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Have you ever seen someone having a pot or two of plants in their bedroom or living room? If yes, then have you given a thought to it, why do they have that? The plants that you see are not just normal plants, they are called ornamental plants or air-purifying plants that are highly beneficial with their characteristics. These plants look beautiful, hence used for decoration, while their characteristics are so refreshing that keeping them inside a room is worthy.
We all are aware of the environmental conditions on the outside but do we think about the place, where we spend most of the time i.e. inside. Inside of closed walls accumulate CO2 and several other harmful gases like CFC released from different gadgets that we install. These small plants in the pot have the potential to absorb these gases and purify the air inside the room. So, here is a list of some of the plants for bedroom to purify the air.
Air Purifying Plants for Bedroom to purify the air
Hedera helix (English Ivy):
This plant is also known commonly as English Ivy that helps in removing several airborne harmful toxins present inside a room. We can grow this plant at any place as it is unaffected by the presence or absence of sunlight. Its shapes can be modified as per the need and can survive for several years, if we take the proper care. But, the sole reason to keep this inside the room is it helps in removing benzene, toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde from the air.
Chamaedorea seifrizii (Bamboo Palm):
Commonly known as Bamboo Palm or Reed Palm, this plant has enough potential to both decorate and purify the inside of a bedroom. To grow, bamboo palm requires part sun or shade that makes it more optimum for growing inside a room. It makes a good houseplant, as it is highly beneficial in removing harmful elements like benzene and formaldehyde. The presence of this plant circulates fresh air continuously inside a room.
Aglaonema modestum (Chinese Evergreen):
Aglaonema modestum or Chinese Evergreen is a famous houseplant, as it can thrive in low to medium light without any problem. This is an easy-care or low-maintenance plant that can survive for a longer period if kept under proper observation. This plant is very beautiful and emits high oxygen content that helps in purifying the indoor area filled with harmful toxic elements. But, this plant has an irritant present in it that can be toxic for pets present.
Gerbera jamesonii (Gerbera Daisy):
Gerbera Daisy, one of the most beautiful flowering plants that anyone can have in their bedroom. The beautiful colors of the flowers are mind-blowing and their beauty enhances and refreshes the mind. This plant requires a bit of warm temperature to give its best, normally at 75°F or higher. Keep this plant anywhere inside the house, it will clean up the benzene efficiently present inside. Within 24 hours, it can purify the area completely.
Dracaena marginata (Dragon Tree):
Improving the air quality inside a room gets easier with dracaena marginata. With leaf colors ranging from greenish to purple, this plant has long slender leaves that can be kept in an open or closed space. Being not affected by the light, this plant makes one of the most preferred houseplants. It purifies the room air by removing gases and elements like carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, etc. Keeping this plant on a table or shelf in a room can be very helpful in avoiding several harmful diseases due to these toxic pollutants.
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ (Mother-in-law’s Tongue):
This is also called the snake plant, Sansevieria trifasciata is one of the most resilient plants that can withstand hard conditions without dying. With varying light and temperature conditions, the snake plant is a highly successful air-purifying plant for bedroom. But, this plant is sensitive to over-watering. It can remove toxins such as nitrogen oxides, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene to refresh the inside air. A single snake plant can purify a 100 sq ft room comfortably.
Chrysanthemum morifolium (Pot Mum):
This plant looks more like a flower bouquet when grown in a pot. This adds a beautiful site to a bedroom with its bright and refreshing flowers. But this magical plant is known for benzene removing abilities as it purifies the air by removing such harmful elements from the air. This plant needs light and damp soil to grow while watering should be done twice a week.
Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’ (Peace Lily):
A white flower popping out of a bunch of green leaves makes peace lily a most beautiful flowering plant to be decorated inside a house. But, beauty isn’t the only thing Peace lily offers, it is also used to purify harmful toxins mixed with the air. Mainly it purifies formaldehyde and carbon monoxide content in the air. Moreover, taking care of this plant is one of the easiest tasks to do as its leaves start drooping when they are short of water. The only disadvantage of this plant is, it is slightly toxic for both pets and humans. Hence, it is advised to wash hands after touching the plant.
Chlorophytum comosum ‘Vittatum’ (Spider Plant):
This plant is another natural air purifier that can easily exclude toxic pollutants from the air to keep the air fresh and breathable inside a room. Its thin leaves with a bright margin at the central vein make it more even attractive. The care for this plant is very simple as it can grow in bright and indirect light comfortably. Hence, can be kept at any place inside a house. Watering this plant needs patience, as it does not grow well in soggy soil and hence it is better to let the soil dry out before watering again.
Ficus elastica (Rubber Tree):
Rubber Tree is known is the best air-purifying plant for bedroom with abilities as they take in all the carbon dioxide we exhale and convert them into oxygen inside their thick and dark green leaves. Moreover, this tree is also beneficial in removing mold spores and bacteria from the air too. To grow them, we will need well-drained potting soil, and after planting the tree, it should be watered regularly. To keep the plant growing, we can add some liquid fertilizer to the soil too.
Aloe barbadensis Miller (Aloe vera):
Aloe Vera is the most common houseplant. We find this plant both inside and outside the house due to its medicinal characteristics. But, the medicinal characteristics are partnered with the air-purifying plants in the bedroom. Aloe vera is one of the best purifiers of toxic substances released from paints and cleaners used inside a house. To grow this plant, it should be placed in front of a window as they need sunlight to grow. The pot in which they will grow aloe vera should be present with proper drainage, hence sand, cactus potting mix, or perlite can be used.
Rhapis excelsa (Broad Lady Palm):
Broad lady palm is one of the highly efficient purifiers of ammonia found inside a room. Alongside ammonia, this can also filter some other harmful toxic substances present in the air like benzene, nitrogen oxide, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. Broad lady palm can thrive in low light but it requires moist soil with proper drainage to grow well. This plant can grow up to a height of 6 feet, hence should be placed at an idle place inside a room.
Fittonia argyroneura (Fittonia ‘Frankie’):
This unique plant is commonly known as nerve plant, as they have brightly colored nerves on the leaf. This plant has three varieties as per its nerve color, i.e. pink and green leaves, white and green leaves, or red and green leaves. Frankie grows up to a height of 3-6 inches maximum and hence a perfect pick to be placed inside a house. Moreover, it can purify the pollutants present inside a house like toluene, benzene, and trichloroethylene. Growing and maintaining them is very easy as they require moist soil and bright and indirect light.
Anthurium andraeanum (Flamingo Lily):
Small and pink flowers coming out of a bush of green leaves makes this plant a most beautiful thing to be kept inside a house. Its air-cleansing ability makes this plant one of the favorite houseplants as it removes ammonia, toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde. Growing them isn’t that difficult, as they need bright, indirect light and high humidity. To maintain the humidity level, mist them regularly and sprinkle water on the soil too.
Nephrolepis cordifolia (Lemon Button Fern):
Usually, we see ferns grow in the wild, but this fern, relatives of Boston ferns have been adapted as air-purifying plants in the bedroom. They can grow up to a maximum height of one foot. To survive, they require indirect sunlight if proper humidity is present. But, regular watering should be avoided and wait till the soil dries out.
Keeping plants inside a bedroom is now a part of the decor, but these plants are not only kept for decoration. But they also have some valuable characteristics that benefit the residents. There are thousands of plant species and almost all have some benefits for humans. This list is not just limited to these plants, but there are a lot more air purifying plants for bedroom. But, all the above-mentioned plants are highly effective and most adapted purifiers currently.