If there is one room in the house that we want to be calm, peaceful and healthy, it is the bedroom. Often, even among the great lovers of plants, the bedroom is not on the list of the rooms of the house to be decked out with greenery. Why not?
CO2 release – myth or fact?
There is a popular belief that plants that emit CO2 at night are harmful to people who sleep. On the contrary, plants are positive vectors of oxygen and improve the quality of the ambient air. In fact, your spouse who shares your room or even your pet who likes to spend the night with you, emits more CO2 than a whole bunch of plants that would have been put together in the room. So run to the garden center, your nights will be better and more oxygenated! However, make sure you make the right choices by opting for plants that don’t need excellent lighting, since it is not uncommon for curtains to be drawn in this room of the house:
Zamioculcas zamiifolia, false zamier or ZZ plant, whatever its name, it is a beautiful and elegant plant. Unique in its kind, it will find a place of choice in your bedroom, as well as in other more or less lit rooms of your house. This little wonder tolerates all types of lighting, and its slender habit will fit in with any decor, no matter where it is placed. The ZZ plant prefers to go without water rather than spend its life in a too wet soil: space out the waterings by letting the root ball dry by half. Use a mixture of Potting soil for indoor plants and Cactus & Succulent Potting Mix in equal amounts for best results. If you’re looking for a little extra flair, get the Raven’ variety whose lime green leaves turn almost black when mature, a beauty!
Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, probably because of the shape of its long, upright leaves, Sansevieria is said to be indestructible. Indeed, it is very robust and can tolerate almost anything: low light, drafts, cold, long periods without watering… your only way to kill your mother-in-law’s tongue is to give it too much water. Planted in a well-drained, aerated cactus potting soil, Sansevieria is perfectly happy.
Bird’s nest fern
The bird’s nest fern, with its long, wavy, glossy green leaves that emerge directly from the soil, is a massive plant that can grow to fill a corner of your room. Like all ferns, it is sensitive to excess fertilizer, so we recommend fertilizing at half the rate prescribed by the manufacturer. Very easy to care for, it tolerates low light well, but needs moisture to be happy: spray the foliage at least once a week in addition to watering when the soil is dry on the surface. If the leaves turn brown, warp or have very dry tips, increase the ambient humidity and watering frequency and everything will return to normal.
If you’re in the mood for a beautiful hanging plant, the climbing philodendron is the plant for you. Its beautiful heart-shaped leaves mounted on stems that can get very long, fall randomly, making this plant perfect in a beautiful macramé stand. Be sure to let the top 2 to 3 inches of potting soil dry before giving it water. If you leave the potting soil wet all the time, you risk root rot. It is so undemanding, you can even forget to water it for a while, without consequence.
Dieffenbachia is a very easy to grow plant that tolerates low light and can grow to a meter and a half in height, or even more in some cases. Its beautiful large leaves spotted with white or yellow are magnificent. At first rolled up on themselves, they unfold to offer you all their beauty. Water your dieffenbachia regularly, but moderately, as its roots fear excess water. Take care to let the mixture dry on the surface between two waterings.
There’s no good reason to go without plants; their physical and mental health benefits have been widely demonstrated. Increase your happiness index by putting houseplants all around you, even in your bedroom! Visit your local garden center to find the perfect plant for any room in your home.
For suggestions of plants for the office and the bathroom, read our articles.