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Good Plants to Grow in a Dorm (1 Gal Container Limit) Answered

What are some good plants to grow in a dorm room? I am limiting the container sizes to about 1.5 gallons (About 6.825 liters). Preferably something that would bear fruits or something. No herbs because I can't do any cooking anyway. East facing window. I've though of -Cherry tomatoes (A bit too big) -Strawberries -Black Pepper?

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uguy (author)2007-09-18

How about a nice cactus?

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crestind (author)uguy2007-09-18

I would, but I always overestimate how long it can stay alive without water... :( When I do water, I end up drowning them.

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TH3MAST3R (author)crestind2010-11-25

if you get a spritzer(looks like this http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1641&bih=757&tbs=isch:1&aq=f&aqi=&oq=&gs_rfai=&q=water%20spritzing%20bottle (fifth image))
you can mist the soil of the cactus/succulent once a week

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Goodhart (author)uguy2007-09-18

I was told once that they are the easiest things to take care of because you can neglect them so. But my problem with killing more "houseplants" was not that I neglected them, but I pampered them (which is the politically correct term for "drowned"). Cactus plants are great if you don't have much time to water and fuss with a plant. But it is very easy to get one to "rot" if you overwater.

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InquisitorBC (author)Goodhart2010-06-22

I do agree with that but i think you should try a prickly pear. They have fruit (though it does require polination) and in my area they take huge amounts stress becouse it SNOWS every year and they still come up. While mine may be a sub-breed that is resileant, They germinate well from small wedges and have pink and yellow flowers.

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Goodhart (author)InquisitorBC2010-06-23

I actually HAVE one of these outside in our garden....I just don't do well with plants "inside".

Prickly pear....is this what you were referring to?

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InquisitorBC (author)Goodhart2010-06-24

Yes, that is it. Whats funny is these grow wild around my place and i live in a evergreen forest. ill have a shot of one that is in bloom near my place tommorow or the day after. Aparently those red nobs are the "pear", they are suposed to be quite sweet from what i heard. i dont really know how you would havest them though. But with your whole plant killin thing, just stickit near a window by your sink and when you go to get a drink of water just pour some onto the plant. if you drink a ton just wait for the soil to look dry, or lighter. It should sit haply with that. infact i have one in a pot and my famly's cats have knocked it off the window sill many times and it still keeps kicking.

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Goodhart (author)InquisitorBC2010-06-25

When I told the last person to ever give me a "plant" for inside, that I had killed their cactus, they were shocked LOL I have a routine, and will either forget if they are regular plants or worry and overwater if not. Nature does a much better job of it then I do ;-)

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InquisitorBC (author)Goodhart2010-06-25

Lol im sorry then, The Lemon Tree sounds good though, i may do that my self but with the humid climate at my college i dont know how it would handle.

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Arcticpheonix (author)2010-03-04

I can't believe that crapflinger's idea wasn't suggested sooner. Especially being a dorm.

As for a plant you could actually grow, my suggestion would be Lavender. It smells nice, looks nice, grows mostly up, and if you have / get a gf you can always cut a small piece off and put it behind her ear. Most women would think that was incredibly sweet. (Just don't tell her you found the idea on the internet. lol)

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ve_ness (author)2010-02-06

Avocado plant! Make some guac and save the pit. So easy to grow. Just trim it back to keep it from getting too large.
http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/seed/2002114535011263.html

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Koosie (author)2010-01-14

Well, nothing edible but I've been growing a bamboo stalk in my room for about 6 years now.  Grows really slow, it's only grown about 6 inches.

It sits in a glass of water and almost never in the son.  His name's Pete.

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52193 (author)2010-01-10

Grow strangle weed with tomatoes for fun. strangle weed is a parasitic plant.  good luck trying to find the seed since it is ilegal to sell the whole seed in the US because it is considered a noxious weed.

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knexfan9182 (author)2009-08-22

how about, kudzu in about two weeks the whole building will be covered in it.

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lemonie (author)2007-09-18

Peppers (Capsicum) are quite easy (just plant seeds and water). I've also found that pumpkin seeds (dried for eating) spring to life without much fuss (someone didn't really think they would, but stuffed 20 in the pot anyway...). L

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crestind (author)lemonie2007-09-18

Pumpkin? I'm going to try that, along with some peppers.

