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Indoor Plants

Perfect Back to School Houseplants

August 9, 2019 3 min read

Are you heading back to school? Studies show a bit of greenery indoors can raise productivity levels, increase attentiveness, lower levels of anxiety, and improve your well-being.

Aside from eliminating carbon dioxide (CO2), NASA researchers discovered that some plants were efficient in removing benzene, Trichloroethylene (TCE) and formaldehyde from indoor air.

Even with a full schedule, enjoy some self-care time and hang out with these low maintenance tropical plants. Don’t forget to pick up a moisture meter to help gauge when your plant is thirsty!

Moisture Meter for tropical plants

Snake plant

Snake plants (sansevieria) are adaptable to a variety of conditions, making them an appropriate houseplant for busy plant parents. Perfect for study rooms that have minimal light, and they enjoy periods of drought – overwatering will damage the roots. Snake plants are included in the NASA Clean Air Study; they have one of the highest conversion rates for carbon dioxide to oxygen.

Small snake plans for desks and dorms


We love pothos plants for their trailing growth habit, variegated foliage, and low to moderate light requirements. Let the soil dry out completely between watering to prevent root damage. If you notice the leaves start to droop, it is time to water. You can secure long parts of the plant to hooks around windows or let them trail around your desk.

Pothos houseplants for school and offices

Air Plants

One of the most stylish houseplants, air plants (tillandsia) are epiphyte, meaning they have no attachment to the ground. They obtain their nutrients through the air – they don’t need soil! Make sure you place air plants in an area that receives bright, indirect sunlight. If your study area lacks natural light, pick up an artificial grow light. When it comes to watering, you should mist your plants with filtered water every two to three days – they like a humid environment.

Air plant on display

Rubber Fig Plant

These tropical plants are available in a range of glossy burgundy, green, and two-toned foliage. Rubber figs (ficus elastica) can be grown indoors as a large specimen, or a smaller desk plant. Ideal for placing near a window that gets bright, indirect sunlight.

Rubber plant houseplant

ZZ Plant

Eye-catching, dark green leaves on the zz plant (zamioculcas zamiifolia) will brighten up any dorm. Tolerant of neglect, drought-tolerant, and low light. The NASA study found that it can remove toxins such as xylene, toluene, and benzene from indoor air.

Beautiful ZZ Houseplant on grey background


These petite green friends need a lot of sunlight to thrive inside. Let the soil dry out completely between each watering. Keep in a container that has drainage holes; if you want something more stylish, keep the succulent in the training pot, and place inside a decorative container. Succulents also need well-draining soil with sand or perlite. We suggest Fafard Cactus and Succulent potting mix.

Succulents for indoor spaces

PS: Our garden centres offer a free repotting service!

Sheridan Nurseries Repotting Service