Houseplants can do more than just adding a tinge of green indoors… especially when they’re in your bedroom. A famous Indoor Air Quality study by NASA found that such plants were able to reduce indoor air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde, at least in a controlled lab environment, and more recent research says plants may make you feel less stressed and more creative. Plants also create a healthy moisture content in the air especially helpful in respiratory conditions. Here are a few of the easiest to maintain air-purifying plants to consider keeping in your bedroom at home. 🍀
Snake Plant (Sanseveria trifasciata)
Dramatic, sword-like leaves define this striking plant (and also lend it the not-so-flattering alternate name of ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue’). It’s tough as nails, so give it a try if you’re not typically known for having a green thumb. Snake plants are sturdy and can even survive for days in dark although indirect light is best for the Snake Plant, which also only needs to be watered when the soil becomes nearly dry. In the right conditions, it can live for decades!
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Spider Plants, or Chlorophytum, are easy to grow houseplants as well as being straightforward to care for. In fact they’re potentially one of the easiest and rewarding indoor plants you can grow in your home.
One of the most interesting points of the Spider Plant is its ability to rapidly propagate itself, through us, people! A “baby“, “pup” or “plantlet” from the mother plant will often root with a very high success rate. Grow your new Spider Plant baby correctly and you can quickly reap the rewards of your hard work. There is never long to wait until the baby is sending up slender shoots of its own, that produce small white flowers which develop into more airborne plantlets.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officianalis)
This culinary herb has a pleasant, piney scent, particularly after you brush your fingertips against it.
It needs strong light, so keep it by a bright window (preferably a south-facing one). Allow the soil to dry within an inch of the surface between waterings, and turn the pot every week so the plant grows more evenly.
Bonus: With rosemary in your home, you’ve always got fresh herbs for cooking!
Money Plant, Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Epipremnum aureum is a trailing, leafy vine that can reach lengths of up to 40 feet in tropical jungles. Its genus name is derived from the Greek words epi (meaning upon) and premnon (meaning a trunk) in reference to its growing on tree trunks.
Pothos plants can be an excellent addition to your home or office. It has minimal requirements, and its ability to help you breathe happier yet another advantage. Tough and versatile, pothos can grow horizontally across a mantelpiece, climb up a trellis, or trail from a hanging basket. Either way, it adds beauty, color, and benefits any environment.
Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
Rubber plants earned their name thanks to their sap, which is sometimes used to make rubber. The rubber plant’s leaves also have a shiny and rubbery appearance. These plants will grow tall and produce beautiful leaves if you give them proper care.
Rubber plants are commonly seen in their dark green variety but also come in more colorful varieties. For example, varieties known as the “black prince” or “burgundy” have reddish-black leaves
With large shiny leaves and a fun, beefy shape, this plant adds strong vertical interest to any room. It likes moderate to bright light and light, constant moisture, to boot. If you feel the need to prune it, just be sure to wear gardening gloves to keep its sticky sap off your fingers.
Which plant are you adding to your bedroom to reduce indoor pollution, maintain healthy moisture content especially in the dry seasons and add the tinge of green? Whatever be your choice please ensure that you take brilliant care of them and they will love you back with clean air and oxygen. 🌿