Bedroom Plants: Which Ones Are The Best?

It’s always nice to have plants in the house. The greenery adds color and comfort to any setting, but did you know that keeping bedroom plants is especially desirable?

The presence of bedroom plants has a calming effect and lowers stress levels, according to a study conducted by NASA in the 20th Century, keeping houseplants can also help improve air quality. 

bedroom with snake plants
Bedroom with potted snake plants

In this article, we share recommendations for the most beneficial and best plants for your bedroom. Read on to learn more.

10+ Low Maintenance Bedroom Plants

Here are 10+ houseplants that need only occasional watering and prefer moderate to bright lighting. 

Lady Palm

Potted Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa)

Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa) is an attractive, easy to grow palm tree that prefers bright, indirect sunlight. As with the lavender plant, you should water it deeply when the soil is nearly dry.

Learn More About the Lady Palm and Its Care

Other Palms include:

English Ivy

English Ivy (Hedera helix) is especially well-suited to hanging baskets and trellis arrangements. You can also plant it in a pot with a taller plant if that plant can tolerate being climbed upon. 

potted english ivy in decorative container

English Ivy likes lots of bright sunlight, and it can also do well under a grow light or fluorescent lighting. Allow the soil to become almost dry before watering thoroughly and deeply.

More on Hedera Helix Care

Snake Plant

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is also known as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue because of its long, pointed, sword-like leaves. 

3 Snake plants growing at window | kyrychuk_v.mail.ru – DepositPhotos

This rugged plant is hard to kill and can tolerate a wide variety of lighting levels. For best results, provide bright, indirect lighting. 

Allow the plant’s soil to dry out almost completely between deep waterings. Snake plant is a long-lived plant that tends to spread freely, so once you have one, you’ll always have plenty.

There are several types of snake plants. Upright varieties Sansevieria Moonshine, Black Coral, Cylindrica, and small birdnest types.

Tips on Snake Plant Care

ZZ Plant

The ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) like the snake plant can survive in many indoor settings. They are slow growers with shiny leaves.

Large ZZ Plant in bedroom inside decorative container | photographee.eu – DepositPhotos

They have little demands for water and lighting, with very forgiving nature care wise. They can handle long periods without watering and still look great.

Details on Caring For ZZ Plants

Succulents

There are a variety of succulents that make excellent additions to a bedroom. Most are small and can be displayed in decorative containers.

Succulents for the bedroom - Haworthia, Echeveria, Aloe vera and other aloes
Succulents to use in the bedroom – Haworthia, Echeveria, Aloe vera type

They make attractive additions to a bedside table, dresser, or a windowsill.

Look for the Echeveria plant, Aloe vera, and Haworthia. Each of these indoor plants has several varieties to choose from.

Spider Plant

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is another excellent choice for a hanging basket. There are several different varieties of Spider Plant. Some have solid green leaves, and others have pale yellow lengthwise stripes on the long, slim, sword-like leaves. 

Reverse Spider plant sitting on a dresser
Reverse Spider plant on dresser | MarieMathilda-DepositPhotos

These easy-care plants reproduce freely by growing tiny Spider Plants (plantlets) at the end of long stems. Like the Snake Plant, once you have one, you will always have plenty. 

These plants do well in a wide variety of air quality and light settings but do best with ample, bright indirect sunlight. Allow the soil to dry almost completely before watering deeply.

More On Caring For Chlorophytum Comosum Spider Plants

Pothos

Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is an extremely easy-care bedroom plant and is another good candidate for hanging basket or placement on a high shelf or pedestal. 

Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) sitting on a table in decorative container
Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) in decorative planter on table | Myimagine-DepositPhotos

The plant’s rambling growth habit results in a full, attractive, leafy houseplant with shiny, heart-shaped leaves. Pothos cuttings can easily be rooted in water.

This plant does well in a low light setting, but it can also thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. Allow the soil to become almost dry before watering deeply.

Learn about Pothos Growing and Care

Other air-purifying plant options

Peace Lily 

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ) is a low maintenance, attractive plant that produces pretty white flowers in the springtime. 

