Houseplants for College, Home and Office

Let’s Talk Facts:

Houseplants help clean ambient air

Houseplants bring the serenity of Mother Nature indoors

Houseplants are therapeutic for physical, mental and emotional health

Houseplants just make humans happier

As you move into your dorm room or apartment, or as you move back into the office, consider adding a houseplant (or two, or three) into your decor scheme. 

We’ve identified several plants we have in stock right now, based on their ease of growth, low maintenance, popularity and collectibility. Each plant here has something special to offer! 

Collection of plants on desk agaloemaAglaonema red and pinks

Aglaonemas are vibrant and colorful, with strikingly patterned leaves. Because of their tolerance for both moist and dry conditions, and the ability to thrive with low light, they are a perfect choice forgetful plant owners.

Prefers bright indirect light but can adapt to low light.

Water your Aglaonema when the top 50% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

This plant prefers temperatures in the 60°F-70°F range. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.  

‼️ The Red Aglaonema is moderately toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

Phildendron Cordatum

Philodendron Cordatum

The Philodendron cordatum (hederaceum) is found on many favorite houseplant lists because it is easy to care for and can tolerate an array of lighting conditions. Heart-leaf Philodendrons are great air purifying plants and remove formaldehyde from the air.

Philodendron can survive in very low light conditions but bright, indirect light is ideal. Can handle some direct sun if it’s in the morning light. Avoid direct afternoon sun. 

Water thoroughly, then allow the top 25% of soil to dry out before watering again. Increased humidity will encourage new and larger leaf growth.

 The ideal temperature range is 60°F-80°F.

‼️ Philodendrons are toxic and should be kept away from pets and children.

snake-plant-in-potSansevieria Laurentii

The variety name, Laurentii, honors Emile Laurent, an explorer and botanist in the 20th century. He collected and cataloged approximately 3500 plant specimens in central Africa.

Sansevieria can handle a wide range of light levels. It survives in low light, but the plant prefers the steady, indirect bright light of a sunny window with occasional direct sunlight. If necessary, this indoor plant will adapt to a full sun setting.

 Drought tolerant. Drench the plant occasionally and allow the soil to dry completely before watering again. Water from below and avoid wetting the leaves.

 This plant prefers a warm, draft-free place with temperatures in the 70°F-90°F range. 

‼️If you have small children or pets, don’t keep your snake plant on the floor where they can easily reach it. the plant contains saponins and is mildly toxic, causing mouth pain, excessive salivation, nausea and, in some cases, vomiting and diarrhea.

dorm room teen vogue


Monstera is an easy-going plant and is generally pest-free. This plant has become super haute for its handsome, interesting looks and low maintenance lifestyle. 

Thrives in bright to medium indirect light. Not suited for intense, direct sun but can be acclimated to withstand it.

Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. Pro tip: Monsteras can benefit from filtered water or water left out overnight before using. 

️ Most houseplants prefer temps in the 65°F-85°F range. 

‼️ Monsteras can be irritating to cats, dogs, and humans if foliage consumed. We always recommend to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets. 

Photo: Teen Vogue

Peace Lily The Spruce Cara Cormack


The peace lily blooms in spring with long-lasting flower stalks that hover over dark green foliage. Peace lilies are indisputably terrific as houseplants. This plant filters more indoor pollutants than most other plants, so are great for bedrooms or other frequented rooms.

Thrives in medium indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, but do give them lots of bright filtered light.

During the summer, water and mist peace lilies frequently because they thrive with higher humidity, such as that found in the rainforest. In winter, reduce watering but never allow the soil to dry out. If you live in municipal areas with a high chlorine content, use tap water that you’ve allowed to sit for a couple of days, or filtered water. 

These plants really prefer moist warmth. Avoid cold drafts and temperatures below 55°F, because the plant will die in cold temperatures. The ideal temperature range is 65°F-85°F. Spritz the leaves every week with softened or distilled water throughout the summer growing season.

photo: The Spruce/Cara Cormack

tradscentia nanouk

Tradescantia Nanouk

Tradescantia Nanouk, also known as Fantasy Venice or Spiderwart nanouk, is the trending plant right now on social media because of it’s striking bright green, pink & purple, fuzzy-ish leaves that grow on chunky stems.

Thrives in bright, indirect sunlight or full sun.

Water your Tradescantia Nanouk once a week or when the top inch of the soil is dry. Be careful not to overwater them.

️  Tradescantia prefers about 55°F-75°F degrees. 

‼️Tradescantia is considered poisonous or toxic to kids, people, and pets. Keep pets away from the sap as it can cause dermatitis and stomach upset if ingested.

ZZ plant Spring Hill

ZZ plant

Zamioculcas zamiifolia is a highly dependable houseplant because it can tolerate low light and has low water requirements.

Thrives in medium to bright indirect light. 

Water every 2-3 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings.

️ ZZ Plant, like most houseplants, prefers about 65°F-85°F degrees. 

Photo: Spring Hill Nurseries

Further Thoughts

If you’re thinking about creating a houseplant haven in your bedroom, office, or living room, visit Homestead Gardens in Smyrna, DE,  Davidsonville, MD or Severna Park, MD. Our houseplant department managers and store associates are ready to help you figure out what plant will work best for you!