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Houseplants in your bedroom?

You may not feel that having plants in your bedroom is a great way of improving sleep but the fact is, having vegetation in your sleeping space can and does improve the quality of your sleep. While any plant displayed in your bedroom will brighten the indoor environment, the key is to use the right plants to create a calm, and tranquil room.

bamboo palmBamboo Palm

The bamboo palm or reed palm is one that acts as an air freshener by absorbing odors and toxins. It is easy to propagate and grow.

Palms have long been used for their versatility and their ability to bring a tropical flair to any space. Bamboo palms are no exception. These tend to be some of the most common palms grown, especially for the indoors because they are proven to filter the air in your home.

This genus has more than 100 species to choose from. Most have lovely green foliage born on the typical pinnate leaves. A few varieties have smaller leaflets, and some have fused leaflets. Regardless of leaf size, most bamboo palms tend to stay fairly small.

Container bamboo palms also like to have some room to grow, so if they look cramped in their current pot, consider bumping them up a container size. While bamboo palms like to be fed, don’t go overboard when fertilising them. The  easiest and safest route is to apply a slow-release fertiliser every three months.

To keep your plant looking its best, keep your bedroom around 20°C during the day and no lower than 15°C at night.

Jasmine Vine

As some studies have shown, the smell of jasmine vine bloom can reduce anxiety. This in turn will reduce stress and improve sleep.

There are several varieties of jasmine that can live happily indoors as a houseplant, although by far the most popular is Jasminum polyanthum.

A vigorous climber which bears numerous star shaped small flowers that easily mislead because every flower, although tiny, packs an almighty punch to the nose. With just a few of these tiny Jasmine flowers open they can fill a room with their glorious, pungent and delicious heady, slightly sickly scent. You will never ever forget the smell and associations of jasmine once smelt, and it’s a delight in the bedroom.

peace lilyPeace Lily

The peace lily is a superstar when it comes to enhancing the indoor environment. The blooms increase the humidity in a room by up to five percent. It also is known to kill airborne microbes and removes toxins in the air. This is why the peace lily is one of those plants that you really need in your bedroom.

Whether you propagate your peace lily or you purchase one, you will need to move to a shady location. Exposure too much sunlight can burn the leaves and will not encourage the plant to bloom. Also, you will need to keep the soil evenly moist. Feed your plant with a balanced fertiliser every six to eight weeks.

english ivyEnglish ivy

English ivy is another superstar when it comes to purifying the air. It needs a bright light but not direct sunlight. It does well under fluorescent lights that are found in bedrooms. A study found that English ivy reduces airborne fecal-matter particles. It has also been shown to filter out formaldehyde found in some household cleaning products.

To keep the plant looking its best, mist your plant often or place the potted plant on a humidity tray. When it comes to feeding, only give your English ivy a dose of high nitrogen fertiliser during the spring and summer months.

While there is are no guarantees that these plants will get you to sleep, they will improve the air quality in any room they are displayed in. Besides, having these beauties in your sight when you go to sleep and wake up will put a smile on your face.

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