Plants For Kids: Best Houseplants For Kids’ Rooms
By: Liz Baessler
Keeping houseplants is an easy, very effective way to make your home a more pleasant place. The same thing goes for keeping houseplants in children’s bedrooms, though the rules are a little bit stricter. Keep reading to learn more about the best varieties of child’s bedroom plants.
Choosing Houseplants for Kids’ Rooms
When selecting houseplants for kids’ rooms, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Most importantly, remember that your child is going to be spending time alone and unsupervised with these plants, which means toxic plants are completely out. Ideally, your child won’t be eating his or her plants, but to err on the safe side, you want to be sure it isn’t a problem.
Some other plants, like cacti, can be dangerous too. Older children should be able to enjoy cacti (and benefit from their low water requirements), but with young children the danger of those spines might be a lot more trouble than they’re worth.
Good children’s bedroom plants are ones that have low light and water requirements. You want a plant that can handle some neglect. It’s also a good idea to opt for plants that have an interesting texture and can tolerate being handled. The more senses your child can engage with their plant, the more interesting it will seem.
Popular, Safe Plants for Children
Below are some plants considered safe for kids that can be placed in their rooms:
Snake plant– Low light and water requirements with long, interesting leaves that come in a range of patterns.
Spider plant– Low light and water requirements. These plants put out small hanging plantlets that are fun to look at and easily transplanted for an interesting project.
African violet– Very low maintenance, these plants bloom reliably and have soft, fuzzy leaves that are fun to touch.
Aloe vera– Low water needs. These plants are interesting to touch and can be soothing to irritated skin. Put them in a bright window.
Sensitive plant– An interactive plant that kids will love touching.
Venus fly trap– Carnivorous plants are cool no matter how old you are. A little harder to care for, these are better for older children.
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12 best plants for kids' bedrooms
Choose plants that have something quirky about them – and are easy to look after.
Houseplants shouldn't just be limited to the living room. When it comes to kids' bedrooms, choose plants that 'have something quirky about them, even verging on the macabre,' Ian Drummond and Kara O'Reilly suggest in their book, At Home With Plants . 'A good approach is to choose plants that can be dotted in among their books and bits and pieces.'
And of course, 'choose varieties that can take a fair bit of neglect,' they advise. With this in mind, take a look at 12 plants ideal for children's spaces – bedroom, playroom or study room – in this extract from At Home With Plants.
Common name: Barberton daisy
Care: Keep moist while in bloom can dry out slightly afterwards
Tips: Remove dead flowers to encourage blooming for as long as possible.
Common name: Croton/ Joseph's coat
Tips: Prune top when plant becomes tall, and root like a stem tip cutting.
Common name: Venus fly trap
Light: Good light avoid direct sun
Care: Keep moist, but don't over-water
Tips: Use distilled water ideal for terrariums.
Tips: Cut off the offshoots and propagate them to prevent the pot from becoming overcrowded.
Light: Place in good light, but not in direct sunlight
Care: Water only when compost is dry
Tips: Pinch off blooms after the flowers fade to preserve look of the plant.
Care: Water lightly in spring and autumn
Tips: Keep dry in summer and winter to follow natural growth cycle.
Care: Enjoys high humidity keep compost moist
Tips: Trim back to keep shape and promote new growth.
Care: Allow to dry out between waterings
Tips: Tuck aerial roots back into the pot.
Common name: Christmas cactus
Light: Place in indirect light
Care: Needs well-drained compost tolerates high humidity
Tips: Avoid over-watering, under-watering or other stress to prevent flowers from dropping.
Care: Spray twice weekly keep moist
Tips: Keep cool in winter to encourage spring blooms.
Common name: Wandering Jew
Light: Bright to moderate light
Care: Water thoroughly allow surface of compost to dry out between waterings
Tips: Small pink flowers appear in spring.
Light: Good light avoid direct sun
Care: Tolerates high humidity mist daily
Tips: Avoid roots becoming soggy.
At Home with Plants by Ian Drummond & Kara O'Reilly, published by Mitchell Beazley via www.octopusbooks.co.uk.
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The Best Air-Purifying Bedroom Plants According to NASA
Most people know that living organisms—including plants—respire or breathe. During the day, photosynthesis causes plants to take in carbon dioxide and emit oxygen. In the evening and nighttime when there’s little or no light, the process reverses—plants “breathe in” oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.
