Bedroom Plants

This article lists green pets that are conducive to sleep and rest. Based on the given photos and descriptions for them, you can choose flowers suitable for the bedroom. The article describes which plants have a beneficial and harmful effects on sleeping people. The emphasis is on cultures that calm the nerves and promote sleep.

Benefit

  • Green accents will bring freshness, lightness, revitalization, harmony, and comfort to the room.
  • Ideally, potted companions should be decorative and functional. Therefore, for the bedroom, varieties are often selected that can purify the air. For the “photo filter” to work correctly, you need to wipe the leaves regularly.
  • In the heating season, fatigue and susceptibility to infections increase. This is due to a decrease in air humidity. Plants will help to bring the indicator back to normal.
  • The ozone produced by our green friends helps relieve fatigue.
  • Contemplation of living greenery in itself calms the nerves. But there are species whose aroma makes it possible to classify them as natural sedatives.

Thus, certain plants in the sleeping room will be very appropriate. But their number should be moderate: it is not worth planting a greenhouse in the bedroom. If the plants are large, 3-4 crops will be enough.

Requirements

The task of these colors is to calm the nervous system, start the processes of inhibition and relieve the feeling of fatigue.

The requirements for plants in the bedroom are as follows:

  1. A small number of flowers;
  2. Shade tolerance;
  3. Resistant to drafts. Most indoor crops are afraid of air conditioning, open windows, and vents. But the bedroom needs to be ventilated often, so the flowers should tolerate drafts well;
  4. No need to provide a unique microclimate or labor-intensive care;
  5. Unattractiveness to insect pests ;
  6. No firm, sugary, annoying scent;
  7. Lack of allergenic pollen and spores;
  8. Safety for children and pets;
  9. Calm colors (however, bright shades will revive the design of the room).

Plants that improve the microclimate will be helpful. They act on air as follows: 

  • cleanse;
  • moisturize;
  • reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide and increase the oxygen content.

When we fall asleep, our breathing becomes more profound. As a consequence, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the night restroom increases. Therefore, after waking up, the musty air is felt. This problem is especially relevant in winter when you cannot sleep with the window open. It will be solved by plants that enrich the air with the oxygen around the clock. In general, plants are not able to affect the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide significantly. But for cores, this can be important if there are many colors.

Ideally, green pets should also humidify the air. Having these plants in the room will help you sleep better.

Top 15 Suitable Plants For The Bedroom

Sansevieria three-lane

A spectacular plant native to West Africa. Because of the characteristic shape of the thorny leaves, the people also call it the mother-in-law, or snake, tongue.

  • Pros: Produces oxygen at night. One of the most efficient air purifiers. Absorbs toxins. Doesn’t require careful maintenance. The plant can be planted in a large pot and placed on the floor. Sansevieria grows well in poor soil. It does not require frequent and abundant watering, even in summer. It perfectly tolerates sun and shade.
  • Cons: Standing water will cause the plant to rot, so the drainage holes must be immense. It is better to choose a ceramic container without glaze for planting sansevieria: the porous material will allow excess moisture to evaporate.

Spathiphyllum (peace lily, pulp)

Has gained great popularity among indoor florists due to its beautiful white flowers and a fair amount of endurance.

  • Pros: Spathiphyllum produces oxygen day and night, improving the quality of night sleep. It perfectly moisturizes and purifies the air. Promotes easy breathing, reducing asthma and allergy symptoms. Its phytoncides inhibit the growth of mold spores and kill viruses. Absorbs harmful volatile impurities: benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, carbon monoxide, ammonia, and aggressive odors of repair products (alcohols, acetone vapors). This makes spathiphyllum an indispensable bedroom gardening option for residents of industrial areas.
  • It is believed that the flower normalizes feminine energy. This plant has a bright aura, so quarrels between households can harm it.
  • He is not afraid of careless care and extreme growing conditions—Shade-tolerant, which allows you to place it on the bedside table. Providing standard lighting and sufficient soil moisture, you can count on almost continuous flowering.
  • Cons: Regular watering is required.

