Did you know having a plant in your bedroom can have more benefits than just decoration? Not only did one study by the Journal of Physiological Anthropology find that household plants can reduce stress levels, but several other studies also note that air-purifying plants can make a huge difference in your home and bedroom.
While it is worth noting you’d need an army of plants to equal the purifying power of a modern-day air filtration system, the mood-boosting benefits of plants in your bedroom make them well worth the effort. Here, we cover the 15 best plants to have in your bedroom to sleep better and purify your air. We also cover how to care for these plants so anyone can easily transform their bedroom into a veritable garden of thriving plants.
As we noted above, bedroom plants can directly boost your mood. Not only have studies found that plants reduce stress levels, but similar studies show that plastic plants are not as good at maintaining these benefits. Another reason to create a sleep-boosting, recovery-centric garden in your bedroom.
Did we mention that plants have been shown to help you recover from an illness? One study noted that patients who got to look at greenery while recovering needed less pain medication and took less time to recover than their counterparts. While you’re probably not going to spend all your time in your bedroom recovering from an illness, this boost in wellness can’t hurt, especially for those of us prone to the common cold.
And, of course, there are the air-filtering benefits of keeping plants around. Not only do plants produce oxygen as part of the process of photosynthesis (while removing carbon dioxide), but they also act as natural filters for various pollutants and toxins found in your bedroom. While we wouldn’t recommend replacing a powerful air filter with greenery in a highly polluted environment, an indoor plant can directly impact the freshness of your bedroom, not to mention make everything smell better.
Real plants come with natural scents that help relax your body and mind. Not only do flowering plants produce a lovely aroma, but soil and leaves also have a naturally calming scent, giving you a direct benefit whenever you care for your houseplant.
Let’s look at the 15 best plants for your bedroom to help you sleep better, air filtration, ease of care, and overall appearance. We’ve included favorites like the snake plant, peace lilies with their beautiful white flowers, lavender plants, spider plants, aloe, and more, allowing you plenty of options to purify the oxygen in your room at night. Without further ado, let’s look at the 15 best plants for your bedroom.
This trendy houseplant is all over social media. The Snake Plant, or Mother-in-Law Tongue/Viper’s Bowstring, is known for its striking appearance and air purifying qualities. Don’t let the scary sounding nicknames for this tropical plant turn you away from this air purifying powerhouse. This stylish plant is easy to care for and adds a distinct look to your room while providing health benefits.
Care Tip: Snake Plants are almost impossible to kill. To keep a Snake Plant happy, place it in bright indirect light and water sparingly. Place your Snake Plant in a terracotta pot to absorb excessive water.
Well known for its distinct and relaxing aroma, it’s a no brainer Lavender is one of the best plants for your bedroom to help you sleep. A Lavender plant will provide the same benefits and scent as the Lavender essential oil. Lavender will not only help you sleep, but the plant is proven to induce deep sleep.
Care Tip: To keep your Lavender plant healthy, place it in a warm, sunny window and water sparingly. You can also harvest and dry lavender to use in crafts and homemade items.
From soothing burns to hydrating your skin to helping you sleep, Aloe is a do-it-all must have addition to your plant shelf. Aloe helps you sleep by producing extra oxygen at night that will improve the air quality in your bedroom. This multi-use medicinal plant can also be used in smoothies for extra hydration, can help ease heartburn, and can lower blood sugar.
Care Tip: Aloe is a succulent plant and needs very little water and thrives in indirect sunlight.
The Golden Pothos is another classic houseplant that can help you drift off to sleep. Sometimes called Devil’s Ivy, this vining plant thrives in hanging baskets and can grow up to a staggering 40 feet. Available in several varieties and colors, the Golden Pothos is both a stylish and useful addition to your bedroom.
Care Tip: A Pothos plant is almost impossible to kill. Keep your Pathos in indirect light and water once weekly or when soil is dry.
This flowering plant produces gorgeous, fragrant white flowers. Jasmine gives off a sweet scent that is proven to promote relaxation, induce sleep, reduce stress, and can even ward off anxiety and depression with one astounding study finding Jasmine “as calming as Valium” in easing stress and anxiety.
Care Tip: To keep your Jasmine plant healthy, keep it in a sunny area with plenty of moisture. Some Jasmine plant flowers do not smell. To get the most out of your Jasmine plant, make sure to get a fragranced variety.
This soothing plant is another air purifier perfect for your bedroom. Along with purifying the air, the Peace Lily plant can increase humidity by up to 5%, according to NASA. Low humidity in your home can cause dry skin, respiratory problems, contribute to the spread of germs, and decreases sleep quality and exasperates respiratory issues.
Care Tip: Peace Lilies can grow in any environment but won’t look their best unless placed in bright indirect light. Keep soil consistently moist. Avoid overwatering and do not keep your Peace Lily in standing water.
This classic palm tree adds a tropical aesthetic to any room. The Areca Palm is one of the best plants for removing carbon dioxide from the air as well as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichlorethylene. Sometimes called a Bamboo Palm, this easy to grow plant will provide you with air purification and lush, tropical decor for years to come.
Care Tip: The Areca Palm prefers filtered sunlight and soil with a lot of drainage. Water with unchlorinated water for optimal growth.
