Regardless of whether you are looking for plants that will survive in your dark bedroom, or whether the plants should actually have a sleep-promoting or healing effect – here you will find an overview of which plants should not be missing in your bedroom. Plants in the bedroom can have a health-promoting effect!
Plants can improve air quality by filtering pollutants, producing oxygen, and increasing humidity. Certain houseplants can therefore promote healthy and restful sleep. But there are also species that, for example, increase the CO2 concentration in the room at night, making it difficult to fall asleep. Strongly scented or flowering plants can also cause headaches and disturb sleep.
It is best to use plants with large leaves for the bedroom. Because the larger the leaf area, the more positive the effects. Indoor plants with large leaves collect large amounts of dust from the bedroom air and also have more space to filter CO2 from the air. The following list provides an overview of ideal bedroom plants.
This plant not only has a nourishing and healing sap – aloe vera absorbs carbon dioxide at night and even filters other pollutants from the air. This significantly improves the air quality and promotes restful sleep.
The bow hemp is also called mother-in-law’s tongue and is a popular houseplant that is very easy to care for. Since it also releases oxygen at night and filters pollutants from the air, bow hemp is ideal for the bedroom. Even NASA recommends bow hemp as an air-purifying plant, as it also frees the air of common household toxins.
This plant is extremely robust, you almost never have to fertilize it and only rarely water it because the leaves store water. So it is not only ideal for the bedroom, but also for everyone who otherwise can only keep cacti alive. A partially shaded or slightly sunny place during the day is ideal.
Cactus plants also absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen at night. In addition, they can give the bedroom an exotic flair. A sunny window seat is best – this gives the plants enough light. Otherwise, cacti require very little care and rarely need to be watered.
You will probably be familiar with the common ivy from thick house walls and walls, but it can actually be kept well as a houseplant. It filters large amounts of pollutants and mold spores. Ivy grows quickly and can tolerate darkness and cooler temperatures if you like it cold in the bedroom. It should be watered regularly. But only do this when the top substrate or soil layer is dry – the ivy does not tolerate waterlogging well.
So if you’re looking for an easy-care oxygen producer, you’ve come to the right place with ivy.
Similar to ivy, the ivy is also very easy to care for. She doesn’t mind a little care, she still cleans the air and releases oxygen even at night. In addition, it is also a great eye-catcher when hanging.
For both types of ivy, however, the warning also applies: Warning, the leaves are poisonous. It is better to keep them out of the reach of small children and pets.
Single leaf or arum family
The single sheet also filters harmful gases from the air, but also offers the bonus of higher humidity. This plant can increase the humidity in the room by up to five percent. This can help against dry mucous membranes of the eyes and nose and even prevent the spread of germs in the air. Thus, the single sheet not only promotes sleep, but can also protect against allergies. In the bedroom, the plant is characterized by one more property: the single leaf filters toxins such as formaldehyde, trichlorethylene (TCE) and benzene from the air.
This plant also doesn’t need a lot of light. It can also be kept in rooms that only have small windows or that do not receive sunlight.
Lavender oil has long been known as a helper for sleepless nights, but you can also benefit from the plant as a plant in the bedroom: The gentle smell of lavender is calming and ensures a better sleep. At the same time, it is also a real insect repellent – the scent, which we find so pleasant, helps to keep unpleasant insects such as moths and mosquitoes out of the bedroom.
The weeping fig, also known as Benjamini, is known for its special filtering and even removes pollutants released by textiles from the room. This makes it the most effective herbal air purifier. This plant ensures a particularly peaceful sleep and the pleasant feeling of sleeping in a clean room.
The dragon tree (Dracaena marginata) has air-purifying properties. With its large leaves, it not only provides a lot of air humidity for the bedroom, but also, like the single leaf, filters toxic formaldehyde from the air, which often evaporates from the glued floors or cupboards.
Note: Before decorating with plants, however, it should be noted that the soils of indoor plants, if not properly cared for, can harbor mold. If you are allergic to mold, suffer from asthma or similar lung problems, it is better to avoid plants potted in soil in the bedroom. Alternatively, you can use clay granules as a plant substrate. These are less prone to fungal spore development. However, very sensitive people are better off completely without plants in the bedroom.
Caring for indoor plants
In order to keep your bedroom plants beautiful for a long time, you need to take care of them from time to time. Indoor plants in smaller pots are watered once a week, larger ones every two weeks. Since indoor plants collect dust from the air with their leaves, they must be cleaned regularly. You can do this with a duster, the faster option is to rinse it off in the shower tray every 1-2 weeks.