Chlorophytum crested

A lush ornamental deciduous shrub is native to South Africa. In the wild, it grows on the bark of trees. It can be grown in hanging pots. On the long downward-hanging shoots, lateral shoots – “babies” – are formed. Leaves are collected in bunches in the root zone.

  • Pros: Can do without water for a long time. Undemanding to sunlight, which allows you to grow it even in the back of the room. Carries out coolness, drafts. Quickly multiplies (by dividing a bush or rooting outlets), disease resistant. It perfectly humidifies the air, which is often dry during the heating season.
  • Acts as a filter by absorbing contaminants, heavy metals, and poisons
  • (e.g., formaldehyde). Due to the release of phytoncides, it neutralizes pathogens. Four adult bushes make the air in a 10 m2 room 70-80% cleaner every day.
  • Cons: Attractive for cats, so it is better to place the pot out of the reach of leopards.

Aloe vera

The pulp of aloe leaves has wound healing and antibacterial properties, slows down skin aging, relieves irritation and itching after insect bites. The planter should be kept in a warm, sunny location.

  • Pros: Cleans, humidifies the air, oxygenates it during the day, and continues to do so at night. If there is chipboard furniture in the house, it absorbs up to 90% of the formaldehyde that it emits. Promotes increased immunity, physical endurance, brain activity, performance. Also, aloe relieves electrification in the apartment. Caring for this culture is extremely simple. Aloe belongs to the group of succulents, so it does not need frequent watering. It is enough to moisten the soil in the pot once a week.
  • Cons: Afraid of cold air currents, so you need to be careful with winter ventilation. Even a slight frost can harm him. If you need an honest look, choose a tree-like aloe (this is the so-called agave, you can distinguish it by the presence of a trunk).

Common ivy, or English

This climbing plant with flexible shoots can be included in a hanging arrangement, placed on a dresser or bookshelf. The bestseller is the Glacier variety with edged leaves.

  • Pros: Ivy is a vine without vulnerabilities. The snowballs have a spectacular appearance. Ivy moisturizes the air, eliminates mold particles, which relieves asthma and allergy symptoms. Cleans the air from formaldehyde. Loves shady places and temperatures no higher than 20.
  • Cons: Ivy doesn’t like permutations. Make sure that the substrate is always slightly damp. Stagnant water is destructive for him, but it is undesirable to allow the soil to dry out. In the summer, once a week, fertilizing with a multicomponent fertilizer is required.

Pelargonium (indoor geranium)

Its bright inflorescences will decorate any interior. The leaves give off a pleasant aroma. They are covered with hairs containing bubbles of essential oil. Odorous vapors are released as a defensive reaction to hypothermia or overheating. Depending on the variety of fragrant pelargonium, you can catch mint, citrus, apple, and other notes.

It has the following effects:

  1. bactericidal (has a detrimental effect on streptococci and staphylococci);
  2. ozonizing (saturates the air with negatively charged ions);
  3. cleansing (absorbs harmful chemical compounds, in particular, carbon monoxide);
  4. immunoactive;
  5. has a healing effect on the respiratory system;
  6. Normalizes blood pressure.

In the absence of individual intolerance, inhaling the aroma of pelargonium is especially useful for hypertension, cerebral atherosclerosis, and psychoemotional overstrain. This smell repels insects (moths) and bedbugs.

It is believed that the feminine energy of pelargonium has a positive effect on women, contributing to the normalization of their hormonal levels.

  • Cons: People prone to allergies do not want to keep such a flower at home. Geranium secretes substances that, in high concentration, cause nausea, swelling of the mucous membranes, and cough. Due to the lack of oxygen, in turn, a headache occurs. Therefore, one bush in the bedroom will be more than enough.

Kalanchoe

It has small dimensions, fleshy leaves of a deep green hue, and beautiful small flowers.

Kalanchoe is easy to grow. For average growth and flowering, it requires water (in small quantities) and bright diffused light. Watering should be done after the earthen coma dries out. To prevent moisture stagnation, a deep tray and a pot with protrusions on the bottom are required.

