The Best Plants to Have in Your Bedroom

Did you know that mother-in-law's tongue can purify the air better than any other indoor plant? Find out what other plants you can have in your bedroom and reap all the health benefits on offer.
The Best Plants to Have in Your Bedroom

Last update: 25 August, 2021

There’s a belief that sleeping in the same room as plants is harmful to your health since they “steal” your oxygen. However, this contains a lot of myth and little reality. Plants are an excellent decorative element, they improve our mood, reduce stress levels, help to regulate the temperature, and refresh your home. Find out about the best plants to have in your bedroom.

The best plants to decorate your bedroom

The room where you sleep tends to be the space where you spend most of the time in the dark. For this reason, plants that don’t require a lot of light should be considered. Also, some of the ones you’ll find on our list don’t need a lot of watering and are very hardy.

1. Mother-in-law’s tongue

The 7 best plants to decorate the bedroom

Although its scientific name corresponds to Sansevieria trifasciata, this plant is better known by names such as mother-in-law’s tongue, tiger’s tongue, cow’s tongue, donkeys’ ears, and even foxtail.

Now, despite these unflattering nicknames, Sansevieria trifasciata is capable of purifying the air better than any other indoor plant. Likewise, its leaves are adapted to survive in harsh environments, after all, it’s native to West Africa; an area where the soil doesn’t have many nutrients and rain is scarce.

With the snake plant, you’ll avoid leaves being scattered around the room. In addition, it’s easy to prune and should be watered every two weeks. Of course, make sure that the pot has adequate drainage, as it’ll rot from standing water.

2. Plants for your bedroom: peace lily

Since the peace lily can thrive in poor light and tolerates irregular watering, it’s a favorite when it comes to decorating interiors–especially the bedroom.

Also known as Spathiphyllum wallisii, this plant stands out for reducing air pollutants, preventing mold, and being safe for pets. In addition, if you want to enjoy its flowers, (called Spathe), you just have to bring this plant to the window and it’ll keep producing flowers for weeks.

3. Living room palm tree

Originally from Guatemala, the living room palm prefers shade. This is why it’s commonly found in offices, shopping centers, and other public spaces with little or no natural light.

To this characteristic, being exposed to too much light causes its leaves to burn, so it must be placed away from windows. On the other hand, it’s convenient that this plant is located near the bathroom since steam produces an increase in humidity–ideal for preventing pests.

4. Trunk of Brazil

Thanks to its sturdy trunk and long, bright green leaves, the trunk of Brazil (or corn plant) has a tree-like appearance. This appeals to those who wish they had a tree growing inside their homes.

These plants thrive in the shade and if you bring them a little closer to the window, delicate white flowers appear. Likewise, they’re appreciated for cleaning the air, increasing the humidity of the room and, if you place them in your study, it could even improve your concentration and focus.

Now, those who have children and pets at home should be very careful with this plant; it’s poisonous.

5. Plants for your bedroom: English ivy

Outdoors, we can see how the tendrils of English ivy or Hedera helix adhere and climb onto structures and trees. Indoors, this feature can also be taken advantage of by placing it on a small trellis or hoop.

Similarly, you can appreciate its growth if you decide to have it in a hanging basket or pot on your nightstand. As for care, you shouldn’t worry too much about natural light or watering–it’s a resistant plant that requires little care.

Other benefits of this plant include: improving the air quality, reducing mold, treating respiratory conditions, fighting coughs, and reducing inflammation.

6. Jade tree

In Asian countries, the jade tree is a symbol of prosperity and good luck. It’s very easy to maintain, since it grows in low light environments, although ideally, it should receive the sun’s rays for a few hours. In addition, it doesn’t need frequent watering; watering is only required when the soil is dry.

Are there other reasons to consider having it in your bedroom? Yes! It purifies the air, increases humidity and, unlike other plants, absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2) at night.

7. Plants for your bedroom: spider plant

Plants also have a place in the bedroom

Its scientific name corresponds to Chlorophytum comosum, but it’s better known as ribbon, malamadre, or love ribbon. This indoor plant is one of the most adaptable that exists, it’s even considered “hard to kill” since it survives both little and excessive watering. It’s recommendable to place this plant in an area with indirect sunlight.

Likewise, it’s one of the preferred options for the bedroom because it has positive effects on recovery after surgery, contributes to better breathing, combats air pollutants, as well as being safe for children and pets.

Plants do have a place in the bedroom!

Don’t believe everything you hear! It’s not bad to have plants in your bedroom. On the contrary, they can help with issues such as, decreasing air pollutants, improving respiration, increasing humidity, and in some cases, even increasing concentration.

Of course, evaluate your situation well before choosing a plant. If you have children and pets, for example, you should avoid the trunk of Brazil and opt for the spider plant. Other plants that you can also consider for your bedroom include aloe vera, potos, philodendron, and fiddle-leaf fig.

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