White blooms of the Peace Lily
Flowering Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) | illuminatedmind-Adobe

Peace Lily does well in low lighting and will also thrive in moderate light settings. 

Allow the soil to dry almost completely before watering deeply. Propagate through division once every five years.

Details and Tips On Peace Lily Care

Lavender

Lavender (Lavandula) is usually thought of as an outdoor plant, but if you have a warm setting and plenty of light, you can keep lavender in your bedroom. The scent is delicious and also quite relaxing. 

Lavender needs to have bright, direct sunlight or artificial light for several hours daily. If you have a south-facing window in your bedroom, that’s perfect. Otherwise, supplement the light you have with a grow light. 

Lavender should be watered only when the soil is nearly dry. Then, water it thoroughly and do not water it again until the soil dries.

Learn About Lavender Care

Rosemary

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officianalis) is another culinary herb that brings a pleasant and relaxing scent to your bedroom. Like lavender, rosemary likes lots of bright, direct lighting and will do well in a south-facing window. 

This herb also has watering needs that are similar to those of lavender. Allow the soil to dry out almost completely and then water deeply.

Tips On Caring For Rosemary

Other Plants For The Bedroom To Consider… 

Jade Plant is Decorative planter
Jade Plant (Crassula ovata) is Decorative Container | mars58-DepositPhotos

Six Slightly Higher Maintenance Bedroom Plants

If you are able to maintain consistent watering, slightly higher humidity levels, and occasional misting, these 6 plants are good choices for you. 

Boston Fern

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) is a pretty, classic house plant that is extremely attractive with its full, arching fronds. 

A Boston Fern is a perfect choice as a plant placed on a high shelf or on a pillar. If you have one small window in your bedroom, a Boston Fern placed on a pillar in front of it can provide both privacy and beauty. 

These plants do require a bit more care than some of the others in this list. They like consistently moist soil, need more humidity, and they tend to drop leaves. You may find yourself misting and picking up after your plant on a daily basis.

Care Details on the Classic Boston Fern

Areca Palm 

Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) is a palm tree that can be a good choice if you have a lot of space in your bedroom. These plants can grow to be 7 feet tall and need to have ample, bright light. 

During the growing season (spring and summer) the soil should be kept slightly moist. Reduce watering in the autumn and the wintertime.

Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica) is a robust plant with large, attractive, shiny leaves. This plant’s sap can be irritating, so be sure to wear gloves when handling it. 

Variegated rubber Ficus elastica plant
Variegated Rubber Ficus plant | vadiml-Adobe

With a tall, slim growth habit, Rubber Ficus adds a great deal of visual interest to your bedroom or any room. 

Rubber Plants can do well with moderate or bright lighting. The soil should be kept slightly moist at all times.

Details on Caring For Rubber Tree Plants

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) is a good low light plant. 

If your bedroom is consistently warm and draft-free, these easy to grow, pretty indoor plants may be the perfect choice for you. 

Chinese Evergreen’s pale green leaves are glossy and have attractive, white markings. Keep the plant’s soil slightly moist on an ongoing basis.

More on Chinese Evergreen Care

Dracaena 

Dracaena plants come in many different species, and all are very easy to grow. 

These plants have pretty, strappy leaves that are available in different markings, patterns, and colors. Some of the most popular varieties are:

No matter which species of Dracaena you choose, rest assured it will be happy with bright or moderate indirect lighting and consistently moist soil. 

Plants growing on windowsill - Rubber Plant | Dieffenbachia | Dracaena Marginata
Rubber Plant | Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane) | Dracaena Marginata | liudmilachernetska-DepositPhotos

Dieffenbachia 

Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane) is available in a variety of hybrids. The plant is very easy to care for and does well in a low light setting. 

The soil should be kept slightly moist. Keep pets away from this plant because it is slightly toxic.

More on Dumb Cane Care

Bedroom Plants Offer Other Benefits

Most scientists agree that adding plants to a room can indeed improve air quality while absorbing carbon dioxide. It can also reduce background noise, boost your mood, create a positive impact for the mind and produce oxygen.

Get started today by adding one plant to your bedroom.

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