  • Pros: It actively emits oxygen during daylight and dark hours, contributing to air humidification. Also, the flower spreads medicinal phytoncides. They contain sedative and tranquilizing substances that relieve nervous tension and anxiety. Therefore, Kalanchoe acts as an antidepressant. The scent of this plant contributes to a good mood and sound sleep. According to bioenergetics, Kalanchoe prevents nightmares.
  • Cons: Waterlogging of the soil can lead to root rot and the death of the plant. It is advisable to keep it away from radiators.

Hamedorea graceful

All palm family members reduce the concentration of harmful gases in the air, moisturize it, and saturate it with useful microelements. Palm trees prefer darkened spaces. The rainforest people are pretty demanding in care, but they are of great benefit to the sleeper.

Hamedorea is a multi-stemmed dwarf tree with small flowers collected in decorative panicles. Beautiful feathery leaves give airiness and lightness to even a bland interior. Along with dracaena, this type is most suitable for the bedroom.

  • Pros: Under natural conditions, the palm tree grows in partial or complete shade. Too much light will burn her leaves. The release of ozone helps relieve fatigue. Hamedorea is especially recommended for bedrooms that face the motorway. It neutralizes harmful components of exhaust gases: benzene and trichloroethylene. Absorbs substances released from plastics and synthetics.
  • Cons: The palm tree loves high humidity: it repels pests. In the case of its dryness, it becomes susceptible to the attack of a spider mite. The soil should also be slightly damp; otherwise, the tips of the leaves will begin to dry out. More suitable for spacious rooms.

Gardenia jasmine

This ornamental shrub is as if created for placement in the bedroom. The domesticated species reaches a height of 1 m. Its beautiful white flowers are pleasantly fragrant.

  • Pros: German scientists have found that the smell of gardenia acts on the human body like a sleeping pill, setting the nervous system to rest. The sedative effect of its scent is comparable to that of Valium. The presence of this flower in the bedroom also contributes to a good mood when you wake up.
  • Cons: This is a very inconsistent flower to care for. Loves warmth, good lighting (indirect rays), slightly damp and acidified soil. Needs crown formation. Sensitive to temperature changes. It dislikes when the pot is rearranged or turned the other way towards the light. In the spring and summer, it needs mineral feeding.

Zygocactus (Decembrist, Schlumbergera)

For reasons of utility, you can put a Christmas or zygocactus in the bedroom.

  • Pros: It is also capable of releasing oxygen at night while doing great in dark rooms. Does not require special temperature conditions and meticulous care. Blooms beautifully. The blossoming “stars” exude a light aroma. Bright flowers drive away winter melancholy and give a good mood at other times of the year. Zygocactus will save its owner from insomnia and nightmares.
  • Cons: German scientists have found that several specimens of the Decembrist in an enclosed space can worsen the well-being of asthmatics. A pet who tastes its leaves runs the risk of laryngeal edema and indigestion.

Lavender

Under favorable conditions, the flower can survive in an enclosed space. For growing at home, varieties of a narrow-leaved variety are more suitable. Loves bright direct light, so it is better to place the pot on the south side. A developed root system requires a broad and deep capacity. Watering is moderate as the substrate dries.

  • Pros: Strong natural antidepressant. Its scent soothes, helps to overcome the feeling of fatigue, overcome insomnia, and reduce the pulse in case of stress.
  • Cons: The plant cannot be poured; otherwise, the plant will rot. A few minutes after watering, you should empty the sump, and otherwise, excess water will be absorbed inside. Also, avoid completely drying out the earthy coma. Lack of sunlight is an obstacle to average grass growth.

Rosemary

Rosemary strengthens memory, improves sleep, relieves fatigue. Its scent helps overcome stress and fear by lowering the hormone responsible for these reactions (cortisol). Rosemary oils have powerful bactericidal properties.

  • Pros: The spicy crop can be used for cooking. Loves regular airing.
  • Cons: Strong light needed (south-facing windows preferred). It tolerates drought well, but it releases new shoots only under the condition of regular moderate watering. Moisture stagnation must not be allowed. For more consistent growth, it is recommended to turn the pot over every week. Indoor shrubs are susceptible to fungal diseases and insect pests.

