What Are The Best Indoor Plants for Your Bedroom

 What Are The Best Indoor Plants for Your Bedroom

The title of this article contains three basic questions: What houseplants will clean the air? What plants survive in low light? What plants are good to keep in the bedroom? Each of these questions has its own answers, but there are very few plants that meet all three criteria.

Since becoming an adult 50 years ago, I have only grown houseplants twice when I was in other countries as a Peace Corps volunteer. Here in the United States, houseplants fill every space I live in, whether it's a house or an apartment...except the bedroom. I knew intuitively that they didn't belong there. Then I started studying Feng Shui and my intuition was confirmed.

However, my bedrooms were also small, which makes a difference. Many plants that would be good for a bedroom require a lot of space. My bedroom also has windows with very little light. This matters too.

Read on to find out what types of plants can work in the bedroom and why you don't want plants there already.

How to Pick the Right Plant for Your Bedroom

There are three things to consider when choosing plants for your bedroom – the size of your room, its lighting, and the texture of the plant.

Room Size: The size of your bedroom affects the number and types of plants you can place there. Large plants, in particular, need to be placed far enough away so they don't mess with your energy field and disrupt your sleep. Hanging plants should be far enough apart to overcome any concerns about something falling on your face while you sleep.

Light: Are there east or west facing windows that provide enough light for the plant? If you have a south-facing window, is there shade outside to soften the sunlight? (Light in the south is usually intense.) If you only have one window and it faces north, are you getting all the north light or is something shading it? If something is shading it, you may not have enough natural light for the plant.

Plant Nature: When we sleep, we curl up, expand, and become calm and relaxed. What plants do that for you? Spider plant is great in low light, but its appearance is fast and lively, and not ideal for resting. African violets, on the other hand, look calm and elegant.

Which Plants Do Well With Low Light?

No plant will grow in the dark, so it is important to check the amount of light in your bedroom. The next method is free and easy.

A simple photo test for bedroom plants

If you have windows, but aren't sure if the light passing through them is bright enough for plants, try this.

During the day when you get the most light from the window, open all blinds and blinds.
Take a book to the window and start reading.
Repeat after an hour.
If you can read both times clearly and easily without strain, there is probably enough light. If you start thinking, “I need more light on this,” there will be no extra light for the plants.

If your bedroom is large and bright, you can grow any of the plants in the following list. A room that gets a little direct sun in the early morning or late afternoon is especially good for plants with colorful leaves. Such plants need this extra light to develop their color.

More ways to test your bedroom lighting

If you're looking for more accuracy, you can also measure the light in your room with a light meter (purchased online or from Photoshop). If you're interested in learning more ways to tell if there's enough light for plants, check out this article from Greenery Unlimited.

Large plants belong to large bedrooms. Since most plants are small when you purchase them, it's a good idea to research the names of the plants you're interested in to see which ones grow the largest. Here are some good ones for large bedrooms.

Chrysanthemum: Chrysanthemum morifolia is the only NASA anti-pollution plant that can work in the bedroom. The plant seems spherical and bushy thanks to the colourful blossoms. Although this plant does not do well in low light. It needs bright light and a large room.

Dallas Fern: This type of Boston Fern is generally rounder than the Boston Fern. Its limbs are short and grow at different levels to give it a wavy appearance. It is a recent variety, so it may not be readily available. As for other types of Boston fern to choose from, look for drooping fronds rather than the kind that stick up straight.

Dieffenbachia: This plant comes in many different varieties. It is long, but has broad, loose, translucent, green and white leaves with distinct green veins in the middle

Calithea: This plant with striped leaves has leaves up to 12 inches wide. This is a tropical plant, so keep it moist, warm and out of direct sunlight. Calathea is also known as the prayer plant because it raises its leaves. At night it is as if he is praying.

Small Bedroom Plants

These plants will remain fairly small, even as they grow, or will be delicate enough to fit into a small bedroom. It's still a good idea to keep them away from your bed, so they don't disturb your sleep.

Polkadot Plant: This plant has small, wrinkled leaves that are pinkish-purple in color with distinct purple veins. The growth is rounded and is also found in a cream/green leaf pattern.

African Violet: This plant has small, hairy, squat leaves. It blooms in clusters of large velvety, purple or blue flowers. It should be sprayed frequently and kept out of direct sunlight.

Maidenhair Fern: This plant features small, semi-transparent leaves on long, black, drooping stems. It is a delicate plant and does not like direct light. It likes to be sprayed regularly.

Chinese Money Plant: Also known as the missionary plant, this plant has green leaves at the end of long, almost drooping, round stems.

Emerald Ripple Plant: Peperomia has wavy, wave-like leaves and white flowers on red spikes. Another set suitable for the bedroom contains watermelon patterned leaves.

Hanging Bedroom Plants

You can hang these plants from the ceiling. It looks especially good when hung on a stand made of glass or macrame:

Golden Pothos: This plant has heart-shaped leaves that are colored green and white when it gets enough light, with many leaves reaching up to the vine. It is very hardy and prefers moist air and dry soil.

