When it comes to hostel rooms, it’s best to think of them as a blank canvas. You have the freedom and the creativity to decorate them in the way you see fit. But at the same time, you can’t make any permanent changes unless you want to lose your security deposit or face the ire of your warden. That’s where indoor plants come in. These bright spots of sunshine and greenery are a hassle-free way to level up the decor of your boys/men’s hostel in Chennai without much cost or effort.

And if you’re worried about your plant parenting skills, don’t worry. Because we’ve got a list of plants that are the most low maintenance (and therefore unkillable) for you to keep in your hostel room. These plants don’t require much sunlight and will likely survive even if you forget about them once in a while. So, if you’re ready to take your room decor to the next level, check out these indoor plants that could help you up your game.


There’s low maintenance and then there’s a pothos plant. This is one shrub that’s dying to be left alone. If your room doesn’t get much natural light, this is the plant for you. You definitely won’t want to leave it in a sunny area as too much sun can actually kill it. Only water this plant baby when it’s really dry, you can dip a finger into the soil to check for any dampness or see how light the pot feels. This is a great one if you want to have a bunch of plants for yourself and your friends since it’s really easy to replant through clippings.


You might think of ivy as more of an outdoor plant but this rapidly growing vine is actually a great indoor find. You can place it on a higher shelf and watch it cascade down your walls as a vibrant, environmentally friendly wallpaper. (And with natural walls becoming all the rage on social media, you’ll be right on trend too.) Feel free to stick to traditional green ivy or branch out and get some white and green plants for a new verve. This is another plant that hates overwatering, once a week or after the soil dries out is good enough.

Snake plant

If you’re someone who’s forgetful or doesn’t spend too much time in your hostel room, a snake plant could be the perfect addition to your space. It’s super tolerant of neglect and only needs watering once every two or three weeks, once the top soil becomes totally dry. They’re tall and their variegated leaves are the perfect accent to the empty corner or doorway in your room. And they don’t require much sunlight either, so you can easily place the pot in a convenient place rather than change the layout of your room.

Maidenhair fern

The thing with ferns is that they’re a lot like succulents, difficult to take care of. But we’ve included this variety in our list because it can actually be really easy to maintain once you get the hang of it. These plants don’t need to be drowned, they like a constant source of humidity. So, the trick to keeping them alive is to invest in an earthen pot and fill it with stones below the soil. Then place the pot on a plate or saucer filled with water and it will ensure that the moisture levels are maintained throughout. You can simply replace the water when you notice the plate is drying up.

Spider plant

The smaller and easier to maintain version of the indoor palms, spider plants will upgrade the decor quotient of even the best hostel in Chennai. Their uniquely striped leaves make them a great addition to any desk or bookshelf, and they don’t need much sunlight to survive. These are pretty fast-growing plants, so don’t be afraid to trim them regularly and remove any dying leaves or brown spots. Placing a drainage plate under the pot will also ensure that you’re not running the risk of overwatering your plant.

With this list, you’ll be able to add a beautiful and easy to maintain plant to your hostel room decor in no time. So, no more worries or gardening fears. You can become a plant parent right now!

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