Lemon and orange

Lemon and orange also put you in a positive mood. These citruses are a necessary purchase for flower growers prone to colds.

  • Pros: Volatile substances emitted by citrus fight viruses and mold spores. Its essential oils help cleanse the respiratory tract when the process of air exchange is complicated. Citrus can restore lung health in 1.5-2 years in the bedroom. The scent of lemon invigorates, rescues from depression, strengthens the nerves, relieves headaches, activates the brain and immune system.
  • Cons: A heat-loving plant that needs a lot of light and moisture. Afraid of drafts and strong temperature fluctuations.

Begonia

A hardy plant with a long flowering period. The most decorative leaves are Begonia Rex, or royal.

  • Pros: The plant cleans the air from dust and moisturizes it. Begonia has a beneficial effect on the bronchi. Its phytoncides neutralize pathogenic microorganisms (up to 80%) and toxic impurities. Despite the pubescent leaves, it is hypoallergenic. Esotericists recommend putting a variety with red flowers in the marital bedroom.
  • The delicate scent of her flowers helps relieve the symptoms of depression. The flower is believed to prevent nightmares. Feng Shui recommends putting this flower in the bedroom if your body is weakened or you are old.
  • Cons: Ever-flowering begonia is poisonous, like its hybrids.

Laurel

This spice contains a natural antibiotic – cineole. Refers to essential oil crops.

The phytoncides allocated by it are of great benefit:

  1. Purify and humidify the air, kill bacteria (in particular, staphylococci) and viruses, strengthen the immune system;
  2.  They have a healing effect on the respiratory organs (if you set fire to a dry leaf of laurel and inhale the products of decay, the lungs will be cleared of mucus and sputum);
  3. Relieve headaches, increase blood supply to the brain;
  4. Improves the well-being of people suffering from cardiovascular diseases;
  5. Relieve intestinal cramps;
  6. Promote relaxation of the whole body;
  7. It calms the nerves and promotes falling asleep (a bush branch under the pillow has long been considered a surefire remedy for insomnia).
  • Cons: The aroma is quite specific, and not everyone will like it. Individual intolerance to the smell is possible.

Herbal Antidepressants To Improve Sleep

This group includes the already mentioned chlorophytum, curly ivy, mother-in-law’s tongue, gardenia, zygocactus, and Kalanchoe.

According to scientists, lavender and rosemary (which are also in our top) contribute to restful sleep and a good mood. Jasmine has similar properties, but its aroma is so strong that you can wake up with a headache in the morning. It also often causes allergies, nausea and absorbs a lot of oxygen. The same can be said about room lemon balm: it is quite unpretentious and prefers partial shade. The essential oils of this herb smell good and have a calming effect. But its aroma is very intense, like that of mint. Therefore, such spicy greens are best grown in the kitchen.

It is also not very advisable to place a pot of valerian in the bedroom. She loves good light, nutritious soil, and abundant watering. The roots of the plant are used to make a popular sedative. But her flowers almost do not smell.

Feng Shui Bedroom Landscaping

According to the teachings of feng shui, it is undesirable to fill the bedroom space with plants. Indoor flowers, like any living creatures, have their energy, which can interfere with peaceful rest.

The purpose of the bedroom is to create a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. It is necessary to choose plants with suitable energy for this. Experts recommend selecting slow-growing species, the power of which will not be able to shake the calm atmosphere. Feng Shui followers advise excluding species with needles from the bedroom. Otherwise, the owners of the bedroom will also become “prickly” and intractable. It is recommended to place plants here that create an atmosphere of love and understanding. These are spathiphyllum, violet, species with red flowers.

Also, the philosophy of feng shui gives the go-ahead for placing the following plants in the bedroom:

  • chlorophytum;
  • pelargonium;
  • begonia;
  • myrtle;
  • Hyacinth.

To harmoniously arrange the plants in the bedroom, adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Refrain from placing flowers near the bed (keep a minimum distance of 1-2 m): active growth energy will make sleep-disturbing);
  2. Avoid the presence of lush, blooming species in the bedroom – they suppress the Qi energy;
  3. Discard specimens with thorns and sharp leaves;
  4. Give preference to flowers with erect stems.

