House Plants to Keep in Your Gaming Room
Though gaming rooms may get a bad rap for being stuffy and unpleasant, they don’t have to be that way. If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your gaming environment and create a green gamer room, there’s no better way than to introduce some plants into the environment.
In addition to the aesthetic pleasure of plants on display, plants also promote sustainability by acting as living, breathing air purifiers. Plus, contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a pro gardener to raise plants in your gaming room. In fact, there are plenty of types of plants out there that require little maintenance.
In this article, we’ll talk about some plants that are most suitable to be kept in a gaming room environment. All of the plants on this list are low maintenance, accessible both to new plant owners and experienced green thumbs. Some of these plants have specific needs when it comes to things like humidity and temperature, and we’ll mention them where relevant.
Best Indoor Plants to Keep in Your Gaming Room
When thinking about what plants are suitable for a particular environment, there are several factors to consider: what type of light do the plants require? How much maintenance do the plants need to thrive? Which air-purifying qualities do the plants have?
In a gaming room environment, it’s important of course to have plants that can survive indoors without direct sunlight. Plants with a low maintenance level are also great candidates to place in a gaming room, so that gamers with less gardening experience can still enjoy the benefits of plant ownership. Let’s take a look at some of the best low light indoor plants for a PC setup!
1. Snake Plant
Snake Plants, also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue and Sansevieria, are hearty plants suitable for people with little experience. Though they grow best in bright, indirect light, they can also grow in low light, making them a great choice for a gaming setup with plants. They also don’t require a lot of water: when caring for a Snake Plant, it’s actually best to err on the side of watering too infrequently than watering too much.
In terms of temperature and humidity, Snake Plants are most suited for weather conditions like those in the southern US: they do less well in intense cold. Another thing to keep in mind is that Snake Plants are highly invasive, like bamboo. This means that they should be planted in their own separate pot so as not to take over and overwhelm the surrounding ecosystem. Thankfully, this doesn’t prevent it from being one of the best low light indoor plants!
It should also be noted that Snake Plants are toxic to house pets like dogs and cats, making them unsuitable for pet owners.
2. Spider Plant
The Spider Plant, another plant named for an animal, is just as much of an easy indoor plant as its Snake Plant counterpart. Thanks to the thick roots it’s developed over time, it’s highly adaptable to infrequent watering, making it an easy plant to take care of.
Beyond that, Spider Plants offer the great advantage of being highly effective air purifiers. They absorb noxious chemicals like formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and carbon monoxide, creating cleaner air for you to breathe.
As for temperature, Spider Plants thrive with average humidity and cool to average temperatures, though if indoors they can also tolerate high temperatures. For an indoor gaming room, then, they can adapt to just about any environment.
If you’re looking to grow a collection of low maintenance desk plants for your gaming room, Spider Plants are a great choice. Spider plants grow quickly in size, needing frequent repotting. Plus, the “spiders” for which they’re named are tendrils that grow off the main plant and can actually be potted as their own plant to grow separately!
3. Peace Lily
The Peace Lily is a beginner-friendly plant that loves indoor temperatures, making it a great option for display in your gaming room. Like many of the plants on this list, it craves bright, indirect light. If your gaming room receives a lot of direct sunlight, you can just add a curtain to soften the light and keep your Peace Lily happy.
Another great thing about the Peace Lily is that it likes being root-bound, so repotting is only necessary every few years. The only possible negative is that the Peace Lily is not pet-friendly: if chewed and swallowed, it can cause serious problems for your furry friend. For non-pet owners, the Peace Lily makes a great, simple addition to any gaming room!
The Pothos is a tropical vine native to the Solomons Islands. Known by many names, including Golden Pothos, Devil’s Vine, and Devil’s Ivy, the Pothos is often found hanging from shelves and alongside succulents on desks. Even indoors, Pothos grow extremely fast, up to 12 to 18 inches in a single month! Known for their stunning beauty, Pothos come in a lot of different varieties that have various color patterns.
If the Pothos sounds like a great addition to your gaming room, you’ll need to know some things about their care and maintenance. These plants need to be kept in climates with temperatures above 50 degrees. As for humidity, they prefer it to be high, but can also tolerate low humidity conditions. Keep in mind that this plant is also toxic to pets, making it a good fit for households without pets.
5. ZZ Plant
The ZZ plant, known scientifically as Zamioculcas zamiifolia, is a great house plant native to Tanzania and Zanzibar famous for its deep green leaves. In fact, its natural shine often has people mistaking it for an artificial plant!
Luckily for gamers interested in dipping their toes into plant-rearing, the ZZ plant actually works best as an indoor plant outside of its native habitat in East Africa. They only need to be watered every couple of weeks, and as with the Snake Plant, it’s best to err on the side of watering too little rather than too much. To maintain the ZZ plant’s bright, shining appearance, you can use a damp washcloth every now and then to wipe the dust off of the leaves.
6. Rubber Plant
The Rubber plant is a highly adaptable plant famous for its excellent air-purifying properties. In fact, even NASA has recognized them for their ability to absorb harmful chemicals, bacteria, mold, and carbon dioxide. Besides that, Rubber plants are also highly visually pleasing: the deep, moody green of their leaves paired with burgundy veins means they serve as both air purifier and decor.
They grow best in a lot of indirect light, but they’re very flexible when it comes to humidity. In fact, the Rubber Plant is able to thrive in a wide variety of environments, making it a safe choice to be an indoor office plant.
Sometimes when people imagine a gaming room, they see a cluttered, dark space that isn’t very pleasant to be in. But it doesn’t have to be like that. The addition of just a plant or two to a gaming room can make a huge difference both in terms of aesthetics and as a way to keep the air clean. With the help of some of the easy-to-grow plants on this list, you can add a vibrant touch of nature to your gaming room without needing a green thumb.
Matthew is a freelance content writer whose work has previously appeared in well-known language-learning blog Fluent in 3 Months and The Happy Self-Publisher. His creative work has also appeared in Otoliths, CafeLit, and the Eunoia Review. He is currently based in Taipei, Taiwan, where he is studying for a master's degree in Chinese Literature.