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While we can’t guarantee a new houseplant will ensure a good night’s sleep for you, they do add a serene feel that’s conducive to unwinding after a long day. In fact, recent research found that plants can help us transition from a waking state to a more relaxed state, which may make drifting off to dreamland a bit easier.
When shopping for bedroom plants, the most important thing to consider is the light in your room. No plant can tolerate zero light. Many houseplants like bright, indirect light, so if your room is dark or has few large windows, consider an attractive grow light.
Most houseplants also prefer to dry out a little between waterings, so poke your finger in the soil before you give your plant a drink. If soil sticks to your finger, wait another day or two and check again. It’s always better to err on the side of too dry, rather than too wet.
Finally, you can feed your plants occasionally, if you like, with any all-purpose houseplant fertilizer, which helps them grow faster. But it’s not entirely necessary if you're more a hands-0ff kind of plant parent. They know how to do the photosynthesis thing just fine on their own!
Here are the best bedroom plants to make your inner sanctum more serene and cozy:
This is one of the easiest plants ever to grow. With its pretty vining form and plethora of varieties, pothos is a must-have for any room. It also adapts well to low light levels. Water when the top inch or two of soil feels dry.
With glossy foliage and a strong upright form, this is a striking-looking plant. And did we mention it’s almost foolproof? Zamioculcus zamiifolia, which is definitely easier to call ZZ plant, tolerates low light and only needs to be watered every two weeks or so. It’s the perfect plant if you don’t want to fuss because it doesn’t need babied.
With beautiful green and burgundy markings, prayer plant is a must-have houseplant. It grows in a mounding form and tolerates low to moderate light levels, though it prefers bright, indirect light. Its leaves curl up at night, as if hands folded in prayer. It likes to stay lightly moist, but it is forgiving if you occasionally forget to water.
The strong upright form of snake plant makes it a striking statement plant. It can tolerate low light levels, and it only needs to be watered every few weeks. It’s one of the least fussy houseplants you can grow.
This old favorite has pretty variegated leaves and a handsome upright form. New types such as 'crocodile' have even splashier foliage and a fun, ruffly midrib to give it additional textural interest. Give it bright, indirect light, and water when the top inch or two of soil feels dry.
If your bedroom has almost no natural light, aglaonema is a pretty, low-maintenance plant with splashy foliage in shades of pink or green and white. It tolerates low light levels and only needs to be watered when the top few inches of soil feel dry.
Long the darling of social media, monstera has large Swiss cheese-like holes in its leaves and a beautiful form. It can get quite large and grows quickly in bright, indirect light. But it also adapts fine to lower light levels. Water when the top inch or two of soil feels dry.
Dark green heart-shaped leaves splashed with silver make this plant a must-have. Its attractive vining form means it looks fabulous draping over the edges of a nightstand. It will adapt to low light levels, although it prefers bright, indirect light. Water when the top two inches of soil feel dry.
Cast Iron Plant
Yes, cast iron plant is as tough as, well, cast iron! With strappy green leaves, this plant puts up with very low light levels, and it hardly ever needs to be watered.
Norfolk Island Pine
Norfolk Island pines have soft needles and a cute tree form. You’ll find them in all sizes from tabletop plants to floor plants. Give them bright, indirect light, and they’ll be very happy. Turn them occasionally, too, for even growth. Water to keep it lightly moist.
This houseplant has been popular since Victorian times! It’s less fussy than many other types of palms, so it’s a good choice for lower light areas. Water when the soil feels dry to the touch.
Small heart-shaped, glossy leaves make this vining plant a lovely addition to any room. It's as easy to grow as pothos and will tolerate low to moderate light levels. Water it when the top inch or two of soil feels dry.
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