Chinese wisdom says that indoor plants affect specific areas of a person’s life:

  • t decision – like a mirror, reflects the energy state of the family (if the balance is disturbed, it turns yellow and fades);
  • aloe and balsam – contribute to the establishment of peaceful relations among relatives;
  • the money tree – creates a suitable background for achieving material well-being;
  • dracaena – is reputed to be the keeper of the hearth: she will have to go to a place in the bedroom of the newlyweds;
  • Myrtle – able to revive extinct feelings.

The list of plants approved by the philosophy of feng shui includes those that, from a rational point of view, it is undesirable to place in the bedroom:

  • ficus – relieves aggression and anxiety, promises healthy offspring, and promotes strong bonds;
  • orchid – inspires creative achievements, helps to cope with depression;
  • fern – eliminates negative energy.

If the spouses often quarrel, the Chinese recommend placing “peace-loving” plants in the bedroom.

Feng Shui teachings recommend avoiding crops with unsuitable energy for the bedroom: cacti, yucca, ehmeya, some types of succulents.

What Plants To Avoid

Experts name several plants that are undesirable to place in the bedroom. The results of such a neighborhood will be a headache, poor falling asleep, poor sleep quality, a feeling of fatigue, and allergic manifestations. 

Oxygen eaters

Plants that actively absorb air at night (for example, ferns and lilies) are not suitable for the bedroom. Excessive emission of carbon dioxide provokes morning headaches, fatigue, depressed mood.

Ficus rubber

One of the most popular indoor plants. But it is not recommended to put it in the bedroom.

Pros:

  • not picky about leaving;
  • likes moderate lighting and good watering;
  • perfectly cleans the air.

Ficus most effectively absorbs the most common household chemicals:

  • Formaldehyde (tobacco smoke, pressed wood: plywood, chipboard furniture)
  • Benzene (cigarette smoke, some cleaning products)
  • Trichloroethylene (heating and electrical appliances, painted surfaces)

Minuses:

  • at night, all focuses actively emit carbon dioxide, so they are dangerous for asthmatics;
  • a relatively strong smell emanates from the leaves, which can prevent hypersensitive people from falling asleep;
  • adult ficus is large;
  • does not tolerate changing the location of the pot;
  • does not tolerate drafts, icy ones.

Many types of focuses are hypoallergenic, so they can even stand near the bed. But the rubber tree secretes milky sap, which accumulates on the leaves in the form of white crystals. This liquid contains allergen latex. If you are intolerant to this substance, putting a rubber-bearing species in the bedroom is forbidden.

Monstera

This spectacular plant is often used to decorate offices. In indoor conditions, they most often contain gourmet monstera.

  • Pros: Its spreading leaves collect dust well, humidify the air, saturating it with valuable ions and cleanse it of harmful impurities.
  • Cons: Superstition is credited with the ability to drain energy from household members. Its frightening appearance (huge “perforated” leaves, tentacle-like aerial roots) can subconsciously affect overly impressionable people. This is fraught with anxiety and sleep disturbance. But there are far more compelling reasons not to put it in the bedroom:
    1. This vine quickly reaches impressive dimensions, so it needs a lot of space for comfortable development;
    2. At night, it intensively absorbs oxygen;
    3. Finally, monstera contains poisonous juice that can seriously harm children and animals, even death.

Poisonous

Plants with damaged shoots are at risk. If you don’t have any children or pets, such a community poses no threat. You need to remember the careful handling of plants. Wear gloves before proceeding with care or transplantation.

Poisonous juice contains many members of the Aroid family. 

Dieffenbachia

Like the monster mentioned above, it is fraught with potential danger. It cleans and moisturizes the air well, but it is poisonous. Its juice causes itching and irritation of the skin; in contact with mucous membranes – burns of the cornea of ​​the eyes and swelling of the tongue.

Philodendron

Its juice is capable of affecting the skin and gastrointestinal tract, causing poisoning.