NASA carried out experiments to discover if certain houseplants can purify household air. Scientists found that as well as releasing oxygen, leafy green plants can remove pollutants from the air. Among the volatile organic chemicals that plants helped to filter from the air were benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. (1)
The report concluded that low-light houseplants have the “potential for improving air quality by removing trace organic pollutants.” The study also identified which plants were the most effective.
What are the best air-purifying plants for your bedroom? Here are ten of the best bedroom plants that NASA identified:
- English ivy (Hedera helix) is a great hanging plant for the bedroom
- Peace lily (Spathiphyllum) can help to improve indoor air quality and it has beautiful flowers
- Philodendron is an aesthetic vine plant for hanging baskets
- Cornstalk dracaena (Dracaena fragrans)
- Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a beautiful leafy green vine plant
- Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria) – Also called the snake plant, this easy to care plant helps filter the air
- Gerbera daisies – beautiful flowering plant for your bedroom
- Indoor banana plants (Musa Oriana)
- Green spider plant (Chlorophytum elatum)
- Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
As you can see from the list, there are flowering plants for bedrooms—peace lilies and gerbera daisies, hanging basket plants for bedrooms—spider plants, English ivy, and golden pothos, and leafy green plants.
15 of the Best Bedroom Plants for a Prettier, Healthier Space
The best houseplants to beautify your room, clean the air, and boost your mood.
Houseplants can do more than just bring a splash of green indoors, it turns out . especially when they're in your bedroom. A famous 1989 NASA study found that such plants were able to reduce indoor air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde, at least in a controlled lab environment, and more recent research says plants may make you feel less stressed and more creative. That can never be a bad thing. Here are a few of the best air-purifying plants to consider keeping in your bedroom at home.
It’s not typically thought of as a houseplant, but lavender can survive indoors under the right conditions. Give it bright, direct light for a few hours every day, preferably in a south-facing window, and water when the soil is slightly dry. Don’t overwater lavender, though, or the plant will rot.
Multiple fronds in an elegant fan pattern make this a beautiful plant, no matter your personal decor style. It’s a fairly easy one to grow, too, compared to many other palms, preferring bright indirect light and requiring water only when the top inch of soil is dry.
With large shiny leaves and a fun, beefy shape, this plant adds strong vertical interest to any room. It likes moderate to bright light and light, constant moisture, to boot. If you feel the need to prune it, just be sure to wear gardening gloves to keep its sticky sap off your fingers.
The plumes of this gorgeous palm can reach 6 to 7 feet tall, so be sure to give it plenty of space. It also requires bright, indoor light and constant light moisture in spring and summer (but don’t let it get soggy!).
This hardy ivy thrives in pots, hanging baskets, or mixed with other taller houseplants in a shared pot. It needs moderate light in spring and summer, and it requires bright light (or additional fluorescent light) in fall and winter. Pro tip: Let the soil surface dry a tad between waterings, but don’t let the plant totally dry out.
These lush ferns are an inexpensive, classic houseplant, and their arching, bright green fronds always look lovely. But be warned: They can be a bit of a diva indoors. Boston Ferns prefer lots of light, and they'll need to be misted every day. Alternatively, you can try putting them on a tray of pebbles filled with water. What's more, they also tend to shed regularly . so, like a parent, you should be prepared to pick up after them!
This easy-to-grow plant has glossy, pale green leaves accented with white markings. It tolerates low indoor light, and prefers its soil to be lightly moist at all times, but despises cold air. Be sure to keep it away from drafts!
Dramatic, sword-like leaves define this striking plant (and also lend it the not-so-flattering alternate name of ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue’). It’s tough as nails, so give it a try if you’re not typically known for having a green thumb. Bright, indirect light is best for the Snake Plant, which also only needs to be watered when the soil becomes nearly dry. In the right conditions, it can live for decades!
Several different types of dracaena have been shown to clean and purify the air. They’re all easy-to-grow plants with long, strappy leaves, some of which have beautiful red markings. Not sure which variety to try? Look for ‘Janet Craig,’ ‘Tricolor,’ or ‘Masangeana’ (sometimes called ‘Corn Plant’). But whichever one you go with, know that all species prefer similar conditions: moderate to bright indirect light, and soil that’s kept lightly moist.