You might hear it many times before, it is not recommended to have plants in our bedrooms, but why? The truth is that there has been an ongoing debate whether it is a good idea to keep plant in our bedrooms or not. The main argument of such debate is that during the photosynthesis process, plants take in carbon dioxide (CO2) and emit oxygen; however, since plants require light to achieve their photosynthesis, at night this process reverses and thus plants take in oxygen while emitting carbon dioxide.
Studies have shown that plants in bedrooms use far less oxygen than is usually estimated by many who are against it. Moreover, plants like snake plant generally emit oxygen at night unlike other plants, and so benefits are ever more than the cons. Here’s an interesting compilation of houseplant you might want to include in your kid’s bedroom decor, I have enlisted their best attributes as well as maintenance tips.
Christmas cactus is also known as “holiday cactus” or “Thanksgiving cactus”, its scientifically name is Schlumbergera Truncata, and it is considered one of the safest houseplants options you will find. This is plant is non- toxic, the fronds have no stickers and like many other succulents, Christmas cactus can be easily spread from a stem cutting; Christmas cactus bloom in November through January, which is an amazing plant that will provide your children’s room with that needed color vibe during winter. When thinking of caring Christmas cactus, you need to know that it requires really low- maintenance as just needs well- drained compost because tolerates high humidity levels. An interesting tip I want to share with you are: avoid over- watering as well as under- watering your Christmas cactus, these two factors will certainly prevent flowers from dropping.
This is an amazing plant that will suitably fit with your kid’s bedroom for many reasons. Spider plant can also be found with the name of “airplane plant”; it produces beautiful grass-like leaves which can go from pale to emerald green. In addition, this plant in your kid’s room will work as an excellent natural air purifier, since it has the ability to remove harmful formaldehyde from the air you and your loved ones breathe with such excellent efficiency. Spider plant is easy to grow and maintain, so if you forget it for a few days, this plant is so kind that it will forgive you. Choose one or two spider plants in your kid’s room for a fresher air while your little one gets his/her shut- eye.
This type of bedroom plant is not as easy- care as Aloe Vera or Snake plant, however I think that due to its lovely look when blooms, you should give gerbera daisy a go. This houseplant option for your kid’s bedroom will bring cheer to this space, moreover, gerbera daisy does overtime while your kid sleeps, which basically means that releases extra oxygen into the air during the nighttime. Gerbera daisies require good light to perform at their best, and regarding caring, you need to make sure you keep your plant moist while blooming, otherwise it can dry out slightly afterwards; and as a tip, it is advisable to remove dead flowers from your gerbera daisy plant in order to enhance blooming for a long time.
Colorful and vibrant blooms is what you can first notice in a Flaming Katy plant, which is also known as “widow’s thrill”. This houseplant will bring life to your kid’s bedroom for an attractive price, not to mention that in case you are an occasional indoor gardener, Faming Katy is what you need due to the fact that it will take sparse water in its succulent fleshy leaves, this make your plant able to store water for a couple of weeks at a stretch. However, make sure you place your plant in good light but not in direct sunlight, and also pinch off blooms after the flowers fade, this will preserve the amazing look of this plant.
Living stone or Lithops plant is a genus of succulent plants native to Southern Africa, and it is a perfect option if your kid’s bedroom is small since you will only need to plant it in a terracotta or plastic pot that helps the plant dry out a bit easier; place it in an attractive area of the room and give your child’s room an eye-catching look with sand and rocks, just like a desert vibe. Living stone requires good light, so strive for full to very bright sun either direct or indirect; shade will kill this plant, however if your plant is in full sun, for instance in the window, be sure to water your living stone every week. In relation with care, you will only need to slightly water this plant in spring and autumn; remember to keep it dry in summer as well as in winter, this will contribute to follow natural growth cycle.