Azalea

If ingested, its juice or nectar also provokes poisoning.

Milkweed

Its juice is very toxic. It can cause dizziness, nausea, and burns of mucous membranes.

Cyclamen

Toxic substances contain tubers and aerial parts of the flower: they provoke headache, nausea, diarrhea, and shortness of breath.

Croton, oleander, tuberose, Japanese rodea, aglaonema, anthurium, amaryllis can also be ranked as poisonous.

Allergens and Strong Smelling Species

Strong-smelling plants can trigger migraines, allergies, and bouts of nausea. Such reactions are often caused by hyacinth, poinsettia, kalmia, geranium.

People with hypersensitivity should be conscientious when choosing green friends. Cough, rhinitis, conjunctivitis can be caused by soil contaminated with fungal infections.

Lily

A pungent smell, like a lily, threatens with a headache upon waking up, bad mood, or even neuroses.

Hydrangea

This green beauty is poisonous: its juice contains cyanide. The smell and pollen of the delicate flower can trigger allergies. 

Oleander

It emits odorous substances that can cause heart palpitations, severe dizziness, suffocation, general weakness.

Primula

The strong scent of its flowers can cause dizziness and nausea.

Exciters to the nervous system

Orchid

It can only be grown by an experienced florist who is not afraid of difficulties and has enough free time. This inhabitant of the tropics requires careful maintenance. Orchids need to provide good illumination (diffusing rays), moist air, and proper watering. After the substrate has completely dried out, the pot must be immersed in water.

  • Pros: The orchid can absorb xylene from the air, which is part of various dyes. It blooms very beautifully and produces oxygen at night.
  • Cons: Poisonous for pets. Dislikes drafts and change of place. The intensity of the smell differs from species to species, but doctors advise against putting this flower in the bedroom. Inhalation of its aroma can provoke the following negative consequences:
  • allergy;
  • overexcitation of the nervous system;
  • insomnia;
  • aggravation of stress;
  • restless behavior;
  • Headache.

Cactus

Among unpretentious crops, the cactus is in the lead. But, except for Schlumberger, this is an unwelcome guest in the bedroom.

  • Pros: Feels great in dark rooms. Fills the air with oxygen at night. It kills germs and protects against electromagnetic radiation (therefore, it will be appropriate in a bedroom with a TV or computer).
  • Cons: light and heat-loving plant. In the absence of these factors, its growth slows down. Cactus juice contains a large number of alkaloids, many of which stimulate the nervous system. The richocereus is especially dangerous. This cactus contains psychoactive substances that cause hallucinations.

Feng Shui followers believe that the “prickly” energy of a cactus is not combined with the soft aura of the bedroom. But in the office, it will be very appropriate.

Selection Rules

The size of the room is of decisive importance. For small and attic bedrooms, it is better to choose hanging planters with small bushes. Landscaping should not interfere with moving around the room and doing household chores. 

Consider lighting conditions. If your bedroom windows face north, choose plants that tolerate shade well. Place light-loving crops on the south side. Dim lighting is usually created in the bedroom. Therefore, shade-loving views will feel as comfortable as possible here.

Many people prefer unpretentious crops that require minimal maintenance. For example, succulents tolerate drought well due to their ability to accumulate moisture in underground or aboveground parts. In indoor floriculture, there are real Spartans who endure harsh growing conditions and an unstable care regimen. These are mainly decorative deciduous crops. Only a few specimens can combine characteristics such as endurance and beautiful flowering.

If the bedroom has recently been renovated, preference should be given to those species that actively absorb harmful substances.

Accommodation

Incorrect placement will lead to a significant reduction in free space and will cause inconvenience to the owner of the room. For example, large spreading plants should not be placed next to the aisle: the tub can be accidentally hit at night.

Sun-loving cultures are placed on the windowsill. Pots with shade-tolerant plants will find refuge on the dressing table, chest of drawers.

Low bushes in beautiful pots will look good on the bedside table. Floor flowerpots or tubs with palms and other large perennials will organically fit into the corner of the room.

Green pets placed on the same windowsill must be mutually compatible.

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