This hanging basket classic gets an A+ in air purification and style. The Spider Plant is easy to grow and propagate with some plants living upwards of 50 years or more! This a low-maintenance, hardy houseplant that you don’t need a green thumb to keep alive. According to NASA, Spider Plants can remove up to 95% of formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene in the air.
Care Tip: Keep your Spider Plant in a terracotta pot to absorb excess moisture; over-watering is a sure way to kill this plant of steel. Place in indirect light-leaves will burn in bright light.
Rubber Plants are another hardy houseplant that is almost impossible to kill. A member of the ficus family, this Instagrammable greenery removes toxins from the air. From maroon, green, pink, yellow, and even a black-ish hue, there’s a Rubber Plant to match every decor and mood.
Care Tip: Rubber Plants thrive in bright indirect light, ideally in front of a sheer curtain. Water more in the summer during the growing season and once to twice a month in winter. These plants will grow nonstop if placed in a large pot, but to keep your Rubber Plant at a more manageable size, place it in a smaller pot.
This plant is usually considered an outdoor nuisance, however English Ivy makes an excellent addition to your indoor plant decor. Pot your English Ivy in a hanging basket, trellis, or on a high shelf for an extra pop of greenery and toxin remover.
Care Tip: English Ivy thrives in moderate light and needs watered regularly. This low-maintenance plant can live for decades and can grow as much as 15 feet long.
Ferns are one of the oldest plants on Earth. First appearing around 300 million years ago, Ferns have evolved little. This ancient plant has air purifying qualities and removes toxins from the air. A Boston Fern will add a touch of classic elegance to your decor and look great in any pot.
Care Tip: Water frequently and keep the roots moist at all times. In dry climates or rooms, get a spray bottle and mist the leaves regularly. Boston Ferns are toxic to pets, so it’s best to keep them elevated.
This striking-looking “spiky” plant is both a conversation starter and toxin-eliminator. Different species all help purify the air and make a cool addition to any room. For maximum air purification, add the red-edged Dracaena to your bedroom for better air quality.
Care Tip: Most Dracaena can withstand partial shade but need enough light to stay healthy. Water regularly in the summer months and do not let soil dry out. Dracaena prefer temperatures over 65F degrees, so make sure to keep this plant in a warmer room.
One of the most popular and easiest to care for houseplants, the Chinese Evergreen is a proven oxygen multiplier. This tropical foliage is one of the best air purifying plants you can buy. Known to remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air, this popular plant is also a token of good luck. This plant is popular in offices due to its ability to survive even in fluorescent light.
Care Tip: Chinese Evergreens can grow just about anywhere, including bright or low light. Water every few weeks and fertilize in Spring.
One of the most popular and striking houseplants, the Monstera is a super trendy houseplant that provides stunning decor with air purifying abilities. Monsteras produce large leaves that are ideal for removing toxins in your bedroom. These plants can grow to massive heights–leaves on a Monstera can grow as large as 2 feet wide.
Care Tip: Monstera plants are easy to care for as long as you provide weekly watering, average humidity, and repot regularly to accommodate new growth.
The distinctly fragranced flower is primarily grown outdoors. Recent research has shown that the white flowering plant is beneficial for sleep. One study found that crocetin, a naturally occurring substance found in Gardenia, can help improve sleep.
Care Tip: Growing a Gardenia as a houseplant requires a little more gardening skills than other air purifying plants. Gardenias require direct sunlight, high humidity, and regular watering. Keep Gardenias away from drafts and colder temperatures.
The right growing condition for a bedroom plant largely depends on the plant you pick, as each has its own ideal conditions. It’s a good idea to look up care instructions for the plant type you choose, as plenty of guides help you care for that specific plant to the fullest extent of your abilities.
A good way to figure out the right bedroom plant is to take stock of the growing conditions in your bedroom. Do you have a lot of natural light and windows, or is your room dark? Do you have to worry about pets accidentally snacking on your bedroom beauty, or can you keep things like peace lilies without worry?
You should also consider the size of your bedroom and how many plants you can care for at once. While we’d all love to live in a lush bedroom garden, you don’t want to overdo it regarding plants. Otherwise, you may neglect your new plant babies, which is the last thing you want to do!
While the ideal type of bedroom plant does best in indirect light, plenty of species get along well in bright light or direct sunlight. You’ll want to keep any plants near a window if possible. However, if your bedroom has poor insulation some plants can be sensitive to the temperature changes by a window, so keep that in mind.
If you lack light in your bedroom, you can always purchase a grow light to help supplement your plant’s needs. These lights are easy to set up, and many even have a timer to allow you to conserve energy throughout the day (and avoid keeping yourself up at night from the light). Make sure to find a grow light that works for your specific plant, as there are different types of grow lights for different plant light needs.
Now that you have a better idea of the best bedroom plants, you can plan your own garden paradise in your bedroom. Make sure to pay attention to the needs of each type of plant, and take the time to water your plants when they need it, and you’ll be well on your way to fresh indoor air, free from toxins and pollutants.
Of course, your green adventures don’t need to stop in the bedroom. Why not add some air-purifying plants all over your living space for clean, crisp oxygen all around your home? No matter how many plants you decide to get, we hope you enjoy a comfortable, restful sleep knowing your bedroom has clean, fresh air courtesy of your new plants.