simple grow light to make up for the lack of natural light. Plants vary in how much sunlight is required for them to properly grow with some plants needing low light, while others need high amounts of light to grow. If light is something that is of concern, consider buying a plant that requires low amounts of light. The labels at the store on the plant will give information about the light level the plant prefers.
Another thing to consider is the plant’s circadian rhythm. A circadian rhythm means that, like humans, they also have a day and night cycle. It is important to respect a plants circadian rhythm by not leaving them in long periods of light. Too much light can cause your plant to dry and shrivel with a burnt appearance on some of the leaves. Depending of the type of plant, it is best to let plants have between six to twelve hours of light. After the period of time in light, turn off the lamps, grow light, or remove them from high amounts of natural sunlight.
You must also consider the type of soil that the plant requires to grow. Succulents need different soil than ferns or flowers. Check the label of the potting soil in the store before buying to make sure the soil being used matches the plant type.
Water is also an important factor in growing a healthy plant. The amount of water needed varies on the type of plant, so be sure to do research on the plant type. All plants require some level of water, so do not forget to water the plants months at a time. Too much light and no water will cause the plant to shrivel up and eventually die. Pay attention to the leaves of the plant because some plants will give a signal that they need to be watered by curling up.
Again, it is important to research the type of plant owned or being considered for purchase. Note that all plants are different and require different amounts of light, types of soil, and amounts of water. For a dorm room, consider buying a low light plant that can go a week or two without being watered. Pothos, snake plants, and spider plants are fairly easy plants for beginners. Consider buying one of these plants before buying a plant that is higher maintenance.