The 10 best plants for your bedroom
Adding greenery to your bedroom can come with a lot of benefits. Not only can plants add more visual interest to your decor, but they can also have calming and uplifting effects on your mood, and (quite literally) breathe more life (oxygen) into your room. However, before you go too far and pick new plants from your local nursery, it’s important to familiarize yourself with their specific care requirements so you don’t end up wasting money or time on plants that won’t fit your room or lifestyle. It’s also good to know which plants are generally considered the best plants for bedrooms, based on their ease of care, their lighting needs, scent, and even their circadian rhythm habits.
Snake plants, a popular succulent, are known to be a great plant for beginners because they are easy to grow. “Snake plants are versatile and suitable for a wide range of lighting, including low light and indirect to direct afternoon sun,” says Paris Lallicata, plant expert at The Sill. Allow the soil to dry completely before watering – this can be every one to two weeks in the spring and summer months or even every two to three weeks in the fall and winter.
Additional benefit? They convert carbon dioxide into oxygen at night—which most houseplants only do during the day—making them a great bedside companion.
The colorful and uniquely designed foliage of Calathea plants makes them a great choice to spruce up your bedroom decor. It’s also a good idea to keep this type near your bed because it can send a signal when bedtime is approaching, Lalicata says. Calatheas do this through nyctinasty, which means they move their leaves up at night and down in the day according to their circadian rhythm (and in order to maximize light absorption).
Calathea thrives in medium to bright indirect light, but tolerates low indirect light. This species is usually moisture-loving, so it is best to water it when the soil is about half dry. This can be weekly in the spring and summer months or every 10-14 days in the fall and winter depending on environmental conditions.
Philodendron plants have beautiful heart-shaped leaves and fast-growing trailing vines, which can help make any bedroom look like a lush forest. Philodendron plants grow fastest when exposed to moderately bright indirect light, so it is best to place or hang them near a window.
According to Lalicata, philodendrons prefer to dry out between waterings, which can be every seven to 10 days depending on conditions at home. They will also actually show when they are ready to water when the leaves begin to droop and turn inward.
The money tree is said to bring good luck and wealth, making it the perfect plant to add to the bedroom to create good feng shui. It is known for its flexibility, ease of growth, and unique braided stem. “This plant cannot tolerate low light, so it needs enough sunlight to thrive,” Lalicata advises. “It will do best in medium-bright indirect light with dappled direct sunlight. To water the money tree, check the soil moisture and water only when the soil is almost or completely dry.” This can be every seven to 10 days in bright light or every 10 to 14 days in shadier conditions.
This low-maintenance plant has stunning pink, green and yellow leaves that will add color and dimension to any bedroom. “As long as your bedroom provides ample sunlight, this plant will be a colorful addition and can grow over 5 feet tall as it matures, ultimately making it an ideal plant,” Lalicata says. Ficus, like money trees, don’t tolerate low light either, so they’ll need bright light to thrive, and Lalicata recommends watering only when the soil is almost or completely dry.
This plant is perfect for hanging baskets and will be an excellent addition to your bedroom. “This speedy plant doesn’t need much to thrive: Simply plant it in free-draining soil, ensure bright, indirect light, and water when the top two inches of soil are dry,” Lindsey Hall, botanist and expert contributor to Positive Bloom tells the gardening blog Positive Bloom. .
The Peace Lily features beautiful leaves and white flowers, making it a beautiful and soothing addition to any bedroom. Another plus: “It increases internal humidity, so if you have problems with dry nasal passages, peace lily is there to help,” Hall says. Although peace lilies are very easy to grow, there are some care considerations to keep in mind. “Peace lilies are very sensitive to direct sunlight, so keep them in bright but indirect light,” Hall adds. “Plant it in a well-drained growing medium, feeding monthly during the growing season with a diluted all-purpose houseplant fertilizer, watering when the top of the soil dries out.”
Spider plants, like snake plants, release oxygen during the night, making them another good bedside companion. It is also quite eye-catching, with its variegated foliage and long, cascading leaves.
For proper care: “Place your spider plant in low to bright indirect light, make sure the soil drains well, and add water when the top two inches of soil are dry,” Hall says.
If you have a rather green thumb, you can also add a flowering plant with fragrant flowers to your bedroom, such as a gardenia. “Gardenias produce captivating white flowers, but are not a good choice for beginners because of their high care requirements,” Hall says. “If you like challenges, some care requirements include planting it in free-draining, nutrient-rich, acidic soil and keeping it in bright, indirect light with at least 60 percent humidity.” It is also recommended to fertilize it twice at the beginning of the growing season and water it weekly when the topsoil dries.
If you suffer from anxiety and fall asleep at night, jasmine is an excellent plant for your bedroom because its sweet scent has a calming effect and reduces stress. Not to mention, the plant itself is a visual treat as well.
“These are water-loving plants, so keep the soil constantly moist, but be careful not to overwater them,” Hall says. “The ideal place to plant jasmine is near a south-facing window. If these locations are not available, keep jasmine on west- or east-facing window sills.