Ever wondered if plants were bad to keep in your home, especially in areas where you sleep? It seems that in most home styling sites and magazines an indoor plant or two is carefully placed by a bedside or chest of draws. Is there another reason for this other than the calming effects of nature?
Background into house plants
Many think houseplants are beneficial in the home as they are able to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen back into the air. While this can be the case, most plants are only able to do this while photosynthesizing. It is now known that during the day many plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, but at night the opposite occurs, and oxygen is taken in and carbon dioxide is released. However, the good news is that having a few plants in a bedroom is still safe as the amount of carbon dioxide released is not enough to be harmful. In fact, there are some plants that don’t release carbon dioxide at night, – they are able to release oxygen at night.
There are also certain health benefits to having specific plants in your room. Some plants can filter harmful formaldehyde, benzene and allergens circulating in the air. This can in turn improve the air quality in our homes and sleeping areas. There are also plants that can release essential oils that have a calming and relaxing effect on our bodies, allowing us to fall asleep quicker and have a better, deeper sleep.
Making the proper plant selection makes all the difference to ensuring your bedroom is the best environment to sleep in.
The statement plant, to freshen up your dining room, lounge or front doorway
A famously classic-looking indoor plant is the Monstera. Commonly thought of as the ‘Swiss cheese plant’ due to its perforated leaves, it is an all-time favourite indoor houseplant. Monstera needs plenty of space, so it is recommended to place them in a spot where they will have room to grow e.g dining room, lounge, or front doorway. Due to their tropical nature, the Monstera prefers humid conditions and a brightly lit area, without being in direct sunlight. In terms of watering this plant, water moderately and let the soil dry out in between watering.
Beautiful houseplants that are easy to look after
Peace lilies are popular for many reasons. They can be easy to take care of, they don’t need direct sunlight, and they are able to clean and purify any space they are in. They offer gorgeous foliage all year round and pure white flowers for a long length of time. Peace lilies alter the humidity in an area due to their tropical nature so they can be perfect for helping with winter ills and chills. The most common cause of your peace lily not surviving is because it has been over watered. So, if the soil is moist, don’t water it for that day.
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Plants can be difficult to look after and the worst thing when buying a new plant is if it only ends up surviving a week or so. Luckily there are numerous types of houseplants that won’t die on you after a week, no matter the lack of attention.
The first option is the Snake plant. This trendy little plant not only looks good but is the perfect option for people who know nothing about indoor plants. It can handle being neglected, preferring indirect sunlight and minimal watering. Surprisingly it’s actually best to let the plant dry out between watering to ensure the plant’s leaves are stiffly upright. The Snake plant is perfect for your bedroom. It looks great, and also releases oxygen into the air day or night.
Aloe Vera is another great option. Not only does it release oxygen into the air all
the time, day or night but they can grow with low levels of light and water. Not to mention great to have around in summer for soothing sunburn.
Houseplants – the new go-to for your home
Houseplants can not only be beneficial for our health, but they also are a great addition to any space that needs some love. They look great, brighten up a room and instantly make us feel calm and connected to nature.
So, what is going to be your new go-to houseplant?