Inch Plant: Also known as the Wandering Jew, this plant has small pink flowers and silvery-green leaves with purplish-brown edges and thick central ribs, on several stems. Each leaf has a bright red-purple color underneath. It grows outward, not upward, so it is usually used as a hanging plant inside the house.

Boston Fern: Also known as sword fern, there are several species of this plant. You want a variety of large, dense pendulous shrubs. These work best in a large bedroom.

Donkey/Burro's Tail: This slow-growing sedum droops when hung. It is a perennial succulent plant with fleshy blue/green leaves and small pink flowers at the end of each path. It can be huge under the right circumstances, but it takes time.

Remember, the way you hang the plant will also affect the comfort in your bedroom. You want hangers that are simple, round, and perhaps a little ornate.

Bedroom Plants and Feng Shui

Now let's focus on whether to grow plants in the bedroom or not. Experts have different opinions, even experts from the same organization. For example, the website The Spruce published an article on September 25, 2019, stating: “Our feng shui experts at The Spruce have found that plants are beneficial in the feng shui of the bedroom. Live green plants bring the energy of wood.

On August 4, 2020, the same magazine published an article that said: “In Feng Shui, it is not recommended to place plants in the bedroom because they emit strong growth energy, movement and carbon dioxide.”

Energetic Growth vs. Calming Energy

In Feng Shui, plants are considered wood energy, representing active and vital growth. This type of energy can increase the vibration in the room and enrich the feeling of a room that feels dry. It's almost like merging the creative energy of the right brain into the mechanical space of the left brain. It brings life and creates balance.

However, when you are trying to sleep you want calm, peaceful, earthy energy that will help you relax, not energy that will energize you. If you have a large bedroom and can put plants away from you, this can be good. But if they are physically close to you, their energy will affect you and possibly make it more difficult to sleep at night, so be very careful about what you choose for a small bedroom.

Feng Shui also takes care of your plants into consideration. If you ignore them, it is not a good idea to have plants in the bedroom. In Feng Shui, whenever you damage or die a plant, it drains energy from you.

Do Indoor Plants Really Provide More Oxygen?

Then there is the issue of oxygen. Some people benefit from phytooxygenation, and this is true from a limited perspective. In sunlight, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, but they need light for this process. When it gets dark, they breathe in oxygen and release carbon dioxide through a different process. So their oxygen benefits will not apply at night.

Care Instructions for Indoor Plants in Your Bedroom

The best thing you can do for plants in a low light situation is to increase the light they get. The next best thing is to keep them moist and water them sparingly. See below for suggestions.

Maximize Light Absorption

Keep it clean. Take it into the kitchen from time to time and wash its leaves or stems, or wipe the area with a clean sponge. It is very difficult for plant leaves to absorb light through dust.

Clean your windows. People get used to dirty or dusty windows, but the plant needs light that is blocked by the dust on that window. Clean the window regularly, inside and out, until it's so clean you can't even tell it was there.

Trim trees or shrubs outside. Trim any trees or shrubs so that light can pass through their branches and leaves to the window.

Add more light. My Pothos is hanging in a corner by the window and it's much darker than I realize. One day I bought a floor lamp to add light to my Zoom sessions, and now all the leaves of this plant are facing the floor lamp. There are other ways to increase light: hang reflective mirrors, paint the walls a light, bright color, buy grow lights with timers.

When and How Much Water Each Plant Needs

As for humidity, you'll first need to know how much water each plant needs. Read about it first, not only on the label you buy the plant from, but also by searching the scientific name online. Look specifically at the source of the plant.

Once you know, you can mimic its native environment as closely as possible, including how much sunlight it gets, and how it gets its water. Some plants like their roots to be deeply watered occasionally, others prefer it lighter and more often. Some prefer it differently between seasons.

Others prefer it through their leaves - by spraying to keep the air around them moist. Consider any cooling or heating you are doing. Both air conditioners and heaters dry the air. If you want to learn more about watering houseplants in general, read this article, Indoor Houseplants: Watering and Decorating.

Is Keeping Plants in My Bedroom Healthy?

The bedroom can be used for many activities, but most of your time will be spent sleeping. Therefore, feng shui philosophy says that plants should not normally be in your bedroom, unless your feng shui birth element is fire (as wood nourishes and strengthens fire). But in general, plants are very active for the peace and quiet that humans need to sleep.

Of course, many people like to have animals in their bedroom, and they are also active, but how many times have you experienced that animals are ready to wake you up at night or early in the morning before you wake up?

If you want your body and mind to sleep soundly, they must be healthy. Neither animals nor plants are good in the bedroom. However, if you're one of those people who is afraid of being alone — and if you're not particularly interested in knowing why — having some kind of company might be a good thing for you.

How to Develop a Deeper Relationship with Your Plants

In fact, plants can make friends just like animals. They also prove it, but not clearly. Read a book like The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins to learn how to connect emotionally with your plants.

After reading it and doing some experimenting, I started to notice that my houseplants greeted me every time I came home from work. If you love houseplants as much as I do, this book could make a big difference in your life, whether you keep them in the bedroom or not.

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