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Plants add beautiful and natural decoration to any UMN student apartment. For students, low-maintenance plants are ideal for adding a personal touch to indoor living spaces, without all the work involved with more cumbersome plants. These seven houseplants are perfect for every apartment dweller, whether you have a green thumb or not. Our two-bedroom apartments, three-bedroom apartments, and four-bedroom apartments grant students the freedom to put plants in every nook and cranny to make their apartment a home. Contact The Quad on Delaware to schedule a tour today!


Pothos’ are a houseplant staple necessary for any student apartment near UMN. These plants adapt quickly and flourish in bright, indirect sunlight and areas with shade. If you’re the type of person that forgets to fertilize frequently, pothos can survive even in nutrient-poor soil. It’s also a great plant for those that forget to irrigate their plants often — it can go long periods without water. Be careful not to place pothos in direct sunlight; just like us, the plant can get a sunburn!

Hoya (Wax Plant)

The hoya plant features long, elegant vines and clusters of star-shaped waxy flowers and makes for the perfect accent on a bare windowsill or bookshelf that receives plenty of bright, indirect sunlight. For residents that frequently forget to water their plants, the hoya needs water only once every few weeks, making it a beneficial option for busy college students! As with the pothos plant, wax plants grow best when kept out of direct sunlight.

Snake Plant

Snake plants are perfect for plant novices ready to add some green to their new apartment. They can withstand weeks of neglect while maintaining their gorgeous shape. These plants survive best in indirect light and the soil should be completely dry before watering, which means it’s fine if you forget to water them. What’s more, snake plants can purify your apartment near UMN by removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene from the indoor air.

Cast Iron Plant

UMN students’ lives can be hectic trying to juggle school and a social life. For students seeking a plant to match their busy lifestyle, iron plants are befitting of the name — they can survive in practically any environment. Also, they are pet friendly so if you have a furry friend, residents don’t have to worry when their cat or dog nibbles on the leaves. These plants can survive long periods without sunlight or water and grow in poor soil, making them ideal for residents with inconsistent schedules.

ZZ Plant

Native to the East African country of Zanzibar, horticulturists dub this plant the “Houseplant of the Future.” It has thick, rubbery leaves that are similar in appearance to a fern and look like plastic. A ZZ plant thrives and grows fastest in bright light, but it also grows moderately well in areas with medium and low light. Residents at The Quad on Delaware are busy; luckily, the ZZ plant needs to be watered only once a week.

Spider Plant

The spider plant is making a huge comeback; the plant’s signature long leaves are a perfect way to spruce up a corner or small space of your UMN apartment. It’s most suited for a well-lit space but grows in low light and even artificial light. Because of its tangly nature, the dead leaves need trimmed every once in a while. The thick roots ease the worry of constant watering — they only need water about once a month.

Peace Lily

Although the peace lily may appear to be high maintenance, it’s surprisingly easy to care for. Nicknamed the “closet plant,” the peace lily requires very low light for survival and flourishes in small, dark places, as the sun can be harmful to the foliage. They grow best at room temperature and require very little water — when the leaves droop, it’s time to water.