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Goodhart (author)crestind2007-09-18

Depending on the type pumpkin, you may need a bit of room for the mature plant and fruit. "Regular sized" pepper plants can reach the size of some tomato plants (but they seem more self-supporting).

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lemonie (author)Goodhart2007-09-18

I agree with the peppers (useful comment) but the pumpkins got removed (small pot). L

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Goodhart (author)lemonie2007-09-18

Oh I just meant that some pumpkins can get rather large (I had one grown in a garden that the leaves alone were the size of basketballs...never mind the fruit :-) ).

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crestind (author)lemonie2007-09-18

Did the pumpkins actually grow well indoors?

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lemonie (author)crestind2007-09-18

2 inches and looking healthy (then they were uprooted). In fairly average office environement, nowt special. L

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Goodhart (author)lemonie2007-09-18

Yeah, I picked the smaller ornamental ones because they needed just a regular sized pot, rather then a 5 gallon bucket or bigger, and they are just as tasty (and just as hot) as their bigger cousins

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Patrick Pending (author)2007-09-17

Tomato plants stink! It's not necessarily that unpleasant but it is a very strong smell. Small citrus plants/trees are great as they smell real nice. Pat. Pending

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Goodhart (author)Patrick Pending2007-09-18

I have to agree. Only I do find the "odor" of tomato plants unpleasant, or maybe just "weird", but not something I would want to "stop and smell" if I had a choice :-)

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jessyratfink (author)Goodhart2007-09-18

I love the way the plants smell even though I don't care for the fruit that much. :P

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Goodhart (author)jessyratfink2007-09-18

Oh a mirror image, eh LOL I love tomatoes in almost any form (from sliced in salads to salsa, to "green tomato pie") yum

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jessyratfink (author)2007-09-17

Does it have to be something edible or do you just want plants in your room?

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crestind (author)jessyratfink2007-09-17

Edible would be a plus, but something small and and decorative would work too.

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NachoMahma (author)crestind2007-09-18

. Bamboo doesn't require much light and is almost impossible to kill. I have a piece (no idea what species), in a tall glass "vase," that has survived me (I have a brown thumb) for about 2-1/2 years now. Never gets direct sunlight and seems to do OK.

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if you're growing bamboo indoors in a glass vase, you're probably growing "lucky bamboo" Dracaena sanderiana. Not a bamboo.

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. OK. Sounds good to me. The gal that gave it to me was a florist and called it a "piece of bamboo," but she probably figured (correctly) that I didn't care if it was real bamboo or not. I talked to her about 4 days ago - if I'd known this was gonna come up, I'd have asked her about it.

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Tool Using Animal (author)2007-09-18

few non edible suggestions. Peace lily - Spathiphyllum spp. Cast iron plant - Aspidistra ZZ plant - Zamioculcas (absolutely bulletproof if you don't overwater) Ficus benjamina (drop their leaves when moved) Chinese evergreen - Aglaonema Calathea Al these are available at most garden centers in the indoor foliage area, under $10 in a 6-8 inch pot.

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Firebert010 (author)2007-09-18

I don't recommend strawberries. I consider them a fairly high-maintenance plant. Plus they need room to grow. Try small peppers and herbs.

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Goodhart (author)2007-09-17

Some plants I have grown in a small area (although you may not like the "edibles" from the plant) were miniature ornamental peppers (the ones I grew were fairly hot, with little green, red, and yellow banana peppers). They were pleasant to look at, colorful, and I had "fruit" to add to my chili's :-)

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crapflinger (author)2007-09-17

i've only ever grown one plant in a dorm room...and i doubt i could give instructions here on how to properly grow and care for that particular species without getting banned

herbs are the easiest plants to grow inside though...they don't take up too much space and are easy to take care of

found these http://www.amazon.com/Bonsai-Tomato-Plants-Excellent-Containers/dp/B000Q7302M on a quick search

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trebuchet03 (author)2007-09-16

What are your light conditions (which direction does your window face)? If you've got a south window, you have more options... Otherwise, you might be limited to leafy greens like lettuce (fruit bearing plants tend to require a lot of sun energy).

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